Stripy gloves right glove

Using 3.75 mm (US 5) knitting needles and Rib row 1 K2, P2 to last 2 sts, K2. Rib row 2 P2, K2 to last 2 sts, P2. Work 21(25) more rows in rib, ending with a Next row (WS) (dec) P2, K2 8(9) times, K2 tog, P2, rib to end. 37(41) sts. Change to 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles and work in stripe pattern for hand of glove as foils 2 rows B, 1 row A, 2 rows C, 1 row D, 1 row E, 2 rows B, 1 row A, 1 row D, 3 rows A, 1 row C, 2 rows E, 2 rows D, 1 row B, 1 row A, 1 row C, 2 rows D, 2 rows A, 1 row E, 2...

Winter warmer

Out for a walk on a snowy day, your outfit is not complete without a traditional ribbed hat. Add some fabulous pom poms and let the snowballs fly. dec decreas(e)(ing) K knit k2tog Knit 2 stitches together P purl P2tog purl 2 sts together RS right side st(s) stitch(es) WS wrong side To use up oddments of yarn, this hat would also look really cute knitted in different-coloured stripes. The pom poms could then be worked in a range of sizes and colours. Pattern is written for small size first with...

Index

Sl1, K1, psso 21 accessories 26 acrylic 24 Alpaca 27 Angora 27 Angora goat 27 Angora rabbit 27 Aran yarns 27 B 69, 71 plain with lazy daisy embroidery 69, 71 striped 69, 70 Beautifully beaded (scarf) 130-3 blanket stitch 34 Botany wool 26 Brimming with style (hat) cable cast-on 14-15 cashmere 27 casting off 23 casting on 14-15 chain stitch 34 charts, knitting from 28 children, suitable yarns 26, 27 choosing yarns 26-7 Classic elegance (gloves) 98-101 lace-edged 99,100-1 plain 99,100-1 colours,...

Choosing yarns

It is now possible to purchase yarns in two different ways from yarn shops, or via the Internet (search for 'knitting yarns'). Both offer a huge range of yarns and other products such as needles, buttons, beads and other accessories. If you are a knitting novice, it is a good idea to visit a yarn shop, where you will be amazed at the vast array of yarns available. You will be able to touch the different balls of yarn and examine their textures, become familiar with all the different types on...

Knitting from a chart

The Fairisle hat pattern on page 64 includes both written instructions and a chart. To write out the whole pattern would be very complicated it is easier to visualize your knitting as the chart and begin to treat it as a picture, 'painting' with coloured yarns. Reading the chart is easier if you imagine it as the right side of a piece of knitting, working from the lower edge to the top. Each square on the chart represents 1 stitch each line of squares represents 1 row of knitting. When working...

Embellishments

Once you have completed your project, a great way of adding detail is to embellish your knitting - by simply sewing things on. For example, before sewing up the mittens on page 84,1 sewed on sequins and beads randomly using silver thread, as well as embroidering star shapes. Using a really basic pattern, such as the Customized hat on page 48, and adding buttons, a spray of feathers and a little butterfly, I have given it a very different look. By sewing things onto your knitting you can really...

Embroidery

This embroidery effect is achieved by working individual chain stitches to form petals. These can be grouped together to make a flower of four or five petals, or worked singly to create a leaf. Lazy daisy stitch looks very effective worked either as self-coloured embroidery or in contrast colours, using up any oddments of yarn you might have. Bring the needle from the back to the front of the knitting and wind the yarn several times around the needle, according to the size of knot required....

French beret

Frame your face with this elegant beret. Knit it in one colour for classic vintage chic, or add a contemporary twist with stripes in bright colours. One 50 g 2 oz ball of Rowan 4-ply Soft in each of the following colours A pink 377 Wink , C berry 374 Honk and D aqua 373 Splash and one 25 g 1 oz ball of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply in each of the following colours B bordeaux 275 Foxy and E kiwi 272 Butterscotch Pair of 2.75 mm US 2 knitting needles Pair of 3.25 mm US 3 knitting needles Two 25 g 1...

Pom poms tassels and cords

1 Decide on the size of pom pom required. Cut two circles of card with a diameter slightly bigger than that of the finished pom pom. Cut a smaller hole in the centre of each circle, about half the size of the original diameter. The larger this hole, the fuller the pom pom will be. 2 Holding the two card rings together, wind the yarn around them using several strands at a time for speed until the ring is completely covered. As the hole at the centre gets smaller, you may find it easier to use a...