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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...

Shooting Star Motif

Knit Chart Star Motif

O 0. 0 8 8 8 - using A, K on RS, Pon WS H using B, K on RS, P on WS E3 using B, P on RS, K on WS using A, Kon RS, P on WS H using C, K on RS, P on WS S3 usingC, Pon RS, Kon WS motif, using A P6. These 2 rows set position of chart. Complete as given for Shooting Star Patch from . Using 4mm US size 6 needles and A, cast on 35 sts. Starting with a K row, work in st st for 4 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Twisting yarns together where they meet to avoid holes forming, join in C and...

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...