You are the boss of your knitting

I taught the second of a two class series at Twisted last night. It’s a simple hat, knit in the round on a circular and then double pointed needles. In the first class, we talk about reading a pattern, different cast ons, and getting that circular knitting going, “being careful not to twist.” Then they knit like crazy for a week, so that they’re ready for the decreasing at the crown of the hat. The second class is where the fun really happens. We do decreases, learn how stitch markers can be your friends, and eventually move to dpns, and everyone learns that you really only knit with two needles at a time, no matter how many are in your knitting. I love encouraging students to be fearless, and that they are the boss of their knitting. And I love the grins that happen when the knitting comes off the dpns and suddenly it’s a hat. A finished project with new techniques is such a confidence builder. And the camaraderie that develops with a group of knitters chatting as they knit is a wonderful thing.


I knit a hat, too. This is the one I started for knit nite last week. I saved the decreases for class, so we could do them together. This Madeline Tosh Worsted is so deliciously squishy; it was a pleasure to knit.

On Monday evening I’m teaching a class on entrelac knitting, also at Twisted. I love entrelac. It looks so complicated, but it’s simpler than you think, and you look so clever knitting it. My favorite part is purling back backwards without turning your work. I think there is still one spot left open in this class. If you’re interested, call Twisted!

I went on a big entrelac design jag a little while back.

entrelac sox 2
Entrelac Socks, knit in the round

Athena, knit in the round

Infinity, knit flat

lacy midwinter
Lacy Infinity, knit flat

More Athena!

We won’t be doing any of these particular patterns in class, because it takes a while to get into them and it’s only a two hour class. Instead, we’ll learn the little bits of technique needed for entrelac, and start a sample that can end up as a scarf, or bag, or whatever. But while I was rooting around in my little yarn stash, I found a ball of fingering weight Chroma from KnitPicks in the Pool Party colorway. Doesn’t it look like spring is just around the corner?


I’m not going to be using it, but it’s the perfect weight for the fingering weight version of my Infinity Entrelac Infinity scarf. Here’s mine, in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi.

mochi long2

Do you want to knit one? I’d be happy to send this ball of yarn and a downloadable pattern to one of you. (Of course, you’re free to knit whatever you’d like with it.) Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win it. Have you ever tried entrelac? Do you like it? Are you afraid of it? I’ll let the random number generator pick a winner after Monday’s class. Ready? Go!

79 responses to “You are the boss of your knitting

  1. I have only done one entrelac project. I loved it. I should do another!

  2. I made a basket in entralac, which I then felted. Lovely. I would really like to make that scarf!!!

  3. I have never tried Entrelac, and your patterns are pretty gorgeous – I would love to take the class with you at Twisted (not gonna happen because I am in Kelowna, BC) but I would love that gorgeous springtime yarn & a pattern of yours! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. I took a class in entrelac once a LONG time ago… I think the class was for an entrelac sweater, but something went wrong with the sleeves & I got discouraged & never did end up finishing the sweater. Wouldn’t mind trying it again, though!!

  5. Love the lacy bit in there, I’m usually anti-entrelac, but the colors, the cowl, the lacy bits, it’s the perfect combo…I would definitely give entrelac another chance for this!

  6. I made an entrelac dishcloth 4 or 5 years ago, but have forgotten how. So would love to “re-learn” and make a scarf out of this beautiful ball of yarn!
    Thank you.

  7. I’ve not tried entrelac yet but I have bought a book and it’s on my list of things to try.

  8. Have admired entrelac, but have never tried. Your scarf is beautiful!

  9. I like the looks of entrelac but not tried it… would love to learn using your pattern and the lovely yarn!

  10. I would love to learn entralac! I taught myself how to do cables. I try to be fearless with new techniques. What’s the worst that can happen? Rip it out and try again? Twice the entertainment for one ball of yarn!

    • I have had several times the entertainment from a single ball of yarn. A lot of design is trial and error, and I like to make the mistakes so you don’t have to!

  11. I’ve never tried entralac, but would like to try it. Great job!

  12. It’s not hard; it’s worked in little bites and therefore very do-able!

  13. Entrelac has been on my “must-learn” list too long. I love the look of the entrelac socks and just bought your pattern so I will actually pick up the needles and teach myself ( since I can’t go to Portland to learn). I do love that yarn and would really like to try the scarf.

  14. My first entrelac project was Athena (I found the pattern and yarn at Twisted on a visit to my son and daughter-in-law) and it was such fun. I’ve made several now (my DIL got the first one). Michele’s directions are superb. Now entrelac is one of my most favorite things to do!

  15. Hooray! I’m glad you like Athena. I’m currently writing and testing instructions for Monday’s class, and I’m getting all jazzed about entrelac again.
    You’re in the drawing; good luck!

  16. I am a bit afraid to try enterlac. I’ve seen many many videow on you tube but I’ve never tried to pick up the needles and the yarn to try it… The results are so impressive though….

    craftink on raverly

  17. How stretchy are the entrelac sock cuffs? Compared to 2×2 ribs, for example?
    These look SO PRETTY! The socks and all the projects.

    I’m tempted to try entrelac but a bit leery lol

  18. Thanks for the info on the stretch factor. My next project, will attempt learning entralac πŸ™‚

  19. I love the look of it, and eventually, I will attempt it. I’ve learned to not be scared of knitting techniques, because, as someone pointed out above, if you screw it up, you can just pull it out and try again, but I haven’t gotten around to learning yet. It would be cool to figure out how to knit backwards, though…

    • It’s actually pretty simple to purl back backwards. Insert your needle to do a purl stitch, then turn your work around and see what’s happening, how it looks from the other side. See how the yarn wraps and pulls through when you look at it from the other side. You just have to make that happen, and it’s not hard. After you do about 10 stitches, you’ve got it!

      The one knitting technique that we can’t fix after screwing up? Steeking! It’s on my list of things to learn this year.

  20. I have not tried entrelac, but for that scarf I am more than willing to learn

  21. The blue,lavender and grey shades sent me straight to heaven canot do this technique yet but boy will I be ‘borowing’ your colorway idea :}

    • You don’t even have to choose your own colors; this is KnitPicks Chroma worsted in Midwinter, and the colors are already in the yarn and it does all the color change work for you!

  22. I wish I lived closer to you — I would TOTALLY take your Entrelac class. That, and steeks, are two of the advanced techniques I still need to master…

  23. i always wanted to try entrelac..looks like a ton of fun πŸ™‚

  24. I’ve always wanted to try entrelac, even though it’s intimidating.

  25. I’ve only tried entrelac once, using black and white to make a chessboard-like scarf. I’m not sure why I stopped, though. Clearly I need to try it again.

  26. The scarf is beautiful, I’d love to try it

  27. I love entrelac but still have no gotten the hang of it. Love that scar and Ho you integrated th lace panels…. Also, Pool Party is just right up my alley!

  28. Ooohhh pretty!! Pretty designs, pretty yarn! πŸ™‚ I would live to try entrelac, never done it before πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  29. I’ve never tried entrelac, but I never shy away from a pattern. Self-taught knitter for 40 years. I would love to make a wrap with that pattern.

  30. I keep wanting to try Entrelac but have not got around to it. In fact, my LYS is even offering a class this week but I’m saving all my knitting money for Madrona so I won’t be able to take it this time around. But I’m going to learn, soon!

  31. Entrelac intrigues me, but I’ve not tried it before. I can’t decide whether I like the look of it or not. I prefer the ones that have lace or something interesting built into the panels, though, much more than the plain.

  32. Never tried it but bring it on!

  33. I’ve bought the book Entrelac but have not sat down and tried it yet. The yarn looks lovely.

  34. I’ve done one entrelac project and really liked it. The Chroma yarn would work well for the technique.

  35. I’ve never even tried it – looks intimidating!

  36. I have tried it in the past and once I got my head wrapped around what to do, it was a lot of fun! I love Chroma yarn!

  37. I did one entrelac project..Quant from Knitty and I loved it! I would definitely like to knit more. Please sign me up. Thanks.

  38. Your Infinity is so pretty!

    I have tried entrelac as part of a workshop with Alison Ellen. I didn’t enjoy it at the time, but it was a three-day workshop and I practiced and practiced overnight and finished my swatch. It wasn’t easy but I did feel quite proud of myself for finally figuring it out. I do like the knitting back backwards part. πŸ™‚

  39. I’ve been thinking about trying entrelac. I already have plans on Mon, otherwise I’d look into joining you at Twisted! Maybe next time you do a class. And the Pool Party yarn is lovely πŸ™‚

  40. I’ve experimented with entrelac, but have not made a project with it yet….yet.

  41. Leah Robertson

    I love that yarn and your patterns!! Thanks for your inspiration and reminding me that I am the boss of my knitting! πŸ™‚ Hope your class is great. Wish I could be there!

  42. I have done entrelac once. I took a class on a knitting weekend. I love it but have not picked it up again. I will have to finish it soon.

  43. I have NOT ever tried entrelac, but I admire it whenever I see it. I particularly like what it does with a medium/long repeat color change. Looks like you put a LOT more effort in than I’m told you did. πŸ˜‰ I particularly like your Infinity Scarf — I have enough math/science in my background to appreciate the rather subtle lace pattern. πŸ™‚

  44. I’d love to try Entrelac with this gorgeous yarn!

  45. I have tried several times to find a simple instruction site to learn entrelac. I would love to add this technique to my personal “learn something new each month” goal. I love the look of this stitch!

  46. Sometimes I think it is the name of a technique that puts me off, the posher the name, the more inclined I am to think I couldnt do it. I was put off once by the name “intarsia”, until one day I realised I had been doing it for ages, just didnt know it was called intarsia! So think it is time I overcame the entrelac fear!

  47. The most fun part of workshops and classeses for me is the social aspect, interaction with others and teacher and great tips that often not included in a book. Your one-skein wonders designs are fabulous. And I was just telling hubby yesterday when shopping that Spring is already here. Buds have been sprouting in last two weeks…I sure miss my winter wonderland. No worry though, I am sure winter will arrive probably in May/June. We had a snow bliss in July last year πŸ˜€

  48. I have never tried entrelac. It sort of scares me. I am working on my first colorwork hat right now and it is going well. Hopefully blocking will take care of the unevenness of some of the stitches.

  49. I’ve never done entrelac — I’m not a fan of how it looks — but I saw a project where it was blocked and had such wonderful drape … It would be interesting to try! I’ve just started my first cable project, so I’m feeling kinda fearless!

  50. Thank you for sharing your entrelac work, I never thought to add it to a sock. I have admired entrelac for a while now, but have yet to try it.

  51. I have tried entrelac. Being able to knit and purl correctly really helps. Although, it is interesting when you end up with some twisted stitches. I like it in small doses. πŸ™‚

  52. I have been waiting for my local knit shop to have an entrelac class,and I would love to use the Pool Party knitpicks yarn πŸ™‚

  53. Entrelac scares me but it’s on my list of knitting things to try when I have a quiet afternoon to myself.

  54. I love these patterns! And that yarn is extremely pretty!

  55. I’ve been dying to try entrelac, what a gorgeous yarn and pattern!

  56. I’ve tried a garter-stitch entrelac pillow once but I gave up on it, a good technique but just horribly wrong for the yarn I had. I’d definitely like to give it another try.

  57. I’ve knit a lovely scarf in entrelac and really should experiment more with the technique. I do love your scarf… very pretty!

  58. I love practicing entrelac! It’s not easy, but it challenges and grows me as a knitter.

  59. It definitely looks like spring! I’ve been putting together a collection of free knitting patterns I like and I’m thinking that skein of yarn would work perfectly for one of the scarves on my site! Yay!

  60. I agree – that’s definitely a spring colorway! I’ve never learned entrelac (I’m a little frightened of it, but I managed to teach myself to knit toe-up socks recently, so I’ve got some I-can-do-anything confidence rockin’ me at the moment), but I’d *LOVE* to… so, count me in as another who wants to be part of the drawing!

  61. I would LOVE to try this yarn, its all my favorite colors combined! I can think of a thousand things to knit with it πŸ˜€

  62. Wow – that yarn is gorgeous, and so is the scarf !! I’d love to knit it – I made one entrelac project (felted bag), and I’d like to try entrelac again πŸ™‚

  63. I love the colors in the yarn and the pattern looks fascinating! I would like to take one of your classes, but my schedule just never allows for the time.

  64. I have never tried entrelac but my friend is making some entrelac socks that are very cool, so it is tempting!

  65. I think this Chroma color would be perfect for entrelac! I have done entrelac once before about 3 years ago and made a headband. I have wanted to try again and think the scarf and the socks look amazing!

  66. It does look like a swimming pool with lots of pretty green plants around it. And sun – warm sun…..

  67. I’m afraid of entrelac, but I love trying things that “scare” me πŸ˜‰
    I’m up for a challenge

  68. Love entrelac, would love to try the yarn too.

  69. Entrelac is like socks – scares the heck outta me! lol That being said, I’m taking a sock class and am working on my first pair – I think I’m hooked! I have found that if I have really good directions and take my brain out of the equation a little bit, I’m good. So yeah, I’d like to try it. Especially with some squooshy fabulousness like Chroma! πŸ˜‰

  70. Never tried entrelac before but would love to! It kind of intimidates me but this is my year for tackling those types of projects.

  71. I have never tried entrelac. At first, I avoided it because it looked too difficult. Then, I started avoiding it because it looked too time consuming. But, I think soon I will stop making excuses and just try it. I just love how it looks.

  72. That’s beautiful! I feel like it’s a bit above my skill level, but I’d love to give it a try πŸ™‚

  73. I was away and missed the contest altogether, but I love the look of entrelac and all your projects are so pretty! I kind of know how to do it in theory, but haven’t ever made a whole entrelac project. This is inspiring, though…