Entrelac Ball - Revised

ilhiker's picture

It took me all bloody day and a poorly written pattern I found on Ravelry, but I did my first bit of 3D entrelac knitting!
Enjoy.
Mark

PS. I made another cube a day later and found it to be more successful, especially sticking with one color. The joins came out better. Keeping the yarn the same gauge, I used a #3 bamboo needles instead of the #7 that I used on the first one, and I didn't stuff it so full, so it looks more like a cube than a ball and has a tighter stitch.

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fuzzyjay's picture

Hey, I'm the author of that

Hey, I'm the author of that pattern ("Simplest Entrelac Cube") and I realize it's quite the tome. I figure without an editor I can be prolix, wordy, and downright long with my patterns.

fuzzyjay's picture

Um, that is, I'm the author

Um, that is,

I'm the author of the pattern that other people were referring to. The one you used is very sketchy compared to mine! I have some revisions for my 1.99 pattern (I realize my idiosyncrasies are not really necessary for the pattern, and I would like to revise them out at some point). But who knows when I'll get to it, I'm a level 256 Grand Master Procrastinator.

Bill's picture

...so that means the book on

...so that means the book on Entrelac, that you will eventually write...is not in the immediate future!
I took a class on entrelac from Gwen Bortner mid-February...so I can begin to understand some of your amazing sketches and samples on flickr...

KenInMaine's picture

Hi Mark, nice work. I love

Hi Mark, nice work. I love working on dimensional projects and will give this a try for sure. Also if you search "entrelac ball" on Ravelry there are a few other variations including one with cables that run all along the outside. Looks a bit daunting!

ilhiker's picture

Hi Ken, Ken, coming from you

Hi Ken,
Ken, coming from you that's quite a compliment. I really enjoy the creatures you make!
The person who makes the really intricate 3D projects in the form of balls or cubes is Jay Petersen. He's quite the artisan. I have exchanged emails with him and he seems pretty interesting. Here's his Raverly site:
http://www.ravelry.com/people/yarnover

Thanks for the compliment. I did a second one today and didn't stuff it as full as the first one, so it is more of a cube than a ball. I used #3 bamboo needles instead of the #7 bamboo needles and it seems to be a tighter stitch with I think looks better. I also made it a solid color which I think helps hide some of the joins that aren't as tidy as they are when using mixed colors. I have put the second ball up on this posting now, so you can see it as well.

Mark

KenInMaine's picture

Hey Mark, inspired by your

Hey Mark, inspired by your work, I tried my hand at an entrelac ball/cube, too. I purchased the pattern by Jay Petersen. It is a mere 2 bucks and is 15 (!) pages long. It not only tells how to make the item but gives a lot of theory on how entrelac works in general. Highly recommended! Mine turned out pretty nicely though I also don't feel like I stuffed mine enough. I have a photo up on Ravelry if you'd care to see. Cheers!

KenInMaine's picture

Tallguy pointed out that

Tallguy pointed out that non-Ravelry members couldn't see the photo of my project using the previous link. So just follow this link instead. Thanks Tallguy for making me aware of this little glitch, I had no idea...

ilhiker's picture

Thanks, Ken. I am a member of

Thanks, Ken. I am a member of Ravelry. The ball looks great. It's a great way to use up that little bit of yarn we all acquire from all the projects we make.
I've added another (yellow) ball to my projects. Here's my work on Ravelry.

Ilhiker on Ravelry

Mark

ilhiker's picture

Your entrelac ball turned out

Your entrelac ball turned out great! Isn't it fun to make something so fun out of such a little bit of yarn? I just downloaded my copy and is typical of Jay, he will give you much more information than you will ever need, but it is always fascinating to see how amazingly his mind works.

KenInMaine's picture

Yes it was very satisfying to

Yes it was very satisfying to end up with a finished project after only a few hours. And I did appreciate all the info he provides. Like he said you may not need it all right away, but you'll most likely come back to it later. I'll have to try one of his other projects soon. But as of last night I started the Chameleon pattern by Hansi so it'll probably be a little while.

Bill's picture

Jay's entrelac stuff is

Jay's entrelac stuff is amazing...but I don't think he's published any instructions...did you look at his flickr site?

ilhiker's picture

He actually has one for $1.99

He actually has one for $1.99 on Ravelry, but I don't have, and don't want a PayPal account anymore. I had a wickedly bad experience with them years ago and it took a long time to get it sorted out. Someone on their end had a bit more fun with my credit card than I would have liked! We've emailed each other a few times and he said he'd send me his pattern, but I haven't heard from him in awhile now, so who knows. In the meantime, I am experimenting. They are a quick knit, so it's kind of fun to end up with a toy after a couple hours of knitting.

scottly's picture

Two more and you can juggle!

Two more and you can juggle! :-)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very interesting, Mark. I

Very interesting, Mark. I think I have an old knitting book from the 70s in my collection that has something similar. Hopefully, the instructions were better written.

ilhiker's picture

I photographed the best

I photographed the best sides...of course. Some of the other joins aren't as nice, which is where the designer failed to give good instructions. I had to check on youtube for some help and then added that to some entrelac techniques that I also studied, but I remain a bit disappointed. I'd love to see the pattern from your 70s book. Some of those older patterns are so much better written.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That particular book is in

That particular book is in storage right now - along with other reference sources - but I hope to go through that box soon as there are other books I want to check on about something. Hopefully, I'll remember to check for the ball. If memory serves, it is knit with squares that are picked up at the sides, joining them together as you knit each section and then sewing the final seam in kitchener.

cacunn's picture

I like! What is the name of

I like! What is the name of the pattern?

ilhiker's picture

It's called Out of Yarn,

It's called Out of Yarn, probably because it doesn't take much yarn to make it. You can find it here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/out-of-yarn

The pattern isn't as complete as it might be. I still don't think I did the joins correctly.

Mark

cacunn's picture

Thank you I'll look that up.

Thank you I'll look that up.

smalltownknitguy's picture

How did you close it? Great

How did you close it? Great work!

ilhiker's picture

I used a Kitchener stitch. I

I used a Kitchener stitch. I ended up with one section on the needles, so I just threaded another needle where I wanted to join it, and then closed things.