Addictive Knitting�An Entrelac Workshop

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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What does my entrelac swatch want to be? Stay tuned...
The first side triangle is complete.
The foundation of entrelac is comprised of triangles.
What does my entrelac swatch want to be? Stay tuned...

What does my entrelac swatch want to be? Stay tuned...

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Learning entrelac has been on my knitting to-do list for ages. My LYS had a class scheduled this summer, so I signed up and got my supplies together later to learn that I was going to be out of town that day. At this point I was determined to learn entrelac, so it became necessary to figure it out on my own. Several books and websites later, I feel as if I have mastered and even fallen in love with the insidiously addictive entrelac.

Let's systematically walk through the steps necessary to conquer this seemingly complicated technique. In reality it is not difficult at all but rather fun. The best way to learn it is to just do it. After creating the first row of rectangles, you will be surprised to discover that you have learned the technique already. Now you have to muster up the willpower to put it down!

Entrelac is perfect for using up the leftover bits of yarn you’ve been saving for who knows what knitting creation. The weights of the yarns you use can vary as it will add interest to the finished project. I chose a tapestry yarn because I have a substantial stash tucked away (eBay impulse purchase), but you can use whatever you have on hand. Following my step-by-step, you will end up with a rectangle 6 inches x 4-1/2 inches but depending on the yarn and needle size used, you will end up with different dimensions. If you feel the urge, keep knitting until the size suits you.

What to do with your swatch when you are done? Admire your work and keep it at that. Felt it and make a pin cushion, business card holder, or purselet. If you keep knitting, you can make it a stunning scarf. How about the wrist section of a pair of mittens? Check back to see what I did with my swatch!

What You'll Need:
Yarn: Tapestry/DK weight or use any weight yarn you desire
Needle size: 1 or a size to accommodate the yarn used

Abbreviations
k: knit
p: purl
psso: pass slipped stitch over
rh: right hand
rs: right side
sl: 1 slip one
st: stitch
tog: together
ws: wrong side


Step-by-Step

Base Triangles

Cast on 32 stitches and work as follows:
Row 1: 2 K2, turn, p2
Row 3: 4 K3, turn, p3
Row 5: 6 K4, turn, p4
Rows 7–8: K5, turn, p5
Rows 9–10: K6, turn, p6
Rows 11–12: K7, turn, p7
Rows 13–14: K8, turn, p8
End in WS row. This makes up the first triangle. Keep these sts on the rh needle.


The first side triangle is complete.

Work 3 more triangles as above until you have all 32 stitches on the rh needle.


The foundation of entrelac is comprised of triangles.

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Comments (2)

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Posted: 12:05 pm on September 21st
sonusharma writes: Hi this is just superb. I want to try this.
I am a novice in knitting. Will you please tell me what is the meaning of

Row 1: 2 K2, turn, p2

Does that mean that I knit four stitches and turn and make those 4 stitches into 2 pearl.
Thanks
Sonu
Posted: 5:13 pm on January 23rd
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