Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting

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Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting [Hardcover]

Rosemary Drysdale
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Book Description

November 2, 2010
One of today's hottest knitting trends is entrelac, a modular technique that results in striking basketwork designs of rows within rows and interlocking diamond patterns. Using only simple knit and purl stitches, knitters can create eye-catching pieces with incredible texture. Entrelac introduces both the history and how-to of this fun style, along with 20 patterns for a variety of garments, home décor items, and baby accessories. Comprehensive instructions and a wide array of swatches provide endless possibilities in lace, colorwork, and much more.

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About the Author

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.

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 (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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201 of 202 people found the following review helpful
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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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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!!! November 14, 2010
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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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on entrelac 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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrelac at its very best 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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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for the basics but.... November 16, 2010
By btblue
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I bought this book based on the reputation of the author and, frankly, the negative reviews of the other competing book. This is a very good overview of entrelac, with basic instructions and a really great variety of patterns to play with (and some interesting projects). But it didn't cover what I had hoped for with the "entre nous" sidebars. There are issues with actually knitting entrelac -- how to handle the edges of the project when it's not seamed (slip stitch? plain knitting?) and the picking up/intersection of one rectangle with another (avoiding holes in the knitting) and the challenges of "pick up and knit/pick up and purl" evenly. These are tacit knowledge issues that might only be shared in a class, I suppose, but a book by an experienced instructor might have been expected to cover more than the obvious. I recommend this book for those for whom entrelac is a mystery, but not those for whom the details of a really well-executed project is wanted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars From the Underpants Gnomes School of Not Really Explaining Details
WARNING: this book IS NOT FOR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO INTERLACE KNITTING!!!! While it is pitched as 'The' Essential Guide, very quickly one realizes that not all... Read more
Published 1 day ago by mcclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entrelac Book
The author gives detailed description of entrelactechniques, and adds a few of her own.
Published 6 days ago by Melody Grandy Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good instruction
Published 10 days ago by Vivian Standley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Also I love it!!
Published 15 days ago by Gyorgyi Boda Kissné
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good book.
Published 20 days ago by Victoria Montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic book about the process
Good basic book about the process. The patterns for garments, however, were somewhat disappointing although the techniques for differing the kinds and colors of yarn were very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Frohman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I made a beautiful prayer shawl for my church knitting group using this method.
Published 1 month ago by Pat A. Huckeby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome just exactly what I thought it would be.
Published 2 months ago by Karinsue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent addition to my library of patterns and techniques.
Published 2 months ago by Lois J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Author does an excellent job explaining the technique
Fantastic. Author does an excellent job explaining the technique. Beautiful illustrations.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah L. Farmer
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