Wednesday, April 26, 2006

ENTRELAC CROCHET

Good Morning Everyone,

About 5 years ago, I heard about a method of crocheting called Entrelac Crochet.  I had done Entrelac Knitting for a long time, but never heard of Entrelac Crochet.  I asked a question on the International Free Form Crochet list, and received a reply from an Internet friend in England, Pauline Fitzpatrick.  Pauline wrote that she had tried the stitch, although she was not its creator.   She sent me a copy of the stitch, and I immediately loved it.  Little did she know that she would be creating a "monster". 

Fascinated, I played around with Entrelac Crochet a lot, till I felt really comfortable doing it.  Soon I was designing patterns using the method.  Three of them can be purchased at www.margarethubertoriginals.com (pictures above).  One of the patterns combines knitting with the Entrelac Crochet.  My patterns have also appeared in several publications.

In addition to designing patterns, I do workshops teaching the method to others.  One of my students has gone on to create her own beautiful works, and I featured her in another segment (one of the pictures above). Check out Loren's beautiful work in the archives of 3 -17-06.

I am adding the pattern here, and have put step by step photos above.

ENTRELAC PATTERN: 

First Color Strip: (This strip begins and ends with a triangle).   With COL A, ch required amount loosely.  Beginning triangle; Row 1, draw up a loop in 2nd ch from hook (2 loops on hook) YO draw thru both loops.  Row 2, insert hook between first 2 vertical bars and pick up a loop, then pick up a loop from the chain (3 loops on hook), work off by YO, draw thru 2 loops, twice, 1 loop left on hook.  *Row 3, insert hook BETWEEN  first 2 bars (inc made) and pick up a loop, draw up a loop from under next bar and the next ch (4 loops on hook), {YO draw thru 2 loops} 3 times (1 loop left on hook).  Continue in this manner, having 1 st more each row, till you have 7 loops on hook, work them off as before, then bind off as follows: insert hook under next bar, draw yarn through bar and loop on hook (slip st worked) continue to work slip st through each bar to end*.  Slip st in SAME ch as last loop of row 5.  DO NOT END OFF continue making next square as follows:

SQUARE ONE: (we are still on color strip one) Draw up a loop in each of the next 6 chains (7 loops on hook) {YO and draw through 2 loops} 6 times (1 loop left on hook) This loop is the first loop of the following row.  Row 2, insert hook under the next bar, draw yarn through (2 loops on hook) draw up loop in each of next 4 bars, draw up a loop in next ch (7 loops on hook), work off loops as row 1 of square. 

Rows 3-5 rep row 2, bind off this square by slip st in each bar to end, slip st same ch as last loop of row 5.

SQUARE TWO: (we are still on color strip one) Draw up a loop in each of the next 6 ch (7 loops on hook), work off as before, complete same as square 1.  Con’t in this way until there are 6 chains left at end of row.

ENDING TRIANGLE (we are now at the end of the first color strip) Draw up 6 loops in rem chains in addition to the one on hook, work off as before, next row draw up 5 loops, plus 1 on hook, work off as before, Con’t in this manner, always having 1 less loop each row, until 1 rem, end off.  This completes the first color strip.

SECOND COLOR STRIP:  This color strip begins and ends with a square. Each square has 5 rows.  SQUARE 1.  With Col B, pick up 1 loop in each of 6 slip sts of the beginning triangle, pick up a loop in end of first row of first square on strip 1 (7 loops on hook), work off loops as before.    Con’t in this manner as in square l, picking up the first set of sts in the slipped sts, then under the bars in subsequent rows, you will always have one loop on hook picking up 5 more loops, and the 7th st will be picked up in the end rows of the first square on strip 1(along the side edge),  instead of the chains. When 5 rows are completed, slip st under each bar, having last slip st in the last row (top point) of the same square.  Con’t in this manner, always picking up 5 loops (one already on hook makes 6 loops on hook) and the 7th st in end of rows on next square.  Continue across row, ending with a completed square

THIRD COLOR STRIP: With COL C, Begins and ends with a triangle.  Begin triangle as follows:  With MC ch 2, draw up a loop in the first ch from hook and pick up a loop in side of first row of first square of color strip 2 (3 loops on hook) {YO and draw thru 2 loops}  twice.  Rep from * to * of first strip triangle 1, slip st in first bound off st of square 1 strip 2.   Work squares across row, ending with a triangle as ending triangle color strip 1.

 

Continue to work color strips 2 and 3 in any color sequence.

 

 

Have Fun!

 

Margaret

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments:

Sara Duggan said...

This is great. I just found something similar to this [triangles entrelac] in a book a couple of weeks ago. I learned Entrelac crochet but was never able to figure out how to do the triangles at the end.

Bob said...

Margaret, Where do I find the pictures for Entrelac crochet on your blog?