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Wrap it up March 28, 2009

Filed under: techniques — knittykeen @ 11:26 pm

I saw entrelac knitting when I was first learning to knit and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. After a little bit of reading about it, I was put off by all of the hassle it entailed – picking up stitches and short rows looked like way too much work no matter how neat it looked. After the Quant pattern was published in the Winter ’07 Knitty and then Eunny Jang’s Entrelac Socks appeared in the Spring ’07 Interweave Knits I wasn’t quite as intimidated any more.

My knitting group did a Quant-a-long and I joined in. After lots of frustration in the beginning, I did finally fall into a groove with it but was still annoyed that my knitting looked so sloppy. I never did finish that Quant (my son’s birth happened in the middle of it and I never picked it back up), but this past winter I made fingerless mitts with entrelac cuffs.


The beauty of Noro covers a multitude of sins, but I was still very unhappy with the finished look. Some more playing yielded slightly better results, but I was still unhappy with the look of the ssk’s and p2tog’s at the end of the short-rows.

Detail - Entrelac worked without wrapping
You can see the line of different colored stitches running beside the short-row decreases. I tried several different ways to get rid of it, but it was still there until I decided to try wrapping the next unworked stitch like I did after picking up the stitches at the start of each rectangle to close the gap between each building block.

Wrapping short-rows, yarn forward
At the end of the row, before turning, bring your yarn forward. (see note)

Wrapping short-rows, slip stitch
Slip the next unworked stitch

Wrapping short-rows, yarn back
Bring your yarn back

Wrapping short-rows, slip wrapped stitch
Slip the wrapped stitch back onto the right needle

Wrapping short-rows, slip decrease stitch
Slip the next stitch as written

This is the result…
Detail - Entrelac worked with wrapping
Instead of the decreases at the end of each short-row turning to the side and showing the stitches from the block below, everything now lays nice and flat. The wraps are just for structure and are not picked up and worked, the same way you don’t work the wraps in a garter stitch short-row heel on a sock.

A little bit of extra work in an already fussy technique, but oh so worth it.

Knitting Daily has “Entrelac – Beyond the Basics” by Eunny Jang available as a free download right now and it’s definitely worth snatching up since she has directions for both working entrelac flat and in the round. You have to register for Knitting Daily, but it’s free and a wonderful source for patterns and techniques.

I don’t purl normally when doing entrelac, but instead knit “backwards” so I don’t have to turn my work. For those who turn their work at the end of each row, execute the wrap as follows:

After a p2tog
Bring your yarn backwards, slip next unworked stitch from your left needle to your right needle, bring yarn forward, slip wrapped stitch back onto left needle, turn work and work next row as written.

After an ssk
Bring your yarn forward, slip next unworked stitch from your left needle to your right needle, bring yarn backwards, slip wrapped stitch back onto left needle, turn work and work next row as written.


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