Working through the Entrelec Shawl

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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2006

With the increasing popularity of self striping and multi-colored yarns, I've been on the lookout for unusual patterns that really show off the color changes. Lately, I'm smitten with one of the Stole patterns in Pam Allen's Scarf Style Book (page 53). I'd never attempted an Entrelac project before, so when the Rowan Tapestry shipment arrived, I just had to get my needles clicking. With the help of our resident guru Allison, I've been creating nothing short of a masterpiece! Below are some of the things that I learned along the way. As a sidelight, I highly recommend using a self striping yarn for your first time knitting this project, as the color changes make it much easier to distinguish one section from another.

Using this pattern as a template, I'm going to walk you through the tricky parts. If you have a different pattern at home, some of the terminology and ideas should be the same.
    1. In the cast on, they ask you to use the backward loop method. This seems to be similar to the way we cast on in our article "Casting on at the end of a Row." Although you'll be starting with a slip knot (see our "slip knot" article), the pictures should help you get started. Note that you can make this Stole much smaller by casting on fewer stitches than they call for - for this pattern, you simply want a multiple of 8.
    2. Row 1 of the First Triangle (part of the Base Triangles) reads: (RS) K1, turn. When they ask you to "turn," you really are supposed to flip the work around, so that you're looking at the other side of the work. So in this case, knit 1 stitch & then turn the work around so that you're looking at the purl side (the WS). On row 2 (and all WS rows), the instructions tell you to purl the stitches. They don't tell you to turn the work around this time, because it's implicit that you should - since you just finished working all of the stitches in that group.
    3. After Row 15 (and not turning the work), the instructions read to "work six more triangles the same as the first." What that means is to start over with Row 1 (knit 1 stitch and then turn the work), working the next group of stitches from the cast on row.
    4. Left Side Triangle. Now that you know what "turn" means, this part should be pretty simple.
    5. Tier 1 Rectangles. There are 2 confusing parts of this section: 1. picking up the stitches & 2. slipping the last picked up stitch back to the left needle - and then purling 2 stitches together. We'll walk through each of these steps.

Step 1: Pick up the slipped/selvedge stitches. You will be working from left to right - and picking up each of those Orange loopy looking stitches.

Step 2: to pick up one of those stitches, insert your needle into both loops of the stitch, from the back to the front.

Step 3: Loop the yarn around the needle and bring it back through the orange stitches.

Here's how it looks after picking the specified number of stitches (in this photo, it's 8 & they are hot pink):

Now you're going to slip the leftmost stitch back on the left needle.

Purl those 2 stitches together & then turn your work around again!

The rest of the pattern is pretty self-explanatory, but don't hesitate to let us know if you have other questions & we'll try to incorporate the answers into this article. Thanks for reading & Enjoy!

Posted by Jimmy (Laura) of Jimmy Beans Wool

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