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Instruction to Entrelac knitting (with illustrations)

March 17, 2007

final step

It’s hard to show others how to knit with static pictures, but, at least, people who read this article will have some ideas on entrelac knitting.

I love this Entrelac pattern very much, if you choose two colors to knit this pattern, it will help enhancing its special effect.

Have fun and enjoy this special knitting method!

First of all, the yarn that I chose is multicolor wool from Paton, I know that it’s not perfect for instruction, I hope you won’t mind.

All you need to know for knitting Entrelac are : knit, purl, turn work, and pick up stitches. So, actually, it’s quite easy though.

Because of the copyright, I am afraid I can’t copy the instructions from the book (Scarf Style) .

So, I will ‘show and tell’ by using my own pictures only.1step

After casting on, you will start to knit the first base triangle.

2 step

After knitting the triangles, you might feel frustrated about the look of this, yeah, they curl up like this, it’s NORMAL, just neglect it in this moment, everything will flatten again after the 1st row of rectangles.

3 step

Working with WS facing, start to pick up the stitch on the selvedge of next triangle. (purl wise) 4th step

Here is the picture showing the 8 sts of the selvedge being picked up.

5th step

For the last st of the pick up, you need to k2tog with the 1st st of next triangle.

6th step

First rectangle is done (from the back)

7th step

The 1st row of rectangles are done, now, we need to make the RIGHT triangle next to the last rectangle you finish.

8th step

Here is the RIGHT TRIANGLE finished and there is one st left on the needle. Transfer it to right needle, and that st will count as the 1st ‘pick up’ st of next Rectangle.

9th step

Here we pick up the sts from the selvedge of next rectangle again.

10th step

One rectangle is done.

11th step

For the 2nd row of rectangles, we have 4 instead of 3.
Next step: knit the left triangle again. (We did it in the past row.)

12th step

Continue to work on tier 1 and 2 until the desire length.
Finish with tier 1 (3 rectangles, 1 right triangle).
Then next step will start the TOP triangles.

final step

This is the picture showing the 4 top triangles on top.
Bind off the last st, that’s it!


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March 17, 2007

Thank you so much for the detail descriptions! I think I know how it works and I would LOVE to try it myself. Do you think my hand-dyed (the St. Patrick green one) will look nice in this Entrelac?! What should I make with it?! Mmm…..I have to think about it!

Thanks again!


March 18, 2007

Sandy, Actually, this is not a project, I won’t use it to do anything, I just want to show others how to knit entrelac, and also keep a record of Entrelac knitting for my own.
It’s interesting, once you have time, you should try it, I can give you a more detailed instruction if you want to. 🙂

Thanks Angel, you know, I believe that your St. Patrick yarn should fit with this pattern, if you need to detailed instruction, I can give you one. 🙂


March 18, 2007

Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph and write up this posting. I have wanted to learn and there are only two women in our knitting group that know how but haven’t sat down to demo it to those of us interested in learning. What I’ve seen in instruction books has been the basic info without a lot of pictures. I plan to use your instructions and the Carol Wyche site you provided to teach me. Thanks a bunch.


October 30, 2007

It’s wonderful to have the photos. I’ve been practicing this pattern that begins with two cast on stitches and builds up. It’s very confusing, but your demonstration makes sense. Thank you!


April 16, 2008

Thankyou very much. Cleared up a lot for me. Also, where would I find Entrelac Patterns on your site. Is Basketweave the same stitch, if not where can I find that stitch and some patterns? Tks again. Lillian S

Did you join Ravelry?
they have so many patterns (no matter the free one or the ones for selling.)
if you don’t, here are some links for the Entrelac pattern (I don’t know about the basketweave , probably the same thing?)
Entrelac Scarf (
Entrelac sock pattern (

lillian sauve

July 15, 2008

Thank you, thank you — these are the best entrelac pictures I’ve seen yet.
Also, you mention knitting the last pick-up stitch with the first stitch of the triangle — this needs to be done at the end of every pick-up row, right?
It must be why I had so many gaps before!
Thanks again,

YOu are right. 🙂
thanks for browsing my blog, and check out this little tool.
I did have frustration on the first time entrelac knitting.
but ..after I figured that out, it’s so much fun and easy to knit the entrelac.

Sue Cook

July 30, 2008

so cool>>> I need to try it””


October 15, 2008

Love your directions, but wish to purchase the book where they came from or a book on entrelacv. Or is there a CD available anywhere???

Thanks, Mille’

Mille' Biglen

October 18, 2008

In case Lillian you did not receive my other e-mail on the entrelac I would appreciate you sending me the one in german that is also in english. You mentioned you would scan it if I wanted it. Thanks so much

Mille Biglenl

Mille' Biglen

October 22, 2008

Anyone know where I can find full instructions on this technique?
It’s really cool, and I’ve tried to learn before, but I never know how to do the first rectangle the “right” way.


December 26, 2008

This is strange. I’ve never been to this website before and when I went to make a comment, there was my name and my latest email address.

In any event, I’ve been knitting entrelac since my friend Barbara Walker brought it back sometime in the 70s. What now strikes me is that despite my having knitted pounds and pounds of garments in all sort of yarns, my mind is completely blank about flat knitting. And no matter what I see before me, it fails me dig into my short-term memory brain.

I was a designer for many years, yet in the past few years, I have to return to my own instructions over and over to be sure I’ve done the right thing. Hey! There are worse things. I’m healthy and happy and have been knitting since 1935. Clearly, I like the work.

Now I’m going to go back and re-re-re-read what whoever it is has worked this out for us – but those ARE man’s hands.

Nancy Eckert

February 6, 2009

I have the Scarf Style book. I was trying to do the scarf /wrap in entrelac and could not understand why the triangles (after the first one) did not look the same, in fact looked totally strange. It would have made all the difference if she had just mentioned (as you did) what to expect that they would look like!

I have restarted it about 8 times, trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. Thank you for your website explaining what to expect. I can now proceed. Your photos are excellent and I am sure will help as I go along.


March 10, 2009

Thank you so much for your help, I am going to get back to my scarf now. I hope you have a great day.


June 8, 2009


The pictures are great visuals to learn. I was also wondering is it possible to make squares of instead of rectangles while creating the weave

Thanks a lot
Have a wonderful day


June 14, 2009

Your pix will help as I venture into entrelac!

Thanks for your time, trouble and expertise!


July 8, 2009

Thanks.. for your compliments, enjoy the Entrelac, it’s so much fun! 🙂


July 20, 2009

I have spemt two days trying to locate a long jacket pattern in entrelac which was in a Rowan large hard back book circa – 1993 or earmier. it was a small scale entrelac.

Rita Day

October 15, 2009

I have spemt two days trying to locate a long jacket pattern in entrelac which was in a Rowan large hard back book circa – 1993 or earlier. It was a small scale entrelac. I began this some time ago and was using separate balls of yarn for alternate blocks and travelling up with these separate colours. I was a;sp knitting both fronts and back all on one circular needle and was going to divide at the armscye and knit the top bits one at a time. This is a really useful way to knit sweaters too. have you a pattern for a jacket? many thanks. Rita in England

Rita Day

October 15, 2009

please mail me the entire process of some knit designs step by step till friday morning because the steps given here are not clear


November 19, 2009

if you found that this is clear enough … then, you may want to try another site.. such as :
thanks for looking anyway.


November 19, 2009

This is a nice instructional post the photos are very clear and have helped me to understand this technique, I will have to try it soon.


August 12, 2010

like so much very nice


September 7, 2010

Thanks so much. I’ve created a link on my blog.


March 14, 2011

this is not a simple enough instruction guide to entrelac knitting. I currently have a great scarf pattern, but I have no clue how to make it. This shed no light on that


April 3, 2011

did you join Ravelry?? may be the forum there can help you find out the best, easiest way to do it. 🙂
keep it up, surely you can make it soon!!
(what kind of scarf pattern are you working??)


April 3, 2011

These pictures are extremely helpful! I might even get the courage to try this myself now! Thank you so much!:-)


April 16, 2011

Great, You are welcome!! Enjoy entrelac knitting, it’s so much fun. 🙂


April 16, 2011

The best instructions I have seen. Thank you!


May 31, 2011

I need more info about the knitting into the front and back to make the first triangles.


July 3, 2011

oh,you mean with pictures??
recently I don’t have time to knit at all, I wish I can do more and take more pics to clarify that..
may be you can take a look of other websites, I think there are some good ones (better than mine) out there.
Good luck and enjoy knitting.


July 3, 2011

I love the piece worked here, the stripe help define where you`re at too. Is this just for scarves or are there patterns for jumpers/sweaters too.


October 13, 2011

It isthe side triangles that are ‘difficult’. Do you know the nameof the British book of patterns, some 20 yrs old now that included a full length coat ina SMALLentrelac weave. I have tried tp fnd it without success. I lost mine. Rita Day

Rita Day

October 14, 2011

i cant understand how u knitted that model i like learn


January 29, 2012

i think the pics are explanatory but i have learned to do this …with difficulty. the base triangles are offputting and the side triangles but if you get as far as a decent sized sampl piece it is o.k but you need the intstructions at all times for other than the basic blocks i.e the parts already mentioned… the triangularpieces.

Rita Day

January 31, 2012

I have an entrelac pattern which requires a cast on of 104 stitches, there are 8 base triangles with 21 rows in the first 6 triangles and 24 rows in seventh, after finishing the 7 triangles I only have two stitches remaining on the left needle for the last triangle,,, where am I making my mistake?


March 21, 2012

cast on 104 stitches for 8 base triangles, should be 13 stitches for each triangles, right?
do you mind to let me know which entrelac pattern you are using??


March 21, 2012

Pretting interesting – might have to try it.

Sandra Laird

May 19, 2012

You gonna try it, so much fun. 🙂
there are many entrelac patterns out there, check them out… 🙂


May 19, 2012

Each little section is easy:it is the side triangles that I find puzzling.I always have to follow the printed directions for those. rita in durham england

Rita Day

May 23, 2012

keep it up, once you did few more repeats, you will be able to memorize it. 🙂


May 24, 2012

Thank you – this is extremely helpful. I have a pattern but the instructions are not at all clear. I am pretty sure I can do this now.


July 8, 2012

Hello, I teach knitting for free at my local library. I am asking your permission to print your entrelac instructions for my next class. Thank you, Vicki


September 8, 2012

yes, surely you can use my pictures.
Just that I am thinking about taking some new pics with better yarn colors.
may be you can wait for few days for my new pics.
If you are in a rush to use the pictures, then, use these ones are also fine too. 🙂
Hope your classmates will find them helpful. 🙂


September 9, 2012

Ref colours to use; I have a pattern for a cardigan that uses only THREE colours, white, light grey and midgrey. The effect is quite lively.

I once had a book of knitting patterns in which there was an entrelac patterned COAT WHERE THE BLOCKS WERE SMALLER THAN USUAL. It made a very classy garment, in rich autumnal colours alternating with a lively brown The effect was well worth the extra work; I made less work by knitting the fronts and back all on one needle, running a bright coloured yarn up where the side seams would have been , then I divided for the sleeves and it was so quick to complete.

I am much in favour of using circular needle whenever possible especially for large/heavy garments as the weight of the work sits on one’s lap and the short knitting parts of the needles hold a small part of the total weight. I was doing this before Kaffe Fassett started his knitting career

Good luck in all you do.

Rita Day in England

Rita Day

September 10, 2012

Thank you SO much. These pictures will be very helpful when I’m explaining to the class what to do next & what it should look like. Thank you too for posting the new pictures.


September 10, 2012

I’ve been looking for pictured intructions for entrelacknittng. These are great. Is there a way to print them? My printer stops at page oe


January 20, 2013

Very beatiful indeed. I think its worth to learn it.


January 23, 2013

there are no instructions on how to do the end triangles. I have a scarf completed all but the end triangles. For some reason, the book I got the information from seems to be reverse of all I find on the internet. I don’t understand their directions for the end triangles.


July 2, 2013

No, I don’t include the ending direction, but recently, I don’t have time to do anything with knitting. SO, I may not able to show how to do it right now. BUt I believe that there are many other good instructions out there. 🙂 GOod luck! 🙂


July 3, 2013

how many stitches do you cast on? on the triangle you start by knitting the highest or the longest part first then work down to the shortest part. then go on to the next triangle. I don’t understand about picking up stitches


January 3, 2014

This looks fascinating but complicated. I would love to give this project a try!

Marilyn Peterson

February 22, 2014

Thanks for the post. Trying to learn this and every bit helps.


April 4, 2014

Thank you so much for these instructions. They seem very clear and concise. I will try them and let you know how I do with them.

Norma Lucci

January 19, 2015

yes, do try it and have fun with it! 🙂
share more with me when you get it done !


January 19, 2015

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