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Entrelac information and references

Lynn Ruggles originally compiled this list, and Jeanette Corlett-Black and Irene Beyaert have contributed to it. It was put together through references collected from the knitlist, various knitting stores, and library resources. It is by no means a complete listing of all entrelac patterns available on the market.

Patterns are listed by book title, magazine name, or pattern company. If no author was given, then they are listed by publisher. You may be able to find some of the resources listed here by contacting the companies listed on the booksellers page.

Please feel free to submit more patterns to be included in this list, or to make comments about any pattern on this list. As well, if you have more information about these patterns, please send email to me, emily@woolworks.org. Thanks.


What is entrelac?

 The term entrelac means interlaced or ornament composed of interlacing figures and comes from the French. In knitting, it describes a pattern of squares where each square is knit at right angles to its neighbor. The resulting pattern resembles a basketweave pattern. In knitting books, the pattern is also called basket stitch, birch stitch, trellis, lattice stitch, woven lattice, and diamond weave.

This is a list of patterns using the entrelac stitch or of references to the stitch in knitting books.

Anny Blatt Magazine No. 136, "Collection Automne-Hiver". Pattern No.23, "Corail" Jacket, is a button-less cardigan jacket made from Kid Mohair d'Anny Blatt, Musee d'Orsay d'anny Blatt, and Victoria d'Anny Blatt. From the photograph, I would guess that the Victoria is a shiny rayon yarn, and the Musee d'Orsay looks like a silk blend or something. The jacket is all-over entrelac with narrow ribbing and picot edging. Really a gorgeous piece of work.

Berroco #539, designed by Anne Rubin. Dante yarn. Pullover knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves).

Brunswick, Volume 8813 (Sportmist, Windmist and Quickmist) Pullover and vest (vest is pullover without sleeves.) Knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves), seamed together.

BrySpun pattern (for use with BrySpun Kid-n-Ewe yarn), Volume 1, Bryson Distributing. 'Basket Weave Vest Front'. Plain pattern for vest back, variations for vest front.

Cast On, Holiday 1992. 'Flags of the World' sweater with flags of different countries in the entrelac squares on a black background.

Crafts Plus (Canadian magazine)

  • March-April 1986, p82-85, "Trellis-Stitch Sweater" (adult). Done in cotton yarn; large entrelac squares on front and back; plain sleeves.
  • October, 1993, Entrelac sweater pattern for kids.
  • January-February 1991, p22-23, "Kaleidoscope Sweater" (adult).

Classic Elite Yarns, #481 Rio de Janiero, Brazil Jacket (for use with La Gran Mohair). Knee-length jacket, buttons down the front. Large entrelac squares knit in 3 colors each. Bottom of coat is zig-zag shape -- no ribbing or triangles at bottom of squares to even the pattern off. Jacket is knit in one (very) large piece. (This one is really impressive and looks like a lot of work, but is knit on large needles -- 9's, so should go fast.)

Design Knitting, Mark Dittrick, ed., Hawthorn Books, 1978.

  • "Entrelacs or Trellis Sweater" by Monna Weinman. Turtleneck sweater, body in entrelac, sleeves in ribbing. Knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves).
  • "Diamond-Patterned Mohair Pullover in Nine Colors." This is a long pullover with large entrelac squares and a turtleneck.

Designer Knitting, Hugh Erman, ed., Cresset Press/Century 1989. Basketweave Sweater by Susan Duckworth, front, back and sleeves knit separately and with fair-isle crosses on some of the rectangles. Rowan yarns Double Knitting recommended.

The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques, by Debby Robinson, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited Canada, 1989. This book has a very good entry on entrelac knitting technique. It is an extremely clear and easy-to-follow row-by-row description of how to do the work. Unfortunately there are no patterns given and NO suggestions how to shape the work for necklines etc. (This book reference submitted by Jeanette Corlett-Black.)

Enjoy Entrelac Knitting, by Brenda Horne (Kangaroo Press, Australia, 1993). A book of entrelac patterns. Well illustrated diagrams and photographs. Most patterns are either knit in one piece or grafted together along edges of squares (thus no visible seams). From the back cover: "The patterns include a cushion cover, jumpers for children, women and men, an all-in-one women's jacket, hats and headbands, a bag, shawls, waistcoat and elegant batwing sweaters (designed particularly with the larger woman in mind.)"

Entrelac Toque Pattern for the Getaway Gang, Feb. 1993 (Peg Parry). Adult; uses Patons Superwool. Very detailed instructions, easy to follow for beginners to this technique.

Erica Wilson's Knitting Book. 2 patterns for "Diamond Weave" sweaters. Instructions with diagrams. Pattern 1: pullover, front and back entrelac, plain sleeves. Pattern 2: short sleeve "evening" sweater done in angora and ribbon. Entrelac front and back, deep crossed V back, plain sleeves.

Family Circle

  • "Basket-Weave Sweater" (adult). Date not known, from 1980s. Pullover done in Patons Diana; boat neck, long sleeves.
  • "Woven-Look Sweater" (adult). January 15, 1985 Pattern #3397 -- mail-order kit (pattern and yarn) available from Family Circle.
Fashion Knitting (American magazine). "Petite Entrelac Pullover" (child's size 6). Aug. 1990, Issue 90, p38, picture p61.

Hayfield, booklet 6003 (Exquisite Shimmer DK yarn). Cardigan sweater with entrelac front, back and sleeves and ribbed yoke. Knit in pieces, seamed together.

Intarsia: A Workshop for Hand & Machine Knitting. From the studio of Sealed With A Kiss, Inc. Sherry Stuever and Keely Stuever, 2022 W. Noble, Guthrie, OK 73044, +1 (405) 282-8649.

Kinsie Woolshops Pattern #102 (free with yarn purchase). "Trellis Stitch Scoop Neck" (adult pullover). Large entrelac squares on front and back; plain sleeves.

Knitter's #27, Summer 1992. "Meg's Sweaters" by Meg Swansen. p.32-35. Pullover with an entrelac yoke. "Chris' square- root-of-2 formula smooths the transition from the vertical stitches of the body to the diagonal stitches of the yoke." There is also a pattern for a star tam, which they say is a good beginning entrelac project.

Knitter's #27, Summer 1992. Sidna Farley, "Entrelac Tunic", p.37-39. Long pullover made with two colors of yarn, allover entrelac, with ribbed neckband, cuffs and bottom.

Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley, 1993, Reader's Digest, pp. 192-193 (also The Handknitter's Handbook (previous title), pp. 172-173) Brief instructions, diagram.

Knitting by Susan Duckworth, Ballantine Books, 1988. This book includes a wide variety of techniques, mostly intarsia, but there are patterns for two sweaters in the section on "Geometrics" that are done in entrelac, which she refers to as interlace or basketweave. They are very interesting because of the way that she has introduced complicated color changes, including little additional worms of multicolor that stick out of the large squares on one of the sweaters. These are described in the book as follows: "Here each rectangle is 'piped' with striped ridges.

Knitting For Real People by Ferne Geller Cone has a four-page section on entrelac, but no patterns or historical information of note.

Ladies Home Journal. Fall-winter 1978, p101, picture p64. Woman's entrelac sweater (pullover, front only in entrelac). Entrelac baby bunting bag (an absolutely beautiful pattern -- unique!).

Lane Borgosesia U.S.A. Inc. Book #151 (pattern #M-902) p6-7 (picture on back). Woman's entrelac pullover with turtleneck.

Mary Maxim. No. 27696, Royale Book 5. "Trellis Pattern Pullover" (adult). Boat neck, 3/4 sleeves, entrelac on front and back only, sleeves are plain.

McCall's Craft Magazine (no date available). Entrelac scarf (basically just a long rectangle).

McCall's Stitchery Series, Vol. 8 (1977): Winter Warm-Ups to Knit and Crochet. "Hooded Baby Bunting Bag" (p44, picture p45).

Mon Tricot's 1500 PATTERNS, No. 0J84, Mon Tricot Collection, 1984.(Printed in English) ISBN:0247-2708

Mon Tricot's 1300 Pattern Stitches, 1981.

Nordic Knitting by Susanne Pagoldh, Interweave Press, 1991. Photograph of entrelac knee socks knit in 1890 (date is knitted into top of sock). Decreasing size squares are used to shape the ankles. Technique described, but no pattern for socks.

Number Knitting from the 40's-50's. It seems to be a whole system for knit design based on an entrelac-like production of diamonds and half diamonds. There is design work for suits, sweaters, shawls, pillow designs.

Patons, pattern #606 (for use with Patons Diana & Davina yarn), Double breasted cardigan. Knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves, front band and collar).

Phentex, 1984 (free pattern with purchase of yarn). "Basketweave Vest" (adult) -- done in chunky yarn.

Schoolhouse Press book on Faroese shawls, has a shawl pattern knit in a series of diamonds, that might be entrelac.

Simply Beautiful Knitting (mail-order cards), 1987, "Fun Knits"

  • Pack M, "His and Hers Diagonal Check Sweaters" (adult) -- done in chunky yarn. Interesting ridged effect knitted in entrelac squares.
  • Pack K, "Block Pattern Pullover" (adult) -- done in mohair. Entrelac on front and back only, sleeves are plain.
Sirdar
  • Booklet #5271, adult entrelac sweater in crepe double knitting; sleeves are plain.
  • Booklet #9205, adult entrelac cardigan in double knitting; very beautiful pattern.

Socks, Rita Buchanan & Deborah Robson, eds., Interweave Press, 1994. Sock pattern by Kathryn Alexander. Entrelac patterning is on top portion of sock. This is the pattern for the socks pictured on the cover of Spin-Off, Winter, 1992, reissued as a separate sock booklet.

The Handknitter's Design Book, Alison Ellen, David & Charles (pubs), 1992. Technique described with photographs.

The Scottish Collection, The Tomato Factory. "Entrelac Sweater" by Carol Lapin. Pullover sweater. Knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves; all pieces knit as rectangles, ribbing added last).

Threads, 'Knitting a Basketweave Look-Alike' by Gwen Fox, June/July 1994. Diagram for sweater (no pattern, but pattern is available via mailorder). Technique is described with diagrams and photographs. Size of squares is changed to provide shaping. Sweater knit as all one piece.

Thorobred Scheepjeswol

  • "Two-Textured Cardigan" (adult). Entrelac on front and back only; interesting "bubble" effect on sleeves.
  • Summer Journal No. 4 p2-4, "Four-Color Basket-Weave Top." Woman's sleeveless vest, very pretty.
Three Kittens Yarn Shoppe (800-489-4969) entrelac mitten pattern is a wonderful pattern. It has a step by step instruction booklet which teaches you to do entrelac without having to turn your work, by knitting backwards. The mittens themselves are done in a multicolored Folk Lana sock yarn so one gets blocks of color yet you only are using one yarn so it is much easier and with no ends to darn in for a first entrelac product. The bias stretch of the entrelac makes the mittens seem to form fit to the hand. The tip of the mitten is shaped by making smaller squares (6st, to 5 then 4 then 3 st. squares in successive rounds). I think this would be a perfect first project in entrelac before one jumps into making a sweater.

Vogue Knitting, 'Entrelac', Winter 1991-92. DKNY turtleneck pullover. Technique is described with photographs. Sweater is knit in pieces (front, back, sleeves) and seamed together.

Wendy Double Knit Pamphlet #3902. "Entrelac Hat" (adult).

Wendy Family Choice pattern 3051. Sweater; front, back and sleeves made separately; 3 colours suggested.

Woman's World (American magazine, year not known). "Basket Weave" (adult). Pullover done in mohair. Entrelac on front and back only; sleeves are plain.

The Workbasket (small size American magazine), April 1989, p46-47. "Basketweave Pullover" (child's sizes 4 thru 14). Boat neck, entrelac on front and back only, sleeves are plain.


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