Entrelac pretender 2

This is another fabric combining holding and slip stitch to create shapes. Below is my working first repeat, the colored lines indicate a dividing line that would give me a black square on either side for setting up the second, split repeat to reverse the direction of the knit stitches. I am sharing not to provide a pattern or specific how-to, but to provide some ideas for technique experimentation by blog readers with some experience and familiarity with the use of patterning and holding conjunctively.

my mylar repeat

Each program represents repeat for one row of “entrelacs”. The bottom repeat ┬áKCII <–, knits left to right, top repeat KCI->, knits right to left. Each horizontal segment begins knitting on groups of 22 stitches and ends on “half” a repeat. The half repeats and the reversal of the knit direction result in a balanced fabric. As the direction is reversed, the programs need to be altered. A bit on method:

COR for bottom mylar repeat KCII <- knit all stitches color A, COL set the machine to slip <->, bring all but first 22 sts on left to hold, knit 20 rows. The resulting shape is being created left to right when the top is reached the stitches at the left of the sequence will be in B position, the ones on right will be in work. COL: at this point push next 22 sts into work, knit to right. COR: return first repeat 22 sts to hold position, continue in pattern for 21 rows. COL: bring the next group into work, and knit/move across the selected number of needles. COR: bring the previous grouping of 22 into hold. Repeat as needed for the desired width. When the row is completed and the last group of needles is selected in work, COR: cancel holding and slip, knit one row on all stitches to the opposite side, change color to B if desired. COL: program subsequent repeat, KCII, select ->. COR: set cam buttons to slip <->, KC to hold, bring all but first 22 needles on right into work and reverse full sequence.

My swatch was worked on needles 34L to 21 R, had an interesting 3D texture until I pressed it. I like to press the initial studies to have a clearer definition of edges of shapes and location of color changes so as not to disrupt the pattern

the resulting swatch knit side

and purl side

there will be yarn ends to be dealt with color changes, some could be knit in with the same color during the making of the piece. I can imagine that if the 2 rows of all knit stitches are eliminated between entrelac rows, even more variations could be done with added colors, but I personally am not “going there”

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