Front cross cable

1 Slip the first three cable stitches purlwise off the left-hand needle and onto the cable needle. Leave the cable needle at the front of the work, then knit the next three stitches on the left-hand needle, keeping the yarn tight to prevent a gap from forming in the knitting. 2 Knit the three stitches directly from the cable needle, or if preferred, slip the three stitches from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle and then knit them. This completes the cable cross.

Making a tension square

Use the same needles, yarn and stitch pattern quoted in the tension note in the pattern. Knit a sample at least 13cm square to get the most accurate result. Smooth out the finished sample on a flat surface making sure you are not stretching it out. To check the stitch tension, place a tape measure or ruler horizontally on the sample and mark 10cm with pins. Count the number of stitches between the pins. To check the row tension, mark 10cm with pins vertically as before and count the number of...

Bath robe

With 4mm circular needle and M, cast on 157(169 185 197) sts. Moss st row K1, * p1. k1 rep from * to end. This row forms the moss st and is repeated. Work a further 31 (33 35 37) rows in moss st. Dec row (right side) Moss st 42 (44 46 48). k3tog. moss st to last 45 (47 49 51). k3tog. moss st to end. Moss st 13 rows. Dec row (right side) Moss st 41 (43 45 47). p3tog. moss st to last 44 (46 48 50). p3tog. moss st to end. Moss st 13 rows. Cont in moss st. dec 4 sts as set on next row and 1 (2 3 4)...

Felted slippers

2 x 50g balls Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran in stone Pair 5mm knitting needles 18 sts and 34 rows to 10cm square over garter st using 5mm needles, abbreviations kfb knit into front and back of next st. See page 25. The slippers will look very large and very floppy when knitted, but after washing they will shrink and the fabric will become very thick and resilient. Slipper (make 2) With 5 mm needles, cast on 24 sts. Next row Cast on 2 sts, k to end. Rep this row once more. 28 sts. Next row Kfb....

Seaming

When you have completed the pieces of your knitting you reach one of the most important stages. The way you sew up or finish your w project determines how good your finished garment will look. There are different types of seaming techniques but the best by far is mattress or ladder stitch, which creates an invisible seam. It can be used on stocking stitch, rib, garter and moss stitch. The seam that I use for almost all sewing up is mattress stitch, which produces a wonderful invisible seam. It...