My latest shop project is an entrelac scarf knit in a self-striping yarn. Every time I see an entrelac project I am struck by the three-dimensional texture. The sections puff and slant, giving you the unmistakable impression of a fancy basket-weave stitch.
Though you may imagine this scarf requires some difficult knitting techniques, it is amazingly simple and a great advanced beginner/early intermediate project. You will cast on, knit, purl, pick up stitches, decrease and increase. You must trust the pattern and do exactly what it says. As you watch what is happening, and start understanding what comes next, you can move away from using the pattern and just knit! This particular version of the scarf has a well-written and concise pattern and I can vouch for its accuracy. I’m knitting it exactly as written!
There are some other great patterns on the internet right now that feature Entrelac, if you’re looking for something other than a scarf. Check these out:
Quant Headband – by Star Athena (knitty.com)
Tenney Park Pullover – by Elizabeth Morrison (knitty.com)
Entrelac Shawl with Tassles – by Eva Martinsson (Ravelry download)
Annetrelac Socks – by Sandy Beadle (Interweave magazine)
Proposition – Entrelac Fingerless Gloves – by Julie Browne (Ravelry link)
Fourth Grade Hat – by Abby Franquemont (free from Twist Collective)
I am so, so sorry (not really) if I just filled up your queue, but it’s just such a fun technique! There are many self-striping yarns to play with, like Gina, Casablanca, or Mini Mochi, but think about putting your own colors together. Entrelac is also a really great way to use up your yarn scraps. Each square a different color!