Rosemary Drysdale wrote a book about Entrelac knitting and the cover is almost edible. The photographs are enticing, and the book is packed with projects that will keep you up at night with inspiration. But I spent several hours over two days trying her instructions which begin on page 6 and end on page 11. I followed everything to the letter. But my knitting was tortured and some of the instructions felt incomplete. It just wasn’t working. I was getting angry. I loosened my stitches each time I started over, but to no avail.
So I went to my safety Net (pun intended) and found Planet Purl’s video lessons that take you block by block through all the integral parts of Entrelac knitting. I found references to slipped stitches that loosened the process (something that was not in the book) and watching the video of fingers, needles, and yarn in motion made my retention much better. I highly recommend this site, and the tutorials on Entrelac knitting. I found it to be significantly easier than Drysdale’s book.
This small learning project would be enhanced by some blocking, and of course I need work on my tension. But it’s a good start. I’m going to do this piece again and work on my concentration and see if I can pick up some of the nuance required to make this better. I want to learn Entrelac knitting in the round because I saw a pattern for a hat that I want for myself.
Why am I doing this in the middle of my textile pages? Because my letter E will be for Entrelac and this project will be part of the page. It’s called “killing two craft projects with one stone,” sort of. Who would have thought that a rectangle of knitted yarn could evoke so much pride!! Unless you’re a knitter, you’ll just have to take my word for it.