i started it two nights ago with a thin yarn and small needles to get it smaller, but i couldn't notice the difference between the squares. i thought it was because my yarn was a solid colour, and started again with a variegated (thicker) yarn. it looks better now, and i know i'm getting almost everything right, but the sides of the squares where i pick up stitches doesn't show up much. the sides where i join the squares appears elevated, giving that look of woven strips, but the other sides are flat...
when i pick up the 6 stitches, i pick 1 up, purl or knit it, then do the next. is it right? i couldn't find a way of picking all 6 up and then purling or knitting, because the yarn tail ended up at the other side...
You should be picking the stitches up, then knitting back across.
I found an article that explains with lots of pictures:http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/FEATwin04TT.html
Good luck, and I hope you'll show us the final product!
i'm pretty sure "pick up and knit" or "pick up and purl" does not mean to pick up the stitches and knit/purl them directly afterwards. it's just to indicate how you pick up the stiches -- knitwise or purlwise.
the link that is posted above shows how to pick up stitches for a button band, but for entrelac you should only pick up stitches through the back loop like this:
picking up stitches through the back loop causes the panels to appear woven.
hope that helps.