Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole

Lady Eleanor Alone
Pattern: Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style, by Pam Allen
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (color 82), 10 balls
Needles: US 8 Addi Turbos, 32"
Started: December 24, 2005
Completed: February 10, 2006
Modifications: Smaller-gauge yarn used; no crocheted border before attaching fringe; did not block.

Notes: There she is... Laaaa-dy El-ea-nor! (Sung to you know what tune). What a perfect day for her first test drive! A big snowstorm, a cold apartment, the quiet, the isolation, the drama of it all (Lady Eleanor is in fact very difficult to photograph to her best advantage - she can be a bit unwieldy! But I've tried to provide a few different perspectives here):

Lady Eleanor Wrap

To be honest I'm not much of a shawl person, but her narrower proportions allow for use as a thick scarf. I predict this is how she will most often venture into public:

Lady Eleanor Scarf

In fact, she'll look something like this:

Lady Eleanor Outside

Okay, enough about me. Let's talk about knitting. Not much to say about Eleanor, given the simple brilliance of the pattern. The texture of this stole is amazingly rustic; perfect for a rough-hewn self-striping yarn like Silk Garden and its expensive relative, La Lana Forever Random, which was used in the original. I was very particular in choosing my colorway of Silk Garden, so as to avoid jarring color changes that could have produced a court-jester effect. 82 turned out ideal, and I'm pleased as punch (how pleased is punch anyway?) with the subtlety of the result (which comes across more in some photos than others).

When I say simple, I mean simple. Entrelac is way intimidating from the looks of it, but DO NOT BE FOOLED! If you can knit and purl and pick up a stitch, you can do Entrelac. Nothing tricksy about it at all.

The final dimensions of my stole, which is smaller than the original, are something like 18" x 67", depending on how she lays. I chose not to block her to preserve the bumpy texture, but blocked I imagine she'd make 20" and would have swallowed me up anyway. Here you can (sort of) see her stretched to her full proportions:

Lady Eleanor Stretched

When I first contemplated Eleanor months and months ago, it was a struggle to find a good example on the internets. But it's become a very popular pattern with good reason (though I can't say I'm not sad to no longer be an Eleanor pioneer). In any case, Lady E has my 100% endorsement as a very satisfying knit!

And when I'm not using it, you can bet Catty has completely adopted it as a very expensive cat bed. Get that feline a Kitty Pi!

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Posted by jess at February 12, 2006 1:33 PM

looks gorgeous and perfect for this weekend!
you're still a pioneer in our hearts

Posted by: yahaira at February 12, 2006 2:25 PM

Damn, yo. I can't believe you actually ventured out in the middle of the effing blizzard. If that isn't guts, I don't know what is. Good thing you had Lady Eleanor to keep you toasty (try to, anyway with all that snow blowing in your face). It's absolutely gorgeous. And the work you put into the tassle was all worth it in the end, believe me.

You must come down to the Point one of these days and show it off. I'd LOVE to see it and ooh and ahh over it in person.

Posted by: Sandra at February 12, 2006 2:38 PM

Your Lady E is gorgeous. I had no idea that pattern was so popular, I've been oogling it for a while now. How did you come to choose colorway 82? I'm having some problems choosing for the same reasons (glaring and surprising results with noro sometimes, even though I love it).

Posted by: Inky at February 12, 2006 2:41 PM

Gorgeous and perfect for this weather!

Posted by: diana at February 12, 2006 2:45 PM


But would Catty enjoy a Kitty Pi as much as lying on your expensive knits? Hmm.

Posted by: Chris at February 12, 2006 2:50 PM

Very pretty color. I think I voted for 82 in the poll, but can't remember. Looks great!

Posted by: punkie at February 12, 2006 2:51 PM

it looks beautiful. well done.

Posted by: laura at February 12, 2006 2:53 PM

Wow! Your Lady E is truly amazing. Congratulations!

Posted by: Kelly at February 12, 2006 3:09 PM

Wow, she is simply stunning! Makes me think I should add her to my list...

Posted by: The Skirt at February 12, 2006 3:11 PM

dang it... seeing that made me just go and buy 10 skeins of noro silk garden in 206...

so much for saving my tax refund... :)

jess - it's GOREGEOUS. love, love, love it.

Posted by: heatherfeather at February 12, 2006 3:15 PM

I absolutely love how it turned out. That will probably be added to my ever-growing "to-knit" list!

Posted by: Delia at February 12, 2006 3:26 PM

Delurking for a bit to say, "You do fabulous work."

Though I'm still not convinced of the simplicity of entrelac, you do, indeed, make it look easy.

Well done!

Posted by: Karen B. at February 12, 2006 3:35 PM

yes! all that contemplatin' really paid off. it looks great, perfect for our blizzard-ridden park slope this weekend. hope it feels as soft as it is beautiful. are you going to give it a bath?

Posted by: j a r e d at February 12, 2006 4:03 PM

Lady E came out beautifully!

Posted by: naomi at February 12, 2006 4:25 PM

Wow. The other day I was ranting about entrelac and how I just don't like how it looks and now you've gone and shown me just how wrong I was. That is one gorgeous stole.

Posted by: Iris at February 12, 2006 4:29 PM

Lady E. is amazing. And you've finished just in time to bring her out for a snowy debut!

Posted by: Gina at February 12, 2006 4:43 PM

Gawwwwgeous!!! It is simply perfect, and just in time!

Posted by: jillian at February 12, 2006 4:54 PM

Absolutely lovely!
Before I did my Lady E, I went back and forth between Prism Dover and Noro Silk Garden. I went with the Dover and I love it. But seeing your results, I'm going to revisit Lady E with Silk Garden.
Congrats on a beautiful piece!

Posted by: TllGurl at February 12, 2006 4:58 PM

Simply gorgeous!! Isn't it the perfect day for a wooly shawl to curl up in?

Posted by: Lisa at February 12, 2006 5:10 PM

It looks wonderful. Is it heavy worn as a scarf? You need a hat outside!

Posted by: Lauren at February 12, 2006 5:12 PM

Beautiful Noro goodness! Enjoy wearing it - perfect for a day like today.

Posted by: grumperina at February 12, 2006 5:22 PM

what a gorgeous shawl. beautifully modeled and photographed. great work!!

Posted by: blossom at February 12, 2006 5:40 PM

it's definitely the perfect day for lady e's debut! i love the colors, and the fringe is divine.

Posted by: carrie m at February 12, 2006 6:26 PM

Lady Eleanor looks divine. My favorite photo of it from Scarf Style is the one where the model has it slung, casually and scarf-like, over her shoulder. Just like your wearing of choice. It looks cozy and gorgeous and just scrumptious!

Posted by: Cara at February 12, 2006 6:40 PM

Jess, your stole is absolutely beautiful!

Posted by: Michelle at February 12, 2006 7:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful! I think I'm going to have to cast on for my own Lady E tonight (Color #84--playing it safe with the reds)! So how much yarn did you have to "reserve" for the fringe?

Posted by: Darsana at February 12, 2006 7:14 PM

It is BEAUTIFUL!! You are very talented!

Posted by: Michelle at February 12, 2006 7:15 PM

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Posted by: Rachel at February 12, 2006 9:11 PM

Beautiful and elegant - both you and the stole!

Posted by: Lolly at February 12, 2006 9:25 PM

It's beautiful on you, and the colours compliment you perfectly.

Posted by: Alison at February 12, 2006 9:52 PM

That is gorgeous!! I love it in the silk garden. I seriously want to go out and make one for myself. I've never tried entralac before, but I *so* want to do it now!

Posted by: Julie at February 12, 2006 9:53 PM

Oh, it's beautiful! I definitely have to make one. I am all about things that are easy to make but look complicated, whether it be due to a dazzling yarn or a stitch pattern. :) This definitely seems to fit the bill!

Posted by: Alison at February 12, 2006 9:55 PM

Oh my gost! She is amazing. I'm so happy I have that book and I love Silk Garden. What a inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Suzanne at February 12, 2006 10:01 PM

That looks awesome, so snuggly and warm and beautiful too.

Posted by: spaazlicious at February 12, 2006 10:52 PM

Wonderful! I can't wait to get mine done.

Posted by: Angela at February 13, 2006 1:13 AM

Jess, it's lovely! And I love your photos, so beautiful! :-)

Posted by: terhi at February 13, 2006 4:01 AM

Gorgeous! OK, that one goes back on my project list.

Posted by: Viv at February 13, 2006 8:57 AM

I love that! I would make one too, except make it scarf width. Thanks for all the info and great pics!

Posted by: Cathy at February 13, 2006 9:27 AM

Btw, I've started Eleanor for the knitting olympics with the colorway 217, the colors are wonky! i think you made an excellent choice with this color. I'm going to do one more skein to see if the colors look really weird to decide if 217 should be Lady Eleanor or not.

Aren't you glad to have her now with the weather you guys have!?

Posted by: Aimee at February 13, 2006 10:45 AM

Gorgeous. I really love the colors and the size. I would love to make one of these and might have to go the same route with the Silk Garden. And look at all that snow!

Posted by: Stephanie at February 13, 2006 12:16 PM

Beautiful! You picked such a lovely colorway, muted and warm and not at all jester-y. Funny that you mentioned that, I had the same fears when I made my Lady E. I can't believe that weather you're having over there, perfect timing for the shawl!

Posted by: Steph at February 13, 2006 12:17 PM

Lady E looks amazing - I really like the suble color changes too...great choice in yarn! If anything was going to keep you warm yesterday it was that stole!

Posted by: Marie at February 13, 2006 2:01 PM

You will probably think me insane for saying this, but I am envious of the weather you are having.

Lady E is amazing. Simply beautiful.

Posted by: Sarah at February 13, 2006 2:27 PM

Thank you showing what the 10 skiens of Silk Garden that are sitting in my stash will become. I have always loved the Lady Eleanor pattern but I just never found a yarn that was worthy of it. But I have 10 skiens of Silk Garden in my stash that were bough on sale. And rather than a sweater, they will become Lady Eleanor.

The name of the shawl reminds me of one of favorite books - Lady Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Posted by: Mia at February 13, 2006 3:07 PM

Eleanor is divine! (And I think it's the first entrelac project I've ever liked.) Pat yourself on the back--it's a job very, very well done!

Posted by: Beth S. at February 13, 2006 4:02 PM

Wow! She's gorgeous! I love the sublte color changes and she just looks so perfect and cozy to venture into the world in, or even just to cuddle into for a night in.

Posted by: Sara at February 13, 2006 6:57 PM

Gorgeous! If I were a shawl gal, I'd so make this :) It looks great on you.

Posted by: Ariane at February 13, 2006 7:40 PM

Gorgeous. Fabulous. Marvelous. Elegant. Chic...


Posted by: chica at February 13, 2006 7:46 PM

Beee-utiful! I want one!

Posted by: Colleen at February 13, 2006 8:20 PM

Lady E is gorgeous, fabulous, elegant, and lovely! I like your choice of colour - always hard with Noro as they are all beautiful. Love your blog!

Posted by: Robin A Yates at February 13, 2006 8:38 PM

Your Lady Eleanor is so gorgeous I have been flirting with buying the book ever since you started showing her.

I just made a sweater for my husband in that exact colorway of Silk Garden and have four skeins left over... what a temptation...

But I have one big question for the blogosphere in general - can you BLOCK Silk Garden? It seemed to me that one should avoid getting it wet, but my husband's sweater would be improved with some blocking.

Posted by: Anne at February 14, 2006 10:55 AM

Jess that came out FANTASTIC!! I just love everything about it. Enjoy it, and I hope it keeps you really warm :)

Posted by: Illanna at February 14, 2006 10:56 AM

Beautiful!! What a great job. And perfect for the wintry fun.

Posted by: megan at February 15, 2006 7:43 AM

thank you so much for showing the Lady in a smaller size. I have wanted to make this, but I also am not a shawl person. So I was stuck with smaller for a scarf or bigger for an afghan. I like the large scarf! Absolutely beautiful!

Posted by: wendy at February 15, 2006 12:04 PM


Posted by: Jasmin at February 15, 2006 1:50 PM

oh man, now i want one too. it's too gorgeous! holy mackerel!

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Posted by: lola at March 27, 2006 11:11 AM

this is sooooo lovely. I can't wait to try one. it'll have to wait though. since a bunch of stuff is in the works...

Posted by: HPNY knits at March 31, 2006 11:27 PM

i LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! i'm going to keep coming back to this post until i decide to make one myself.

Posted by: high-strung at July 15, 2006 9:50 AM

This is so beautiful,it inspired me to try.I bought the yasrn noro silk garden.I have attempted x 5 to do this.I have not experienced entrelac before.I can get the first triangle but when I do the rest of the triangles in the 1st row they conect near the top & it oulls down on th other triangles .Could you help me to understand what I am doing wrong ? Great work!!!! Susan Cain

Posted by: susan cain at October 6, 2006 4:42 PM

Hi I'm thinking about making this as a Christmas gift. How realistic do you think that is in terms of time?

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 18, 2006 11:14 AM

oh wow!! I am making one of these after seeing your pictures...SO pretty!

Posted by: Lora at November 13, 2006 9:35 AM

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where can I get this pattern?

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Posted by: Richard at March 23, 2007 12:33 PM

Lovely shawl.
Pat Denson

Posted by: Pat Denson at March 23, 2007 5:17 PM

"lady eleanor" is beautiful, but not nearly so as her wearer - it's heating up here I can tell you!

Posted by: Jim at February 3, 2008 2:52 PM

I belong to the prayer shawl ministry at our church. I love the look to this shawl. Where can I find this pattern? I'm sure the people we give them to for comfort will love them and be cheered by the beauty and colors of this shawl. thank you

Posted by: Susan at February 14, 2008 2:33 PM

I belong to the prayer shawl ministry at our church. I love the look to this shawl. Where can I find this pattern. I'm sure the people we give them to for comfort will love them and be cheered by the beauty of this shawl. thank you

Posted by: Susan at February 14, 2008 2:34 PM

Oh my gost! She is amazing. I'm so happy I have that book and I love Silk Garden. What a inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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