/ The number of stitches to cast on equals the number of stitches in each square multiplied by the number of squares. Cast on more or less stitches to make the squares bigger or smaller.
y Always start with the base row of triangles, then repeat the purl row of squares and the knit row of squares to form the main fabric, ending with a purl row to work the top triangles across.
/ The woven effect of entrelac can be emphasised by working in two colours; work the knit rows of squares in one colour and the purl rows of squares in another The squares can also be worked in any stitch; try knitting them in cable patterns, textured stitch patterns like moss or garter stitch, or a lace pattern.
y Slipping the edge stitches purlwise makes it easier to pick up stitches; pick them up through both loops of the edge stitch. Edge stitches are explained more fully in mitred squares, see page 58.
With right side of work facing, slip the first st on to the right-hand needle then pick up and knit 7 sts along edge of first square and turn. 8 sts.
Rows I and 2 P8 and turn, k7, ssk (last st of square and next st on right-hand needle to join the pieces) and turn.
Rows 3 and 4 P6. p2tog (to shape top edge) and turn, k6, ssk and turn.
Rows 5 and 6 P5, p2tog and turn, k5, ssk and turn.
Rows 7 and 8 P4. p2tog and turn. k4. ssk and turn.
Rows 9 and 10 P3, p2tog and turn. k3, ssk and turn.
Rows I I and 12 P2, p2tog and turn, k2, ssk and turn.
Rows 13 and 14 PI, p2tog and turn, k I, ssk and turn.
Rows 15 and 16 P2tog and turn, ssk and do not turn. Leave this st on nght-hand needle, Repeat this top triangle twice more across the top of the piece. Cut yarn and thread through last stitch to fasten off.
Another patchwork knitting technique is mitred squares (also known as domino knitting). Each square is worked individually and the stitches for the next square are picked up from any side of the first square. It requires little or no sewing up. The shape of the squares is achieved by decreasing into the centre, hence the name of mitred squares. In mitred squares only the stitches of one square will be on the needles at any time.
This is a technique best learnt by working it and this example is a group of four basic garter stitch squares.
the result: MITRED SQUARE
This sample knitted in garter stitch shows all the techniques needed to work mitred squares and to join them together The basic square can be any number of stitches, as long as it is an odd number. Work the squares in stockinette (stocking) stitch by working the WS rows as purl rows. Moss stitch works well over the odd number of stitches; just repeat kl.pl across all rows. Whichever stitch you use. always remember to keep working the edge stitches in the same way; slip the last stitch purlwise with the yarn at the front of the work and knit the slipped stitch on the return row.
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