Entrelac Pouch Knitting Pattern

A Boxy, Woven Bag to Learn a New Skill

Entrelac Pouch
Entrelac Pouch. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Entrelac knitting is a lot of fun and pretty easy once you get the hang of it. This entrelac pouch is a good way to try out your entrelac knitting skills and it's a great beginner's project.

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.

Your First Entrelac Project?

If you're completely new to entrelac, read through the tutorials on the whole process, starting with making the base triangles.

Essentially, entrelac is not worked in straight rows, but in a series of triangles using one color at a time. This creates a great texture and gives the fabric an interwoven look.

Though it seems complicated, the process of entrelac knitting is actually quite simple. Don't let all of the steps overwhelm you. Instead, take the pattern step by step and row by row and trust yourself and the pattern along the way.

Overthinking or questioning entrelac will only lead to frustration. Have faith and enjoy the end result, which is quite magical!

Materials Needed 

  • 1 skein each of Caron Spa in Green Sheen and Naturally (or colors of your choice) or about 60 yards each of 2 colors of light weight acrylic blend or cotton yarn
  • One pair size 6 US knitting needles
  • Bandanna or piece of fabric cut to size of your finished bag (optional)
  • Needle and thread if lining the bag
  • Scissors and yarn needle

Pattern Gauge & Size

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:  The 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 you 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 you 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 the edge of the 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 knit and 4 of purl), 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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