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Entrelac Pouch

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Entrelac Pouch

Entrelac Pouch.

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Entrelac knitting is a lot of fun and pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and this entrelac pouch is a good way to try out your entrelac knitting skills.

(If you're completely new to entrelac, I've got step-by-step tutorials on the whole process, starting with making the base triangles.)

This little bag is quick to knit in an acrylic and rayon bamboo blend or any light, summery yarn you like. It's also lined for a bit of extra stability.

Materials:

  • one skein each of Caron Spa in Green Sheen and Naturally, or colors of your choice, or about 60 yards each of 2 colors of lightweight acrylic blend or cotton yarn
  • one pair size 6 US knitting needles
  • a bandanna or piece of fabric cut to size of your finished bag (optional)
  • needle and thread if lining bag
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

24 stitches and 27 rows per 4 inches (6 stitches and 9 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch/entrelac. Gauge is not critical but you don't want it to be too holey.

Size:

Finished bag is about 7.75 inches wide and 6 inches tall after finishing.

Knitting the Base Triangles:

Using green yarn, cast on 30 stitches.

  • Knit 2, turn, purl 1, slip 1 purlwise, turn.
  • Knit 3, turn, purl 2, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 4, turn, purl 3, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 5, turn, purl 4, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 6, turn, purl 5, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 7, turn, purl 6, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 8, turn, purl 7, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 9, turn, purl 8, slip 1, turn.
  • Knit 10. Do not turn.

Repeat these rows twice more for three base triangles.

Working the Left Side Edge Triangle:

Change to white and turn the work so the purl side is facing you.

  • Purl 2, turn, knit 2, turn.
  • Purl into the front and back of first stitch, purl 2 together, turn, knit 3, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 1, p2tog, turn, knit 4, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 2, p2tog, turn, knit 5, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 3, p2tog, turn, knit 6, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 4, p2tog, turn, knit 7, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 5, p2tog, turn, knit 8, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 6, p2tog, turn, knit 9, turn.
  • Pfb, purl 7, p2tog. Do not turn. All 10 stitches have been worked.
  • Working the Purl Squares:

    Use the right hand needle with the wrong side of the work facing to pick up and purl 10 stitches along the side of the triangle (use the slipped stitches). Turn.

    • Knit 9, slip 1, turn, purl 9, purl 2 together, turn.
    • Repeat these rows 8 times more.
    • Knit 9, slip 1, turn, purl 9, purl 2 together. Do not turn. All 10 stitches have been worked.

    Leave those stitches on the right-hand needle and proceed to make another square in the same manner.

    Making the Right Side Triangle:

    Use the right hand needle with the wrong side facing to pick up and purl 10 stitches along the edge of the triangle and turn the work.

    • Knit 9, slip 1, turn, purl 8, purl 2 together, turn.
    • Knit 8, slip 1, turn, purl 7, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 7, slip 1, turn, purl 6, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 6, slip 1, turn, purl 5, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 5, slip 1, turn, purl 4, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 4, slip 1, turn, purl 3, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 3, slip 1, turn, purl 2, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 2, slip 1, turn, purl 1, p2tog, turn.
    • Knit 1, slip 1, turn, p2tog, turn.

    At this point 1 stitch remains from the triangle and all stitches are on one needle.

    Working the Knit Squares:

    Change back to green. Slip the first stitch onto the right hand needle and pick up and knit 9 stitches along edge of triangle. Turn.

    • Purl 9, slip 1, turn, knit 9, slip, slip, knit, turn.
    • Repeat these rows 8 more times.
    • Purl 9, slip 1, turn, knit 9, ssk. Do not turn. All 10 stitches have been worked.

    For the next square, pick up and knit 10 stitches from edge of next square and work the same way. Repeat once more for a total of 3 squares.

    Continuing the Entrelac Pouch:

    Work the left edge triangle, purl squares and right edge triangle again in white, then the knit squares again in green.

    Continue in this manner, alternating row types and colors, until you have worked 7 total rows (3 of the knits and 4 of the purls), ending with the purl section.

    Working the Top Triangles:

    Switch back to green. With the right side facing, slip the first stitch onto the right hand needle and pick up 9 stitches along edge of square.

    • Purl 10, turn, knit 9, slip, slip, knit, turn.
    • Purl 8, purl 2 together, turn, knit 8, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 7, p2tog, turn, knit 7, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 6, p2tog, turn, knit 6, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 5, p2tog, turn, knit 5, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 4, p2tog, turn, knit 4, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 3, p2tog, turn, knit 3, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 2, p2tog, turn, knit 2, ssk, turn.
    • Purl 1, p2tog, turn, knit 1, ssk, turn.
    • P2tog, turn, ssk. Do not turn.

    Complete this triangle two more times across top of work. One stitch remains. Cut yarn, close off stitch. Weave in ends. If desired, add a lining. Fold in half and sew side seams. Add a closure if desired.

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