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entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

tutorialbritt schmiesingComment

we are ready for an easy section now. just a few rows to learn and then you will repeat them for each rectangle. piece of cake right? no...really that wasn't meant to be sarcastic. it's not bad at all. this tier is only rectangles.

left slanting rectangles

this is where we left off. one stitch on the right hand needle. we now need to pick up and knit the sts in between.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier @sneezerville

this photo illustrates the stitches that need picked up. and if i didn't mention it before, all those stitches we have been slipping make this part easier. see those nice big stitches. we will need to pick up 7 all together to get the 8 stitches that we need for our rectangle. but only pick up 6 stitches for now and knit them. we are going to do something special with that last stitch.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

picking up a stitch. remember, knit these.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

sorry (blurry). pick up that 7th stitch. slip it knitwise to right hand needle, do the same with the next stitch. then knit them together. (ssk is what we are doing.)

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier
entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

Row 2: P8, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1, k6, ssk, turn.

repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have used up all the stitches from the tier before. every time that you ssk the last stitch with the next one from the tier before you are joining together the tiers and getting rid of that space you see between the stitches below.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

here is what it looks like when you are about halfway through the rectangle.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

and now you have one finished tier.

repeat the above rows making sure that you pick up 7 stitches this time and then one more to ssk with that next section for joining. repeat the rows 2 and 3 again until all stitches in that section are joined.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

now you have 2 rectangles done. you need to repeat the above steps one last time for the final joining / rectangle.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

left slanting tier is complete. we are going to finish our little sample piece in the next part.

entrelac: part 3: left slanting tier

see ya back here tomorrow for the final tier / finishing.

Oh and HAPPY THANKSGIVING too! hope you aren't eating too much! oh who am i kidding? eat up!

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier

tutorialbritt schmiesingComment

as i mentioned yesterday, entrelac has tiers of triangles and rectangles. we finished our base triangles yesterday so that today we can begin the right slanting tier which is a combination of triangles and rectangles. there will be a triangle on each side of our sample with 2 rectangles in the middle.

NOTE: this is a very time consuming tier. there are lots of photos. so be prepared. after this tier, it gets way easier!

First we are going to knit a triangle along the left edge. this will give us a nice straight edge.

Left Edge Right Slanting Triangle

Ensure WS is facing.

Row 1 (WS): K1, turn.

Row 2: Kfb, turn. (what you see in the photo is the stitch that now needs kfb done to it)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville
entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

you know have an extra stitch.

Row 3: K1, p2tog, turn. (in the photo below you are going to purl the next 2 sts together. you will be purling 1 st that you have been working with to the next st on the left hand needle to start to connect the triangle to the triangle below.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 4: K1, M1L, k1, turn. (to M1L you are going to need to pick up a bar from between the sts that you see in the photo below and place it on your left hand needle. then knit it through the back of the loop. you have added another st just in a different manner than the first time.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

you now have 3 sts in the triangle that is going to continue to grow until you reach 8 sts.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 5: K1, p1, p2tog, turn. (see photo below: when you are p2tog on these rows you are purling a st that you have been working with a new st from the base triangle. that way they start to join together.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 6: K2, M1L, k1, turn.

Row 7: K1, p2, p2tog, turn.

Row 8: K3, M1L, k1, turn.

Row 9: K1, p3, p2tog, turn.

Row 10: K4, M1L, k1, turn.

Row 11: K1, p4, p2tog, turn.

Row 12: K5, M1L, k1, turn.

Row 13: K1, p5, p2tog, turn.

Row 14: K6, M1L, k1, turn.

Row 15: K1, p6, p2tog. Do not turn work. (see photo below: you have now completely joined your side triangle with your base triangle and are ready to begin your first rectangle. you are going to knit the rectangle using all those stitches that you see floating there in the middle.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville
entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

in the photo above, i have marked all the sts that need picked up. there should be 8 all together. but i should mention we are going to do something special with that 8th st so when you get there...pause.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

right slanting rectangle

Row 1 (WS): Pick up and purl 7 sts along selvedge edge between block just worked and next set of live sts. Pick up 1 st more, place on LH needle, p2tog that st and next live st (see photo below: you can see that the picked up st was placed on the left hand needle. purl it together with the st to its left from the other base triangle), turn.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

after completing that step and turning your work to the right side you can see that you have a whole bunch of sts in a row.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 2: K8, turn.

after knitting the 8 sts it will look like the photo below. you should have 8 sts in each section. it is good practice to always check that.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 3: Sl 1, p6, p2tog (see photo below: again you are purling the st you have worked with to the next st in the base triangle to join them together. you will always see a little space between the 2 sts your are purling together. just a little helpful hint.), turn.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have used up all the sts from the base triangle. it will look a bit like this halfway through your rectangle.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

(see photo below oh and sorry it is a bit blurry) you have finished your first rectangle. make sure there are 8 sts in each section before continuing. if there aren't you need to undo it and try again. i had to do that a couple of times.) we now need to make 1 more rectangle to finish this tier of our little sample. 

repeat rows 1 - 3 til second rectangle is complete.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

your knitting will then look like this. we now need to make another triangle to straighten out the other side of our sample.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

right edge triangle

you need to pick up those sts along the slope on the right.

Row 1 (WS): Pick up and purl 8 sts along selvedge edge of the last block of the previous tier, turn.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville
entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

the above photo is what it will look like before you turn the work.

Row 2: K8, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1, p5, k2tog, turn. (see photo below: here you see the 2 sts that you are decreasing. this will help us to form the triangle and will help to straighten out the edge of our sample.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 4: K7, turn.

Row 5: Sl 1, p4, k2tog, turn.

Row 6: K6, turn.

Row 7: Sl 1, p3, k2tog, turn.

Row 8: K5, turn.

below you see what it will look like when you are about halfway finished with this triangle.

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

Row 9: Sl 1, p2, k2tog, turn.

Row 10: K4, turn.

Row 11: Sl 1, p1, k2tog, turn.

Row 12: K3, turn.

Row 13: Sl 1, k2tog, turn.

Row 14: K2, turn.

Row 15: K2tog, turn. (the photo below: is what your sample will look like at this point on the right side of the work. notice the sections. inside those sections we will work the next tier.)

entrelac: part 2: right slanting tier @sneezerville

come on back tomorrow for more!

entrelac: part 1 : base triangles

tutorialbritt schmiesingComment

entrelac is a series of triangles and/or rectangles that are knit in tiers attaching to each other as you knit. it looks really complex but isn't so bad once you get the hang of it. it also looks great with variegated yarns. 

Row 10: P5, turn.  Row 11: Sl 1, k5, turn.  Row 12: P6, turn.  Row 13: Sl 1, ssk, yo, k4, turn.  Row 14: P7, turn.  Row 15: Sl 1, k7. Do not turn work.

the design that i introduced yesterday utilizes this technique. there are tons of patterns using entrelac out there for free as well. so what i am about to show you is very helpful no matter what pattern you choose. 

NOTES: i will be knitting just a small sample size entrelac for this tutorial; just to give you an idea of how it works. you will be using the actual technique on a much larger scale depending on the pattern that you choose. but this will make a nice little swatch/practice for your actual pattern.

the triangles and rectangles that are knit for the different patterns can utilize any number of stitches. my pattern has triangles and rectangles of 8 sts; so that is what i will be using for this tutorial.

my pattern contains buttonholes in the base triangles. i will not be doing the buttonholes in this tutorial.

i am probably shooting myself in the foot here by putting so much in the tutorial. i mean why would you need to purchase the pattern after all of this? but i believe in sharing. and i was totally confused by this process when i started this little project. and i wanted to share what i learned with you. so use it however you wish and enjoy!

cast on 24 sts. this will make 3 base triangles. 

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

Row 1: k1, turn.

Row 2: p1, turn. 

Row 3: sl 1, (see above photo: this is what it looks like after completing R1 & R2 and slipping the first st) k1, turn.

Row 4: P2, turn.

Row 5: Sl 1, k2, turn.

Row 6: P3, turn.

NOTE: you will start to see a little space between what you have already knit and what needs to be knit still (see photo below). that is fine. you are adding one stitch to what you are knitting with each right side row until you end up with 8 sts knit.

Row 7: Sl 1, k3, turn.

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

Row 8: P4, turn.

Row 9: Sl 1, k4, turn. (see photo below: this is what it will look like when you are halfway through your base triangle.)

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

Row 10: P5, turn.

Row 11: Sl 1, k5, turn.

Row 12: P6, turn.

Row 13: Sl 1, ssk, yo, k4, turn.

Row 14: P7, turn.

Row 15: Sl 1, k7. Do not turn work. (see photo below: this is what one complete triangle will look like.)

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

for the next base triangle, start over again from row one using the next stitch on the left hand needles. (see photo below: this is what it looks like after completing Rows 1 & 2. you will have a little space between your two triangles. that space will grow as you create this second base triangle. that space will be filled in with a rectangle as we complete the next tier.)

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

here is what it looks like after 2 completed base triangles. so start over with Row 1 using the next stitch on the left hand needle.

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

since we are only creating a small sample piece, we are now done with our base triangles and ready to move on to tier 2.

entrelac: part 1: base triangles @sneezerville

come on back tomorrow to see how to complete the next tier!

new knitting pattern : carole cowl

knittingbritt schmiesingComment

a lovely lady gave me some yarn and asked me to make her a cowl. i wanted to do something that would really highlight the variegated nature of this yarn (lion brand amazing). i chose entrelac. something that i had never tried before because of that i decided to include a set of tutorials demonstrating to you how to do entrelac. so starting tomorrow here on the blog there will be a series of 4 posts (base triangles, right slanting tier, left slanting tier, and end triangles) all about the basic technique of entrelac. i hope that you enjoy it and the pattern. 

new knitting pattern: carole cowl @sneezerville

so let's get to the knitty gritty (no pun intended!):

pattern : entrelac with eyelet buttonholes

shape : rectangle

technique : entrelac (a photo tutorial will be available starting Nov 26, 2014)

new knitting pattern: carole cowl @sneezerville

directions : written

yarn :Lion Brand Yarns Amazing (worsted weight; 53% wool 47% acrylic; 147yds/50g per skein): 2 skeins Mauna Loa #825-212

a little note about this yarn: it states that it is a worsted weight yarn. but i disagree, it is more of a dk weight yarn. you might keep that in mind when choosing an alternate yarn.

needle : Size 6 (4mm) 16-inch circular or straight needles or size to obtain gauge

additional supplies : 5 5/8-inch buttons

new knitting pattern: carole cowl @sneezerville

gauge : 2 slanting rectangles x 1.75 slanting rectangles = 4 inches/10cm in entrelac (unblocked) 
20 Sts x 28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St St (unblocked)

finished measurements : Approx 10 inches wide x 23.5 inches long (unblocked)

you can purchase the pattern here, on craftsy, etsy, ravelry, or kollabora.  Enjoy!

and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the entrelac tutorial.

crocheted coasters

crochetbritt schmiesingComment

i have a ton of this not so pretty white reclaimed aran weight cotton yarn sitting around. (by the way, did i use enough adjectives in that sentence?) i want to make a bunch of crocheted coaster in different patterns from it. then i plan on dying them different colors.

crocheted coasters @sneezerville

we will see how that goes. it is going to be a kind of long ongoing process. as i am just working on them between projects.

crocheted coasters @sneezerville

the pattern for this batch was from a new site that i stumbled upon the other day, messyla. check it out. there are some gorgeous things on there.

another knitting project

knittingbritt schmiesingComment

i have been asked to knit up several things this christmas. among them is a looped scarf for my cousin's little girl. she wanted a turquoise to go with some accents on her winter coat.

i am thinking simple garter stitch loop with crocheted stitches in cables or waves. that part will be an experiment when i get there.

garter stitch @sneezerville

i am using cascade yarns sierra. it's a cotton/wool blend. so it should wear well and wash well. it's a nice smooth yarn that is gentle against the skin. another plus. look for a free pattern with this one when i finish!

t-shirt yarn

crochetbritt schmiesingComment

i found a new yarn that is just kind of quirky and neat...lion brand fettuccini. it's a t-shirt yarn. it was actually kind of stupid to purchase it, considering i know how to make t-shirt yarn, but i just couldn't say no! each skein is totally unique since it is made of garment manufacturing remnants.

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i loved the color and the little dots and my mind just went....awesome.

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my plan is to make some crocheted coasters from it. if i can find a hook in my stash that is big enough. 

on a little crochet kick lately especially after finding this lovely blog.

new project

knittingbritt schmiesingComment

i have had several requests for knitted items lately. i am currently working on a sweater for my sister-in-law for christmas. but in between having to wait to measure her in it, i have been working on other projects too.

entrelac sneezerville

this is my newest. it will be an etrnelac cowl. i have never done entrelac before but always thought that it look pretty neat to try (ie lady eleanor). i was given this yarn (lion brand amazing which says it is worsted but is really more of a dk weight) and told to come up with something cool. so i looked at things that others had knit with it on ravelry and entrelac looked the coolest. so i printed off the grey gardens headband. started knitting it to get the feel of how to do the entrelac. now i am going to set that aside and work on a cowl (and pattern) using it and buttons.

keep your eyes here for more info. i also have to knit a scarf for a little girl before christmas. lots to do!