So let’s talk about Giselle.
We’ve already talked about inspiration, progress, indecision, and completion. Now that Giselle is available on Ravelry, let’s talk about what it’s like knitting Giselle.
As much as possible, when designing the stole I wanted to make the knitting as easy as possible. Does that sound a little crazy, given that Giselle mixes entrelac and three lace stitch patterns? It isn’t, and here’s why:
Entrelac is just a fancy name for units knit on top of each other. For a basic entrelac unit – like those in Giselle – you pick up stitches from the selvedge of an existing unit. And as you knit the new unit, you attach it to another unit with decreases.
That means you’re only ever knitting one unit at a time. And with Giselle, all the units are always 19 stitches wide. To make the knitting even easier, all the wrong-side rows are plain purl.
It gets even better. Entrelac units are worked in layers called “tiers.” With Giselle, all of the units in a given tier are knit in the same stitch pattern. So, over the course of knitting the four units of a tier, you have a chance to get know – and, dare I say? memorize – its stitch pattern, before moving on to the next tier and its stitch pattern.
Bottom line: I did try to make knitting Giselle’s body as enjoyable as possible, both through the design choices I made and the way the pattern is presented. Of course, if you want to read up on and get familiar with entrelac first, I recommend Gwen Bortner’s Entrée to Entrelac.