Following on from the Mystery Yarn Unboxing yesterday I decided to take a look at the Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn first. It was a totally different type of yarn than I have ever used before.
Red Heart Boutique Sashay
Weight: Super Bulky
Suggested Needle/Hook Size: 5.5mm
100g / 27m
97% Acrylic, 3% Polyester
After stretching it out I discovered that it wasn't a t-shirt style yarn, as I first thought. It was made of a kind of fishnet with a side of metallic along one edge in multiple colours. A very chunky sized yarn in two balls so I had to be careful about what I was going to make so I didn't run out.
The default examples for this yarn were ripple style scarves but I didn't fancy one of those. You may, or maybe not, know that I have dabbled with large macrame pieces in the past. So I decided to give a macrame inspired technique a go.
I split each ball into 8 strands of the same length, laying them out across the living room floor to measure them evenly. I then double knotted them in 4 groups of 4 strands for a total of 16 of these strands, about 3.4m each.
I chose to secure the 4 knots over the top of the door so the length of the strands could drop down allowing me to keep everything untangled. If I was working macrame I'd use a rod of some sort, but being lockdown with hubby on video calls where I can use my rods wasn't an option I fancied.
As you can see a lot of space is needed to use this method, but gravity and the height of the door really helped me keeping things untangled.
I began to join the 4 sets of strands two at a time in a grid pattern, which will be very familiar to macrame enthusiasts. Joining two stands from either side of the new knot means each new knot always has 4 strands.
As I progressed I had to move the knotted sections up and over the top of the door frame to avoid crawling around on the floor in a undignified manner. I also found myself calling out to family member to leave the door alone whenever I heard someone moving past on the other side.
As the strands became shorter I didn't need to keep straightening things out and the knotting progressed a lot faster. The official macrame/sailing name for the knots I used is a Double Half Hitch.