Thursday, March 19, 2009

Adventures in Entrelac

A month or so ago, Samantha, proprietor of Abuelita's Knitting and Needlepoint, asked me if I would be willing to lead a weekend Entrelac workshop at the store. To which I replied, "Sure, no problem." This statement was then followed up with the thought...Well, I guess I better teach myself this technique! For better or for worse, my theory of teaching tends toward the last minute. Stay one step ahead of the class LadyLinoleum and you will be just fine!

At any rate, I give you my first Entrelac experimentation...



I am a huge fan of red and blue combos. Here, I used various hanks of my own homespun combined with stash yarn. Each tier represents a different ball o' yarn.



The pattern I used (and subsequently taught others how to use) is the Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style. What I thought would be a difficult technique to grasp, turned out to be pretty darn straightforward. Working up a bit slowly at first, I soon got into a groove, moving from tier to tier with ease. Really, the most difficult aspect of this project was weaving in the billions of ends at the completion of the stole.

After blocking, and not wanting to deal with more strings after the weaving in ends fun fest, I opted to forgo the knotted fringe that the pattern called for in favor of a more refined crocheted braided edging.



In conclusion, it is my firm belief that Entrelac is rad.

11 comments:

Momwithahook said...

Very nicely done. I would love to learn to knit that. Just now starting to learn the crochet version and made a dishcloth.

Caroline B said...

Cool! The trick is to stay one page ahead of your class.....that's how I get away with it!!

Faith said...

I tried entrelac. Then I tried it again. No go. Seriously. I was the slowest in the class and never made it past the second row.

Jaclyn Bailey said...

I want to learn to do entrelac so badly. I just havent gotten around to it yet. I was gonna take the class at my LYS, but couldn't afford the cost!

turtlegirl76 said...

That's one neat looking Lady E!

Ellen Bloom said...

Beautious, Lady Lino! To avoid weaving in all those pesky ends, I've seen many people using any long color-run yarn, like Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden. I'm sure that Patons Soy Wool Stripes would work too.

Deneen said...

Absolutely beautiful-the colors are amazing, my type of colors too.

woolanthropy said...

Rad is right!

Your interlock looks amazing ;)

I have attempted this fine stole once and like Faith never got past the second row. Now I know who to turn to if I ever attempt it again.

Shelley said...

Lovely, and what a great use of leftovers.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful reds and blues! Lady L, I am patiently waiting for the bacon scarf pattern that I ordered last week. I can't wait to get going on it! What is the ETA? Email address begins with henry_je@...

Andrea said...

very nicely done