Alison will be teaching a workshop on Entrelac from 6.30-7.30 (before knit night) this coming Thursday March 7th. The cost of the workshop is $10 per person. If you would like to attend, please call the store to register. Alison is a friend of Harmony & a regular at our knit night. She also helped set up our blog.
What is Entrelac? …a knitting technique in which a series of small diamond shapes are knit and joined along the way, producing a beautiful effect that appears like a basket-weave.
During a couple of long sessions on Ravelry spending a lot more time browsing patterns than I should, I happened upon the Entrelac Scarf pattern by Allison LoCicero more than once, and knew I wanted to knit it.
I first came across Entrelac many years ago when my Gran who was a very accomplished knitter made herself a cardigan incorporating Entrelac panels in front. We lived more than an hour’s drive away, and each time we visited Gran she would proudly show us her latest projects. She seemed particularly excited about trying this new technique, and was delighted with the final result, which was elegant and stylish, and she loved to wear it. So I when I bookmarked the Entrelac Scarf pattern, I did it with a little bit of the same enthusiasm.
This pattern is a great place to start knitting Entrelac – this is where we will begin in our workshop. The suggested yarn is Noro Silk Garden and I think the combination of this technique with the beautiful color progressions of the yarn complement each other perfectly. The instructions are easy to follow, and it doesn’t take long to realise that although this technique appears complex, it is much simpler to achieve than you might expect. Its definitely worth a try. You may even find it “as addictive as chocolate.” (This is how knitters on the Ravelry Entrelac discussion board described it); “When you make one square, you’ll think, ‘Just one more’.” Very true. I certainly found it satisfying and was very pleased with the outcome.