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Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I already do entrelac and got this more for the patterns, which are very nice. If you need to learn the technique this explains it quite well. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Heartwings
I have been wanting to learn entrelac knitting for quite some time. I am a continental knitter, while most of my friends are English knitters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Kurke