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 pattern is referred to as Entrelac knitting and looks really effective.
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!
It looks great. I am learning entrelac.
I am looking at pics & learning a lot.
Thanks for posting this.
Can you please tell me where I can get the pattern for this entrelac jumper???
I’m not sure as I found it in a charity shop. If you pop into your local yarn shop they may be able to help you track down a similar one. X
I have done this sweater when it first came out and loved so much I wore it out. I have just bought JC Brett Marble to knit it again. Wish me luck! Note that it stretches so knit to your size. Happy knitting. X
You too. Xxxx
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It is very lovely!! 🙂 I have never done entrelac but who knows maybe someday…
Thank you. X
I have a jacket knitted by my grandmother in the 1980’s. The sleeves are worked in Entrelac and are huge! I love it thought because of the diamonds and it still smells of my grandmother’s perfume. This one in long variegated yarn is pretty. 🙂
That sounds a very special jumper and definitely one to treasure. Thanks for sharing your special memory. X
Well the 80’s are back in fashion this Autumn so your lovely top will fit right in! With regards the former owner not finishing the jumper that is quite understandable. Entrelac needs quite a bit of concentration initially so its not for everyone – it was probably cast aside to do later and stayed in the WIP pile…..
I’ll have to post a photo once it’s finished!
Do you not find finishing off an unknown person’s jumper a bit spooky? I would be constantly thinking about the reasons why it was unfinished. It was incredibly thoughtful for the person who donated it to also donate the wool to complete the project too.
Someone else said that to me too. I often wonder about their life story and what happened to them, I just couldn’t bear to waste someone else’s hard work and not finish it for them. X
I’m making an entrelac baby blanket… And I’m almost done. It’s about time, too… The baby’s nearly 3 months old.
Congratulations on your baby! An entrelac blanket sounds so snug and will be so pretty. X
Finally finished it! I just posted a picture to my blog.
Your entrelac blanket is gorgeous. I love the colours, it looks so warm and cozy too. X
I am doing the sleeves of a long Aran cardigan for my daughter, it is taking forever!
Hope you soon get there! I’ve never tried an Aran cardi, it’s on my ‘must do’ list! x
I didn’t realise entrelac went out of fashion! I’m just knitting a laptop case in entrelac and the next jumper on my list for me to do is this one
What a great idea. I bet your laptop case is fab, I’m off to check out the link. Thanks for sharing. X
Well. It will be when it’s finished! I knitted three rows, ripped back as it was too wide, now back to row three but have been side tracked by Christmas stuff.
It’s rare I start and finish something for myself in less than a year….
This looks really exciting! I’ve always wanted to try Entrelac.
Thank you, it pretty therapeutic too. X
Even though I don’t knit anymore, I have done Entrelac knitting before and I love the effect, I keep trying to replicate it in crochet, but it’s just not the same! Feeling all nostalgic now!