For the first 25 or so years of my knitting life, I was content with the skills I learnt from my mum and the odd book. It’s not that I stuck to simple things – I did cables and fair isle and intarstia – but I didn’t try new or different ways of doing things. Mostly I didn’t know there were different ways of doing things. Until I took up knitting again with a vengeance a couple of years ago and discovered the knitting internets, I genuinely did not know that there was any other way to knit than the way I was taught (which I now know is ‘English’ style). I had no idea there were so many different ways to cast on and cast off, and I’d never knit in the round.
Now I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques when I need them. I’ve learnt new cast ons and cast offs, become a sock addict, taught myself to crochet, read lace and cable charts, learnt different ways to increase and decrease, and more. But one thing I’ve never done is entrelac. I just don’t particularly like the effect and so have had no desire to knit anything in it. Then last week, someone brought along a hand-knit entrelac cardigan to knitting group and asked how it was done. And while I could seen in principle how it must be done, I had to confess I didn’t know exactly.
Well now I do, for I have knit this entrelac tea cosy.
pattern: improvised, first two sets knit in the round, middle section knit flat with decreases, top section knit in the round, I-cord loop
yarn: ancient dk acrylic from stash
needles: 4 mm
Can’t see me wanting to knit entrelac again, all that going back and forward and picking up stitches is a right pain and I don’t like the effect enough for it to be worth it. But at least I now know how it’s done and the cafe where we have our knit nights has a new tea cosy. Actually they have 3 new cosies because I fell out with my current wip socks and wanted some simple makes, and because it seemed to me that a cafe that’s often full of knitters really should have knitted tea cosies
pattern: Strawberry Tea Cosy by Katya Frankel (available as a free ravelry download)
yarn: stash acrylic dk, used doubled