Entrelac is something that has been on my list to try for years. I just love textured stitches, so the basketweave quality has always really appealed to me. My list of things I want to try is, unfortunately, about a mile long though ... so it usually takes me until someone (a family member, friend, or customer) requests something using a new technique before I get to try it. Luckily my friend Liz requested this entrelac hat, so I finally got to try it out!
The pattern is called "Entrelac Winter Hat" by Amanda Lilley, and it's available for $3.99 on the KnitPicks website. I used KnitPicks Swish Worsted (100% Superwash Merino Wool) yarn in "Bare" (undyed). I also made sure to block my hat when I was finished knitting so that the "basketweave" laid a little flatter and wasn't as gathered-looking at the crown.
As intimidating as entrelac seems before you attempt it, or even after the first row or so as you're attempting it, once you get the hang of it it's really pretty simple! If you've been waiting to try it out, I really suggest you just take the plunge and try! If you get stuck and need help you can use this video I found on YouTube called "How to Knit Entrelac: Beginner Video on Entrelac Knitting from Knitting Daily TV", or you can search around YouTube and find a video you like better --there are tons! And now I'm going to go search for more enterlac patterns on Ravelry, because I think I'm in love.