Tunisian Crochet Tutorial – C2C Entrelac

During my Tunisian crochet journey, I had seen some really beautiful projects shared by makers that use the Tunisian Entrelac technique. I decided to give it a try and ended up loving it! This tutorial is about the corner – to – corner (C2C) entrelac technique and will explain how to build a square with it.

The hook

There are a bunch of different Tunisian crochet hooks available for purchase. You can read about the hooks I use here. Because of the nature of Tunisian crochet stitches, I recommend using a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended hook on the yarn.

Video Tutorials

I have right and left handed video tutorials for this on my Youtube channel.

Right handed

Left handed

Photo Tutorial

A C2C entrelac project is made up of a combination of small squares that are positioned in a way that builds a square / rectangular fabric. The smaller squares are built individually and joined using the join-as-you-go technique with other squares.

This tutorial will explain all four types of squares and how you can position them to build a larger fabric – in this case a 3×3 entrelac square.

Note: In this tutorial, each small square is made up of 5 rows of 7 stitches of Tunisian Simple Stitches.

Type 1

Step 1: Chain 7, make the Foundation Row.

Step 2: Make 4 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches – making a total of 5 rows of 7 stitches.

Step 3: Make the bind off row.

Type 2

A Type 2 square is joined with another square row-wise using the join-as-you-go technique.

Step 1: Join the yarn with the first stitch of an existing square.

Step 2: Chain 6, make the Foundation Row and join it with the earlier square at the same place as Step 1 – you will have 7 loops on your hook at the end of the forward pass.

Step 3: Make 4 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches while joining all of them with the earlier square using the join-as-you-go technique.

Step 4: Make the bind off row, join with the other square using a slip stitch.

Type 3

The Type 3 square is joined with an existing square stitch-wise. This is just like making an extension of the square by adding rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches.

Step 1: The loop on your hook will count as the first stitch. Identify the vertical bars of the stitches from the earlier square and make Tunisian Simple Stitches – you will have 7 loops on your hook at the end of the forward pass.

Step 2: Make 4 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches.

Step 3: Make the bind off row.

Type 4

The Type 4 square is joined with two existing squares at once: row-wise with one and stitch-wise with the other.

Step 1: Join the yarn with the first stitch of an existing square as shown in the picture below.

Step 2: The loop on your hook will count as the first stitch. Identify the vertical bars of the stitches from the square right below the one you are working on and make Tunisian Simple Stitches, join with the adjacent square at the first stitch of that square – you will have 7 loops on your hook at the end of the forward pass. (See pictures below)

Step 3: Make 4 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitches as shown below.

Step 4: Make the bind off row, join with the adjacent square using a slip stitch.

Instructions for making a 3×3 Entrelac Square

Step 1: With Color 1, make Square #1 – this is a Type 1 square. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Step 2: With Color 2, make Square #2 – this is a Type 2 square.
Step 3: With Color 2, make Square #3 – this is a Type 3 square. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Step 4: With Color 1, make Square #4 – this is a Type 2 square.
Step 5: With Color 1, make Square #5 – this is a Type 4 square.
Step 6: With Color 1, make Square #6 – this is a Type 3 square. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Step 7: With Color 2, make Square #7 – this is a Type 4 square.
Step 8: With Color 2, make Square #8 – this is a Type 4 square. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Step 9: With Color 1, make Square #9 – this is a Type 4 square. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Patterns you can make with this stitch

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