An Entrelac Knitting Tutorial

Look at this beautiful bouquet of yarn!

My beautiful Noro yarn is ready to become Kathleen Power Johnson's Lady Eleanor (shown below right), a stunning entrelac wrap from the book Scarf Style by Pam Allen.

But first I need to learn how to work entrelac, because I've never done it before! I've been talking about learning this knitting technique for awhile now, and I really need to buckle down and just do it!

I'm going to use my subscription, because there's a fabulous entrelac knitting tutorial from former Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang. In the video, Entrelac Knitting, Eunny goes through the basics of entrelac and then she takes you beyond the basics, into more advanced aspects of working the entrelac stitch pattern.

Here's a little bit from Eunny, about the basic principles of entrelac knitting.

The Lady Eleanor stole by Kathleen Power Johnson, from Scarf Style

Knitting Entrelac

Entrelac fabric's series of tilted blocks are worked one at a time in tiers. Within a tier, blocks are worked in the same direction, either right to left or left to right. Each tier of blocks builds upon the one below it. Individual blocks are worked by picking up stitches along the selvedge of a block from the tier below and working stitches of the growing block together with live stitches from the top edge of the next block below.

To produce a piece with straight rather than pointed edges across the bottom and top, the first and last tiers must consist of rows of triangular half-blocks. For straight vertical edges, every other tier of a flatworked entrelac piece begins and ends with a triangle.

Individual blocks may be worked over any number of stitches, and a piece may have any number of individual blocks. In all cases, each block contains twice as many rows as it does stitches. Though the basic entrelac technique has several variations, the following method produces tidy results.

When you practice entrelac for the first time, try working every other tier of blocks in a different color to emphasize the basketweave effect and make it easier to identify the blocks and live stitches of each tier. Note: When you work the first stitch of every row, you can slip it for a tidy pick-up edge, but be aware that you will lose some elasticity in the knitted piece. Read more . . .

—Eunny Jang, from Entrelac Knitting—Block by Block

With fall weather setting in, I can't wait to cast on my Lady Eleanor stole. It's just gorgeous, and I think my yarn choice will be lovely in the entrelac pattern.

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P.S. Are you a seasoned entrelac knitter? Leave a comment and give me some tips so I can be as accomplished as you are!

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