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Entrelac Knitting

Updated on December 30, 2013

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."

Have you ever tried entrelac knitting?

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Entrelac Sheep from Norwegian Handknits

Entrelac Sheep from Norwegian Handknits
Entrelac Sheep from Norwegian Handknits

Norweagian Handknits - The source of my first Entrelac projects

Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum
Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum
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!

Entrelac Wristers from Norwegian Handknits (My first ever entrelac project!)

Entrelac Wristers from Norwegian Handknits (My first ever entrelac project!)
Entrelac Wristers from Norwegian Handknits (My first ever entrelac project!)

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      9 years ago

      You do seem to be an expert on knitting. Great information and lens.

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      9 years ago

      I've made a few entrelac garments; my daughter loved her big sweater in cream, blue and green. The technique really is easy when you nerve yourself to it; blessing this lens for helping people not be intimidated by it.

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      9 years ago

      i love the effect, that sheep is particularly cool. Nice lens!

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      I've heard of entrelac knitting but never tried it. Now you've given me a place to start!

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      9 years ago

      WOW this is amazing! Being a newish knitter, it still kinda scares me, but oh my those wrist warmers are lovely! Favoriting and lensrolling to my knitting lenses (two)

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      9 years ago

      hey good one :) nice work and thanks for sharing this here

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      9 years ago

      Wow, this has a beautiful textured effect to it, maybe I will give it a try when I have some free knitting time :)


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