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Tunisian Entrelac Throw

Your home would look amazing and oh so warm and cozy with this Tunisian Entrelac Throw. The crochet colors look beautiful together as the design flows nicely. If you know how to crochet a blanket then this should be next on your list. The design is worked in entrelac rows and if you follow the color sequence you'll get the striped appearance for this crocheted afghan. Tunisian crochet is used to complete this particular pattern from Lion Brand Yarns.

Intermediate

Materials:

  • 860-180 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Cranberry 2 balls (A)
  • 860-146 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Dusty Purple 2 balls (B)  
  • 860-170 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Pea Green 2 balls (C)
  • 860-172 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Kelly Green 2 balls (D)
  • 860-134 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Terracotta 2 balls (E)
  • 860-109 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Colonial Blue 2 balls (F)
  • 860-145 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Eggplant 2 balls (G)
  • 860-158 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Mustard  2 balls (H)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13 (9 mm)
  • Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)    

GAUGE:

12 sts + 10 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Tunisian Crochet;

One Block = about 3 in. (7.5 cm) measured diagonally.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

NOTES:

1. Throw is worked in Tunisian Crochet Entrelac.
2. A regular crochet hook is used instead of a Tunisian hook, since only a small number of sts are held on the hook for each Block.
3. All rows of Tunisian Crochet are worked with the RS facing at all times. Do not turn the work.
4. Each row of Tunisian Crochet is worked in two passes; a Forward Pass and a Return Pass. Loops are picked up and placed on the hook on the Forward Pass, then worked off on the Return Pass. Do not draw up a loop in the first vertical bar of a Forward Pass. The loop remaining on the hook after a Return Pass counts as the first loop of the next row.
5. Each Entrelac Row consists of Blocks of Tunisian Crochet. Each Block is made by working rows of Tunisian Crochet over a small section of sts of the previous row. Row 6 of each Block is not worked in Tunisian Crochet, but is worked in a single pass of sl sts only. The yarn is fastened off at the end of each Entrelac Row and the next color is joined to the beg of the row for the next Entrelac Row.
6. The odd-numbered Entrelac Rows are made of 19 Blocks and the even-numbered rows are made of 20 Blocks.


COLOR SEQUENCE
Each Entrelac Row is worked with one color. Work color sequence as follows: one row each with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. Rep this color sequence for the length of Throw.

Instructions:


Entrelac Row 1
Foundation chain: With A, ch 210.
Block 1
Row 1 - Forward Pass: Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and draw up a loop, (insert hook in next ch and draw up a loop) 5 times; leave rem chs unworked - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: *Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-5 - Forward Pass: Keeping all loops on hook, (insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook in next unworked ch of foundation ch and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: Rep Row 1 Return Pass.
Row 6 (Last Row of Block):(Loosely sl st in next vertical bar) 5 times, sl st in next unworked ch of foundation ch.

Blocks 2-18
Row 1 - Forward Pass: (Insert hook in next unworked ch of foundation ch and draw up a loop) 6 times; leave rem chs unworked - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: *Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-6:Rep Rows 2-6 of Block 1.

Block 19
Rows 1-5: Rep Rows 1-5 of Block 2.
Row 6 (Last Row of Block): (Loosely sl st in next vertical bar) 5 times, sl st in same foundation ch as last loop of Row 5, sl st in last foundation ch.
Fasten off A.

Entrelac Row 2
NOTES
1. The first Block of this row is worked across a small foundation chain and is joined to the side edge of the first Block of the previous Entrelac Row.
2. Blocks 2-20 are worked across the top edge of the same Block (to which the previous Block was joined to the side edge) and joined to the side edge of the next Block.
3. The last Block is worked across the top edge of the last Block in the previous Entrelac Row, but is not joined to any other Blocks.
With RS facing, join B with sl st in edge of Row 1 of Block 1 of previous Entrelac Row. Note: When joining to the edge of Row 1, insert hook under 2 strands.
Block 1
Row 1 - Forward Pass: Ch 6 (to make foundation ch), insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and draw up a loop, (insert hook in next ch and draw up a loop) 4 times, insert hook in same st where B was joined and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: *Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-5 - Forward Pass: Keeping all loops on hook, (insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook in end of next row of same Block in previous Entrelac Row and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: Rep Row 1 Return Pass.
Row 6 (Last Row of Block): (Loosely sl st in each vertical bar) 5 times, sl st in first sl st of last row (Row 6) of same Block in previous Entrelac Row. Note:Place a marker in the first sl st of Row 6, to indicate where you will join yarn for Entrelac Row 3.

Blocks 2-19
Row 1 - Forward Pass: (Insert hook in next sl st and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook in end of Row 1 of next Block of previous Entrelac Row and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: *Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-6:Rep Rows 2-6 of Block 1.

Block 20
Row 1 - Forward Pass: (Insert hook in next sl st and draw up a loop) 6 times - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook (ch at end of row made), *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-5: Keeping all loops on hook, (insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook under 2 strands of ch at end of row and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: Rep Row 1 Return Pass.
Row 6 (Last Row of Block): (Loosely sl st in each vertical bar) 5 times, insert hook under 2 strands of ch at end of row and work a sl st.
Fasten off B.

Entrelac Row 3
With RS facing, join C with sl st in marked st in Row 6 of Block 1 of Entrelac Row 2.
Block 1
Row 1 - Forward Pass: (Insert hook in next sl st and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook in end of Row 1 of next Block in previous Entrelac Row and draw up a loop - 7 loops on hook. Return Pass: *Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * until only one loop rem on hook.
Rows 2-6:Rep Rows 2-6 of Block 1 of Entrelac Row 2.

Blocks 2-18
Rep Blocks 2-18 of Entrelac Row 2.

Block 19
Rows 1-5: Rep Rows 1-5 of Block 2.
Row 6 (Last Row of Block): (Loosely sl st in next vertical bar) 5 times, sl st in same st as last loop of Row 5, sl st in first sl st of last row (Row 6) of same Block in previous Entrelac Row.
Fasten off C.

Rep Entrelac Rows 2 and 3, changing color following Color Sequence, until piece measures about 40 in. (101.5 cm) from beg. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

 

You can also find this crochet design in Christmas Gifts for Her: Crochet Gifts for Mom.

 

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Nice yarn choice for this lovely throw. I finally got a chance to make a potholder using the Tunisian crochet stitch. It was also worked on a regular crochet hook instead of a Tunisian hook. I hesitated for a very long time, but it was so easy when I finally gave in. The colors on this throw are fabulous and it looks fairly easy to make.

I love the look of this throw. It looks warm, which is really good for me because I get cold easily. I have never worked the Tunisian crochet stitch, which makes me hesitant to start this pattern. I will have to do some more research on Tunisian crochet before I make something this big!

I just started this today. Only on my fourth block and i am not understanding the directions and YouTube has videos but not for a pattern like this. Just wondering, because again directions are not clear. How do the squares actually join together on row 2?

I love entrelac crochet because it gives a nice heavy fabric that is similar to knit. I also really like the harlequin look it results in. The different colours for each row on this blanket really pop. I will be adding this one to my queue. I think I will use red, black, grey, and white, or maybe red, black, and gold. I cant decide.

I made this afghan only I made it to fit a queen size bed. It turned out beautifully. Gave it to my brother for a Christmas present and he loves it. The pattern was easy to follow. Will more than likely make another one sometime this year. I would recommend this pattern to someone who wants something beautiful to display. Thank you for sharing this pattern with us. I would add a photo, but have no clue how to.

I wish people knew what the term "entralac " really meant before using it, this is not it!

This pattern is extremely hard to read. When starting the 2nd row where do you start. Need pictures to help explain.

Try going to YouTube. They have amazing tutorial video's.

Hi buckskin, if you could re-read the instructions on Row 2 it says " Forward Pass (Insert hook in next sl st and draw up a loop) 5 times, insert hook in end of Row 1 of next Block of previous Entrelac Row and draw up a loop - .

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