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.
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
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!)
Let us know you were here!
RinchenChodron on March 22, 2011:
You do seem to be an expert on knitting. Great information and lens.
Lemming13 on February 17, 2011:
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.
MoonandMagic on January 08, 2011:
i love the effect, that sheep is particularly cool. Nice lens!
Indigo Janson from UK on January 07, 2011:
I've heard of entrelac knitting but never tried it. Now you've given me a place to start!
boutiqueshops on January 05, 2011:
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)
alyssa87 on January 05, 2011:
hey good one :) nice work and thanks for sharing this here
anonymous on January 04, 2011:
Wow, this has a beautiful textured effect to it, maybe I will give it a try when I have some free knitting time :)