Entrelac Knit Baby Blanket

Entrelac knitting is surprisingly easy given how intricate it looks. Simple knit and purl are all that are used. This blanket is made extra comfy and cozy by the backing and binding sewn on at the end. Such a simple addition ensures this blanket is baby’s favorite for years to come!

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Entrelac Knit Baby Blanket Pattern PDF

Materials:


4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #145 Happy (Yellow)
4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #148 Coo (Pink)
4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #146 Nestle (Blue)
1 ball Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #133 Willow (Green)
*Size 6 (4 mm) needles
Tapestry needle
*I recommend for this project that you use circular needles. Not only is this blanket large, and a traditional needle will probably not be long enough, but also, this blanket gets heavy. The weight of the blanket is easier to manage on circular needles, and the repeated turning of your work will be less cumbersome.

Pattern:


Cast on 110 stitches.
Starting Row: (Triangle Row A)
*P2, turn, K2, turn, P3, turn, K3, turn, P4, turn, K4, turn, P5, turn, K5, turn, P6, turn, K6, turn, P7, turn, K7, turn, P8, turn, K8, turn, P9, turn, K9, turn, P10, do not turn. (One triangle made.) Repeat from * 10 times more. Break yarn.

Row A:
K2, turn, P2, turn, Kfb, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3, turn, Kfb, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P4, turn, Kfb, K2, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P5, turn, Kfb, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P6, turn, Kfb, K4, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P7, turn, Kfb, K5, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P8, turn, Kfb, K6, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P9, turn, Kfb, K7, sl 1, K1, psso, do not turn. *Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the next triangle. (Turn, P10, turn, K9, sl 1, K1, psso) 10 times. Do not turn. Repeat from * 9 times more. Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the last triangle. Turn, P2tog, P8, turn, K9, turn, P2tog, P7, turn, K8, turn, P2tog, P6, turn, K7, turn, P2tog, P5, turn, K6, turn, P2tog, P4, turn, K5, turn, P2tog, P3, turn, K4, turn, P2tog, P2, turn, K3, turn, P2tog, P1, turn, K2, turn, P2tog. Do not turn. Break yarn.

Row B:
Pick up and purl 9 stitches down the side edge of the first triangle. (Turn, K10, turn, P9, P2tog) 10 times. Do not turn. *Pick up and purl 10 stitches down side edge of next triangle. (Turn, K10, turn, P9, P2tog) 10 times. Repeat from * 9 times more. Turn. Break yarn.
Repeat Rows A and B until desired width of blanket is achieved. End with Row A.

Finishing Row: (Triangle Row B)
*Pick up and purl 9 stitches down the side of the next triangle. Turn, K8, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P8, P2tog, turn, K7, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P7, P2tog, turn, K6, Sl1, K1, psso, turn, P6, P2tog, turn , K5, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P5, P2tog, turn, K4, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P4, P2tog, turn, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3, P2tog, turn, K2, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P2, P2tog, turn, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P1, P2tog, turn, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3tog. Do not turn. Repeat from * 10 times more.

Break yarn.

Block.

Weave in all loose ends.

*Note: Using this method, you can make your blanket in any color combination (a minimum of 2 colors is necessary to highlight the Entrelac pattern) and to any size. The following is the exact color placement for the blanket shown.

Row 1: Triangle Row A using yellow
Row 2: Row A using blue
Row 3: Row B using yellow
Row 4: Row A using pink
Row 5: Row B using blue
Row 6: Row A using yellow
Row 7: Row B using pink
Row 8: Row A using blue
Row 9: Row B using pink
Row 10: Row A using green
Row 11: Row B using yellow
Row 12: Row A using pink
Row 13: Row B using blue
Row 14: Row A using yellow
Row 15: Row B using blue
Row 16: Row A using pink
Row 17: Row B using yellow
Row 18: Row A using green
Row 19: Row B using pink
Row 20: Row A using blue
Row 21: Row B using pink
Row 22: Row A using yellow
Row 23: Row B using blue
Row 24: Row A using pink
Row 25: Row B using yellow
Row 26: Row A using blue
Row 27: Triangle Row B using yellow

Directions for backing and binding your blanket can be found in the following post: A Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket??

Abbreviations:


st(s)…stitch
sl…slip
K…knit stitch
P…purl stitch
Kfb…knit through the front and back of the same stitch
psso…pass slipped stitch over
tog…together

 

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181 Responses to Entrelac Knit Baby Blanket

  1. Pam G. says:

    I love the way the blanket comes out it is very cute with those cute blocks.

  2. Gerrie says:

    Lovely blanket, I will try to learn the technique! This is new to me.

  3. samantha says:

    I can follow the pattern fine except for color changes. when do color changes happen?? I’d like to do this with 2 colors.

  4. ann headley says:

    When patterns are printed light like this one, it is very hard to copy. thanks

    • Trudy says:

      Just highlight, copy, and paste to a Word document. I always set my margins to as small as possible. You can then print or save as a PDF if you want or as a Word document. I just save this easy peasy and can’t wait to make it.

    • Kelly Baehr says:

      Cut and paste the whole document, then save as a Word document, where you will be able to change the color of the text to black, before printing your copy.

      • Nikki says:

        Thanks, Kelly!
        There’s a PDF for this pattern available now, too, but if anyone is still having trouble, just let me know!

        • sheila says:

          please let me know what a PDF is thanks

          • Nikki says:

            Sheila,
            If you scroll up in this post, there is a link that says “Entrelac Knit Baby Blanket Pattern PDF.” If you click there, it will open a printer-friendly version of the pattern!
            Let me know if you need any more help getting file!

  5. Denise says:

    I’m going to try this pattern to see if comes out

  6. Beatrix Genis says:

    This is too beautiful for words. I love it.

  7. Jean says:

    I have just started practising entrelac knitting and will definitely be making this for two new members of our family in the winter, it is beautiful.

  8. Sharon Jones says:

    Just signed up to the website. Always wanted to try entrelac. I am going to try it with this pattern. If it turns out I will have a great baby shower gift in addition to learning a new technique. Thanks.

    • Nikki says:

      Sharon,
      So happy you’re going to give entrelac a try.
      Feel free to ask questions along the way.
      And welcome! So happy you’re here!!

  9. Maryann says:

    This blanket is lovely. I have never tried this type of knitting and it will be my next project.
    Thanks.

  10. Lise says:

    What is the finished size of the blanket?
    Very pretty looking.
    Must definitely make it soon.

    • Nikki says:

      Lise! I did not forget about you!
      I just shipped one these out just a few days before you asked about the size. I have an email out to the buyer. I know she’s away on vacation this week, but she promised me that as soon as she came back, she’d measure the blanket for me!
      In the meantime…it’s pretty big! It’s definitely bigger than a receiving blanket. I think of it as the perfect crib size!

    • Nikki says:

      Lise,
      So, so sorry for taking such a long time to get back to you on this! The finished blanket is approximately 36 by 40!

  11. Harriet says:

    would love to make this but so far I am unable to get it to print for me.

  12. Entrelac Baby Blanket…I am unable to copy off the directions for the Baby blanket. Please e-mail them to me.. THank you..JW

  13. Sue says:

    So is the ‘row’ actually more like a chain of triangle-diamonds-triangle? I’ve never had experience with entrelac but it is a very intriguing look. Just seeing the knits & purls for a row’s work doesn’t give me a full picture, altho’ I can see that the increases make the triangle end. One more question – Is there a ‘wrap ‘ involved with the turn? I am so curious to try this!

    • Nikki says:

      Sue,
      Yes, A “Row” as it’s written in the pattern, is really a row of squares all the way across the blanket. I don’t do a wrap when I turn. I know some people do. Since I know I’m going to sew a back and binding onto it, you aren’t going to see the finished edge, so I don’t stress about it. If you’re not going to sew the back and binding on, you may want to add one in if you think it will give it a nicer finished edge.
      Let me know if I can help with anything else!!

  14. Diana says:

    I’m not a knitter,but this is so pretty-I think I’m gonna give it a go.Beautiful work.

  15. Helen Smith says:

    Would also like the directions,too. Thank You

  16. Marny says:

    There are YouTube videos available, too … and those got me started, as did finding a scarf pattern that was free – so I could see a close up of the different colors.

    Fear of entrelac had me for about 4 decades and then Wham! I did it and frogged and did it again and frogged – and Voila!

    I cannot believe how something scared me so much for so long and then I figure it out and it became soooooo easy that it makes me smile.

    Be ok about frogging while learning — it helps.

    Thank you, Nikki! I am now going to NOT crochet with Snuggly Wuggly that I bought — but am going to do your blanket!! (baby is due beginning of 2012)

    • Nikki says:

      Yay, Marny!!
      So many people have the same reaction when they finally jump into Entrelac…”It’s really that easy?” Yup!
      Send pics of the blanket…and the baby!!
      XOXO

  17. irene ronson says:

    how do I get the print out doesn,t say send.

  18. hania says:

    i have tried other directions for this pattern and have gotten stuck after two rows. This sounds easier to follow, i have wanted to tackle this. Wish me luck

  19. Maureen says:

    I love the blanket and I have done entrelac in the round to make a bag that came out great. My inquiry is how do I print just the pattern and not all the responses also? This blanket was going to take 14 pages with all the responses printed.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Maureen!
      In the future, you can highlight the text you’d like to print, copy it, and paste it into Word. It should be much easier to print from there, but check your inbox! I just sent it to you! Let us know how it goes!

  20. Sandra says:

    Hi Nikki, please e-mail copy of Entrelac knit baby blanket. I am definitely going to knit this.

  21. sandy morris says:

    I”v not done anything like this, i think it would make an interesting bed cover with a bed skirt Sm

  22. Noelle O' Sullivan says:

    Quick question – after the starting triangle Row A do I do row A or Row B?

    • Nikki says:

      Noelle, after Triangle Row A, do Row A, then B, then A, etc…until your blanket is the size you’d like. End with Row A, then do Triangle Row B.
      Hope this helps!!

  23. Jasu says:

    Hi Nikkie, thank you for this beautiful patterns….. I have have been looking for this pattern for ages and I so happy I manage to find!!!

    Please can you let know whether I can knit this blanket in DK, if so how much wool and what size needle will I need! I haven’t knitted anything like this before, so it will be a challenge for me…. and looking forward to starting it!!!

    Once again thank you for the pattern, and look forward to hearing from you soon!

    xxx

    • Nikki says:

      Jasu,
      I’ve seen people use DK to reference a few things…I’m assuming you are meaning you’d like to use two strands of thinner yarn at one time? If so, I’d play around with gauge. What’s nice about the pattern is you can easily make it bigger or smaller but taking off or adding on a triangle to the first row. I’d be more concerned about the weight of the blanket. You may want to use circular needles. This blanket tends to get heavy just as it’s written, so you may start to feel it in your wrists if you just use straight needles.
      Does this help? I would aboslutely LOVE to see pictures of your blanket!! Please let us see how it turns out!

      • Jasu says:

        Hi Nikki, thank you! And yes I most certainly will…. you might have to wait for a while though, but most definitely before January 2012! :)

  24. Mrsrkfj says:

    I’m going to give this a go…any excuse to buy new goodies!

  25. Joanne says:

    what is the difference between this and basketweave? it looks the same, but different. I am getting confused after row A. The kfb etc. Do you have a you tube tutorial ?
    Thanks

  26. Jane says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I am just beginning this blanket, and I’ve ripped it twice already! The first time it was mainly my fault. I don’t like the long tail cast on so I did the cable co. Wrong! #1 I had to change all the knit sts to purl sts so the k’s would be on the right side. Had I done the longtail co I would have been on the wrong side to begin with! Geez! Well, anyway no matter I still came up with 5 extra sts at the end of the first triangle row. Recounted my triangle sts. and found I had done nine sts on two of the /\ so that accounted for 2 of the 5 extra sts. Soooo, I ripped everything and started over making sure I casted on the right amt of sts, and also making sure I made each /\ 10sts wide and I still wound up with 2 extra sts.! What am I doing wrong?

    • Nikki says:

      Jane!
      I’m so sorry you are having such trouble with this pattern!
      When you do so much turning, it’s easy for your yarn to wrap around your needle without noticing it. It could be happening, and you could be counting it as one of your 10 stitches in each triangle. Be very careful that we you turn, your yarn is not wrapped around your needle before you start stitching again.
      And if this doesn’t help, email me! We WILL get this worked out!

  27. Jordan says:

    Hi Nikki~

    I have started this blanket and found it to be very easy so far but I have run into my first question. Sorry I am not a very experienced knitter so I am not sure about this stitch. In Row A it says: Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the next triangle. (Turn, P10, turn, K9, sl 1, K1, psso) 10 times. Do not turn. Repeat from * 9 times more. Should I be knitting down the cast on side or the other side? Also should this be on the “second” triangle or on the one that you just finished knitting on the other side? Anything you could do to help here as I am a little stuck. Thank you

    • Nikki says:

      Jordan!
      We’ve got your covered!
      In each row, you’re going to move all the way across your blanket, creating the next square in the “basketweave.” So, you’re going to do this whole “(Turn, P10, turn, K9, sl 1, K1, psso) 10 times” 10 times total, giving you 10 squares across your blanket. Considering that, when you pick up the next set of stitches, you should be moving over to the next square, and picking them up from the next square in the row beneath the one your are working on.
      It really takes about 3 or 4 complete rows before the pattern can easily be seen, and by then you’ll be much more comfortable with all of the stitches and where to pick up from.
      But as always, if this didn’t help, email me!! We’ll get it worked out!

  28. Polly says:

    Thanks a bunch!!! This was a great pattern. The blanket came out beautifully…I love it.
    Polly

  29. Jackie Phillips says:

    I would LOVE for you to email me this pattern if possible. A friend just had a baby and would love to do it for her.
    Thank you for such a great pattern!!!

  30. Patricia says:

    I am eager to try entrelac and am looking for a baby blanket that has a backing, so this looks perfect. Is it possible for you to email the pattern to me please?
    I recently knitted one that was 12 different cable pattern squares which was very interesting to do but this will be a nice change. On the previous one I cabled a long strand large enough to go all around the edge which I think would also look good on this one instead of the satin edging.

    • Nikki says:

      Patricia!
      The pattern is on its way to your inbox!
      PS…Tell me more about the cable! How did you attach it to the blanket? Did it curve around the corners? I’m totally intrigued by that idea!!

      • Patricia says:

        Re the cable edging – when the required length was finished I joined the two edges (it now looks like a frame) and crocheted it to the blanket edge. I often do this to join seams in my knitting as it gives a nicer, neater finish although it does take more yarn than sewing. It is also easier to undo if that becomes necessary. To knit the cable, decide on the number of rows between each cable, add four extra stitches to whatever stitch width e.g. a cable of 10 sts could be worked in stocking stitch plus four stitches worked in either stocking stitch or a stitch to match the edge of the blanket. The extra stitches are there to make it easier to attach it to the edge of the blanket and to effect a turn. The corners are turned by a wrap & turn just before the four extra stitches on three alternate RS rows in between the cable rows, you have then to knit the 3 wraps together on the 4th RS row . It has been a while since I did this so I am working from memory, maybe you could experiment with a couple of trial pieces. I know I thought it looked complicated when I did it the first time but it really was very simple. The blanket I knitted was sent to my daughter in England so I can’t refresh my memory by looking at it! I sewed a backing of a very soft jersey knit fabric to the back of my blanket and then attached the cable edging. I hope this helps and that you can work it out as it really does make a very attractive finish to a blanket/afghan project.
        Wish me luck with the entrelac!

        • Nikki says:

          Patricia! I love it! Thanks so much for sending us the how-to! I am absolutely going to play around a bit with it!
          Good luck with the Entrelac! And of course, if you have questions, just ask!

  31. Sarahsarah.mapes@iformata.com says:

    How long do your needles need to be to cast on 110 stitches??

    • Nikki says:

      Sarah,
      You could use standard length straight needles, but from my experience, circular needles are best for this blanket. By the end, it gets heavy! Circular needles help disperse the weight. It will be easier to work with, less cumbersome, and your wrists will thank you!

  32. Becky says:

    I am trying to knit this blanket I did the starting row, and Row A with no problems. I am stuck on the beginning of row B and I am sure it is something simple but the directions say to cast and P 9stitches down then turn K8 sl1,psso THEN turn, purl 8,prul 2 together. This is were I don’t get because there is only 9 stitches. What am I not seeing in this direction? HELP???

    • Nikki says:

      Becky! Easy fix…no worries!
      You are right, there are only 9 stitches. You are going to purl together the 9th stitch from your row with the 1st stitch of the triangle you made in Row A. This is how all the little pieces connect with each other to make one large blanket. Then you’ll turn and knit back the short row you have. Turn again, purl across, and purl the last stitch together with the next stitch of the little triangle from Row A.
      Let us know if that helps!

  33. diana larsson says:

    I am new at enterlac – not sure when to change colors? Please help.

    • Nikki says:

      Welcome to Entrelac, Diana! The blanket is worked in rows. Think of each strip of color as a row. You’ll break your yarn after each row. Complete each rectangle, all the way across in one color, then cut your yarn.
      Let us know how it goes!

      • diana larsson says:

        Thanks – just bought the yarn and will give a go. One more thing I will not be quilting it. So what does WRAP mean?

        • Nikki says:

          Diana,
          Some people wrap their yarn whenever they turn their work (especially when they’re working short rows) to prevent a small hole from forming. I’ve never had the problem when I’m made this blanket, so I don’t worry about it. If you do find that you have a hole where you turn your work, there are tons of videos on YouTube that will walk you through it. It’s not hard at all!

  34. Mary says:

    Hello: I started this pattern and got to almost the end of Row A, but I end up with either 2 triangles at the end and it says Turn P10 turn k9 sl 1 k1 psso 10x then do not turn and repeat 9 times more. Then if I am not doing something wrong, I have 2 triangles left to begin with “Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the last triangle. Turn, etc.” Please help. Thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Mary,
      I’m emailing you right now. I need to ask you a few more questions….for startes, how many triangles did you make in Triangle Row A??

  35. Kartini says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern! I fell in love with the quilted knit blanket idea and am trying it, even though I’ve never quilted before. I have done entrelac before but am stuck on something very simple. I finished the first row and the first triangle of row A. Now, I need to pick up 10 stitches from the edge of the next triangle, but there were more than 10 rows of stitches on that edge (I think 17 or so?). Should I just space out the 10 picked up stitches along that edge or have I done something wrong?

    Thank you!
    Kartini

    • Kartini says:

      Hi Again,

      I read up on entrelac online and noticed that some patterns slip a stitch on every other row for the base triangles which in this pattern would leave 8-9 slipped stitches on the side of the triangle to pick up. Do you know if that would work or if it would make it harder for me to follow the pattern? I was thinking of slipping the first purl on each of the purl rows in the base triangles.

      Thank you!!
      Kartini

      • Nikki says:

        Kartini,
        Some people slip because it gives them an easier edge to pick up stitches from. I’ve never had that problem, so I don’t do it. As long as you are consistent, go for it!

    • Nikki says:

      Kartini! So happy you’re going to jump into this blanket! The quilting part is the easy part! But, of course, ask questions here if you need help!
      Yes, 17 sounds high. Some people see stitches differently, so if you said you had 9 or 11, I’d say, you’re probably fine, just space out your 10, but, again, 17 sounds high.
      I’m going to email you now, and we’ll get this worked out!

  36. Darlene says:

    I love the Entrelac baby blanket. Would you please send me the pattern? Thanks!

  37. Kim says:

    Can you please send me the pattern so I can do it for a friend’s baby. I am a beginner so I only understand written out patterns also not following when u turn do u mean turn your needles then do the next stitches n how do u pick up stitches?

  38. Kirsty McL says:

    Hi,

    I have just completed triangle row A. When it says break yarn what do you mean? Plus how do you start with a new colour?
    I am a complete beginner so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Kirsty

    • Nikki says:

      Kirsty! I’m so happy you’re making my blanket! And welcome to the world of knitting!
      “Break yarn” means to cut it! Super easy, just leave yourself a long enough tail so that your work doesn’t unravel while you continue working on the blanket.
      To start a new color, just hold the tail of the old yarn together with the new yarn (this helps keep the tension even), but knit with just the new yarn.
      Keep us posted as to how the blanket it going!!

  39. Kirsty McL says:

    Nikki,

    Thanks so much for your quick reply. I shall keep knitting and not hesitate to ask your advice when I come up against problems.

    Kirsty

  40. Kirsty says:

    Nikki,

    I have followed your pattern exactly and have finished tri row A and have started row A in blue. I am now at the point where I pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side of the triangle. I have watched videos but am still lost as to how you count the stitches to ensure you pick up ten and then how to knit them.

    Any help you could offer would be great.

    Kirsty

  41. Deanna says:

    I’ve got the blanket going pretty well..on about row 18. Now I am beginning to worry about the quilting back. Did you basically do a backing fabric the same size as the knit front and then a border and sew with a standard sewing machine? Just wondering how to manage the material and yarn so nothing gets caught when sewing. Also, how did you handle your tails? I was thinking just tying and then not weaving in since they would be covered…does this work or do you have a way you did that is better?

  42. WeaverDave says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Well, it took me just over a year, but I finally finished my entrelac baby blanket. It’s beautiful. But now I have to finish it. I’m going to have someone sew the backing and satin edging on for me because I don’t sew. (I’m a weaver mainly.)

    But before I do that I need to block the blanket. Can you point me to some instructions for blocking this type of knitting? I knitted a baby blanket before and the instructions just said to put it in the washer on gentle, and then lay it out flat to dry. Is that all I need to do? Or do I need blocking pads and hundreds of straight pins?

    Dave

    • WeaverDave says:

      BTW, I posted photos on my website at http://www.pvcloom.com. It was lots of fun picking out “baby” colors. :)

    • Nikki says:

      Dave,
      I’m a bad person to ask about this ;-) I don’t really follow any of the “blocking rules.”
      I press my blanket (from the back) on my ironing board with a dry iron. (If you’re nervous about putting a hot iron to your blanket, you can absolutely put a pressing cloth between!) I keep my tape measure handy to make sure I’m keeping it square. No straight pins, no blocking pads, and definitely not in the washer.
      I know many people are gasping in horror, but that’s what’s always worked for me!

  43. WeaverDave says:

    Nikki,

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

    I used Plymouth Encore Worsted, which is 75% acrylic and only 25% wool. I chose that so the blanket could be machine washed. But does the entrelac knitting not stand up well in a washer?

    Dave

    • Nikki says:

      Dave,
      It will hold up fine! It’s just a matter of preference. It’s going to take awhile for it to dry flat. I’ve done it that way in the past, but sometimes I just don’t want to wait that long!

  44. megan says:

    Thanks for this pattern

  45. julie says:

    Fantastic blanket for a newborn! Love! Thank you very much for sharing this fabulous pattern!

  46. Ali says:

    Nikki I love love love this baby blanket! I just recently found out I was pregnant an do not know the sex of the baby! I would love this amazing blanket for him her! But as a full time nurse with a crazy shedule, a husband that works out of time for very long periods of time, a busy 2 yr old , I simply do not have the time to make this blanket! I am so thankful you put your pattern and pictures on here for people to is but with all this being said , I would love to purchase one!!! Do u sell these with your other items on etsy! I would love this to be our new editions baby blanket!!

    Thanks so much
    Ali

    • Nikki says:

      Ali!
      Thank you so much! You are so sweet! And congratulations on welcoming a new little one to your family! I’m so excited for you!
      At this point, I only make these for family members. I opened them to the public a few months ago, and within a few days, the wait time was already up to three or four months. That just doesn’t seem fair, and I feel bad making people wait that long.
      My suggestion is to take the pattern to your local yarn shop. There are always knitters there looking for projects to work on.
      If you don’t have luck at the yarn shop, get back in touch with me.
      And congratulations again!
      XOXO

  47. Nancy Clark says:

    Nikki, I have seen this in catalogs and books and it looked impossible, but you have made it look easy, time will tell. I always have a stash of baby afghans and whenever anyone tells me they have had a baby or someone they know has had a baby, I dig into my stash! Love to crochet and so very excited to have found your website. Thank you.

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy! You have me blushing!
      Let us know how things go with the Entrelac blanket, and if you any questions, you know where to find me!

  48. Paula Joyce says:

    Where do I find the instructions for the backin and binding?

  49. Kelly says:

    I made this for my grandson, which came out great and he loves. My dilema is that my husband loved it also and wants one of his own. I am a very basic knitter, so have no idea how to adjust the pattern to make it bigger. I am thinking of the size of a throw blanket. Something for him to use for the couch…Can you help with that??

    • Nikki says:

      Kelly,
      You can absolutely make it bigger!
      If my math (and my memory) are correct, each of those base triangles that you start with take up 10 stitches. So theoretically, you can chain any multiple of 10, and you should be fine.
      However, keep in mind, that if you make it too much bigger, you’ll have to piece the back. That’s not a big deal at all, just keep it in mind when you’re buying your fabric. If you need help with it, just ask!
      XOXO
      PS…If you made it through this pattern, you’re not “just a basic knitter”! ;-)

  50. Jenn K says:

    I am looking for a project to do after all my Christmas gifts are done. This blanket looks amazing but I have yet to ever do any Entrelac. Do you have any good videos that you could direct me to? I’m a it confused as to the whole knitting triangles and picking them up with new colors etc. I have just learned to knit a few months ago and have only done scarf projects up until now. Thanks.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Jenn!
      I’m so happy you’re going to give this blanket a try!
      You may have seen me say in some of the other comments, at first, you are going to think there is no way what you’re doing is right. It takes until maybe row 3 or 4 of the squares for it to start to lay flat, and you can see how the pieces fit together. There are plenty of videos on YouTube, but if you have questions, you can always ask here, or email me! Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com
      Keep us posted as to how it’s going!

  51. Sheila says:

    Love the blanket and the pattern. Tried others but this one was easier to understand. BUT I finished the bottom triangles Row A last night and today can not figure out where to start. I broke the yarn and have my new color to try with but something just seems off. Do you know if I should be starting on the right side or wrong side (seems a silly question but I can’t seem to quite picutre where i am going next.

    • Sheila says:

      Scratch the question, I jumped in with what my gut said and I can now see how its coming together :) But here comes my next question, pick up and knit 10 down the side of the triangle, I understand the concept but seem to have the loose end of the yarn on the wrong side of work after that. Should I be picking up and knitting a stitch at a time or picking up 10 knitting *backwards* or do you have another way. I have down a few of row A but I have been picking up 10 slipping to other needles to be able to knit and then just letitng the yarn flow in the wrong site to meet the beginnig stich. so I have a few long stretches of yarn just sticking out the wrong side. I watched a few youtube videos but its looks like they are just knitting nad purling backwards but I just can not make that work for me.

      • Nikki says:

        Sheila,
        “Pick up and knit” was always confusing to me, too, because you really don’t “knit” the stitches. You really just pick them up “as if to knit.”
        It really is just inserting your needle into the stitch below, yarn over, pull up a stitch on your right needle. Repeat along the edge as many times as required.
        Here is a REALLY long post that covers a ton of different knitting techniques, but it has GREAT pictures of exactly what to do: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/FEATwin04TT.html
        Let me know if this helps!
        If not, you know where to find me!

  52. Katherine says:

    Hello Nikki! I’ve made entrelac blankets several times and they turn out too cute! In a pattern I found many years ago, the writer taught a quick lesson on how to “knit backwards!” It actually was a purl stitch without turning the blanket back and forth! What a help this was! Where ever the pattern called for purling a specified number of stitches, I would simply “knit backwards.” You Tube offers several great videos on how to knit backward. It sounds hard, but believe me, it’s not!! When it comes to the entrelac pattern, it’s a time saver, and, it means no fatigue on the arms and hands from constantly turning your work, especially when it gets longer and heavier. Give it a try!

    • Nikki says:

      Katherine!
      Thank you so much for the suggestion!
      I am absolutely going to learn how to do it!
      That is the only think I don’t like about making this blanket…there is so much turning!
      It would work up SOOOO much quicker without it!
      Thanks again!

  53. Kelly Lauta says:

    I seriously can’t wait to try this! Always wanted to try entrelac and this baby blanket is just the cutest thing I’ve seen using this technique. Have to finish another baby blanket first though…now I’m motivated to do so! Thanks!!

  54. Debbie says:

    Hi Nikki-thanks for the beautiful pattern. I had a question about amount of yarn that you use per color. I have 3 skeins with 375 yards and wondered if that would be enough. The Sidar yarn you used I think had 104 yds. per skein. My question is did you use all the yarn of all 4 skeins? My LYS had only 3 skeins of the yellow of the yarn I chose and I’m having a hard time finding more. But I will continue looking if I have to. Just thought I would check with you. You do beautiful work and are so helpful to everyone! Thanks for your help!!

    • Nikki says:

      Debbie!
      I made the blanket with that yarn so long ago, it’s hard to remember! I usually do add a little padding to my numbers, but I don’t remember how much.
      Here’s a little trick though! If you’re going to follow the pattern exactly, the green is used the least. If you need to, switch the green and yellow. You’re blanket will use the same color palette, but you won’t need as much yellow. Does that make sense???
      I hope that helps!

  55. Carren Cerna says:

    Would you be able to send instructions to my inbox? Thank you so very much I hope to make this for my grandchild expected in June on my Birthday! Thank you so very much.
    Sincerely, Carren

  56. Nancy says:

    I consider myself a bit of a entrelac instruction expert, in that, I have looked at dozens of videos and googled dozens of written instructions and gazed at millions (or so it seems like) of entrelac how-tos and the instructions on Nikki in Stitches are by far, by far, the best – they are so much easier to understand than any other that I’ve seen. I bought an entrelac blanket kit online, although I didn’t realize that that’s what it was. I couldn’t comprehend the instructions that came with it at all. I’m so thankful to have found this site, thank you so much Nikki for this pattern.

    Slightly off topic – I saw, on Etsy, an entrelac baby blanket, it is unlined and knitted from Mary Maxim prism yarn (which is a variegated yarn, so no need for colour changes while knitting) – I recognized the yarn because it is the same distinctive yarn as the yarn in the kit that I bought. Anyway, the seller wants $750 for the finished blanket!

    • Nikki says:

      Nancy!
      Oh my goodness! You have me blushing! Thank you so very much for your sweet words! I truly appreciate it!
      Considering how time consuming Entrelac knitting can be, I can understand a high price point, but $750?? I’d be afraid to ever wrap my baby in that blanket! ;-)

  57. Lesley says:

    I have just found this site after a friend emailed me a photo of some entrelac knitting. I would be most grateful if you would email me the blanket pattern. I am not a good knitter but would like to give it a go. Can you possibly advise what gauge needles to us as I shall be using DK wool (4ply)

    Many thanks

    • Nikki says:

      Lesley! Welcome!
      Check your inbox for the pattern!
      As far as the gauge for the DK (4ply) yarn, it is probably a little finer than what I’ve used in the blanket pictured. I’d be afraid to adjust your needle size too much, because you might not like how “open weave” the blanket may end up being.
      Just remember, that by keeping a smaller sized needle, your blanket will not be as big. I would add on to the pattern to compensate. Adding additional squares is not that hard, since they are based off of ten stitches. Just add a multiple of ten to how many you cast on, and you’ll be fine!

      • Lesley says:

        Thanks Nikki, I’m now ready to give this a go with yarn from our alpacas. Just a thought – if I wanted to make a throw rather than a baby blanket would it look wrong if blankets were sewn together to make a bigger finished piece?
        Wonderful website – you’ve got me hooked!

        • Nikki says:

          Lesley,
          I don’t think you’re going to love the look of the blankets grafted together. I also don’t think the weight of the blanket will work well with any type of grafting stitch.
          How big are you thinking of going?
          The blanket is actually pretty easy to make bigger. Just add a multiple of 10 onto how many you cast on. For every 10 extra stitches you cast on, you’ll get one more square in your row. I would maybe consider doing that first!

          • Lesley says:

            Thanks for the advice Nikki. I guess I’ll stick with your original pattern, so looking forward to knitting it. By the way congratulations on your pregnancy, I’m sure you must be making this wonderful quilt for September!

          • Nikki says:

            Oh, Lesley! Thank you so very much!
            This baby is actually getting a quilt, of course with my own little twist on the design. How-to hopefully coming soon!

  58. Linda says:

    Hi, just found your site while looking for easy baby blankets to knit. I’m not very good and fairly new. Do you think I can do this without much experience? If so what do you mean when you put “turn” throughout your instructions? This is a beautiful blanket and I am enjoying your site.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Linda, and welcome!
      I think that with patience, a beginner can knit this blanket.
      The hardest part is figuring out where to pick up the stitches from the previous row. And I always tell people that as long as you are consistent, and they are evenly spaced, you will be fine!
      “Turning” your work mean literally flipping it to the other side, and working back along the stitches you just knit.
      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  59. Darlene says:

    Just finished making this beautiful blanket. However, I would like to finish off the edge with a knitted boarder. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Nikki says:

      Darlene,
      There are so many edge patterns out there! I would do a quick google search to get some ideas in motion. There are even a few great books that you can find just at your local craft store that are so good to have on hand for this exact reason.
      Just a note, I would just be aware of the weight of the edge. The blanket itself has a bit of weight to it. I think you’ll want something that works well with that weight.
      I also think it’s important to note that the blanket is a “closed knit” type of design. For that reason, I don’t think I’d pick an “open knit” design with a lot of holes (i.e. yarn overs) in the pattern.
      And don’t be afraid to look at the crochet edges available, too! I often like the weight of crochet edges better on my blankets!
      Please send pics of your finished blanket! I’d love to see it with the edging!

  60. Rabbia says:

    Hi Nikki

    I accidently came to your site while surfing the net for a nice baby blankt pattern….I was completely baffled and awed by this blanket I was actually afraid to even read and try to workout the pattern….but I was so hooked that I had constant dreams about making this entrelac blanket….so to get to the main project I first tried it on a scarf (which I made for my hubby’s niece) it was so easy and interesting that I JUST HAD to make a baby blanket…..I am currently on row 9 of my blanket (I had to move house to another city so had to leave my project and it took me 5 months to get back to it) but it is turning out wonderfully…
    Thanks for such a lovely and easy pattern.

    I will post a pic as my blanket is ready……also will it be ok without a backing? as I plan to make a crochet border to give it some extra lil bit width and finished look.

    Rabbia

    • Nikki says:

      Rabbia!
      I’m so happy you love the look of Entrelac as much as I do!
      And absolutely! Your blanket will be fine without a backing!
      I actually just had someone ask about knitting or crocheting an edge on it, which is something I haven’t yet tried with this pattern. I’d love to see pictures of how yours turn out!

  61. Ann Hathaway says:

    could you e-mail me the instructions on how to back and bind my beautiful baby blanket I have tried to print it off but it is’nt working. Have enjoyed so much knitting it I followed your colours and it turned out well I havent done this kind of knitting before but found it so easy once I got started Regards Ann.

  62. Linda F says:

    I made an entrelac sweater for a baby and lost the pattern, it turned out beautiful..Does anyone have that sweater pattern, Thanks Linda

  63. Corina H. says:

    Thank you sooooo much for the entrelac pattern. I had never knitted before but wanted to make a blanket for my 9 month old daughter Vivian. I fell in love with the entrelac pattern and was pleased at how easy it was but looks so complicated. I used bright colors and am very pleased with how it turned out. :)

  64. Susan Parnell says:

    Hi Nikki, I have tried to print this pattern, but don’t know to do a pdf , can you help me or send it as a normal print. Susan

  65. Kathy St. Louis says:

    I am anxious to start this pattern. Your instructions say use a size 6 circular needle, but don’t indicate the length of the “circular” should it be 16 inches or longer?

    Thanks for your help

  66. clare dick says:

    would you be able to send instructions to my in box

  67. clare dick says:

    please

  68. Michelle says:

    This pattern looks hard,

    • Nikki says:

      Michelle! I promise! It’s not that bad!
      I will admit, it takes some patience in the beginning, but by the time you’re on the second or third row, you will have the hang of it!
      And if you need help, I’m here!!

  69. sylvia schroeder says:

    i have just started the entrelac blanket i’m a rather expirenced knitter but stuck on row B do i start picking up from the bottom of the triangle is it the first triangle or where i ended up row 2 as you can see i’m confused.really anxious to do it going to be a first time nanna.thank you

  70. sylvia schroeder says:

    you so much for acknowledging my request for help i await your instructions

  71. sylvia schroeder says:

    Thankyou so much i did get your reply sorry but would it be with wrong side of work facing me as to purl

    • Nikki says:

      Sylvia, the knit side is always on the front of the blanket. The purls are always on the back. So that should help. If you’re purling, you should be looking at the back of your work!
      PS…This took me FOREVER to figure out because I knit this blanket “continental” and don’t ever actually turn my work. It makes it go MUCH faster!

  72. Nancy says:

    Nikki, thank you once again for these wonderful Entrelac instructions. I thought that knitters might be interested to see an Entrelac throw that is up for sale on Etsy. It is in different shades of orange to brown and the seller used merino wool, I’m guessing the seller hand-dyed the wool to obtain the many different shades. Anyway, it’s 60″ x 38″ and it’s going for $1,100! Gulp!

    • Nikki says:

      WHAT?!?!?!
      Nancy, do you have a link?
      I can completely understand why the price is so high. Entrelac knitting takes so much more time. AND the wool is hand-dyed. But I’d love to know how many blankets actually sell at that price point!

  73. Nancy says:

    I meant to add, yes it’s beautiful and she offers to knit it in other colourways. I would imagine that hand-dyeing wool would be a bit of a challenge, to say the least.

  74. Britney says:

    Where did you purchase your Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo yarn? I have been unable to find it and I am hoping to make this blanket for an upcoming newborn.
    Are there any other yarns that would be equivalent to the Sirdar yarn?

    • Nikki says:

      Britney,
      I found that yarn a long time ago at a yarn shop, and when they had their “everything you can fit in this bag for 50% off” sale, I got A TON! You can use any yarn that matches up with the gauge and suggested needle size. If there’s a yarn you have in mind, you can send me the link and I’ll let you know if I think it will work!

  75. Julie says:

    I just started this pattern tonight. So far so good. Thanks for the clear directions. Looking forward to seeing it done.

  76. Desiree says:

    Hi I put a question down for this blanket on another page and of course now I can’t find it to see if you answered back:)- silly me- I’m just looking to see what the total yards of yarn needed is?

    Thanks!

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Desiree!
      So each skein of yarn I used was 104 yards and I used 13 skeins total. If you’re using a variegated yarn and won’t be switching colors, you should need about 1350 yards!
      Let me know how it goes!

  77. Donna Wells says:

    Hi Nikki!
    I’m going to make this beautiful blanket for a baby shower…would you mind sending me the pattern? Thank you so much! Can’t wait to get started! Thanks!

  78. Melody says:

    Hey Nikki! I’m new to this technique, but I’ve been looking into it and noticed that the tutorials I’ve seen don’t have all the increases/decreases, but instead simply slip the first or last stitch, why is that?

    • Nikki says:

      Melody,
      I can see using slip stitches for the rows that just contain squares, but the first and last rows (that are both made up of triangles) I think should have increases and decreases. I have a feeling that just slipping stitches may leave you with “open” areas…looser stitches that might look like holes…and I don’t think you’ll be as happy with the end result.
      That’s my guess, but if you give it a try, let me know if you can see a difference!

  79. Rebecca Falcon says:

    Hey nikki!
    I wanted to make this pattern a little but bigger from 36×40, how would I go ahead and do that?
    Thanks,
    Rebecca

    • Nikki says:

      Rebecca,
      To make the blanket wider you need to just cast on more stitches. Be sure you cast on a multiple of 10 and you’ll be fine!
      To make it “higher” you need to add rows to the pattern. I would write out your color pattern before you get started to make sure your colors are evenly dispersed!
      Let me know how it goes!

  80. Chelle says:

    I found this pattern a few days ago having never seen anything like this before and I am now knitting it for my granddaughter. It is gorgeous and fabulous instructions so easy to follow. Thank you very much.

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