entrelac explanation

I mentioned ‘entrelac’ is my previous post, and promised an explanation. I keep my promises even if this means I have to suspend talking about my recently finished Salina sweater. This of course is not a coincidence. I only have progress shots of her at this point, and these days you just can’t do with those point-and-shoot, made-on-the-spot-with-flash-or-horrible-lighting pics. Knitting blogs have gone beyond that and I feel part of that movement.

Entrelac is actually pretty easy, even though a famous knitter (they exist!) say it breathes difficultà, the term used to describe the show-offyness of the mannerists artwork. So I get two birds with one stone, I can show off an easy and quick project and make it look hella-difficult.


What I was saying earlier about horrible lighting being not done of course doesn’t go for progress shots that only serve as illustration to what you’re explaining.

It is a knitting technique that creates a fabric made up of little diamonds/tilted squares that resemble the strips of a woven cloth, going over and under each other. (Tutorials can be found here, here and here, they’re all very similar.) But in reality there are no strips, just loops that make up squares. Just another incredibly ingenious knitting technique that our ancestors thought up and that anyone who has an urge to make stuff can recreate without having to answer to any art-critics. Because it’s just a couple of loops.

The wonderful part of this technique is that after each square you feel you’ve finished a little project in itself. And that’s every couple of minutes, talk about instant gratification.

I’m wearing Salina (green tweed sweater with buttons and lapel collar) right now and I loving this scratchy and soft feel in my skin so much. I also blocked this sweater differently from previous ones because I now own an iron (with steaming function even!), and the fabric changed immensely from lumpy and quite thick to completely even, light and drapy, but still warm. And to top it all the fit is completely perfect. I think I’m getting the hang of this knitting thing.

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