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Rosemary Drysdale is knitting editor at Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines and a consultant and designer in the yarn industry. She has enjoyed a long career as an embroidery and knitting teacher and designer, including at the Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Far and away the best book yet on entrelac knitting! This is the book that I wish I'd had, when I first attempted entrelac. It has big, beautiful photos that illustrate each step in the entrelac process, and it includes detailed information on things like how to avoid holes where the triangles and rectangles are joined. It also explains how to knit backward (for increased speed), how to pick up stitches (from garter and stockinette edges), and how to knit entrelac in the round.

But it gets better. It also includes written-out pattern instructions (no charts, sad to say) for knitting fancy, non-stockinette rectangles that can be combined with plain stockinette rectangles to add interest to entrelac fabric. The "designer" rectangles incorporate lace patterns, cables, relief designs, geometric designs, colorwork, beads, felting, embroidery, and "melange" techniques such as two-color garter stripes. Each "designer" rectangle pattern is illustrated by a large full-color swatch photo. By my count, there are more than 50 patterns for different fancy rectangles.

And it gets even better. There are attractive patterns for garments that use entrelac accent panels (highly-textured entrelac fabric can be overpowering if a garment is knit entirely in entrelac). There are also patterns for pillows, socks, purses, blankets, cowls, scarves, shawls, and long mitts. The garment patterns include: (1) uptown poncho, (2) rose garden baby cardi, (3) Edwardian cardigan, (4) shades of gray vest, and (5) garden path jacket. I particularly like the baby cardigan, which has an entrelac border with embroidered roses, and the garment patterns that use stripes in combination with entrelac sections. All of the patterns are basic enough to have general appeal, without being boring.
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Poodytat on November 14, 2010
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This is an excellent book on Entrelac. The author walks you through the technique, and then provides variations on the theme. The illustrations are well done and the book is attractive.

Unlike one of the other reviewers, I have knitted entrelac before. The reason I purchased the book is the inspiration it provides. Many of the entrelac garments that I've seen in the past looked pretty much alike, and not things I would want to knit and wear. Ms. Drysdale has done some amazing things with entrelac. The stitchionary of entrelac variations is worth the price of the book. But even more, the garments (for which she also provides patterns) show how you can take the technique and do some amazing things with it. I'm not sure that I will make the patterned garments (and they are beautiful!), but they have inspired me to take another look at the technique and incorporate it into my own designs. This book opened my eyes to what can be done.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on November 23, 2010
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Over the many years I've knit (+40) I've even designed my own entrelacs. The only book I've seen before this year is one from Australia done many years ago which is now unavailable. I have bought this book and the second one that was published recently and I feel this one is indeed the best of all 3 of them. First of all Drysdale doesn't complicate the subject. Entrelacs are not difficult and also easy to design as all you need to do is knit a swatch of a few triangles and then 2 rows of rectangles. She comes at it straight on and in an organized way so the beginner or advanced as well can immediately get into it. I don't think she puts that much emphasis on knitting backwards which I don't care for anyway. Then after the basic explanations with good photos she has 65 swatches of all types of knitting which can be done in entrelac; e.g. lace, cables, colorwork, etc. Each swatch has a big color photo and then the instructions are given from the beginning with the starting triangles. This section is followed by the patterns which begin with a poncho where only the front has entrelac. Each project is completely written out along with the yarn called for and the gauge which is sometimes given for the pattern used and at other times for the entrelacs. I find the book inspiring as just reading it with all the swatches and projects gives me ideas to do my own thing. I want to make the shawl but there is just about every kind of item presented. There is one page on designing your own and one on figuring out gauge. I think this book is a classic and anyone interested in knitting should consider buying it.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bette Lou Williams on February 16, 2011
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Hi! I am 82 years young and have been doing all types of knitting and needlework for many years. I have 5 ceiling to the floor bookcases all on needlework. I studied in
Copenhagen and many of U S states. This Entrelac by Rosemary Drysdale, is the very
best book about this subject. The photos are supperb using yarn and needles, so you can see how the stitches are placed. Easy to read and understand.

I have recommended this book to my Knitting Guild members.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Whimsey on July 24, 2011
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This is a beautiful book. There is no question about that. And the projects and photos are gorgeous. That's not the problem.
I bought the book to learn the knitting technique, and though I followed the instructions to the letter, the outcome was less than expected. I kept starting over with the same poor results. I read and re-read to see if I was missing something. Still poor results. I eventually went to the Internet and followed different instructions to get a finished knit that wasn't torqued and twisted. This one turned out beautiful. It is as if there is something missing in her instructions. There are slipped stitches on triangle ends that make things lay better that she does not suggest. And why start on the purl side when everyone else starts on the right side? Does this have something to do with left and right-handed knitting, or English vs. American knitting, that I don't understand? I just found the book confusing, and a waste given that I'm getting better, easier to understand information on the Net. If you're looking for a book for motivation and great photos and some very nice ideas, this is a book for you. If you are looking for good instruction on this difficult knitting technique, and you are a neophyte to Entrelac knitting, my recommendation is to save your money.
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