Thursday, August 07, 2008

knitted entrelac triangular prism diagram

I'm glad I found this, it's a way to diagram the method of knitting a 3-d entrelac object, in this case a triangular prism. Not quite ready for prime-time, but it gives the idea. Each square represents a knitted square in the final piece.
Each square has a number showing the order it's knitted in. The diagonal arrow show the path the yarn takes into and out of the square.
Each square in the diagram is surrounded by other squares representing knitted squares that already exist (the number is not in parentheses, and it's a lower number) or squares that will be knitted later. The orthogonal arrows show the direction of knitting for each square except for the one you're currently knitting, which you're knitting from bottom to top.
To start each square, you'll either be knitting onto a scrap-yarn provisional cast-on (P. C. O), for example in squares 1, 2, 4, or picking up stitches from the sides of other squares. Picking up stitches is represented by little hatch marks inside the square you're working on.
And for every square after the first square, you'll also be attaching a side of the current square to the live stitches of one square that came before. This is denoted with little hatch marks that go along one of the sides of the square you're working on, but the hatch marks are outside the square. This is done in typical entrelac fashion, by working the first or last stich of a row together with one of the live stitches from another square.
Occasionally, and this is to be avoided whenever possible, you have to attach the live stitches of the square you just knitted to the side of another square previously knitted. This is indicated by a wavy line above the top of the square you just knit. The only way I've figured out how to do this short of grafting is to hold one live stitch available from the previously knitted square. You'll see this with a notation "leave loose." If that stitch is a live stitch when the time comes to attach the later square, you can ladder down that edge stitch and chain it up again, attaching the live stitches as you go.
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