Seriously fun, this little scarf. I’ve worn it for a week straight now. Feeling very Linus about it.
The Euroflax Mini Skeins have haunted me from the day we had the idea to offer them. They now threaten to hijack other knitting.
I started scheming up ways to combine multiple batches.
You got your Earth. And you got your Sea. What if you overlapped them to get a sort of transcontinental gradient blend-off?
I remembered a pattern that Kay made 400 years ago, called Baktus. (This may be the only knitting pattern in existence that lives on a Flickr page. Remember Flickr?) It’s a long, shallow triangle. At the halfway point, you stop increasing every fourth row and start decreasing every fourth row.
I’m fascinated with one-ridge garter stripes these days, so Baktus allows for a lot of that action.
People who have a yarn scale can really get their aim on by weighing all their yarn at the beginning, then carefully weighing their progress to the halfway point, then decreasing. I’m not a yarn weigher. I’m a yarn optimist. Off I went, eyeballing the yarn as I cranked garter stitch.
A Gradient Baktus: How to Do It
Basic idea: a section of one shade blends into the next color, overlapping until a shade runs out, then introducing another color.
Here’s exactly what I did—which results in a highly irregular pattern of shifting gradient colors. I used 8 shades of mini skeins from the Sea and Earth colorways. Didn’t use the 2 green shades for this. They just looked too . . . woodland. Too minty.
Color A: Following the Baktus pattern instructions, knit 30 garter ridges. Do not cut A.
Ridge 31: Add Color B. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating A and B for total of 28 garter ridges. Cut A.
Using B, knit 22 garter ridges.
Ridge 81: Add Color C. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating B and C for total of 14 garter ridges. Cut B.
Using C, knit 12 garter ridges.
Ridge 107: Add Color D. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating C and D for total of 14 garter ridges. Cut C.
Using D, knit 9 garter ridges.
Ridge 130: Add Color E. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating D and E for total of 10 garter ridges. Cut D.
Using E, knit 11 garter ridges.
Ridge 151: Add Color F. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating E and F for total of 10 garter ridges. Cut E.
Using F, knit 14 garter ridges.
Ridge 175: Add Color G. Work pattern in 1-row garter ridges, alternating F and G for total of 32 garter ridges. Cut F.
Using G, knit 45 garter ridges.
At this point I ran out of G, which was a little sad. I finished up the final 15 garter ridges in A.
If you notice, there is no rhyme nor reason to when I started and stopped the colors. I eyeballed it all, so my Baktus has a festive aka random quality to it. You can’t tell, wearing it, anything at all about the rhythm of the shades.
How to Weave in the Ends
I’ve been asked how to secure Euroflax ends in a project. I guess the worry is that the ends won’t stay in place, due to the generally unwoolly nature of linen.
I do what I always do: I weave them in, duplicate stitching along a row in the same color, probably 7 or 8 stitches. So far, so good—I have been wearing my Baktus as a good-luck talisman during launch week every day, and none of the ends have popped out.
I have been wearing it in a lot of new and fashionable ways.
Some more successful than others.