Entrelac is a fun knitting technique that can be worked in a solid color, two or more colors, or, in the case of these Entrelac Mitts, in a self-striping yarn that makes it look like you used multiple colors.
As entrelac projects go, this is a pretty easy one, being small and knit flat. All you need to do is seam up the side, leaving a hole for your thumb, and these colorful mitts will be ready to use.
And because you're using the same yarn throughout, you don't have to think about anything but the way the stitches come together, which means you may actually be able to memorize the steps and knit somewhat on autopilot (really!).
I have pretty skinny arms and these mitts are actually just a little big for me, but if you have bigger arms you can cast on 20 stitches instead of 18 and work in 5-stitch sections instead of 6-stitch sections. The instructions work the same way no matter how many stitches you use.
- one skein Plymouth Boku or about 100 yards of medium weight yarn of your choice, preferably self-striping
- one pair size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles
- one size 8/H (5 mm) crochet hook
- scissors and yarn needle
About 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in entrelac measured on the diagonal.
Finished mitts are almost 7.5 inches around and 8.5 inches long.
- Cast on 18 stitches.
- Purl 2. Turn and knit 2. Turn.
- Purl 3. Turn and knit 3. Turn.
- Purl 4. Turn and knit 4. Turn.
- Purl 5. Turn and knit 5. Turn.
- Purl 6. Do not turn. Repeat steps 2-6 across row; 3 triangles.
- Knit 2. Turn and purl 2. Turn.
- Knit in the front and back, slip, slip, knit. Turn. Purl 3. Turn.
- Kfb, k1, ssk. Turn. P4. Turn.
- Kfb, k2, ssk. Turn. P5. Turn.
- Kfb, k3, ssk. Turn. P6. Do not turn.
- Pick up and knit 6 stitches along side of first foundation triangle. Turn and purl across. Turn.
- Knit 5, ssk, turn. Purl. Turn.
- Repeat step 2 until all stitches from the foundation triangle have been used.
- Repeat this process across the row.
- Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the side of the last foundation triangle. Turn.
- Purl 2 together, purl 4. Turn. Knit across. Turn.
- P2tog, p3. Turn. Knit across. Turn.
- P2tog, p2. Turn. Knit across. Turn.
- P2tog, p1. Turn. Knit across. Turn.
- P2tog. 1 stitch remains on the right-hand needle.
- On the wrong side, pick up and purl 5 stitches along the side of the left-hand triangle (the sixth is the stitch remaining from working the triangle). Turn and knit 6. Turn.
- Purl 5, p2tog. Turn. Knit across. Turn.
- Repeat until all stitches from the first right-side rectangle have been worked.
- Repeat this process, this time picking up 6 stitches, until all stitches from the previous section have been worked.
Continuing the Mitts:
Work a right-hand triangle, right-side rectangles, left-hand triangle, wrong-side rectangles, and so on until piece is about 8 inches long or length of your choice, ending with a left-hand triangle.
- Pick up and purl 5 stitches along edge of left-hand triangle. Turn. Knit 6, turn.
- P2tog, p3, P2tog (this is the last stitch you just picked up and the first stitch of the right-side rectangle). Turn and knit, turn.
- Repeat this process until all stitches of the right-side rectangle have been worked.
- Continue in this way across the work; 3 triangles will be worked and in the end 2 stitches will remain on the needle.
- Pass the first stitch over the second, cut yarn and fasten off.
Knit another mitt in the same way. Fold each mitt in half lengthwise and, using the same yarn and a crochet hook, single crochet the edges together, leaving a gap for the thumb (which I also crocheted around). Alternatively, use mattress stitch or another seaming method of your choice.
Weave in ends.