Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class – Entrelac Finale & book review poll

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Happy New Year!!!  I wish you the best for a happy, healthy, and creative 2012!

(This post is part of my Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters series.  To read my other posts on single crochet entrelac, click here and here.)

You may remember my little entrelac swatch from a few weeks back.

This was going to be a cat blanket.

I decided it was too stiff so I started over with a larger hook.  Most of this was finished on New Year’s Eve, while watching Metal Evolution and That Metal Show.  (Side note: This was actually hard to do, by the way.  This week’s episode of Metal Evolution was about thrash, and I had to look up and pay attention quite a few times!)

My single crochet entrelac panel, in its full glory.
Here’s a closeup. The sun setting makes it look moody.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Joyce Wyatt‘s single crochet entrelac technique.  Overall, I like the look of the design, especially when worked in multiple colors.  On the other hand, upon closer inspection, it can be a bit sloppy.  You are often working into the sides of rows, and that creates little “holes.”

And while most of the piece is worked in single crochet, on some rows the last stitch is worked in half double crochet, which changes the texture.

You can minimize these issues with a smaller hook, but then your fabric is ridiculously stiff.  And, of course, it is slow going since the single crochet is such a short stitch.

I will probably just stick with Tunisian crochet entrelac in the future, but it was cool to try out a new technique.  This piece will be the beginning panel of my next cat blanket.

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