Rd size only

Inc row (right side) K7, ml, k to last 7 sts, ml, k7. 31 sts. All sizes

Beg with a p row, work in st st until front measures 17(18:19)cm/63/(7:71^)in, ending with a p row. Shape neck

Next row (right side) K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. P 1 row.

Rep the last 2 rows 6(8:10) times more. 18(18:20) sts.

Work straight until front measures same as back to shoulder, ending with a p row. Cast off.

right front With 3%mm (US 5) needles and C, cast on 25(27:29) sts.

1st row (right side) K3, * p2, k2; rep from * to last 2(0:2) sts, p2(0:2).

2nd row P0(2:0), * k2, p2; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, p3.

Rep these 2 rows once more.

Change to M.

1st and 2nd sizes only

3rd size only

Inc row (right side) K7, ml, k to last 7 sts, ml, k7. 31 sts. All sizes

Beg with a p row, work in st st until front measures 17(18:19)cm/6%(7:71^)in, ending with a p row. Shape neck

Next row (right side) K1, k2tog tbl, k to end. P 1 row.

Rep the last 2 rows 6(8:10) times more. 18(18:20) sts.

Work straight until front measures same as back to shoulder, ending with a k row. Cast off.

sleeves With 4mm (US 6) needles and C, cast on 30(30:34) sts.

1st row (right side) K2, * p2, k2; rep from * to end. 2nd row P2, * k2, p2; rep from * to end. Rep these 2 rows once more. Change to M.

Inc row (right side) K2, ml, k to last 2 sts, ml, k2.

Cont in st st and inc as before on next and every foil 4th row until there are 42(46:50) sts. Cont straight until sleeve measures 14(16:18)cm/5^(6%:7)in from cast-on edge, ending with a p row. Cast off.

front edging Join shoulder seams.

With right side facing, 3%mm (US 5) needles and C, pick up and k 30(32:34) sts along right front edge from cast-on edge to start of neck shaping, 24(26:28) sts up right front neck to shoulder, k across 18(22:22) sts from back neck stitch holder, pick up and k 24(26:28) sts down left front neck to start of neck shaping and 30(32:34) sts along left front edge to cast-on edge. 126(138:146) sts. 1st row (wrong side) P2, * k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Buttonhole row K2, ym, p2tog, rib 6(6:8), [yrn, rib 2tog, rib 6(8:8)] once more, yrn, rib 2tog, rib to end. 3rd row As 1 st row.

4th row K2, * p2, k2; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

to make up Matching centre of cast-off edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams.

moss stitch shoes

One of the nicest baby gifts to make is a tiny pair of shoes or bootees as they always look really appealing. To make them even more special they can always be decorated after knitting with ribbon or embroidery.

These moss stitch shoes have a relatively simple pattern, using casting on and off and increases and decreases to create the shape. When adding or losing stitches in a pattern, such as moss stitch, you need to keep the pattern consistent. In moss stitch, for instance, on every row you work a knit stitch over the knit stitch from the previous row and a purl stitch over a purl stitch. If you then make a mistake and work a knit over a purl stitch, your moss stitch will become rib. To practise working moss stitch and understanding how to keep the pattern consistent, try knitting these two swatches on larger needles and thicker yarn such as double knitting on 4mm (US 6) needles. This is known as keeping the continuity of the pattern or keeping the pattern correct.

technique focus On one swatch cast on an even number of stitches and work the pattern as follows:

Repeat these 2 rows until you have worked a square. Cast off.

On the other swatch cast on an uneven number of stitches and work the pattern as follows:

Repeat this row until you have worked a square. Cast off.

Making these two swatches will help you understand how the continuity of the pattern is kept and you will then find it easier to see how to keep that continuity when you are shaping the shoe.

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