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Greyling
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  05:23:53 AM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message
My LYS held a class in the entrelac shawl, and the first few rows were challenging.

I'm glad I attempted and conquered, but was close to quitting. Glad I did not.

GFTC
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  06:20:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
The first time I tried entrelac I was sure what I was doing couldn't be correct. I surrounded myself with reference books and just went full steam ahead. Imagine my surprise when I finished the first few rows and discovered that, yes, that's how it's done!

Keep at it and you will feel like you have discovered a knitting secret. It looks like it will be so complicated but, like all other knitting, it's just done stitch by stitch, row by row.

My first entrelac project was a baby blanket and I neglected to take a picture before giving it to the baby. My second was a pair of socks which I did take a picture:
entrelac socks I was amazed that entrelac can be done in the round.

GFTC of NYC

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gwtreece
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  07:21:11 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Greyling, Glad you didn't quit. Can't wait to see a picture of your work.

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rainyrivergirl
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Canada
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  11:11:41 AM  Show Profile Send rainyrivergirl a Private Message
I started my first Lady Eleanor several times..so sure that those weird looking triangles couldn't be right. Finally found a wonderful yarn store owner who suggested kindly that I have some faith and just follow the pattern. After one more trip to consult with her, I was well on my way. I am currently working on my third Lady Eleanor.
So it pays to stick it out. You will be so pleased when you are done!
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yarnyamy
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  11:25:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message
The idea of entrelac scared me for years until I actually tried it- it's pretty fun. At first I thought it looked wrong, but I just kept following the directions and like rainyrivergirl said, it worked. I haven't made Lady Eleanor yet but it is on my list of things to try!

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becka always
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:59:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit becka always's Homepage Send becka always a Private Message
I, too, will be giving Lady Eleanor a go during Knitting World Cup, it should be quite an adventure.

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Becka

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Greyling
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Posted - 06/01/2006 :  11:42:20 AM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message
I don't have the technology to post a picture of the finished product, but 3 of us in the class are using various colors of Noro Silk Garden. We are very happy with the way the yarn is working with the pattern. We can't wait to finish!
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kadiddly
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Posted - 06/01/2006 :  1:34:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
Ahh, the Lady! She is a fun knit! I did one during the Knitting Olympics (okay, so I didn't finish on time, but I was moving 250+ miles, doesn't that count? ) and I love it. I enjoyed working on it, and I have gotten several compliments on it since. She does look a little wonky at first, but just trust the pattern and keep going and she will be beautiful!

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
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ForestBird
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USA
265 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2006 :  3:37:51 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
I, too, at first try with entrelac thought something was wrong. But I trusted the pattern, and adjusted the needle size, and all was great! Now I am working on a multi-directional scarf on MagKnits.com, but I have seen other multi-directional scarves on other sites. The multi-directional scarf uses short rows and reminds me of entrelac. I love it!

Anyone else try the multi-directional scarf and find it sort of like entrelac?

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
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kadiddly
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Posted - 06/01/2006 :  6:45:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
I did a multidirectional scarf last year for a friend for Christmas, before I learned entrelac. I could see the similarities, though! The multi-dir scarf is a great way to learn short rows w/o the hassle of having to pick up stitches.

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
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