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Dardanelles

All my life I have loved the beautiful word, Dardanelles, which is the name of the waterway that connects the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. I have finally found something that deserves the name: this graceful, lively crescent of knitting that will flow around your neck in any way you wish to arrange it. To buy the pattern for $6, click here. Several photos are below.

The knitting is easy to follow and deeply relaxing, with just enough cabling in the center to keep you mesmerized. Like the currents that rest at slack tide and gradually quicken to rush through the Dardanelles at their peak, the knitting seems to go faster and faster because you work fewer and fewer stitches as you approach the tip. The process is so soothing that I knit three in a row.

Frog Tree Ewetopia* is an exceptionally springy and friendly yarn which is kind to all the muscles you use (and overuse) for knitting. This yarn is spun with one ply of superwash Merino and one ply of regular Merino. Superwash absorbs dye more intensely, lending the yarn a charming marled appearance. Once your Dardanelles is done, you can stretch it, let go, and it will bounce back, bursting with energy as if spring-loaded. It reminds me of the Slinky that so mesmerized me as a child.

Frog Tree Ewetopia is now known as Hikoo Trenzado.

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Ravelry: Annaguy1956

Yarn Used: HiKoo Sueno, 1 skein of mountain fog, 1 skein of bashful, 1 skein of plum and 1 skein of slated. Each skein is 255 yards. 2. Caron Simply Soft from my stash, unsure of quantities, used 10 colors.

Tips: 1. Followed original pattern except for 1. 2 decrease wedges and 2 decrease wedges; 2. the very end where I completed last wedge and cast off using 3 needle bindoff, didn't do the unique wrong side row. 2. I cast on 120 stitches, adding an extra 20 stitches because I wanted it longer and wider, adding an extra w&to to each wedge making it wider. At the end I completed the last wedge, then repeated row 1, then the unique WS row before 3 needle bind off. 6-1-3-1-6 wedges. For the description of the K-below I would add the word /through after the word into.