So I started Project "Undetermined Entrelac" last night after scouring Ravelry's patterns and my personal queue for a ruana pattern. I've done this before so knew I had a few saved but I opted to search again...which resulted in more favorited and queued patterns. Of course all the ones I was "utterly in love with" were paid patterns (which is perfectly fine, I just don't have the money to spare for the pattern, much less yarn "just for" this piece).
Knowing that a ruana is not exactly rocket science (there is only minimal shaping done) I paused after searching and decided to try my hand at designing one by hand. Just some ideas thrown out there but with it being basically "a long poncho with the front cut and a shaped neckline" it couldn't possibly be that hard, could it?
As frequently happens to me though, I didn't get just one idea to try out. I got about ten or so. After looking over my schematics and thinking to myself how utterly simple this seemed to be I knew that sewing it would be both quicker and easier. Of course I'm not much of a seamstress so maybe not. Trusty Google helped me out and directed me to a blogpost where a woman outlined how, in a very straightforward, clear, and text only manner. I noted the important instructions in the form of a diagram and re-hashed some of my crochet & knit plans to include vital information (like the shaping of the neck) that I had previously forgotten to include or consider.
Returning to peruse again through the saved patterns I noted one that seemed made entirely up of squares. Thinking it looked somewhat familiar I went back and looked at it again to find that it was from a crochet magazine I happen to enjoy. I visited the pattern's site and pinned it for later remembrance but read through the description in hopes of having some reference for how it was done and *drumroll* "Tunisian entrelac"....
Now several months ago I had done a search for Tunisian entrelac for a completely different reason. I saw a version of what I presume was knitted entrelac and said, "Well I'd love to do that if it was crochet..." Most stitch patterns or techniques have place in both mediums and if not there is at least a way to mimic and "fake it". So I found myself yet again staring at a webpage detailing the technique and opted to give it another go.
Sure I'll buy the pattern later, but right now I'm impatient, wanted to start this and if nothing else I had yarn just laying about. So far I have only 1 picture (of the first round) the second exists but is happily trapped on my phone for the moment. It doesn't look half bad, but it is a pain in the ass that I will not be able to finish it anytime soon given that I'm using scraps.