Entrelac Knitting


Entrelac Knitting
Entrelacknitting patterns are patterns that create a basket weave look in one's knitting. While at first glance at the finished product can be intimidating, it's a fairly simple technique that creates a dynamic look. The entrelac pattern is created by making small diamonds in one direction, and then reversing the work and filling in another row of diamonds in-between. The skills needed are no more than what is required in basic knitting, utilizing primarily the knit, purl, and knit or purl two stitches together. This makes it perfect for beginning knitters who have mastered the basic garter and stockinette stitches and wish to move on to something new. While some may find it a bit counterintuitive at first, it should become more comfortable after the first few rows.

Entrelac knitting patterns come in a wide variety of styles, and when done in a garter stitch, instead of a stockinet stitch, can have more of a traditional diamond pattern, instead of a basket weave. When felted, this can give your work an argyle look as well. Shawls and hats make good knit patterns when first getting started. When looking for an entrelac shawl pattern, one may want to start with something repetitive. This gives the knitter an opportunity to familiarize oneself with the technique. An entrelac shawl pattern will produce a garment quickly, especially when done in a larger gauge, and doesn't have all the complications that a sweater pattern may have.

Another option for quick results is an entrelac hat pattern. An entrelac hat pattern will also produce quick results, but can be more complicated, as entrelac knitting patterns are done in two orientations, so traditional circular knitting techniques will not work. When starting off, a simpler pattern is best, but looking for more unique entrelac hat patterns can use learned skills in a non-traditional way, and add more depth to projects.

Once the basic technique is achieved, alterations become easier to achieve. If a knitter dislikes intarsia knitting, entrelac can be a good substitution for creating argyle sweaters and stockings. When done in a garter stitch, and with repeating colors, a zig-zag effect can be created, instead of a diamond or basket-weave. Combining different color schemes creates different looks, and using this technique with color changing yarns allows for a vibrant effect. Entrelac creates a new way to add layers to knit patterns, and is a fun way to add a new challenge to new projects.