by Mette Hovden & Heidi Eikeland
Norwegian knit designers?and sisters?Heidi Eikeland and Mette Hovden discovered entrelac by chance, without even knowing what the technique was called. It was only after searching long and hard for more patterns that included the textured blocks that they realized they'd happened upon an entry in Norway's official “red list” of endangered handcrafts: a traditional design element so rarely worked in contemporary patterns that knowledge of it had been deemed at risk of dying out.
The obvious solution was to design more patterns themselves, resulting in this collection of 40 projects that capture the exceptional and distinctive “woven” look of entrelac, including both striking multi-color designs and elegant single-color patterns. Now, let Heidi and Mette introduce you to entrelac as a technique: