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Entrelac StarCopyright (c) 2008 Jay F. Petersen, all rights reserved.
Unit 1:Cast on 12 (n+1) stitches. Row 1: (Right side) *YO, RT, K2 ([n-7]/2), K2tog, rep from *. Row 2: Lay contrasting piece of yarn from back to front over working yarn, purl to end of row. Rows 3, 5, ..., 21 (2n-1): Repeat row 1. Rows 4, 6, ..., 20 (2n-2): Repeat row 2. Sanity check: there are 11 (n) lace eyelet holes going up the center of the unit. There are 10 (n-1) loops being held by the contrasting-color yarn. Leave the last row on the right needle.
Units 2-4:Place loops held by contrasting yarn onto left needle, from previous unit's left edge, starting from the bottom edge of the unit to top. (These loops are worked into the current unit's first row of stitches.) Remove contrasting yarn, and use it while knitting this unit. Row 1: (Right side) *YO, RT, K3 ([n-7]/2 +1), rep from *. Work rows 2-21 (2n-1) as for unit 1. Leave the last row on the right needle.
Unit 5:Unpick the cast-on and place the freed-up loops on the left needle, so that the right side of the first unit is facing you. There should be 11 (n) loops on the needle. Then place loops held by contrasting yarn on the left needle. There should now be 21 (2n-1) loops on the left needle. Row 1: YO, RT, K3 ([n-7]/2 +1), YO, RT, K2, SSK, turn. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: YO, RT, K2 ([n-7]/2), K2tog, YO, RT, K2 ([n-7]/2), Sl2K1PSSO, Rows 4, 6, ... 20 (2n-2): Repeat row 2. Rows 5, 7... 21 (2n-1): Repeat row 3. Leave the last row on the right needle.
Finishing:Crochet *chain 1, single-crochet in a stitch or loop, repeat from * in each loop or stitch around the star. When you get to the inner corners, gather three loops/stitches together into one sc. Finish with a slip stitch into the first single crochet.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I decided to finish this off with a crocheted edge: sc, ch1, in each stitch around the piece except, when I remembered to, I worked 3 loops together on the inside corners.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I have achieved minimalism! One zig-zag (or stair-step, really) piece of knitting that is joined to itself in 3 different ways:
1. Entrelac joins (pick up stitches from side edge, join side edge to live stitches.)
2. Sliding-loop join from Rick Mondragon.
So, you can knit a cube with only one piece and with no seams… well, no sewn seams. Grafting is sewing, I guess, but it’s pretty flexible.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Video of the cube variation 4.
Minimal, perhaps. Two segments. First I knit a zigzag in lighter yarn, attaching the zigzag to itself as I went. This formed half of the cube: 3/4 of 3 faces and 1/4 of 3 other faces: (3 * 3/4 face) + (3 * 1/4 face) = 3 faces, or half of a cube (6 faces). Then I knit a zigzag in darker yarn, attaching the darker zigzag to the lighter colored zigzag and to itself as I went. At the very end, I had to graft together half of one edge of the cube.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So I’ve been experimenting with entrelac cubes that feature motifs that are not square, but are still in the spirit of entrelac. The lighter-colored patches of this cube are in the shape of zig-zags, but each zig-zag is attached to itself along some of its edges. It makes a nice symmetry on the faces of the cube.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Knitted with "Vanna's Choice" acrylic yarn. I think I'll do the next one in wool. I'm going to throw this in the washing machine and dryer and see if it evens out the shape. Right now, it's a little under-stuffed and lumpish.