Addictive Knittingâ��An Entrelac Workshopcomments (2) August 7th, 2008
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
psso: pass slipped stitch over
rh: right hand
rs: right side
sl: 1 slip one
ws: wrong side
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.
Work 3 more triangles as above until you have all 32 stitches on the rh needle.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery