Entrelac at a Different Angle


The designs in Susan Duckworth's Knitting make this book one of my all-time favorites. Her entrelac patterns are especially beautiful and are responsible for my initial interest in this technique. Although "Chequers" is my favorite, all the entrelac is beautiful, including the swatches illustrating the 'Introduction' and 'Reading the Patterns' sections.

This book may be hard to find, but it is worth some effort to see the designs. Ask your local knitting shop if they have a store copy you can browse. Also, try your local library or your knitting guild's library.

Susan Duckworth's Knitting
Ballantine Books, 1988, ISBN 0-345-35276-9

Kathryn Alexander brought entrelac to many people's attention both with her entrelac socks in Spin Off and with her sweater in Knitting in America.

Spin Off, The Magazine for Handspinners
Winter 1992 (or 'Socks reprint')
(The entrelac socks are on the cover. Patterns are NOT included)

Socks, A Spin Off special publication for knitters and spinners
edited by Rita Buchanan & Deborah Robson, Interweave Press, 1994, ISBN 0934026-94-7
(This booklet contains the patterns for the socks featured in the Winter 1992 magazine.)

Knitting in America
Melanie D. Falick
Artisan, 1996, ISBN 0-885183-27-5

Swedish Sweaters, New Designs from Historical Examples
Britt-Marie Christoffersson
The Taunton Press, 1990, ISBN 0-942391-80-2

The section, "Stocking from Gotland," includes a photo of an old stocking and instructions for its 'patchwork leg.' The blocks increase in size from the ankle to the knee.

This book also includes instructions for two contemporary sweaters using the entrelac technique, "Rainbow" and "Mate."

"Knitting a Basketweave Look-Alike," Threads (magazine)
Gwen Fox, Taunton, July 1994 (#53)

This article is a gold-mine of information on entrelac and features a photo of a knock-out entrelac sweater. It has detailed instructions and illustrations for working entrelac (perfect for beginners) as well as numerous technique tips.

(If this has been reprinted in one of the Threads' knitting books, email me the details and I'll include them here.)

Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose & Knickerbocker Stockings
Collected by Veronica Gainford
Schoolhouse Press 1978 (Expanded edition 1995)

This booklet of instructions for making traditional Scottish stockings includes an example with a "Basket Plait top."


The vest is made from Charity Hill Farm Yarn (Ironstone Yarns, Inc., Uxbridge, MA, 01569.) If you need to make a substitution and aren't sure what to buy, try asking the folks at Tess' Designer Yarns. I plan to knit another "Entrelac at an Angle" garment using some of their hand-dyed, varigated, mohair.


Even though the "How To" photos show the yarn on a variety of needles, the vest was knitted on "straights" (enamel with nickel-plated ends.) I love knitting on straight needles and usually knit with the right-hand needle 'belted.' If you are interested in trying this type of needle and can't find it locally, get in touch with Ogier Trading Company and ask about their LANAS STOP line.

(Ogier is another source for lovely and soft yarns.)

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Knitting, information and webpage were designed and created by © Emily Lynne Wilcox, 1997, 1998.
Email address: elwilcox@digitalthreads.com | Last update: March 30,1998.