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August 24, 2005

Entrelac You Say?

So, I sat down last night with several sock books, on the prowl for some interesting socks to make for my sockapal-2-za buddy -- she favors textured calf length socks in blues and greens or purples and reds.  Cables and lace instantly came to mind -- that is until I stumbled upon the Entrelac Socks in the Socks, Socks, Socks book.  Entrelac you say?  Yes entrelac.  Now entrelac smacks of the 70s and 80s -- at least to nona -- but it looks fun and with the right variegated yarn, who knows?

I knit a felted entrelac bag several years ago, so I had a foggy recollection of what it's all about.  With that, the sock pattern, and some scrap yarn I sat down today to make a swatch.  Well I tried and I tried and I puzzled and I puzzled and for the life of me I could not get the pattern directions to work.  With a boost of confidence, I decided the pattern had to be in error.  A few moments -- and a google search -- later my swatch was off and running.

Remember, if the pattern just doesn't seem right, it's not -- trust your own instincts and judgment.  Now to track down the right yarn...

August 24, 2005 in Sockapalooza | Permalink


I love that pattern! I may have to invest in Socks Socks Socks afterall!

Posted by: Beth | Aug 25, 2005 12:44:45 AM

It looks so nice! The yarn really compliments the pattern - good choice ! I never made socks yet - should consider it to improve my 5-dpns-skills...
Have a nice day!

Posted by: Sophie | Aug 25, 2005 2:46:27 AM

That little swatch looks great. The bold colors work well with the bold squares. But you already knew that, right?

Posted by: Colleen | Aug 25, 2005 6:12:53 AM

Ohh.. Have to add that to my list. I just finished my first lace sock. Not correctly, but finished hehe

Posted by: Liz | Aug 25, 2005 6:37:37 AM

Funny how entrelac looks much better on socks than on something bigger, like oh, a sweater. Welcome back, I missed your blog!

Posted by: katie | Aug 25, 2005 7:22:50 AM

Whoa, an entrelac sock?! You are braver than I.

Posted by: Diana | Aug 25, 2005 8:17:11 AM

This will be fascinating! I've always wanted to knit that Entrelac shawl if Scarf Style, but it is just so big. I can't wait to see how your sock turns out. If it works, I will have to try it.

Posted by: Purly Whites | Aug 25, 2005 10:36:12 AM

Nona- glad you're back! I found varigated yarns with short lengths of color- like Lorna's Laces- work really well for entrelac. Where the individual colors would be lost, the little squares make the most of them and they just shine. I have some entrelac on my blog, FYI. :)

Posted by: Christina | Aug 25, 2005 11:33:40 AM

Hmmm, I'm thinking of doing an entrelac felted bag, but from the way everyone's describing it, I'm wondering if I'd be biting off more than I could choke on!

The entrelac sock sounds much more reasonable, and it's looking good! What yarn are you using for the sock?

Welcome back!

Posted by: Jen | Aug 25, 2005 12:08:59 PM


By "a google search" do you mean you found the pattern and its errors were listed? How did you do this? Did you mean you found another pattern and it worked? What did you mean??? Welcome back, Nona, I missed you.

Posted by: kathy b | Aug 25, 2005 8:13:17 PM

now that's fancy! your sock pal is going to love it! what vibrant color sock yarn, too!

Posted by: blossom | Aug 26, 2005 8:47:23 AM

You are a patient gal! I think entrelac is beautiful...it's on my "long-term" to do list. Which is what I call all those knitterly things I want to do but aren't really in the chute anytime soon. Like socks. Really want to try socks.

Posted by: jillian | Aug 27, 2005 1:01:25 PM

how exactly DO you do entrelac? I've tried in the past but I always have the funny feeling i'm doing it wrong....

Posted by: callie | Dec 27, 2006 4:22:37 PM

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