How to Knit a More Beautiful Entrelac

Years ago I was walking through my local Hobby Lobby store and saw the book about Entrelac. You know the one, with the pretty multi colored squares on the front. At the time I just thought it looked too difficult. Now I have knit since I was a child but never go serious about it until about 10 years ago. About five years ago I set out to learn how to do it. Little did I know at the time that there is nothing difficult about doing entrelac. There are tons of videos and tutorials out there that will show you how to do it, so I taught myself.

I fell in love with the pocesss and made blankets, sweaters, pillows and can even do it from corner to corner or in a cirlcle. There have always been things about it that I thought looked messy. So I set out to make it look even better so after years of perfecting it I am finally really to show you what I learned.

Cast On

First is the cast on. You will find a tutorial on ravelry on how to do this method without having to cast on all your stitches first. Ravelry entrelac-co-method The reason I like this method is for two reasons:

  • It allows me to not have to worry about doing math. And for those of you who know figuring out the length and width of a entrelac square isn’t very easy. I have a tendency to either make too many or way too few.
  • It can makes the edges look better with this method. As I will explain in this tutorial.

Now the process:

I have changed a few things about this cast on method to make the end result look better.

  1. Place a slip knot on your left needle.

    Slip Knot

  2. Knit in the front and back of that slip knot. 2 sts (You will find unlike the original tutorial this is the only time I will use this increase.)


*If you don’t know how to knit backwards or technically purl backwards I highly recommend that you learn how.  It makes doing entrelac so much easier. Here is a  video on how to do it. Very Pink Knits knitting backwards

  1. Slip 1, Purl back (AND ALL ODD ROWS)

*This is also the only time I slip stitches, when the piece is at an edge. It makes it cleaner there. I find that this it much messier when it’s on the edge that you will pick up stitches later. So unlike most methods that tell you to slip the stitches you will pick up later it doesn’t look very nice on the finished product.

  1. Knit 1, m1, K 1

* For this increase I lift the stitch for the row below on the left side of the stitch just worked and knit it. This makes for a really pretty edge on the bottom of the work which looks so much better the original.

M1L Video


M1 increase

  1. K 2 sts, m1, k 1
  2. K until one stitch left, m1, k last st
  3. Slip 1, Purl back

Repeat rows 8 and 9 until desire number of stitches.  For this tutorial I did eight


First triangle

  1. Now k 7, m1, k1

Second foundation triangle and each one after that

  1. P1
  2. Kfb
  3. Slip 1, P
  4. K until one stitch left, m1, k last st

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 8 sts.

  1. Now k 7, m1, k1

Repeat these 10 rows until you have the desired number of triangles.  On the last triangle do not do the last m1 on For this tutorial I did 4.


First 4 entrelac triangles

First left leaning triangle

  1. With new color, p 2

    Sliding Loop Entrelac

**Here is where the sliding loop comes into play. I makes the joins beautiful. Here’s a tutorial on the process: Holli Yeoh Sliding Loop Technique

Another great thing about the sliding loop is that you can weave in the ends as you go. Shown here: Weaving in Ends as you knit

  1. Kfb
  2. Slip 1, Purl back 2 sts. (make sure the tighten after last st then knit one more st and slide out loop. (ALL ODD ROWS))
  3. K until one stitch left, m1, k last st

Repeat last two rows until all the sts on the right needle are gone and 8 on left

*On the knit row don’t do the last m1 you should have 8 sts.

Right leaning rectangles

  1. Pick up 8 sts, k 1, slide loop

Here is a video on where to pick up sts.

  1. Purl back (no more slipped sts until last triangle.)
  2. Knit
  3. Purl

Repeat these two rows until there are no more sts on right needle

Continue in this manner all the way across

Last triangle

  1. Pick up 8 sts
  2. Slip 1, knit across
  3. Purl to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1
  4. Slip 1, knit across

Repeat to until 3 st

  1. P2tog, p1
  2. Slip 1, k1
  3. P2tog

Cut yarn leaving six inch tail

Left leaning rectangles

  1. Slip 1, with new color pick up 7 sts knit first st of last right leaning rectangle and slide out a loop
  2. Purl
  3. Repeat these two rows until all sts are off the left needle
  4. Repeat steps 1-4 in this manner until all the way across the row.

Top rectangle

  1. In new color, Slip 1, pick up 7 sts plus knit first st on right leaning rectangle and slide out loop
  2. Purl
  3. Slip 1, knit across, plus one for sliding loop
  4. Purl until 3 sts left, p2tog, p 1
  5. Repeat these two rows until only one loop on needle
  6. Repeat 1-5 in this manner all the way across
  7. Fasten off

So What do you think? Beautiful Right? Feel free to contact me with any questions.


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