There are 2 types of tunisian entrelac – I am now working on a written tutorial for both. So, why is this page here?
Well, there is a commonly known entrelac method, which arguably you make a diamond shape, but its a square with zigzag edges, where you can make it rectangular if you wish but in rough description if its square, you draw lines from corner to corner, crossing in the middle and then the 4 triangles you have each one all the squares in it go the same way – this is very suitable for multiple colours..
Then there is the entrelac method that eluded me for months, I had a few goes and always ran into a problem, this one is where any given square – the squares on the 4 sides, are at 90 degrees to the square you started at, as a result you get a basket weave effect with the squares going .
Common method: for rightys, if you’re lefty you will know you work the other way, so chaining out you need to mirror it all.
In words only for now. Pictures to follow I hope. Assuming basic stitch is TSS – tunisian simple sitch (it doesnt have to be of course.)
If you do 2 colous you can slipstitch out to not bother cutting yarn and making tails and doing all that dreaded sewing after, if its more than 2, you need to cut and sew, sorry. 1 of course you can just keep going 🙂
pick your starting square, it should contain 1 more stitch across than it does rows, lets say 7 by 6 (the 6th is the bind off row).
If you are changing colours, now you join in a corner, and chain out 6, then with the original square on the left, TSS the 6 and through the first row loop on the left which counts as your 7th, do the 5 rows and bind off for the 6, this leaves you back at the corner of the first square.. chain out, and repeat for all 4 sides.
Heres a picture of part way round round 2! Im about to chain out to do the last square in the round.
If you are you now have a little cross, starting at an outer edge, just like you did for round 2, take the bottom right of an end and chain out 6, and extending the cross, working just like round 2, do 5 rows and bind off, now you;re at the top left of that square, and you’ll pick up the stitches across its top, and use the right hand stitches of the square to the left of it. When you get to the next point in the diamond and have no square on the left, you chain out 6, and work with that square to the left so you have turned the corner, repeat for all 4 sides.
Now you have 3 rounds, 4th round and all other rounds work like round 3, start at a point, chain out, following its diredction like you can see bottom right in my picture, and then work to the next point chain out and turn and work up the next side using the previous rounds squares as bottoms and lefts for all the new squares.
As it grows those triangles become more apparent, as you can see, in the following pictures you can see because of the stripes that each square in a given triangle pointing to the middle, all the stripes are going the same way.
Last round you can do the last round in a different colour to make a striking border, or you can make triangles to “square” it off. as you can see from the smaller initial pictures you end up with zigzags otherwise, to make the triangles, you now want to try and work in a straight line, so, you start with a single tss, then 2, 3, 4 each row expanding to fill the gap, and then reducing to fill the gap to make a triangle. Better explaination soon!
The less common Entrelac method
This one really only has 3 things you need to know.
Lets assume you’re making squares like before, so its 7 stitches 6 rows inc bind off row.
make square 1. then using the old left hand side of the square, use that as the base stitches (no square on left) and make the next square so you have one square on top of the original square now below and at 90 degrees. Now do the same again, use the 2nd square as the base, do another square, finally use the 3rd square as the base, and the 1st as a left square.
OK, here is singularly the most important 2 aspects of this version of entrelac.
The first square you do in any round must be at 90 degress to the last round eg its not working “up” with the sqaure as the base, but you chain and use it as a left.. Why? because when you complte you can use it as the left hand side to go up, if you dont you would need it to be a top – and your yarn would end the wrong side and it goes incredibly wrong.
Second. You need to join on the RIGHT hand side, yes you read that right. Its a bit weird, but.. here goes. So, on even rounds
Please note these pictures shore me making the key mistake, eg that 5th square is working up not across.. Pictures maybe video to come
Ok these pictures stop at the tricky bit. Here you see it looks like Im stuck in a corner, well yes and no. This is where you would need to join to the square you just made on the right, and use the last round as your base, to join on the right you have to take your hook out of the loop, and pass through the stitch on the right and pull the loop through.
as you can see from the end of round 2 you now have the basket weave look – its not hugely clear but you can see that each row is like a checkerboard, the squares are always at 90 degress to the ones on any flat side. For further rows, apply round 2 logic, till you’re done!
Here you can see I did round 3 in a different set of colours
I promise to do better pictures and instructions later – but I hope this willl give you all a guide on how this works!