As a knitter for forty years plus, I have never done entrelac, although I have often thought about it. It can be very effective. Gwen has taken a thorough approach to her subject. You need a little patience to conquer entrelac as the written instructions can appear to make no sense, which is why Gwen urges you to knit as you read and follow the instructions blindly. You can learn entrelac with this book - there are simple projects to try out the technique - like the coffee cup sleeves. The basic units can be used in your own designs and to that end there is also a section at the back on designing.
Every knitting books survives or dies on the strength of its patterns. Gwen has thoroughly investigated this technique and she presents loads of designs that are knitable and wearable. There are several that I would like to try, but my favourite is the two piece, top and skirt, the pattern is lovely. There are bags, tops, sweaters and accessories including children's knits and designs for men. Sure I don't like them all, but we rarely knit everything in a given pattern book. The reason I think this book is so wonderful is that I know no other knitter who has explored Entrelac like Gwen. Well done! This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.