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Entrelac in the Round
Entrelac in the round, or seamless entrelac, is nearly identical to flat entrelac. The difference is you will not need to worry about the side triangles! That’s it. You will still work base triangles, left and right leaning rectangles, and bind off triangles. Like flat entrelac, your base triangles are going to look odd until the first tier of rectangles are worked. Even though the end result is a piece of seamless entrelac fabric, the work will not be joined until the end of the first tier of rectangles has been completed. Don’t worry when you have a row of base triangles that are twisted and funny looking. Everything will come together as you continue to work. The instructions below are meant to be used as a guide only. There is more than one way seamless entrelac can be worked, and everyone has a particular method they prefer. If you look at patterns or other instructions for seamless entrelac, you will more than likely notice slight differences in the process than what I have here. These instructions can be used on any number of stitches. BASE TRIANGLES: Knit 1, turn. Purl 1, turn. Knit 2, turn. Purl 2, turn. Knit 3, turn. Purl 3, turn. Knit 4, turn. Purl 4, turn. Knit 5, turn. Purl 5, turn. Continue in this manner until you have worked all of the stitches required. On the last row, after you have knit the last stitch, do not turn. Begin again for the next triangle. Continue until all base triangles are complete. After you have worked the last row of your last base triangle, turn and purl. This will put you in position to begin working the first Right Leaning Rectangle. If you would like to change colors, do so now. Your work is still not yet joined; it will look like you are working flat. Don’t worry, this will change soon.

RIGHT LEANING RECTANGLES: (You can also refer to these as Wrong Side Rectangles) Pick up and purl the required number of stitches along the side of the triangle/rectangle below – this will be the same number that you worked for each base triangle. After you have picked up your stitches, turn and knit the same number of stitches you picked up. Turn. Purl to last stitch, Purl two together. (The P2tog will be the last stitch of your current rectangle, and one stitch from the base triangle/rectangle of the tier below.) Turn. Knit all stitches. Turn. Purl to last stitch, purl two together. Turn. Continue in this manner until all of the stitches from the triangle/rectangle of the tier below have been worked. After the last purl row has been worked, do not turn. You will be in position to pick up and purl to begin working the next Right Leaning Rectangle. Continue picking up stitches and working rectangles until you have completed the tier of Right Leaning Rectangles. Your last rectangle is the one that will join your work. You are now working in the round! After you have completed the last purl row of the final Right Leaning Rectangle, turn and knit. This will put you in position to begin working a tier of Left Leaning Rectangles. If you would like to change colors, do so now.

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If you aren’t sure you have completed the required number of rectangles, just count them. You should have the same number of rectangles as Base Triangles. LEFT LEANING RECTANGLES: (You can also refer to these as Right Side Rectangles) Pick up and knit the required number of stitches. Turn.

Purl all stitches. Turn. Knit to last stitch, knit two together. (The k2tog will be the last stitch of your current rectangle and one stitch from the rectangle of the tier below) Turn. Purl all stitches. Turn. Knit to last stitch, knit two together. Turn. Continue in this manner until all of the stitches from the triangle/rectangle of the tier below have been worked. After the last knit row has been worked, do not turn. You will be in position to pick up and knit to begin working the next Leftt Leaning Rectangle. Continue picking up stitches and working rectangles until you have completed the tier of Left Leaning Rectangles. After you have completed the last knit row of the final Left Leaning Rectangle, turn and purl. This will put you in position to either work another tier of Right Leaning Rectangles, or begin the Bind Off Triangles. If you would like to change colors, do so now. Work as many tiers of Left and Right Leaning Rectangles as desired. Before you work the Bind Off Triangles, you should complete a tier of Left Leaning Rectangles. BIND OFF TRIANGLES: A note before we begin binding off. The first triangle will contain the same number of stitches you have been working with up to this point for all other tiers. Once the first Bind Off Triangle is complete, you will have one stitch remaining. This means that for the rest of the Bind Off Triangles, you will have one more stitch than you have been working with up to this point. Pick up and purl the required number of stitches. Turn. Knit all stitches. Turn. (On all subsequent triangles, you will knit to the last two stitches, then work a k2tog, which will eliminate the extra stitch I mentioned above.) Purl to last stitch, purl two together. As before, you will be using the last stitch of your current triangle and a stitch from the rectangle below to make the p2tog. Turn. Knit to last two stitches, knit two together. You will be knitting two stitches from the current triangle together. Turn. Purl to last stitch, p2tog. Turn.

Knit to last two stitches, k2tog. Turn. Continue working in this manner until the first Bind Off Triangle is complete. Reaching the end of the triangle, you will have one stitch from the triangle and one stitch from the rectangle below – these will be purled together, and you will be in position to pick up and purl for the next Bind Off Triangle. As mentioned above, after the first Bind Off Triangle is complete, you will have an extra stitch. This stitch is eliminated on the first knit row that is worked after you pick up and purl to begin the Bind Off Triangle. Once all of the triangles have been worked and your fabric has been bound off, cut yarn and pull tail through. Weave in loose ends. Blocking is optional. Many prefer the puffy look of the fabric that is produced by entrelac. If you do not like the look, then blocking can help flatten out the fabric.      
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