And in giving a presentation on entrelac to a guild last month, I rekindled my love affair with entrelac. I found the motivation to start a project I’ve been meaning to do for years: knit a stole similar to the Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia. I’ve always loved its use of multiple lace patterns, and the way the edges of the units created gentle, undulating curves when blocked.
True to form, though, I wasn’t interested in knitting Faina’s pattern. That had already been done and proven. Rather, I wanted the fun of coming up with my own pattern: making all the necessary decisions and then finding out, in the end, if they worked, if the decisions added up to a pleasing whole. (Yes, I’m a process knitter – but you knew that already, didn’t you?)
So, I pulled out my Estonian stitch dictionaries – because Estonian lace is easily my favorite kind of lace – and started swatching.
And I finally chose three stitch patterns to use, and got started.
You’ll note that the entrelac units aren’t “on point,” to borrow a quilting term. This eliminates the need for base, side, and top triangles. You’ll also note bits of red waste yarn, for provisional cast-ons and for holding live stitches. The plan is to work all the units, then pick up stitches around the stole before adding a border. Holding live stitches with the waste yarn means the border will be more fluid than if those stitches has been cast on normally or bound off.
The WIP is four units wide, so I think the finished stole be about 16" wide, depending on what sort of border I choose. Top contenders right now are a simple border of garter stitch (as for the swatches shown above), or a bit of garter stitch followed by an attached edging like Tiny Edging.
The other decision yet to be made: how long should the stole be? 60" long, maybe? We’ll see.