26 June 2015
I was particularly smitten by the pentagonal entrelac on the cover of the book and its variations on pages 63 through 75. The "Five-Star Knit 2, Purl 2 Rib" on page 72 was intriguing. Because Rosemary uses normal joins, her blocks are 8 stitches wide. I used Jay Petersen's flat joins à la Rick Mondragon and reduced the blocks to 6 stitches wide.
This was a project in search of a reason to exist, other than, "I just want to try it." Pentagons are surprisingly un-useful shapes. They don't seem to lend themselves to blankets. To be a shawl, they really need extensions along two sides. Mine is 18 inches/ 45cm along a side. If I wrap one edge around the back of my neck and pin it in front it almost works as a capelet. I suppose it could be a throw for a cat.
To give the edges of my pentagon a professional finish, I worked an attached i-cord in a method combining Rick Mondragon's sliding loop intarsia join and Gwen Bortner's method of picking up a reversible border. Video illustrating that technique is in the previous post. I turned corners by working a short round on the outer 4 stitches of the i-cord, then working a round on all 6 stitches normally, then working another short round. This technique produced not just an edging but a casing. I twisted the remaining yarn into a three-ply cord, and then threaded the cord through the casing. You can see the little knot where it pops out the side (upper right in the photograph below). I can drop the pentagon over the stool cushion and cinch it on. But I can also take it off and lay it flat.
For those of you wondering, yes, there was some grafting in pattern involved. I could work two rounds of entrelac, then I needed to cut the yarn and graft. Because I used a long-print yarn, it is pretty obvious where I shifted from round to round. You can even see where I grafted the i-cord closed.