Garter stitch blanket

Garter Stitch Blanket Squares

A soft blanket in a cashmere mix is the perfect way to envelop a small baby. By working the squares in different shades you can create a patchwork of colour without having to worry about tackling complicated colour techniques. As with the scarf, tension is not as important as it usually is, as any alteration made in measurements won't be a problem on a blanket because it does not need to fit a particular size. However, with this pattern you are now being introduced to another knitting...

Jacket with moss stitch bands

Leaf Baby Sweater Pattern

This neat little cardigan has button and buttonhole bands that are worked in one piece with the fronts. This means that you do not have to pick up stitches along the front edges. As there is a shaped neckline, stitches do need to be picked up across the front bands, up the right side neck, across the back neck stitches and down the left front neck to work the neckband. The moss stitch borders on the hem of the cardigan sleeve cuffs and neckband are knitted on smaller needles to make a neater...

Vneck cardigan with contrast ribs

Often front bands such as buttonbands are worked after the garment has been completed. This is because stitches such as ribs need to be worked on a smaller needle to create the neatest finish. There are two main types of front bands one where the band is knitted and sewn on separately, and the other where stitches are picked up down the front edges. I prefer the latter as a sewn-on band can look messy. The rib pattern is created by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row and is often...

Raglan cardigan with fully fashioned shaping

Fully Fashioned Stitches

Fully fashioned shaping is a term often used when types of increasing or decreasing are used to create a decorative effect and become a feature of the design. Usually the shaping is made a few stitches in from the edge so that it is clearly seen on the fabric rather than hidden in the seam, and can sometimes make sewing up or picking up stitches easier. I have used such shaping on this raglan cardigan to emphasise the raglan sleeve, which can look really attractive on small, baby-sized garments...