Baby holdall

Made much like the wall hanging on page 94 and using motifs similar to those of the cushion and blanket on page 86, this simple fold-over baby holdall has lots of pockets for all those bits and pieces you always need for nappy changes. Each little pocket on the three sections closes with its own button and flap. The holdall is knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton in a mixture of stocking stitch and moss stitch, and it would make a really nice gift for a baby shower. The version shown here has been...

Shape Front Neck

Next row (RS) K18 (20 22) and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 5 (6 7) rows. Work straight until Front matches Back to shoulder cast-off, ending with RS facing for next row. With RS facing, slip centre 16 (18 20) sts onto a holder, Complete to match first side, reversing shapings. Using 4mm (US size 6) needles, cast on 18 (19 20) sts. Starting with a K row, work in st st for 12 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.** Break off yarn and leave sts on a holder....

Length From Shoulder

4 (5 5 6) x 50g l3 ioz balls of Rowan Wool Cotton in Tender 951 Pair of 31 4mm (UK no 10) (US size 3) knitting needles Pair of 4mm (UK no 8) (US size 6) knitting needles 3Vimm (UK no 10) (US size 3) circular knitting needle 4mm (UK no 8) (US size 6) circular knitting needle 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm 4in measured over st st using 4mm (US size 6) needles or size to obtain correct tension. Using 31 mm (US size 3) needles, cast on 39 sts. **Knit 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. Change to...

Info

Everyone wants to knit something for a new baby, it is just about the nicest gift you can give to a much-loved friend or relative to mark such a special occasion, so I have included not only designs you can knit but also ideas for wrapping and presenting your knitted gifts, too. Rowan has some wonderful new soft and luxurious yarns that are ideal for the delicate skin of a little baby and are easy to wash. They will almost certainly entice you into picking up your needles. I have chosen a...

Reinforced Cardigan Bands

How Knit Vertical Buttonhole

You can create a really professional finish on a cardigan by reinforcing the front bands with grosgrain-ribbon facings. First, pin a facing in place on the wrong side of each band, taking care not to stretch the knitting. Slip stitch the facings in place, as shown. On the buttonhole band, cut the buttonholes in the facing to match the buttonholes on the knitting and work buttonhole stitch carefully around each one using a matching sewing thread. Sew the buttons to the button band in...

Divide For Back Opening

Next row RS Patt 25 28 31 34 sts and turn, leaving rem Next row WS Cast on and K 3 sts, P to end. 28 31 34 Next row Patt to last 3 sts, K3. Next row K3, P to end. These 2 rows set the sts - back opening edge 3 sts in garter st with all other sts still in patt. Keeping sts correct as now set, work straight until Back measures 26 30 35 41 cm 10Vi ll3 133 a 16 in, ending with RS facing for next row. Keeping sts correct, cast off 6 sts at beg of next row, then 4 sts at beg of foil alt row. 18 21 24...

Shape Shoulder Buttonhole Border

Next row K2, yfwd, K2tog, K5 6 7 , rep from once more. Work in garter st for 3 rows more, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off. With RS facing, slip centre 21 23 25 sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, patt to end. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 9 rows. 16 18 20 sts. Work 6 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Using 3V nim US size 3 needles, cast on 71 77 83 sts. Work in patt as given for First Leg of Back for 17 rows, ending with RS facing for next row....

Rowan Wool Cotton

A medium-weight wool-cotton-mix yam 50 percent merino wool and 50 per cent cotton approximately 113m 123yd per 50g l3 ioz ball recommended tension -22-24 sts and 30-32 rows to 10cm 4in measured over stocking stitch using 33 4-4mm US size 5-6 knitting needles. Below is the list of overseas distributors for Rowan handknitting yarns contact them for suppliers near you in your country or contact the main office in the UK or the Rowan website for any others. See pages 118 and 119 for yarn...