Thursday, November 27, 2008
Entre nous, entrelac
Finally, I'm happy with the beret pattern. If you have any questions about the decreases, leave a comment and I'll be glad to help.
By RMS Original
Notes: Wherever the pattern says to ssk, you may instead k2tbl (knit 2 together through the back loop). For the rectangles, the “Shaping Row” always begins with Sl 1 and ends with a decrease. “The “Return Row” is always K6 or P6 (whichever is appropriate to keep the st st pattern).
When working entrelac in the round there are no side triangles on Tier 1, however, you must somehow change direction! You may either knit (or purl) another row of the diamond to get to the other side (as printed in the directions), OR pick up stitches from the base to the top of the previous diamond.
Yarn: Nashua Wooly Stripes, Color WS0051, or similar worsted weight yarn with long color changes
Needles: Circular Size 7-9, or whatever will give you a pleasing fabric in your yarn. If you don’t use the Magic Loop method, the length of your needle should be 16”. 8” DPNs may be used.
Gauge: See instructions for Ribbing Band.
Ribbing band: Work a gauge swatch in 1x1 rib, and note the number of stitches in 4”.
Measure the circumference of your head, and divide by 4. Multiply this number by your gauge. Divide by 6, and subtract as necessary to get an even multiple of 6. Subtract another 6 or 12 stitches for a tighter fit. Cast on that number of stitches, and join, being careful not to twist. Work 1x1 ribbing for 1”.
Set Up Base Triangles:
Row 1 [RS]: K1, turn work.
Row 2 [WS]: P1, turn work.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k1, turn work.
Row 4 [WS]: P2, turn work.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k2, turn work.
Row 6 [WS]: P3, turn work.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k3, turn work.
Row 8 [WS]: P4, turn work.
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k4, turn work.
Row 10 [WS]: P5, turn work.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k5. Do not turn work. The first base triangle is complete.
Continuing on to the st to the left of the st just worked, repeat Rows 1-11 until you have completed the circumference, and used all the ribbing stitches. Base triangles are complete.
TIER 1, Left to Right.
Right-Slanting Center Diamonds:
Row 1 [WS]: Pick up and p 6 sts along edge of next base triangle (in following Tiers, you’ll pick up sts along the edge of a diamond). Sl last picked-up st to left needle, p2tog with next st on needle. Turn work.
Even-Numbered Rows 2-10 [RS]: K6, turn work.
Odd-Numbered Rows 3-9 [WS]: Sl 1, p4, p2tog, turn work.
Row 11 [WS]: Sl 1, p4, p2tog. Do not turn work; diamond is complete.
Repeat Rows 1-11 until you are back at the beginning. On the last diamond, after Row 11, turn and K6.
TIER 2, Right to Left
Left-Slanting Center Diamond:
Row 1 [RS]: Pick up and k6 sts along edge of next diamond. Sl last picked-up st to left needle, ssk with next st on needle. Turn.
Even-Numbered Rows 2-10 [WS]: P6, turn work.
Odd-Numbered Rows 3-9 [RS]: Sl 1, k4, ssk, turn work.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k4, ssk. Do not turn work; diamond is complete.
Repeat Rows 1-11 until you are back at the beginning. On the last diamond, after Row 11, turn and P6.
Repeat Tier 1.
Repeat Tier 2 however pick up only 5 stitches evenly spaced along the edge of each diamond.
Repeat Tier 1 however pick up only 4 stitches evenly spaced along the edge of each diamond.
You are now ready to knit the top triangles and crown decreases.
Row 1 [RS]: Pick up and k4 sts along edge of next diamond.
Row 2: P4
Row 3: K3, ssk, turn.
Row 4: P3, wrap and turn.
Row 5: K2, ssk, turn
Row 6: P2, wrap and turn
Row 7: K1, ssk, turn.
Row 8: P1, wrap and turn.
Row 9: Ssk, do not turn. The first top triangle is complete. Continue until you have worked triangles across the whole round.
Knit 1 row.
You have an even number of stitches on your needles, a multiple of 4. To work the decreases, the odd numbered rows will be the decrease rows, and the even numbered rows will be knit all stitches. The hat in the pattern had 60 stitches after the entrelac ended. This is a multiple of 6, so each decrease section will total 6 stitches – K4, k2tog across the round. The following decrease row will be K3, k2tog, and so on until you k2tog across the round. Knit 1 row, and cut a long tail. Weave the tail through the remaining stitches and through. Weave in all ends.
Block this hat flat to properly shape the beret slouch.
Copyright 2008 RMS Original. You may use this pattern for personal and charity use only.