A few months ago, I found a half-finished jumper in my local charity shop along with its pattern, needles and a couple more balls of wool. With the back and front almost complete I hadn’t the heart to unravel someone’s hours of time and effort simply to re-use the yarn – the job had to be finished!
Totally 80’s retro cool!
The textured diamond pattern, which looks like basket-woven strips, is created by knitting small interlocking squares in different directions.
During one section of the pattern you knit / purl the blocks to the right and the following section to the left.
After you have knitted each 8 stitch block, you then pick up 8 more stitches along the side of the rectangle from the previous block as a basis for your next set and to join the slanting sections together.
Although I’m only using one type of yarn (Nova Double Knitting by Sirdar) because it is variegated in long repeats, each square appears to be made up of one colour. Clever stuff!
If you fancy trying something new, I would definitely encourage you to have a go at Entrelac. Although you need to concentrate to start off with as there is a lot of turning , if you can knit and purl you will be fine – it’s just lots of short rows and frequent work rotation!
So what are you working on? I would love to hear – drop me a message in the comment box.
And if anyone knows who started this jumper – please tell them it is a real honour to take on the challenge of finishing it. The jumper is already treasured as its taught me about Entrelac and my daughter (a great lover of vintage) can’t wait to wear it!