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Lady Eleanor, I Presume?

Jan 18, 2013
Lady Eleanor by Kathleen Powers Johnson, from Scarf Style

One of my Knitter's Resolutions this year is to work with different stitch patterns. Kathleen Power Johnson's Lady Eleanor, from the book Scarf Style, has been on my list for years, and I think it'll finally make its appearance in 2013.

It's my birthday today, and I think I'm going to give myself a gift in the form of yarn for Lady E!

Lady Eleanor (shown at right) is one of those scarf knitting patterns that combines a stitch pattern with its perfect yarn. The woven look of entrelac shows off the beautiful colors of hand-dyed, self-striping yarn, breaking up the colors in such a pleasing manner. And I really love the long, knotted fringe; it's beautiful.

Knitting entrelac is easy once you get going. I've taken a couple of classes on this knitting technique and it's one of those stitch patterns that you don't want to stop knitting because you're dying to see what comes next. Check out Eunny Jang's free tutorial on knitting entrelac; you'll see how simple it really is.

Eunny also has a DVD workshop available, Entrelac Knitting, Basics and Beyond, which expands on the information presented in her free tutorial. It's a wonderful learning tool.

I hope you enjoy knitting entrelac. Maybe you'll want to knit Lady Eleanor with me!


P.S. Are you already an entrelac knitter? If you have any tips, leave a comment and share them with us.

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Francesca@3 wrote
on Aug 17, 2014 10:21 PM

Getting ready to start Lady Eleanor Stole, but notice that it says scarf. I thought it was a stole/wrap? If I cast on 56 stitches, will that make it a stole?

Francesca@3 wrote
on Aug 17, 2014 10:20 PM

Getting ready to start Lady Eleanor Stole, but notice that it says scarf. I thought it was a stole/wrap? If I cast on 56 stitches, will that make it a stole?

MariHM wrote
on Jan 22, 2013 12:57 PM

I just cast off my Lady E. took me a long time. Cast on in 2009.

It's such a joy to knit though.

on Jan 22, 2013 2:53 AM

I'm a bit late, but happy birthday!!!

Lilianne wrote
on Jan 21, 2013 10:10 AM


I received the Knitting Daily e-mail today about the spring issue of Knitscene. When I clicked on the link to leave a comment, it said "access denied" even though I was logged in. Is this a broken link, or was I supposed to do something else?

Mary Anne

BarbaraR@80 wrote
on Jan 20, 2013 11:26 AM

Happy Birthday! I love entrelac, and should knit some more of it - great fun and as you said, I didn't want to stop.

on Jan 19, 2013 2:27 PM

I've used LionBrand Amazing to make entrelac cowls, knit in the round with knitting left to right for the purl rows.  This yarn is fantastic for entrelac, beautiful subtle color changes, and a soft lovely halo.  Enjoy!

PaulyH wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 1:44 PM

Scarf Style is one of the first knitting books I purchased, but felt intimidated by Lady Eleanor until I purchased 10 skeins of merino on sale and just decided to go for it a few months ago. The entrelac has proven have a soothing, satisfying rhythm to it, and it receives oohs and ahhs from friends. Unfortunately, I can see that 10 skeins won't be nearly enough to complete the long, luxurious shawl pictured. So maybe it will end up as a lap throw, which is what it's been to me this winter.

marywoods wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 1:42 PM

I relearned this technique before Christmas so that I could make the Reservoir Mitts from Knit Scene Accessories 2012  for my daughters for Christmas.  These are a great small project to start with and they go up quick.  My next project is the Cochin Shrug from the Knitting Daily Workshop: Entrelac Basics and Beyond.  I recently purchased the DVD for help with this technique in the round.  Eunny Jang is great!!  And the DVD is well worth the price.

yurtboutique wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 1:40 PM

To make the back side of your entrelac as beutiful and the front, always slip the first sticth of every row and when picking up the stitches for the next unit, only pick up the back loop of each stitch you are picking up.  You will be amazed at how clean the back looks.

Rtknitter wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 1:35 PM

My first venture in to entrelac was a baby blanket with pastel colors for each 'row'.  As I recall it had about 11 stitches to each block and I soon learned that turning it every 11 stitches to knit on one side and purl on the other would take me forever to finish.  So, I learned to knit backwards ~ in other words, do the purl row from the front.  Simply reverse-engineer the mechanics of the purl stitch and I flew through the rest of that blanket.  It was all worked from the same side.  Happy entrelac!

Lorna, Sonora, CA

Cooperk33518 wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 11:55 AM

I'm in the middle of an entrelac pattern using jojoland rhythm. The colors are simply beautiful!  I understand what you mean about not being able to wait to see what comes next. Thank you for the tip about purling backwards. I'm going to try that right now!

Cooperk33518 wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 11:55 AM

I'm in the middle of an entrelac pattern using jojoland rhythm. The colors are simply beautiful!  I understand what you mean about not being able to wait to see what comes next. Thank you for the tip about purling backwards. I'm going to try that right now!

knitviv1 wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 10:45 AM

Thanks for the tips on backwards knitting.  I've attempted entrelac knitting but lost interest quickly with all the turning.  This new technique should help! Any recommendations on what yarn to use for the Lady Eleanor?

Happy birthday Kathleen!

Dusti@2 wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 10:43 AM

I think I am going to knit this one this year too.  I have been wanting to for a few years but have not yet gotten to it.  I think I am going to try Lion Brand Amazing for it.  It may only be a wool/acrylic blend, but I think the color changes will be, well, amazing!  I'm not yet sure what color I will use though.  If so many people are going to be working on this, we should start a KAL for it!

zeditor wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 8:24 AM

La Lana Wools is no longer in business, alas. I have knit this project, twice, after learning about it during an entrelac class at my lys. The first time I used Boku -- its long color changes produce a gorgeous result. I then took the plunge and ordered the Forever Random wool (before La Lana went away). It was a special treat for myself for a significant birthday. The result is beautiful -- but the yarn color is much, much darker than that shown in the photo. So it's beautiful, but different. I love entrelac! Once you get the hang of it, the results are amazing, and people are convinced you are a knitting genius.

WyomingK wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 7:00 AM

Lady Eleanor! One of my early finished objects. I didn't know enough to be wary of entrelac in those early days. Glad I wasn't! Lady E is an excellent project. I used Noro Kureyon, which was fine for the stole, but really wasn't so great with the fringe, alas.

suzievandeck wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 5:28 AM

As I believe the yarn the Lady Eleanor was originally knit with is no longer available, any suggestions for substitutions, or can the La Lana wool be found?

Linda S wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 6:39 PM

I love entrelac, but the back side is so ugly, I don't see how you can use it for a scarf. Maybe if you doubled it and sewed the sides together?

Glogirl wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 6:34 PM

Oops, I see someone else already posted that about purling backwards.

Glogirl wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 6:32 PM

In the class I took we learned how to purl backwards so you don't turn the work.very cool.

Dianegart wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 5:19 PM

It's  even better,  more fun,  and faster  if you take the time  to learn to knit backwards.  It eliminates    all that turning while knitting entrelac.

Learn to knit backwards!  It is worth it.


sheltieluvr wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 2:40 PM

Your free Enterlac tutorial would not open, Dissappointing!!!!

Ruth Ly wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 2:04 PM

I attempted entrelac when I was still a beginner and I found it to be wonderful because IT'S SOOOO EEEAAASSSSY!!!!!!!! Yet at the same time it looks complicated, as if you wove stripes of stockinette together. The coolest part is that all you really have to know is how to knit and purl, plus a few decreasing stitches that you can learn and perfect along the way. I would recommend learning enterlac to any person learning to knit. The possibilities are endless.

on Jan 18, 2013 12:45 PM

I bought SCARF STYLE simply because I wanted to knit Eleanor. I've had the book for years, but I never attempted entrelac until i decided to just suck it up and make Eleanor last month. I used Patons Classic Wool for a more rustic look, and i finished it it a few days ago. After weaving in the ends and blocking it, i am now ready to tackle the fringe. This is wonderful pattern for anyone new to entrelac, and it truly is a gorgeous knitted piece.

kathleen@98 wrote
on Jan 18, 2013 12:28 PM

Kathleen C.,   I have had the book 'Scarf Style' for several years.  The first project that caught my eye (though not the first one I've knit) was the 'Lady Eleanor' scarf/shawl- my youngest daughter's name is Eleanor.  I want to knit the 'Lady Eleanor' entrelac scarf for her in this new year of 2013!  Thanks so much for featuring it.  You've inspired me to begin!  Kathleen R from Cape Charles, Va.