Basket Woven Fabrics
Entrelac is a knitting technique that results in the formation of fabric that resembles a basket weave. You form this interesting texture by knitting a series of tiny squares in opposite directions.
While entrelac knitting may appear complicated, it only requires knowledge of some knitting basics; how to knit and purl, how to K2tog and how to pick up stitches along a knit edge. This article will provide you with an introduction to the knitting technique, some samples of completed project and free patterns so you can test this technique out yourself.
What is Entrelac? - Entrelac Knitting Resources
To quote the wikipedia, "Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern. While the end result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric, the actual material comprises interconnected squares on two different orientations."
- Entrelac from the Wikipedia
A brief introduction to this knitting technique.
- Entrelac Scarf Tutorial
This article contains fantastic step by step photographs of knitting an entrelac scarf.
- Untangeling Entrelac
Follow along and learn how to make an entrelac swatch.
- Numerous Entrelac Resources
Need more help? Visit this article to see a huge series of articles and videos about entrelac knitting.
Have you ever tried entrelac knitting?
Enterlac Resource Books
Entrelac Sheep from Norwegian Handknits
Free Entrelac Knitting Patterns - Entrelac can be used in a variety of knit projects!
- Entrelac Scarf Tutorial
Learn entrelac knitting while you take advantage of this free scarf knitting pattern!
- Garter Stripe Bag
This knit bag contains entrelac squares with alternating colors to give a fun striped pattern.
- Tumbling Blocks Blankie
Want to make an entrelac baby blanket? Lion Brand Yarn provides this free pattern.
- Julie Browne Proposition - Entrelac Gloves
These entrelac gloves provide a fun twist to fingerless gloves.
- Fourth Grade Hat
An entrelac tam knitting pattern.
- Entrelac Socks
Mix up variegated sock yarn with this fantastic sock pattern.
Norweagian Handknits - The source of my first Entrelac projects
When I discovered this book, I immediately cast on the Entrelac wristers to test out the entrelac technique. Before seeing the instructions in this book, I had been afraid to attempt these fun little squares. The book has a number of other fantastic patterns, so it is absolutely worth checking out! (The Entrelac Sheep featured in this lens is also from this book)
Knitting Backwards in Entrelac Knitting
Since you end up knitting many tiny squares with the entrelac technique, it can be helpful to knit backwards to avoid turning your work with every row. This makes it much easier to keep track of your progress and to avoid tangling your yarns!