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Entrelac2 New Techniques for Interlace Knitting

75 Stitch Patterns + 25 Designs ROSEMARY DRYSDALE

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161 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013 Executive Editor CARLA SCOTT

Fashion Stylist JOANNA RADOW

Editorial Director JOY AQUILINO

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Copyright © 2014 by Rosemary Drysdale All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-andretrieval systems—without written permission of the publisher. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data 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 2014002641 Manufactured in China 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 First Edition

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Entrelac Enhanced 5

The Projects 94


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


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


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entrelac essentials

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Basic Entrelac In this example, you will learn how to create an entrelac swatch that consists of five rows of stockinette stitch triangles and rectangles. This is the most basic entrelac pattern, and it serves as the starting point for all of the entrelac patterns in this book. (See page 17 for complete written instructions.) Once you get the hang of it, you will be ready to tackle the other patterns and the projects. To make it easier to distinguish between sections, you can use two different colors of yarn, as I have done here. BASE TRIANGLES

1. Using your method of choice, cast on 24 stitches. You will be creating 3 Base Triangles, each 8 stitches wide. Place markers at every 8-stitch interval to help distinguish each triangle.

2. To work the first Base Triangle, purl 2 sts on the wrong side of the work. Turn to the right side and k2, turn, p3, turn, k3, turn, p4, turn, k4, turn, p5 (shown here).

5. Work the third triangle as you did the first and second. Turn. You may think you have done something wrong, but this is how it should look—3 triangles that are attached to one another and curl up at the tips. The Base Triangles are now complete.

4. Work the second triangle as you did the first. Do not turn. You are now ready to start the third base triangle.


3. Turn the work again and k5 on the right side (shown here). Continue in this way, working 1 more stitch every wrong-side row until 8 purl stitches have been worked. Do not turn. You are now ready to work a second triangle.

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1. You are now ready to begin the Righthand (RH) Corner Triangle. (I changed to a darker color yarn for clarity, but you can use the same color.) Knit 2 stitches (shown here) and turn. Purl 2 stitches and turn.

2. On the right side, increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and then the back (kfb) of the first stitch.

3. Slip, slip, 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). Turn, purl 3 stitches, turn.

5. On the next row, k1fb, k5, ssk in the last stitch of the Base Triangle—8 stitches are on right-hand needle and a Corner Triangle is made.

4. Kfb in the first stitch to increase, k1, then work an ssk decrease at the end of the row—there are 4 stitches on the needle, shown here. Turn, p 4 stitches, turn. Kfb, k2, ssk, turn. P5, turn. Kfb, k3, ssk, turn. P6, turn. Kfb, k4, ssk, turn. P7, turn.

entre nous SSK If you have not worked this decrease before, here´s how: Slip 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to RH needle, insert LH needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together. 9



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How to Use the Patterns

Basics page 17

Beading page 22

Cables page 26

This section teaches you the basic entrelac technique, worked in one, two, or three colors, as well as a few other stitch patterns.

Simple entrelac patterns can be enhanced with beads. 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.

Adding cables to basic entrelac gives you a myriad of patterns. Use your favorite cable and create your own unique designs.

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.

This is the same technique used in the Basics section, but binding off and casting on stitches over the triangles and rectangles to form a “Buttonhole” effect.

These are very easy to make. Just work a Base Triangle, a Right-Hand and Left-Hand Triangle, and an End Triangle. The possibilities are endless.






If you have never worked in Entrelac, practice the One-Color Stockinette Stitch sample on the opposite page. Once you feel comfortable with the technique, add beads, cables and lace, and try the buttonhole patterns. When working a stitch that is new to you, practice it in regular knitting and incorporate it into entrelac only when you’ve mastered it.


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Work 1 RH Corner Triangle. Work 2 RS Rectangles. Do not turn. Work 1 LH Corner Triangle. NOTE For the sample swatch shown here, this is the last row before the End Triangles. To complete the swatch, work the End Triangles below, or rep from ** to desired length, ending with a LH Corner Triangle completed—1 st rem on RH needle. Do not turn.

One-Color Stockinette Stitch ■ Cast on 24 sts (multiple of 8 sts).

BASE TRIANGLES *Row 1 (WS) P2, turn. Row 2 (RS) K2, turn. Row 3 P3, turn. Row 4 K3, turn. Row 5 P4, turn. Row 6 K4, turn. Row 7 P5, turn. Row 8 K5, turn. Row 9 P6, turn. Row 10 K6, turn. Row 11 P7, turn. Row 12 K7, turn. Row 13 P8, do not turn. Rep from * until 3 Base Triangles have been worked. Turn. RH CORNER TRIANGLE Row 1 (RS) K2, turn. Row 2 (WS) P2, turn. Row 3 Kfb, ssk, turn. Row 4 P3, turn. Row 5 Kfb, k1, ssk, turn. Row 6 P4, turn. Row 7 Kfb, k2, ssk, turn.

Row 8 P5, turn. Row 9 Kfb, k3, ssk, turn. Row 10 P6, turn. Row 11 Kfb, k4, ssk, turn. Row 12 P7, turn. Row 13 Kfb, k5, ssk, do not turn. The RH Corner Triangle is complete. Leave 8 sts on RH needle. RS RECTANGLES *Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 8 sts evenly along edge of next triangle/rectangle, turn. Row 1 (WS) P8, turn. Row 2 K7, ssk (with last st of rectangle and first st of next triangle/rectangle), turn. Rows 3–16 Rep rows 1 and 2 until all 8 sts from LH needle are used up. Do not turn. Rep from * until 2 RS Rectangles have been worked. LH CORNER TRIANGLE Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 8 sts along edge of last triangle/rectangle, turn.

Row 1 P2tog, p6, turn. Row 2 K7, turn. Row 3 P2tog, p5, turn. Row 4 K6, turn. Row 5 P2tog, p4, turn. Row 6 K5, turn. Row 7 P2tog, p3, turn. Row 8 K4, turn. Row 9 P2tog, p2, turn. Row 10 K3, turn. Row 11 P2tog, p1, turn. Row 12 K2, turn. Row 13 P2tog, do not turn—1 st rem on RH needle. **WS RECTANGLES Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 7 sts evenly along edge of triangle just worked—8 sts on RH needle, turn. *Row 1 K8, turn. Row 2 P7, p2tog (with last st of rectangle and first st of next triangle/rectangle), turn. Rows 3–16 Rep rows 1 and 2 until all sts from triangle/ rectangle are used up. Do not turn.

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. Row 1 (RS) K8, turn. Row 2 P2tog, p5, p2tog (last st of End Triangle with next st of previous triangle/rectangle), turn. Row 3 K7, turn. Row 4 P2tog, p4, p2tog, turn. Row 5 K6, turn. Row 6 P2tog, p3, p2tog, turn. Row 7 K5, turn. Row 8 P2tog, p2, p2tog, turn. Row 9 K4, turn. Row 10 P2tog, p1, p2tog, turn. Row 11 K3, turn. Row 12 P2tog, p2tog, turn. Row 13 K2, turn. Row 14 P2tog, p2tog, pass 1st st over 2nd st—1 st rem on RH needle. Do not turn. Rep from * until 3 End Triangles have been worked, picking up sts along edge of rectangles instead of triangle. Fasten off last st. ❖



Next row (WS) Pick up and p 8 sts evenly along edge of next RS Rectangle. Turn. Rep from * until 3 WS Rectangles have been worked. Turn.

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Beyond the Basic Patterns Now that you’ve mastered the essential shapes and stitches, it’s time for some more adventurous entrelac techniques. Have fun experimenting with some of the more unusual shapes and motifs in this chapter.

Four Star

Four Star page 57

Five Star page 63

Six Star page 76



Six Star

Five Star

Now it’s time to think outside of the box (or should we say rectangle?). Here I give you units . of four, five, and six, incorporating many stitch and color techniques.


Zigzag page 84

Braid/Coil page 90

Zigzags are worked by casting on and binding off rectangles. Incorporate your favorite stitch patterns into simple projects, such as scarves.

An interesting effect is achieved with this technique. It’s easy to do and a great way to experiment with color.

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Four Star

Four-Star Stockinette Stitch ■ Cast on 12 sts.

entre nous Notice that in the following group of swatches, which have four sections, the result often more closely resembles a square than a star.

FIRST RECTANGLE Work in St st for 23 rows. Do not turn. SECOND RECTANGLE Pick-up row (RS) Pick up and k 12 sts evenly along edge of First Rectangle, turn. Beg with a p row, cont in St st over 12 sts for 22 rows. Next row (WS) Bind off 11 sts purlwise—1 st rem on RH needle, do not turn. THIRD RECTANGLE Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p

11 sts evenly along edge of Second Rectangle, turn. Note Be sure to pick up last st close to previous pick-up row to avoid leaving a hole. Beg with a knit row, cont in St st over 12 sts for 23 rows, turn. Next row (WS) Bind off 11 sts purlwise—1 st on RH needle, do not turn.

Next row (WS) P11, p2tog (1 st from Fourth Rectangle and 1 st from First Rectangle), turn. Note Work the p2tog tightly. Rep last 2 rows until all sts from first rectangle are used up—12 sts on RH needle, turn. Bind off knitwise on RS. ❖

FOURTH RECTANGLE Pick-up row (WS) Pick up and p 11 sts evenly along edge of Third Rectangle, turn. Next row (RS) K12, turn. 57

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the projects

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pretty patchwork tunic SIZES Sized for Woman’s Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Shown in size Small. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Bust 36 (40, 44, 48)"/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122)cm Back length (including peplum) 21½ (23, 24½, 26)"/54.5 (58.5, 62, 66)cm Upper arm 12 (12¾, 13½, 14)"/30.5 (32.5, 34.5, 35.5)cm MATERIALS ■ 13 (16, 18, 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)


GAUGE 22 sts and 38 rows = 4"/10cm over garter stripe pat (see page TK) using size 6 (4mm) needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE. BACK GARTER WAISTBAND With size 6 (4mm) needles, cast on 13 sts. Work in garter st (k every row) until piece measures 16 (18, 20, 22)"/40.5 (45.5, 51, 56)cm from beg. Bind off all sts knitwise. LOWER PEPLUM With size 6 (4mm) needles and RS facing, pick up and k 92 (101, 110, 119) sts evenly along one long edge of garter waistband. Row 1 (WS) K5, *p1, k8; rep from * to last 6 sts, p1, k5. Row 2 K5, *yo, k1, yo, k8; rep from * to last 6 sts, yo, k1, yo, k5—112 (123, 134, 145) sts. Beg garter lace pat Beg with row 1, work in garter lace pat until piece measures 5"/12.5cm from pick-up row, end

Sandi Prosser’s pullover is a masterpiece of detail: flattering diagonals, eyelets and scalloped edges, a dropped waist, and a narrow cable at the boatneck.



(multiple of 11 sts plus 2) Row 1 (RS) K1, *k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 2 K1, *k4, p3, k4; rep from * to last st, k1. Rep rows 1–2 for garter lace pat.

with a WS row. Bind off all sts knitwise. MAIN BODICE With WS facing, pick up and p 72 (80, 88, 96) sts evenly along rem long edge of garter waistband. Work in entrelac pat as foll: BASE TRIANGLES *Row 1 (RS) K2, turn. Row 2 P2, turn. Row 3 K3, turn. Row 4 P3, turn.

Beg with row 7 of garter stripe pat, cont in this way, working 1 more st at end of every RS row until row 69 (77, 85, 93) is worked as foll: Row 69 (77, 85, 93) Work in pat for 36 (40, 44, 48) sts, do not turn. Rep from * for one more triangle—2 triangles made. Turn. RH CORNER TRIANGLE Row 1 (WS) With WS facing and working into sts from previous triangle, p2, turn. Row 2 Inc in first st by knitting into front and back of st, k1, turn—3 sts. Row 3 P2, p next st tog with next st from Base Triangle, turn—3 sts. Row 4 K1, inc in next st by knitting into front and back of st, k1, turn—4 sts. Row 5 K3, k next st tog with next st from Base Triangle—4 sts. Starting with row 9 of garter stripe pat, cont in this way, inc 1 st at beg of every RS row

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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. 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, 16"/40cm square

GAUGE 8 sts and 13 rows = 4"/10cm over St st using size 13 (9mm) needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE. STRIPE PATTERN *2 rows A, 2 rows B; rep from * (4 rows) for stripe pat.


NOTE This design is based on the TwoColor Garter Stitch Striped Square (Right Slanting) pattern shown on page 46. FRONT FIRST TRIANGLE With A, cast on 23 sts. Row 1 (RS) K2, turn. Row 2 (WS) P2, turn. Row 3 K3, turn. Row 4 P3, turn. Cont in this way, working 1 more st at end of every RS row, until all 23 sts have been worked, end with a RS row. Turn. LH TRIANGLE Work in purl garter st (p every row) and stripe pat as foll: Row 1 (WS) Join B, p2, turn. Row 2 (RS) With B, p2, turn. Row 3 With A, pfb, p2tog, turn. Row 4 With A, p3, turn. Row 5 With B, pfb, p1, p2tog, turn. Row 6 With B, p4, turn. Cont in purl garter st and stripe pat, working pfb at beg of WS

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Traditional stitch patterns knit in modern neutrals fit in fashionably with any style of décor.

rows and one more p st before p2tog at end of every WS row, until last RS row With B, p22, turn, carrying A across wrong side has been worked. Next row (WS) With B, pfb, p20, p2tog—23 sts, do not turn. RH TRIANGLE Cont in purl garter st (p every row) and stripe pat as foll: Pick-up row (WS) With B, pick up and p 23 sts evenly along edge of first triangle, turn. Row 1 With B, p2tog, p21, turn. Row 2 With A, p22, turn. Row 3 With A, p2tog, p20, turn. Row 4 With B, p21, turn. Cont in this way, working p2tog at beg of RS rows, until last WS row With B, p2tog, p1, turn has been worked. Next row (WS) With A, p2, turn. Next row (RS) With A, p2tog, do not turn. Cut B. LAST TRIANGLE Cont in St st with A only, as foll: Pick-up row (RS) With A, pick up and k 22 sts evenly along

edge of RH Triangle—23 sts on needle, turn. Row 1 (WS) P23, turn. Row 2 (RS) Ssk, k20, ssk (last st tog with next st from RH Triangle), turn. Row 3 (WS) P22. Row 2 (RS) Ssk, k19, ssk, turn. Row 3 (WS) P21. Cont in this way, working 1 less st between dec’s every RS row, until last WS row P2, turn has been worked. Last row (RS) Ssk, ssk, pass first st over 2nd st. Fasten off last st. BACK With A, cast on 32 sts. Work in St st and stripe pat for 50 rows, endi with 2 rows A. Piece measures approx 16”/40cm from beg. With A, bind off. FINISHING Block pieces to measurements. Sew front and back together over 3 sides. Insert pillow form and sew rem seam. ■

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Embark on an Entrelac Adventure In Entrelac 2: New Techniques for Interlace Knitting, Rosemary Drysdale follows up her bestselling Entrelac with an even more innovative and comprehensive look at the technique, with over 75 unique stitch patterns and more than 25 garment, accessory, and home projects, all revealing the beautiful potential of one of the hottest trends in knitting. If you’re new to entrelac, this book will provide a clear and inspirational introduction. And if you think you know all there is to know, Rosemary will show you possibilities for entrelac you never dreamed of. Designs include: ■A

feminine stitch-sampler tunic, a color block mohair tee, and other fresh, 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, zigzags, and other unique design elements

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