Two Freebies! Entrelac Tutorial and Easy Entrelac Scarf Pattern

One of the best entrelac tutorials I’ve ever seen is the Beyond the Basics article written by Eunny Jang in the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Since entrelac can be a bit tough to explain, here’s an excerpt from that article:

Entrelac fabric’s series of tilted blocks are worked one at a time in tiers. Individual blocks may be worked over any number of stitches, and a piece may have any number of individual blocks.

In all cases, each block contains twice as many rows as it does stitches. Though the basic entrelac technique has several variations, the method described in this article produces tidy results.

When you practice entrelac for the first time, try working every other tier of blocks in a different color to emphasize the basketweave effect and make it easier to identify the block and live stitches of each tier.

Note: When you work the first stitch of every row, you can slip it for a tidy pickup edge, but be aware that you will lose some elasticity in the knitted piece.


As a treat for all you nice Knitting Daily members, here’s a FREE download of the article which now includes 6 free Entrelac Knitting Patterns:

FREE DOWNLOAD! Entrelac Knitting Block by Block + 6 Free Entrelac Knitting Patterns

Free pattern: Entrelac Scarf for Beginners
from Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene
If you’re new to entrelac and need a basic pattern to get started, you’re in luck! I just started an easy scarf and thought it would make a great beginner entrelac project. I made up the instructions based on Eunny Jang’s Beyond the Basics article on entrelac, so if you have that article, following the pattern will be a good exercise.You’ll see I haven’t finished the scarf, but it’s such a quick knit I should be able to complete it before the weather changes here in the Northeast. Enjoy!Download Lisa’s Easy Entrelac Scarf Pattern

And a final entrelac tip from Lisa:

When picking up stitches along the selvedge of a block, try to pick up the first and last stitches as close to the ends of the block as possible—i.e., pick up stitches in the “corners” as much as possible, to avoid holes in those corners between blocks.

Look for another lovely beginner-level entrelac pattern
in the new Winter 2008/Spring 2009 issue of Knitscene–the Orchid Wrap, by Cecily Glowik Macdonald.

For those already in love with entrelac, you can purchase Eunny’s Entrelac Socks and Sandy Beadle’s Annetrelac Socks from the  Interweave Pattern Store.

— Lisa Shroyer
editor of Knitscene magazine

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