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Spotlight on Modular Knitting

Jun 8, 2011
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The Sweet Hexagon Cowl from our new eMag, EntreKnits

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I'm so excited about our new eMag, EntreKnits, which takes a fresh look at entrelac, mitered, and modular knitting. These techniques all start with one simple shape and grow into something greater—like knitting itself.

There are beautiful patterns, of course, along with interviews, historical tidbits, video tutorials, and lots about the math of knitting—which I never thought I'd be interested in, believe me, but I read every word and learned a lot! It made me realize that we knitters are a rather mathematical group, after all.

My favorite pattern is the lovely Sweet Hexagon Cowl by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, pictured at left.

It's part of a quilt-inspired article in EntreKnits. Because quilts are the classic expression of geometry in textiles, so quilt-like designs are a natural in a collection of modular knitting.

The Sweet Hexagon Cowl is constructed of interlocking hexagon pieces that are knitted in the round. After knitting the first piece, all the following hexagons are connected to neighboring pieces using a combination of picked-up and cast-on stitches.


The simple color palette, in a tonal mix of four semisolid colorways, lets the random shift of colors take center stage.

It's gorgeous, and I just love the yellows, lilacs, and purples (even though purple and yellow are the colors of my rival university).


Knitting Trifecta

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  The Cochin Shrug by Eunny Jang is a stylish entrelac project.
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  Cochin Shrug, back view. I love how the entrelac squares make a V and pull up the hemline.
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I like to have a couple (or three) projects going on at one time. I like something challenging for brain-exercise knitting, something simple for TV knitting, and something portable for travel knitting.

The techniques in EntreKnits are a veritable knitting trifecta because they fit all three categories. Entrelac, mitered, and modular knitting can all be portable, challenging, and, once you get the hang of them, easy.

Challenging: When you're first learning the techniques in EntreKnits, like knitting backward or joining dominoes in three dimensions, they can seem challenging. Luckily, the eMag contains videos, diagrams, and tutorials to help you learn these methods fast! So then they become . . .

Easy: Once you've learned these techniques, you're basically working the same stitches over and over to create a modular piece of knitting.

Portable:
Most of the projects in this eMag are small enough to be portable. Even Eunny Jang's stylish entrelac shrug pattern (at right) is small enough to travel with.

Download your EntreKnits eMag today; I know you'll love it as much as I do—I've already looked at my stash to see if I have any yarn for the Sweet Hexagon Cowl. (Although I pretty much know that I'll be getting some of that yellow and lilac yarn!)


Cheers,


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DeepaD wrote
on Jun 14, 2011 1:00 PM

I am yet to buy entreknits but from just these pics, Cochin Shrug looks very clever in design. It got me into experimenting with entrelac shaping - something very few patterns take on. Can't wait to see how Eunny has put it together. The construction seems to be a lot like www.garnstudio.com/.../visoppskrift.php, is my best guess at the moment.

Deborah111 wrote
on Jun 13, 2011 9:07 AM

The Hexagonal cowl is beautiful and reminds me of Lilacs.

I just downloaded my EntreKnits this weekend and love all the great projects in there - I've decided on the Curlicue Blanket for my daughter to start with.  

Thank you, and I can't wait for the next one !!

JudyW wrote
on Jun 8, 2011 10:00 AM

Knitting has tons of math, which may be why project planning and adaptation is most interesting to me.  As a promoter of "girls/women CAN do math" I am so pleased to have you recognize the use of math in an area of our daily lives.