lk2g-085 Helene Rush from Knit One Crochet Too

In this latest episode of our web video series/podcast, we chat with Helene Rush, designer and owner of Knit One Crochet Too a yarn manufacturer based in Maine.  We find out how Helene got started in the knitting world, how she took on the company and  chat about their latest fall yarns and patterns.

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52 Responses to “lk2g-085 Helene Rush from Knit One Crochet Too”

  1. 1 STACY

    I haven’t knit any entrelac yet but I’ve been eyeing the entrelac beret on ravelry to be my first project. I love how the color changes look on the entrelac.

  2. 2 Debbi

    I haven’t knit any entrelac yet but I have seen a couple hats that I think would be a good launching point to try the technique. The book looks great, Hope my name comes up to win it! :)

  3. 3 chad

    i was inspired from the gits for gary vaynerchuk episode so for my 21st birthday i designed a tunisian crochet entrelac wine cozy that is done in the round and uses the tunisian stitch and the tunisian knit stitch. also when i was experimenting with this i made some soft plushie toys for my cousins to play with!

  4. 4 Jessica

    Garterlac holds a special place in my heart because it was the first and only entrelac project I’ve ever done.

  5. 5 Karen

    Garterlac sounds like fun project. Entralac creates such a visually interesting pattern and texture that I’m always attracted to projects knitted with this technique.

  6. 6 Daphne McDonald

    I think the whackiest project I’ve knit was a pair of entrelac fish mittens, ‘Fiber Fish’. The book is beautiful-would love to add it to my library!

  7. 7 maureenC

    I made the Lady Eleanor wrap and also an Entrelac scarf a few years ago.

  8. 8 Judi

    I’m thinking about the Lady Eleanor stole for my first entrelac project – thanks for such a great show – I’m really enjoying the interviews!

  9. 9 Dawna

    My favorite entrelac project is the Market Squares felted bag from Knitters. I was inspired to knit it after seeing CAT with hers on an episode of the vidcast. I’ve also knit a few pairs of socks in entrelac. It’s a really fun technique for sock knitting.

  10. 10 Adrienne

    My favorite entrelac project that I have knit is the Fourth Grade Hat by Abby Franquemont. It was just so much fun to make and some day I would like to knit the Lady Eleanor wrap. I have always loved that pattern. Someday…

  11. 11 Carole

    I loved this interview with a fellow Canadian! Thank-you, Helene Rush – what a wonderful story. I loved hearing how you started your knitting career. And thank-you Cat for asking such astute questions. You ask the things that I would like to know!

    My favourite entrelac is the Lady Eleanor, by Kathleen Power Johnson. I have it as the “Lady Eleanor, not Jane” on my ravelry page, 3strands. I really enjoyed entrelac and I will be doing more of it in the future!

  12. 12 Scottie Santiago

    I just finished my first entralac project, a headscarf. Fun and crazy to see it come together. I would love to receive this book and jump into another project.

  13. 13 KayP

    Enjoyed the Helene Rush interview! I haven’t tried entralac, yet. I looks very intriguing!

  14. 14 Elicia T.

    I would love to make this Tumbling Blocks Afghan for my daughter, so cute!

  15. 15 Shannon F

    I have not tried entrelac, but I have been eying the Entrelac Scarf by Laura Spradlin on Ravelry (, maybe after all the holiday knitting gets done. Thanks for another great episode!

  16. 16 Eden Stein

    So far i have only knit an Entrelac sample, but I would like to knit the entrelac scarf Deannika because it is a perfect guy scarf, and they’re hard to knit for. I hope I win the book because there is a great black and white sweater in there!

  17. 17 MaryjoO

    Really appreciated the interview w/Helene who has been “out there” for a while — nice to see her face to face and listen to her “normal” style :)

    Entrelac: one day, I hope to do a Lady Eleanor — I saw in once in a divine Noro colorway!

  18. 18 Rene

    once I knit a small project bag. I would like very much to win this book and expand my skills. Thank you for the contest.

  19. 19 Myra aka jonah711

    Hi CAT, I’ve made a baby blanket in Entrelac. So far, that’s my favorite.

  20. 20 Monique

    After 41 years of knitting I think I might FINALLY try entrelac. I’ve become a sock-a-holic so I’ve been thinking that might have to combine the two. This book I’m sure would push me over the edge LOL.

  21. 21 Monica Rees

    I have always been enthralled by entrelac. I have done a few projects, my favorite being the Dramatic Datewear shrug by Kaleigh Young. Since I did that project, I have learned to knit backwards which will come in handy when I do entrelac again!
    I have seen the book and am intrigued by the techniques.

  22. 22 Louise

    I’ve done a bunch of entrelac, and my favorite current project is a Noro Silk Garden Afghan. I love seeing the changes in color!

  23. 23 Lee

    GREAT show! The Fiona cardigan is wonderful.

    I haven’t started working on it yet, but I have the DVD Entrelac, Knitting Hats & Bags, Felted or Not, by Knitting Korner’s Nenah Galati.

    It was Nenah’s DVDs that taught me how to knit socks, and I find I learn easily from her instructions. You can also call her with questions. That’s how I met her. It is fun to learn from her.

    If memory serves, this particular DVD concentrates specifically on teaching on how to work entrelac in the round.

    Looking forward to the next show! Thanks so much for all you do.

    Also, I just wanted to add that I just received my first order from Yarn Market, and I am extremely happy with their customer service. I look forward to buying from them again.

    Warmest regards,

  24. 24 Moriah

    I love your show, keep with the good work that you are doing… in 4 days I’ve seen all the episodes while I was knitting and not only I finished the vest for my Baby Girl that I’ve designed myself, I also finished a curtain for a little window in my Guests bedroom :)) (I didn’t want to buy a new one so I’ve made one myself) :)) and Now with your help I got much more ideas and a lot of inspiration for the future projects. I don’t have anything made with entrelac, but I do want to make a felted coat for myself with the base mustard or grape color and some black and white with it too… with the fitting bag and maybe also a scarf and a hat with that :) – I see many projects with felted bags but not much with a complete felted coats. There are many knitted coats but not many are really felted. Maybe you can help me to get more tips for felted coat :).
    Thank you anyway, I’ve subscribed and sent a little donation and I am really looking forward for your next episode. :)

    Moriah (Holland)

  25. 25 Cindy

    I saw someone wearing entrelac socks made by Eunny Jang and they were lovely. I’ve wanted to knit them and I’ve attempted to do a small wrap in entrelac and it is a fun way to knit. Stitches West in Santa Clara 2011 will be focusing on Entrelac and I hope to see new designs. I love your show and especially like laughing at the blurps at the end.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next show.

  26. 26 arthella aka heiressknits

    i have yet to knit entrelac, however my favorite entrelac pattern is shirley paden’s entrelac coat.

    i loved the show. i love my hey teach as it was my first knit with lace.

  27. 27 Abraham H.

    Im a 20 year old male in Medical school which means, other than Medical books and knitting, I have no life =D…. my first entrelac project was about a month ago getting ready for winter. I knitted an entrelac scarf and matching berret hat for my aunt =)…it was my first project so ill have to keep experimenting. greetings from Nuevo Leon!

  28. 28 Sally Halliday

    I have knit four items using entrelac. My favorite is a pair of socks in the Annetrelac pattern from Interweave Knits. I made them out of Noro Kureyon. I have already purchased two more skeins of Kureyon to knit the Entrelac Socks by Eunny Jang which are knee highs and also in Interweave Knits.

    I enjoyed the interview with Helene Rush very much.

  29. 29 Laura M

    Honestly, I have not done any entrelac yet. I would love to though. I think a felted purse would be in hand. :)
    I absoulutly love your show!

  30. 30 Audrey M

    I really had to remember how to pronounce entrelac correctly before I considered trying to make a project! I saw a shawl knitted in this pattern at a yarn shop. I came up with a couple of ways to pronounce “entrelac” so it should be just as much fun learning the stitch!

  31. 31 Angela

    I haven’t knit any entrelac yet but I will be getting the Basketweave Gauntlets pattern from work that the other people I work with have each made 2 sets from. they are lovely little fingerless mitts with an entrelac cuff, I will be making them after I do all the Christmas knitting I have to finish.

  32. 32 Christina

    Have not tried entrelac yet. Would like to make a scarf or bag. Love your podcasts!!

  33. 33 Marni Schroeder

    I am a entrelac newbie(okay I’ve frogged the project again) am having a little difficulty following the directions- going to go check out your podcast on it- I really want to make a beret that I saw on Ravelry.

  34. 34 Beth Olson

    I have tried entrelac twice and frogged twice. The entrelac socks are what I would like to finish.

  35. 35 Carolyn

    I made a tote with two strands of worsted weight yarn using an entrelac pattern; then felted the bag. It turned out great and made a wonderful gift for a friend. I am now considering a scarf pattern I saw, but it is made with very tiny needles and fingering weight yarn. I am not sure I am up to the challenge!

  36. 36 Doris Sorensen

    I did my first Entrelac about a six weeks ago. So far I have finished one scarf, and given it away, three quarters finished another one, for another gift, and started one just for me. I like knitting it because it seems to get done fast, each section being only eight stitches long. It is also a thinking pattern, not a non-thinking one, like stockinette stitch, and that makes it interesting to do.

  37. 37 Linda Suppan

    I haven’t tried entrelac myself, however, I read everything I can find on it. The latest Vogue Knitting, Holiday issue, has an article by Meg Swanson on using entrelac in the yoke. That is in my que as well as a pair of entrelac socks, and a beret or tam hat with entrelac.

  38. 38 Dora Levitt

    Hi Cat, you have no idea how long I’ve been wanting to learn how to do Entrelac! I would love to make an entrelac sweater, or maybe a beautiful shawl, blending entrelac with other stitches, but all the same I want to learn entrelac! Another awesome episode as always, thanks Cat and fleecy huggys~ Dora

  39. 39 Phyllis

    I have never knit entralac, but want to learn. I have watched your video many times. My first project will be something simple like a scarf.

    I loved this episode. Helene is so down to earth. I loved several of the project samples shown in the clip.

    I so enjoy your videos. Keep them coming. Phyllis

  40. 40 Roberta

    I love knitting socks, so my first entrelac project planned is for socke, however, I would like to knit a bag as well. I have some cool handspun yarns that I think would work well with a bag project.

    Great episode. You really get a true perspective of how technology has opened up so many avenues for designers. I have a real appreciation for Helene’s history of getting noticed at a time when it was probably much more difficult. So cool that they taught knitting to her when she was in school. We need more of that!

  41. 41 Maryann

    The only entrelac I’ve made is the garterlac dish cloth. I loved making it! I’d like to make a lengthwise scarf using the technique.

  42. 42 Ranae

    I have not tried entrelac yet but have been wanting to learn this technique. I would love to start with the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole which I found on ravelry.

  43. 43 Lauren Gumaelius

    I have yet to try entrelac, but really really want to. Since I love socks and how one can test out a new stich pattern or technique with them, I was thinking of knitting a pair in entrelac. I have found a couple of patterns to do so… Perhaps a pattern from this beautiful book will be a little easier to begin with. Thanks for making a copy available!

  44. 44 Lisa Smith

    I have not tried this technique but wouldn’t it be great if this book could get me started!

  45. 45 Susanne B.

    I have done the entrance to entrelac class at my LYS, we made the scarf featured on Knitting Daily website. Love the look and technique. I zipped right through it. I lovingly stroke and drool over this book every time I go into my LYS for my knit night. I would love, Love, LOVE to win this book. I feel I have spent a small fortune trying to replace everything from my missing knitting bag. This would be a great thing to receive. I did manage to replace and replicate the small pumpkin sweater from Country Trunk by Nancy Attix in time for the annual trip to the pumpkin patch. I have a beautiful picture of my little pumpkin wearing it while her daddy holds up her “prize pumpkin”! The picture will be coming soon to my profile on Ravelry. Thanks Cat keep up the good work!

  46. 46 Marlene G.

    I have been wanting to try entrelac for a long time. Being a mathematician, the angles appeal to me. I want to knit an afghan as my first project, but am thinking I should try something a bit smaller. Still trying to decide.

  47. 47 Stacey B.

    Love the podcast; just discovered it. Have not tried entrelac, although have tried most other techniques. I don’t really have one favorite project. I love to knit so many different things. I mostly like when a pattern is written well. I’ve been enjoying Cookie A. socks–Kai Mei on needles now and also the Rowan Earth Stripe Wrap.

  48. 48 Kathy

    Haven’t yet tried Entrelac, so I have a pattern saved for a dishcloth when I feel the need to try it :)

  49. 49 Jean

    I would like to make either a felted entrelac tote bag or the pattern “EntrelacSocks by Stephanie van der Linden” where the entrelac squares are different patterns instead of different colors. I liked the interview with Helene Rush.

  50. 50 CAT

    Thanks everyone for your great Entrelac project ideas!
    The winner is of the book is Sally Halliday!

  51. 51 Casey Rich

    I’ve never tried it before, but I’m planning to do this entrelac scarf that is just gorgeous!

  52. 52 Dottie

    I’m fascinated by Entrelac and I plan to make something soon. I’m guessing something simple could be my first project. I have trouble understanding knitting directions, so far all I do is knit and purl.

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