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New Techniques for Interlace Knitting

75 Stitch
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Drysdale, Rosemary.
Entrelac 2 : new techniques for interlace knitting / Rosemary Drysdale.
pages cm
ISBN 978-1-936096-63-3 (hardback)
1. Entrelac knitting. 2. Knitting—Patterns. I. Title.
TT820.D7655 2014746.43’2—dc23
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First Edition

001-005_FM_FINAL:Layout 1 5/28/14 2:27 PM Page 3 contents INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 3 Entrelac Enhanced 5 The Projects 94 CHAPTER 1 Entrelac Essentials 6 How-to: Basic Entrelac 8 How-to: Picking Up Stitches 14 How-to: Beading 15 Basic Patterns 17 Beading Patterns 22 Cable Patterns 26 Lace Patterns 33 Buttonhole Patterns 37 Triangle Patterns 43 CHAPTER 2 Beyond the Basics 50 How-to: Stars 52 How-to: Extended Stars 53 How-to: Braids 54 How-to: Zigzags 55 4-Star Patterns 57 5-Star Patterns 63 6-Star Patterns 76 Zigzag Patterns 84 Braid/Coil Patterns 90  Cabled Openwork Scarf 96 Color Block Mohair Tee 100 Variegated Slouchy Hat 104 Pinwheel Pillows 107 Beaded Cashmere Scarf 111 Children’s Lacy Star Hat 114 Eye for Color Eyeglass Case 117 Pretty Patchwork Tunic 120 Shades of Gray Pillows 126 Hexagonal Star Bag 131 Buttoned Coil Cowl 134 Cuffed Cutie Booties 136 Zigzag Scarves 140 Ribbed Medallion Jabot 144 Garter Stitch Openwork Top 146 Leaf Lace Mohair Scarf 150 Slouchy Striped Hat 153 Children’s Star Hats 159 Pincushion Cover 163 Aran Poncho 166 Abbreviations and More 172 Resources 174 Acknowledgments 175 Index 176 000 .

a lot of ripping out. I was thrilled when so many people bought my book. and we decided to take entrelac to yet another level. It was immensely exciting to see what worked. coils. and guilds. and a few tears. but at last another book was born. It took another year of experimentation.001-005_FM_FINAL:Layout 1 5/28/14 2:27 PM Page 4 INTRODUCTION Entrelac Enhanced While working on my previous book. and home projects based on many of these stitches. So many readers contacted me. shows. and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching hundreds of knitters in person at yarn shops. I became intrigued by using the technique without base triangles at all. what didn’t. learned to knit entrelac. Other shapes emerged. This feedback and encouragement led to a conversation with my publisher. along with 28 original garment. Of course. sharing their love for the technique and sending photos of their work. I was enthralled with the myriad possibilities that were revealed as I got more and more creative with my knitting. hexagons. one has to stop experimenting at some point and get the book published. Entrelac. and where I could take the ideas I had. focusing just on the play of right-side and wrong-side rectangles. I hope you feel as inspired as I did by the results of my newest journey. This time around I started out knitting circularly. and did some experimenting of their own. In addition. too: stars. accessory. ❖ 4  . All this resulted in an extensive new stitch dictionary that includes more than 75 stitch patterns. and more.

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you can use two different colors of yarn. as I have done here. working 1 more stitch every wrong-side row until 8 purl stitches have been worked. Do not turn. and it serves as the starting point for all of the entrelac patterns in this book. turn. This is the most basic entrelac pattern. purl 2 sts on the wrong side of the work. you will be ready to tackle the other patterns and the projects. Turn. You are now ready to start the third base triangle.) Once you get the hang of it. k4. 2. turn. . You are now ready to work a second triangle. 4. Place markers at every 8-stitch interval to help distinguish each triangle. To work the first Base Triangle. Work the second triangle as you did the first. p4. cast on 24 stitches.008-009_HowToBasics_FINAL:Layout 1 5/23/14 11:00 AM Page 8 Basic Entrelac In this example. 5. turn. Do not turn. Using your method of choice. To make it easier to distinguish between sections. Work the third triangle as you did the first and second. The Base Triangles are now complete. Turn to the right side and k2. (See page 17 for complete written instructions. Turn the work again and k5 on the right side (shown here). k3. each 8 stitches wide. You may think you have done something wrong. turn. 8 3. You will be creating 3 Base Triangles. turn. BASE TRIANGLES 1. you will learn how to create an entrelac swatch that consists of five rows of stockinette stitch triangles and rectangles. but this is how it should look—3 triangles that are attached to one another and curl up at the tips. p3. p5 (shown here). Continue in this way.

k5. turn. turn. You are now ready to begin the Righthand (RH) Corner Triangle. knit (ssk—see explanation below) with the dark stitch on right-hand needle and the light stitch on left-hand needle of the Base Triangle to decrease 1 stitch (shown here). Purl 2 stitches and turn. shown here.008-009_HowToBasics_FINAL:Layout 1 5/23/14 11:01 AM Page 9 RIGHT-HAND CORNER TRIANGLE 1. turn. k1. On the right side. turn. P5. entre nous SSK If you have not worked this decrease before. ssk in the last stitch of the Base Triangle—8 stitches are on right-hand needle and a Corner Triangle is made. 3. P6. turn. Kfb. turn.) Knit 2 stitches (shown here) and turn. ssk. 5. Slip. Kfb. k2. increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and then the back (kfb) of the first stitch. then work an ssk decrease at the end of the row—there are 4 stitches on the needle. turn. to RH needle. insert LH needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together. Kfb in the first stitch to increase. k1fb. P7. but you can use the same color. 2. k4. 4. one at a time. (I changed to a darker color yarn for clarity. 9 . k3. Turn. On the next row. p 4 stitches. turn. slip. here´s how: Slip 2 sts knitwise. purl 3 stitches. ssk. ssk. Kfb. Turn.

practice it in regular knitting and incorporate it into entrelac only when you’ve mastered it. Simple entrelac patterns can be enhanced with beads. 16 . practice the One-Color Stockinette Stitch sample on the opposite page. This is the same technique used in the Basics section. add beads. The possibilities are endless. Triangles Buttonholes Lace Cables Beading If you have never worked in Entrelac. All you need to know is how to thread the beads onto the yarn and work them into the knitting—you’ll see how easy it is. Lace page 33 Buttonholes page 37 Triangles page 43 Lace patterns can be worked with heavy yarn for a less open look or with fine yarn for a delicate effect.5/22/14 Basics 016-021_Ch1_swatches_FINAL:Layout 1 3:13 PM Page 16 How to Use the Patterns Basics page 17 Beading page 22 Cables page 26 This section teaches you the basic entrelac technique. two. These are very easy to make. Once you feel comfortable with the technique. Adding cables to basic entrelac gives you a myriad of patterns. worked in one. as well as a few other stitch patterns. but binding off and casting on stitches over the triangles and rectangles to form a “Buttonhole” effect. Use your favorite cable and create your own unique designs. Just work a Base Triangle. or three colors. and try the buttonhole patterns. and an End Triangle. cables and lace. a Right-Hand and Left-Hand Triangle. When working a stitch that is new to you.

ssk.016-021_Ch1_swatches_FINAL:Layout 1 5/22/14 3:13 PM Page 17 Work 1 RH Corner Triangle. turn. turn. turn. Row 4 K3. Row 12 K2. Row 6 P2tog. Row 10 P6. ssk. turn. turn. Row 1 (RS) K8. turn. p4. turn. turn. Row 4 K6. turn. turn. or rep from ** to desired length. Row 13 Kfb. Rep from * until 3 Base Triangles have been worked. LH CORNER TRIANGLE Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 8 sts along edge of last triangle/rectangle. Do not turn. RH CORNER TRIANGLE Row 1 (RS) K2. turn. Row 13 K2. Row 3 Kfb. p2tog (with last st of rectangle and first st of next triangle/rectangle). p2tog. p3. this is the last row before the End Triangles. turn. do not turn. Work 1 LH Corner Triangle. . p2. turn. Row 11 K3. ❖ 17 Basics Next row (WS) Pick up and p 8 sts evenly along edge of next RS Rectangle. k2. turn. Row 11 Kfb. turn. Row 9 K4. Row 7 P5. turn. work the End Triangles below. Row 9 P2tog. Row 6 K5. turn. Row 14 P2tog. turn. Rep from * until 2 RS Rectangles have been worked. Row 8 K4. turn. Row 8 K5. turn. **WS RECTANGLES Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 7 sts evenly along edge of triangle just worked—8 sts on RH needle. Do not turn. Leave 8 sts on RH needle. Row 4 P2tog. RS RECTANGLES *Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 8 sts evenly along edge of next triangle/rectangle. Rows 3–16 Rep rows 1 and 2 until all sts from triangle/ rectangle are used up. k3. p2tog. Do not turn. turn. turn. ssk. turn. turn. turn. turn. Turn. Row 1 (WS) P8. turn. turn. turn. Row 13 P2tog. Row 2 K7. do not turn. Row 11 P2tog. Row 10 K3. picking up sts along edge of rectangles instead of triangle. END TRIANGLES *Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 7 sts evenly along edge of triangle just worked—8 sts on RH needle. turn. k1. BASE TRIANGLES *Row 1 (WS) P2. p2tog. turn. To complete the swatch. turn. turn. turn. Row 9 P6. p2. turn. ssk (with last st of rectangle and first st of next triangle/rectangle). Row 3 P2tog. Row 6 P4. p2tog. k5. Row 7 Kfb. Row 1 P2tog. Row 5 P2tog. turn. Row 12 K7. p2tog (last st of End Triangle with next st of previous triangle/rectangle). Row 2 (RS) K2. Row 9 Kfb. turn. Row 8 P5. Row 5 Kfb. Row 6 K4. p5. p4. Turn. Turn. *Row 1 K8. Row 13 P8. turn. turn. Row 3 K7. turn. p3. Row 7 P2tog. turn. Row 5 P4. k4. do not turn—1 st rem on RH needle. Row 2 K7. p2tog. Row 8 P2tog. Row 2 P2tog. Turn. turn. Row 2 (WS) P2. turn. turn. Do not turn. Row 4 P3. One-Color Stockinette Stitch ■ Cast on 24 sts (multiple of 8 sts). ssk. ssk. Row 7 K5. pass 1st st over 2nd st—1 st rem on RH needle. ssk. p6. p1. Do not turn. p5. turn. Row 5 K6. turn. turn. Row 11 P7. turn. turn. Work 2 RS Rectangles. Rep from * until 3 End Triangles have been worked. Row 10 K6. Row 2 P7. Row 12 P2tog. turn. Row 10 P2tog. turn. Row 12 P7. turn. Rows 3–16 Rep rows 1 and 2 until all 8 sts from LH needle are used up. Row 3 P3. p2tog. p1. The RH Corner Triangle is complete. Fasten off last st. ending with a LH Corner Triangle completed—1 st rem on RH needle. Rep from * until 3 WS Rectangles have been worked. turn. turn. turn. NOTE For the sample swatch shown here. turn.

Four Star Four Star page 57 Five Star page 63 Six Star page 76 Braid/Coil Zigzag Six Star Five Star Now it’s time to think outside of the box (or should we say rectangle?). It’s easy to do and a great way to experiment with color. 56 Zigzag page 84 Braid/Coil page 90 Zigzags are worked by casting on and binding off rectangles. An interesting effect is achieved with this technique. of four. . incorporating many stitch and color techniques. Have fun experimenting with some of the more unusual shapes and motifs in this chapter. Here I give you units . Incorporate your favorite stitch patterns into simple projects. such as scarves. five. it’s time for some more adventurous entrelac techniques. and six.056-059_chp2_ swatch_FINAL:Layout 1 5/21/14 1:09 PM Page 56 Beyond the Basic Patterns Now that you’ve mastered the essential shapes and stitches.

entre nous Notice that in the following group of swatches. turn. do not turn. turn. Next row (WS) Bind off 11 sts purlwise—1 st rem on RH needle. cont in St st over 12 sts for 23 rows.056-059_chp2_ swatch_FINAL:Layout 1 5/21/14 1:09 PM Page 57 Four Star Four-Star Stockinette Stitch ■ Cast on 12 sts. cont in St st over 12 sts for 22 rows. do not turn. Bind off knitwise on RS. Next row (WS) P11. Do not turn. which have four sections. Beg with a p row. Beg with a knit row. THIRD RECTANGLE Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 11 sts evenly along edge of Second Rectangle. Next row (RS) K12. Note Work the p2tog tightly. FIRST RECTANGLE Work in St st for 23 rows. 57 . Note Be sure to pick up last st close to previous pick-up row to avoid leaving a hole. SECOND RECTANGLE Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 12 sts evenly along edge of First Rectangle. ❖ FOURTH RECTANGLE Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 11 sts evenly along edge of Third Rectangle. turn. turn. Rep last 2 rows until all sts from first rectangle are used up—12 sts on RH needle. p2tog (1 st from Fourth Rectangle and 1 st from First Rectangle). Next row (WS) Bind off 11 sts purlwise—1 st on RH needle. turn. the result often more closely resembles a square than a star. turn. turn.

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k3.120-125_20_Patchwtunic_FINAL. p2. Work in entrelac pat as foll: BASE TRIANGLES *Row 1 (RS) K2. yo. Row 5 K3.5 (45. turn—3 sts. yo. Work in garter st (k every row) until piece measures 16 (18. p next st tog with next st from Base Triangle. 85. p3. k5. yo. 21) 1¾oz/50g balls (each approx 120yd/110m) of Classic Elite Yarns Magnolia (merino wool/silk) in #5449 sapphire ■ One pair size 6 (4mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE ■ Stitch markers ■ Cable needle (cn) 120 GAUGE 22 sts and 38 rows = 4"/10cm over garter stripe pat (see page TK) using size 6 (4mm) needles. k1.5 (58. Row 2 K5. Bind off all sts knitwise. MAIN BODICE With WS facing. ssk. rep from * to last st.5)cm MATERIALS ■ 13 (16. turn—3 sts. Row 2 K1.5. k3. rep from * to last 6 sts. 48)"/91. Row 3 P2. 26)"/54. LOWER PEPLUM With size 6 (4mm) needles and RS facing. inc in next st by knitting into front and back of st. Shown in size Small. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Bust 36 (40. 24½. p1.qxd:Layout 1 5/19/14 3:12 PM Page 120 pretty patchwork tunic SIZES Sized for Woman’s Small. k1. 44. *yo. Turn. k1. turn.5 (101. 62. Row 4 K1. cast on 13 sts. 18. 145) sts. Rep from * for one more triangle—2 triangles made. k8. *k4. 22)"/40. Bind off all sts knitwise. and X-Large. with a WS row. cont in this way. 48) sts. 85. 51. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE. 88. do not turn. Medium. Large. 134. Rep rows 1–2 for garter lace pat. 34. k4.5.5cm from pick-up row. 20. Row 4 P3. Beg with row 7 of garter stripe pat. stitch GARTER LACE PATTERN (multiple of 11 sts plus 2) Row 1 (RS) K1. a dropped waist.5. turn. 56)cm from beg. RH CORNER TRIANGLE Row 1 (WS) With WS facing and working into sts from previous triangle. working 1 more st at end of every RS row until row 69 (77. Row 1 (WS) K5. k1. end  Sandi Prosser’s pullover is a masterpiece of detail: flattering diagonals.5. 112. k5—112 (123. 66)cm Upper arm 12 (12¾. 44. turn. Beg garter lace pat Beg with row 1. work in garter lace pat until piece measures 5"/12. 110. *p1. k1. turn. eyelets and scalloped edges. and a narrow cable at the boatneck. BACK GARTER WAISTBAND With size 6 (4mm) needles. rep from * to last 6 sts. 13½. k next st tog with next st from Base Triangle—4 sts. 119) sts evenly along one long edge of garter waistband. cont in this way. 93) is worked as foll: Row 69 (77. Row 3 K3. yo. Row 2 P2. k1. 122)cm Back length (including peplum) 21½ (23. pick up and p 72 (80. turn. 35.5 (32. Row 2 Inc in first st by knitting into front and back of st. pick up and k 92 (101.5. k1. rep from * to last st. turn—4 sts. k8. inc 1 st at beg of every RS row . 14)"/30. Starting with row 9 of garter stripe pat. 93) Work in pat for 36 (40. yo. *k2tog. 96) sts evenly along rem long edge of garter waistband.

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■ . LH TRIANGLE Work in purl garter st (p every row) and stripe pat as foll: Row 1 (WS) Join B. until all 23 sts have been worked. Cont in purl garter st and stripe pat. Row 2 (RS) Ssk. Row 6 With B. Row 2 (WS) P2. Next row (WS) With B. p3. turn. end with a RS row. cast on 32 sts. pass first st over 2nd st. p22. p2tog. pick up and k 22 sts evenly along edge of RH Triangle—23 sts on needle. FRONT FIRST TRIANGLE With A. Work in St st and stripe pat for 50 rows. Row 3 With A. turn. Cut B. Row 4 P3. rows and one more p st before p2tog at end of every WS row. k20. cast on 23 sts. Row 3 (WS) P22. BACK With A. Insert pillow form and sew rem seam. do not turn. as foll: Pick-up row (RS) With A. until last WS row With B. p2. Turn. ssk (last st tog with next st from RH Triangle). Row 3 (WS) P21. turn. turn has been worked. Row 3 K3. p2. Row 1 (WS) P23. p2tog—23 sts. turn. working 1 less st between dec’s every RS row. p2tog. 16"/40cm square GAUGE 8 sts and 13 rows = 4"/10cm over St st using size 13 (9mm) needles. turn. Sew front and back together over 3 sides.126-130_02_03_04 ShadesGrayPillows_ final. turn. pfb. Piece measures approx 16”/40cm from beg. k19. p2tog. Next row (WS) With A.qxp:Layout 1 5/20/14 shades of gray pillows solids and stripes pillow FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approx 16"/40cm square MATERIALS ■ 2 8oz/227g hanks (each approx 132yd/120m) of Brown Sheep Co. p1. turn. ssk. 126 NOTE This design is based on the TwoColor Garter Stitch Striped Square (Right Slanting) pattern shown on page 46. ssk. p21. turn. working p2tog at beg of RS rows. turn. turn. p1. until last RS row With B. bind off. p20. pfb. turn. working pfb at beg of WS 10:48 AM  Page 126 Traditional stitch patterns knit in modern neutrals fit in fashionably with any style of décor. Row 2 (RS) Ssk. Row 3 With A. turn. With A. Row 4 With B. p2tog. Row 2 (RS) With B. Row 4 With A. until last WS row P2. p2tog. Cont in this way. FINISHING Block pieces to measurements. turn. Cont in this way. Burly Spun (wool) in #03 grey heather (A) ■ 1 hank in #04 charcoal heather (B) n One pair size 13 (9mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE ■ 1 pillow form. LAST TRIANGLE Cont in St st with A only. rep from * (4 rows) for stripe pat. pfb. RH TRIANGLE Cont in purl garter st (p every row) and stripe pat as foll: Pick-up row (WS) With B. turn. turn. Next row (RS) With A. p21. Row 1 (RS) K2. working 1 more st at end of every RS row. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE. Last row (RS) Ssk. endi with 2 rows A. do not turn. turn. Row 1 With B. turn. p22. turn. Fasten off last st. STRIPE PATTERN *2 rows A. turn. p2tog. carrying A across wrong side has been worked. turn. turn has been worked. pick up and p 23 sts evenly along edge of first triangle. p2. p20. 2 rows B. turn. p4. Row 5 With B. Cont in this way. Row 2 With A.

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and home projects. zigzags. And if you think you know all there is to know. with over 75 unique stitch patterns and more than 25 garment. Rosemary Drysdale follows up her bestselling Entrelac with an even more innovative and comprehensive look at the technique.95 CAN ISBN: 978-1-936096-63-3 52495 Take a look inside and discover a whole new world of entrelac! 9 781936 096633 .CRAFTS ❖ KNITTING Embark on an Entrelac Adventure In Entrelac 2: New Techniques for Interlace Knitting.95 US ❖ $26. Rosemary will show you possibilities for entrelac you never dreamed of. modern fashions ■ Adorable baby hats and booties: a quick way to give entrelac a try ■ Chunky-knit ■ Cozy pillows showing off simple but striking stitch patterns scarves that feature beading. all revealing the beautiful potential of one of the hottest trends in knitting. a color block mohair tee. If you’re new to entrelac. accessory. and other unique design elements $24. Designs include: ■A feminine stitch-sampler tunic. and other fresh. this book will provide a clear and inspirational introduction.