Materials

A ball of chunky yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and a basic sewing kit are all you need to get started with this fascinating craft. Yarn j and needles come in a variety of weights, materials and sizes the information in this section will help you choose which to buy. Novelty and solid-coloured chunky weight yarns Each project in the book can be knitted with your own choice of yam. As well as using different colours, fibre composition is also a choice you have to make. Many knitters prefer...

Working increases and decreases

Increases and decreases alter the number of stitches on the needle in any given row. They are used to shape a piece of knitting and when knitting a lace pattern. When shaping knitting, increases and decreases are usually worked 1 or 2 stitches in from the edge of the knitting rather than on the edge as this gives a neater finish. One extra stitch is worked into the horizontal strand of yam between 2 ordinary knit stitches. Knit through the back loop of the strand to avoid a small hole forming...

Holding Yarn and Needles

There is no right or wrong way to hold the yarn and needles when you are knitting experiment until you find the most comfortable method. Some knitters control the yarn with their right hand by feeding it through and around their fingers. Others control the yarn with the left hand and hold the right needle like a pen. Hold the left needle with your hand over the top and the right needle like a pen, and use your right hand to control the flow of the yarn. Use your right forefinger to make a...

Hat with earflaps and cords

Leave the earflaps and cords loose, tie the cords together under your chin to keep your ears warm, or knot them on top of your head to make a traditional deerstalker hat 2 100g balls of pure wool chunky yarn with approx 92m 100yds per 100g Pair of 5mm size 8 , 6mm size 10 and 7mm size 10V2 knitting needles or size needed to achieve tension Hat measures 20cm 8 in deep and will fit average head. Earflaps and cords measure 38cm 15in long, not including tassels. 16...

Making the pompoms

1 Place 2 pompom rings or card circles back to back. Thread several strands of yam in yam needle. Wind yam around rings, adding further lengths of yam until centre space is tightly filled. 2 Using sharp scissors, carefully cut through yam strands, easing scissor points right between pompom rings. 3 Ease rings apart and tie length of matching yam firmly around strands in middle of rings. 4 Pull rings apart and ease them off yam strands. Trim off uneven pieces of yam for a neat finish. Leave yam...

Basic Patterns

Knit Row Pur Row Picture

This section contains basic patterns for a knitted bag, scarf, pair of mittens, hat and capelet. The best starting projects for a beginner are the garter stitch scarf on this page and the rib hat on page 27. 2 10Og balls of pure wool chunky yarn with approx 92m 100yds per lOOg ball Pair of 6mm size 10 knitting needles or size needed to achieve tension Bag measures 14cm 91 2in deep and 29cm 11 Van wide. 15 stitches and 19 rows to 10cm 4in over stocking stitch Rep Rows 1 amp 2 until 42 rows have...

Attaching the ribbon ties

13 stitches and 18 rows to 10cm 4in over stocking stitch. KNITTING THE FRONT amp HALF BACK PANELS make two Cast on following the basic pattern on page 27. ROWS 1, 3 amp 5 K1, P1 rep to last st, K1. ROWS 2 amp 4 ' P1, K1 rep from to last st, P1. Work Rows 6 to 19 as given in the basic pattern. 1 Cut ribbon into 2 equal pieces. Fold over 1cm Van of raw edge onto right side at 1 short end of ribbon, then fold over again to make double hem that folds onto right side of ribbon. 2 Pin hem in place...