Stocking Stitch

Stocking stitch is knitted by working one row in knit and purling the following row. It produces a fabric that is smooth on one side (the knitted side) and tightly looped on the reverse (the purl side).T-shirt fabric, tights and 1980s leggings are all commercial examples of stocking stitch. The knit side is usually considered to be the 'right' side but sometimes the purl side is used for the main side - then the pattern is referred to as 'reverse stocking stitch'.

RIBBED KNIT

Rib patterns create a series of vertical ridges in a fabric. They are produced when units of knit and purl stitches are alternated along one row. On the following row knit stitches are purled and purl stitches are knitted. The ratio of knit to purl may be even, for example in 1 x 1, 2 x 2 and 3x3 ribs that all involve alternating equal numbers of knit and purl stitches (see below), or it may be uneven (see top of page 21). Sometimes an extra stitch, or unit of stitches, is added to the end of a rib to give symmetrical balance - this would be required, for example, when knitting the welt of a jumper. Ribbed fabrics are much looser and more elastic if worked on the same-size needles as those used for stocking or garter stitch with the same yarn. For this reason, smaller-sized needles than those given on the yarn label are usually used for rib.

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UNEVEN ribbed knit

An uneven rib is made up of wider knit ridges that are interspersed with single purl stitches, for example in 2 x 1, 3 x 1, or 4 x 1 ribs. On the following row the stitches are reversed. An uneven rib creates a less elastic fabric, demonstrated in the Wide-Rib Table Runner on page 48, which uses a 5 x 1 rib to give texture. A more elastic rib would be inappropriate to use here.

STRIPED knitting

Stripes come in all widths and colours. The benefit of knitted stripes is that simple stitches can be used in combination with the full creative potential of colour combinations. Many patterns in plain stocking stitch can be reworked creatively with stripes, provided the yarns chosen can be knitted to the same tension as those specified by the pattern. Some plain and blended yarns seem destined to be used together, such as the new cotton yarns used in the Granny's Shopper on page 66.

Fine lurex thread can be knitted along with a plain yarn for stripes with added sparkle, or alternatively just insert one line of a really bright colour as a highlight among neutrals - this is demonstrated in the Striped Chunky Throw on page 42.

EMBELLISHED knitting

In the same way that stripes add interest to simple stitches it is possible to enhance a finished knitted piece with embroidery by using cross stitch or working duplicate stitches over the knitting. There is nothing to stop you using knitted fabric as a base for whatever design takes your fancy, but don't get too carried away and remember that simple is generally best.

Another method of embellishing is to use beads and sequins that are threaded on to the yarn before it is knitted. This is a simple but effective way to create a unique and luxurious effect. The Spider's-Web Evening Scarf on page 72 demonstrates this technique.

TEXTURED knitting

The simplest way to create texture is to work in familiar stitches using a textured yarn, as shown in the Wool-Slub Cushion on page 90. Another idea is to combine textures by learning some new stitches, such as those suggested for the Panelled

Baby Blanket on page 82.

Fingerless Gloves Knit Patterns

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Fingerless gloves, a style first made popular in the 1950s, have remained a familiar fashion accessory, carrying a classic appeal that never seems to wane. Maybe this is because they are incredibly practical as well as fun to wear.These fingerless mitts are easy to make - avoiding the complications of working the full finger shapes of each hand!

PATTERN Basic hand structure

  • Cast on 50 stitches in the main yarn using the two-needle method.
  • Work 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) commencing with a knit row. Take the measurement from the cast-on edge, even though the edge will roll as you work.
  • Commence shaping one side of the mitt by working the first 25 stitches of the next knit row before turning the work to purl back along the stitches.The 25 stitches that will be used to knit the other side of the mitt can remain on the needle while you work the first side. Continue in stocking stitch until the first side measures 16cm (6'/in) from the cast-on edge. Break off the yarn and rejoin it in order to work the second side to match in length. Both sides should be on the same needle when they are the same length. Break off the yarn.

Contrast edging

  • Rejoin the trim yarn and work 2.5cm (lin) of stocking stitch first on one side and then on the other before casting off. o>c« I Thumb finger
  • Now place the work with the right side facing you and pick up stitches for the thumb. To pick up a stitch, work in knit and transfer the made stitch from the right-hand needle back on to the left-hand needle before picking up the next stitch.
  • Pick up the 9 stitches from the left side of the divide (i.e. each end stitch from 9 rows above the point where the 2 sides split).
  • Make 1 stitch from the yarn loops at the divide, working up 1 stitch from several loose strands if necessary. 2
  • Then pick up 9 stitches from the row ends on the opposite side in the same way. There should be 19 stitches in total on your left-hand needle. Work 2cm C/Sin) in stocking stitch and then change yarn to create 2.5cm (lin) of contrast trim.This will naturally roll. ¿Ve 3

TO MAKE UP

  • Press lightly with a steam iron on a flat surface and leave to dry. Avoid forcing the fabric too flat because the rolling edges are a feature of the design - this is done by not pinning the cast-on and off edges down before pressing.
  • Sew the side and thumb seams of the main colour with the right sides of the work facing, but remember to allow the wrist and contrast edges to roll so that these are sewn on the inside to give a neat finish.
  • Put in a couple of oversew stitches to secure the rolled edge at either side on the contrast trim. Sew any loose ends of yarn into the seams.

Main: 1 x 50g (lXoz) ball Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4-ply, shade 639 Granite

Trim: 1 x 50g (lfcoz) ball Jaeger Baby Merino 4-ply, shade 096 Marigold needles

1 pair 3.25mm/UK 10/US 3 needles tension

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Knitted Footstools

Have fun making this cube footstool as a funky accessory. The one shown opposite is a combination of neutral browns and creams spiced up with a taste of hot pink, but you can select colours to suit the room's purpose: primary colours for a child's room, tweed effects for a country style, sleek neutrals for an urban look or fur effects to add character and warmth. With the diverse range of chunky yarns that are available, this project allows you to stamp the personality of your choice on your home.

PATTERN

  • It is important to check your tension to ensure a good fit.
  • For colours A, B, D and E, knit 40cm height x 45cm width (15>4in height x 17'/«in width) sections, as follows:

A: 56 rows x 50 stitches B and E: 80 rows x 68 stitches D: 56 rows x 50 stitches

• For colours C and F knit 45 x 45cm (17'/« x 17'/<in) sections, as follows:

C: 63 rows x 50 stitches F: 90 rows x 68 stitches

TO MAKE UP

  • Gently press out the sections using a steam iron.
  • Then lay the sections out so that you can work out their placement on the cube. Starting with the top section C, pin sections A, B, D and E to it so that the edges meet with the wrong sides together. §e< I
  • Sew up all the sides on the machine using a 0.5cm ('/sin) seam allowance, joining 5 sides of the cube and leaving 1 side open.
  • Press the seams, turn the right way out and insert the foam block. c>ee 2
  • Lay the last section F on to the cube, fold the hems under and pin into place. Carefully handsew to secure. ¿W3

yarn

A: 2 x lOOg (3J4oz) balls Rowan Big Wool, shade 030 Tricky B: 4 x 50g (lXoz) balls Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky, shade 25 Toast

C: 2 x lOOg (3Koz) balls Rowan Plaid, shade 166 Driftwood D: 2 x lOOg <3'/ioz) balls Rowan Plaid, shade 165 Washed Pebble E: 4 x 50g (lJioz) balls Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky, shade 22 Loam

F: 2 x lOOg (3Koz) hanks Rowan Spun Chunky 981, shade Pebble needles

A: 1 pairgmm/UK 00/US 13 needles

C and D: 1 pair 8mm /UK 0/ US 11 needles F: 1 pair 7-8mm/UK 2-0/ US 10.5-11 needles tip Correct any minor differences in size either by using the steam iron to stretch a section (if you are using a pure wool yarn) or by adjusting the seam allowance, avoiding bulky seams wherever possible.

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MATERIALS

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Stocking Knit Stich

Always wanted to try knitting socks but afraid to try four needles and complicated shaping? These have a simple fitted style that can be altered according to your shoe size. We used an Aran yarn that is easy to control when you're learning a new technique, knits up satisfyingly quickly and feels great. In circular knitting a stocking-stitch effect is produced without using purl stitches. Once you've tried it, you'll be desperate to find more patterns that will allow you to work with cylinders of fabric.

PATTERN Leg

  • In the trim yarn cast on 42 [46] stitches using the two-needle method and then transfer approximately one-third of the stitches to each of the double-pointed needles. I The extra needle is used to knit each stitch as you go round.
  • Knit 3 rounds in the trim yarn, working the stitches tightly to make a neat join where the first and second rounds meet.
  • Change to the main yarn and continue until your tube measures 20cm (8in) [22cm (8'/»in)] from the cast-on edge. Heel
  • Transfer 21 [23] of the stitches to a stitch holder. c?>«« 2
  • Change to working with the pair of 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles and decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every following row until 11 [13] stitches remain. Remember that you will now need to purl on the reverse side rows.
  • Work 2 rows and then increase 1 stitch at both ends of every following row until you have 21 [23] stitches again. cV« 3 Foot
  • Arrange the heel stitches, plus those from the stitch holder, back on to 3 double-pointed needles, once again using 14 on each needle, and recommence circular knitting for 10cm (4in) [14cm (5VSin)] from the heel split. -V

• Divide the stitches so that 21 [23] will form the base of the toe and 21 [23] the top of the toe. The top 21 [23] stitches are transferred to a stitch holder. Using 2 needles and stocking stitch, decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every following row until 11 [13] remain. Work 4 rows and then increase 1 stitch at both ends of every following row until you have 21 [23] stitches again. e)e<? 5

Toe seam

• Transfer the stitch-holder stitches to the spare needle and arrange them so that they are held behind the 21 [23] toe stitches, ready to be cast off together in knit. Slip the first stitch from the back needle in front of the first stitch of the front needle and knit them together. Repeat for the second stitches and then pass the first stitch on the right-hand needle over the second (in other words a normal cast-off). Repeat until all stitches are cast off.

• Work the second sock in the same way. TO MAKE UP

Steam-iron the pieces to shape before sewing up the heel seams and sewing in any loose ends into the seams.

Trim: 1 x 50g (l'Aoz) ball Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran, shade 551 Pandora

Body: 2 x 50g (IKoz) balls Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran, shade 539 Honesty needles

1 set of 4 double-pointed needles size 4mm/UK 8/US 6 1 pair 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles 1 extra single-pointed needle, size 3.25mm/UK 10/US 3 (or smaller)

tension

Working in stocking stitch with 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles, 25 rows x 19 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square additional materials

Large-eye needle for sewing up

Stitch holder (or large safety pin)

size

To fit shoe size 3-5 UK (5-7.5 US) (size 6-7 UK (8-9.5 US)] (size 3-5 given first with size 6-7 in square brackets)

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Knit Hotwater Bottle Cover

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Hotwater-bottle covers come in all shapes and sizes these days. I have certainly designed a fair number of these comforting 'objects of desire' in response to their unceasing popularity. The softness and sophistication of a pure wool yarn and a slightly retro pattern give this design that all-important cuddle factor that never goes out of fashion.

PATTERN

  • Cast on 31 stitches using the two-needle method.
  • Work 7 rows in stocking stitch commencing with a knit row (knit one row, purl one row and repeat for 7 rows).
  • Row 8: knit - this is the start of the garter-stitch pattern.
  • Rows 9-25: knit.
  • Row 26: purl.
  • Rows 27-57: purl.
  • Row 58: purl.
  • Row 59: knit.
  • Row 60: purl.
  • Rows 61-73: knit.
  • Row 74: purl.
  • Row 75: knit.
  • Row 76: purl.
  • Row 77-100: knit.
  • Row 101: purl.
  • Rows 102 and 103: knit.
  • Commence the shaping for the neck of the hotwater-bottle by casting off 7 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (both are knit rows). c>e« I
  • Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows - simply knit 2 stitches together to decrease neatly at the beginning of the row and continue in knit.
  • The shaping continues in knit, unless a purl row is specified, as follows:
  • Knit 2 rows.
  • Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows - knit into the front and back of the first stitch to increase.
  • Knit 12 rows.
  • Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows (both knit).
  • Make 7 new stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rowsjboth knit).
  • Knit 9 rows. e>ee 2
  • Cast off in knit or make a loop to fasten the cover with a button loop, as follows:
  • Cast off 15 stitches, then wind the yarn round the right-hand needle and pass it through the cast-off loop. Repeat 5 times. 3
  • Knit the next 2 stitches on the left-hand needle together so that you pass them through the cast-off loop and make a neat finish on the button loop. Complete the cast-off to the end of the row.

TO MAKE UP

  • Steam-iron lightly on a flat surface and leave to dry.
  • Pin and sew the side seams of the body of the hotwater-bottle cover with the right sides of the work facing. Sew the top and neck together, again with right sides facing.
  • Sew the side seam of the top front on to the body before reversing the top and neck. Sew in any loose ends of yarn.

yarn

2 x lOOg (3*oz) balls Rowan Polar wool, shade 650 Smirk needles

1 pair 7.5mm/UK 1/US 11 needles tension

14 rows x 11 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square additional materials

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A neck pillow is always welcome for those moments when you need to sit back and relax, particularly when travelling.The cover for this one is knitted in wool with a pretty basket stitch, but you could easily make it in 4-ply cotton yarn. You will need to make a fabric pillow and choose your favourite filling. A wide variety of suitable fillings are available from craft shops and herbalists - a mixture of heat-treated buckwheat, dried camomile and dried lavender is my favourite.

PATTERN

  • Cast on 47 stitches using the two-needle method and work 16.5cm (6'/?in) in stocking stitch.
  • Change to 'basket stitch' on a knit row as follows:
  • Row 1: knit 1 *(purl 3, knit 3)*. Repeat from * to * to final 4 stitches, purl 3, knit 1.
  • Row 2: purl 1 **(knit 3, purl 3)**. Repeat from ** to ** to final 4 stitches, knit 3, purl 1.
  • Row 3: as row 1.
  • Row 4: as row 1.
  • Row 5: as row 2.
  • Row 6: as row 1.
  • Repeat these 6 rows 19 times, then work rows 1-3. This should give a pattern of 41-row blocks.
  • On the next row purl across the row -this marks the return to stocking stitch.
  • Continue in stocking stitch for 18cm (7'/iin). Cast off in purl. Se« I

TO MAKE UP

• Make up a fabric pillow to the length and width of the basket-stitch middle section. Using a spare length of fabric, cut out a rectangle twice the length of, and slightly wider than, the basket-stitch section. Fold the strip in half with right sides facing and then machine sew the raw edges. Leave a gap of about 4cm (l'/2in)

in one of the seams so that you can pour in the filling when you turn the bag inside out.

  • Use the funnel to pour in the filling until the bag is about three-quarters full. cV« 2 Turn the raw edges to the inside and machine-sew across the opening.
  • Press the knitted cover lightly with a steam iron on a flat surface, allowing the cast-on and cast-off edges to roll slightly.
  • With the right sides of the pillow facing inwards, fold the shorter-side flap into the centre of the middle section. Then sew up the side seams using yarn and a large-eye needle. When you reach the middle section, stretch the edges of the flap outwards using the elasticity of the knitting to ensure a snug fit for the pillow.
  • Fold in the other flap, which should overlap the section you have already sewn by a few centimetres. Pin and handsew the side seams, again making sure that you stretch out the sides of the cast-off edge. 3
  • The slightly bulky seams will disappear when you turn the cover right side out and insert the pillow. -V

1 x 50g QKoz) ball Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4-ply wool, shade SH747 Bloom neeoles

1 pair 3.75mm/UK 9 /US 5 needles tension

31 rows x 26 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square additional materials

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This unfussy contemporary throw is perfect for accessorizing the end of a bed or a sofa. Stripes of plain and blended chunky yarns are linked using bright highlights and an interesting random texture is created using stocking stitch, garter and reverse garter stitch.

PATTERN

  • Rewind one of the yarn B balls into 2 balls, so that you have 3 balls from which to create 3 strands for knitting. o>e« I
  • Cast on 60 stitches using yarn A and work 4 rows in stocking stitch (a knit row followed by a purl row).
  • Continue in garter stitch (all rows knit) for 30cm (12in).
  • With the right side facing and using 3 strands of yarn B worked together, knit 1 row. c>ee 2
  • Change to yarn C and reverse garter stitch (all rows purl) for 20cm (8in) followed by 5cm (2in) in stocking stitch.
  • With the right side facing, change to yarn D and work 15cm (bin) in garter stitch.
  • Again with the right side facing, change to 2 strands of yarn E worked together and work 30cm (12in) in garter stitch.
  • With the reverse side facing, purl 1 row using 2 strands of yarn F worked together.
  • Change to 3 strands of yarn G and garter stitch for 5cm (2in) followed by 2cm VAm) of stocking stitch.
  • Change to yarn C and continue in garter stitch for 15cm (6in).
  • Do not break off the yarn, but change to yarn B and, using 3 strands worked together, work 1 row before continuing with yarn C in stocking stitch for 9cm (3'/?in).
  • Change to yarn A, continue with stocking stitch for 5cm (2in) and then garter stitch for 10cm (4in).
  • Insert 2 rows of yarn C in stocking stitch, and another 6cm (2!4in) of garter stitch using yarn A and then add another 2 rows of yarn C in stocking stitch.
  • Change to 2 strands of yarn E worked together and then knit 17cm (7in) of garter stitch.
  • Insert one row using 3 strands of yarn B worked together before continuing in garter stitch using yarn C for 5cm (2in).
  • Insert 1 row using 2 strands of yarn E worked together before continuing in garter stitch using yarn A for 10cm (4in).
  • Insert 2 rows of yarn C, still in garter stitch, before working the final 12cm (47«in) in garter stitch using yarn H.
  • To finish the throw, continue in yarn H and use stocking stitch for approximately 4cm (l'/Sin), so that you can then cast off in knit.

TO MAKE UP

Sew in the loose ends of yarn on the reverse side of the throw. Do this by weaving the threaded sewing needle through the backs of the knitted stitches for about 10cm (4in), working across the row of matching yarn. c>e« 3

VARNSlin order of first use)

A: 9 x lOOg <3Xoz> balls Rowan Biggy Print, shade SH258 Sheep B: 2 x 50g (lXoz) balls Rowan Cotton Tape, shade SH543 Shadow (rewind the ball into 2 approximately equal balls) C: 7 x lOOg (3vioz) balls Rowan Biggy Print, shade SH250 Swirl 0: 3 x lOOg (3'/ioz> balls Rowan Biggy Print, shade SH244 Glum

E: 4 x lOOg (3!4oz) balls Rowan Plaid, shade SH163 Soft Kelp F: 1 x 50g (lKoz) ball Jaeger Extrafine Merino Aran, shade 551 Pandora (rewind the ball into 2 approximately equal balls) G: 2 x 50g (lXoz) balls Rowan Cotton Tape, shade SH544 Bamboo (rewind the ball into 2 approximately equal balls)

H: 2 x lOOg (3'/ioz) balls Rowan Plaid, shade SH165 Washed Pebbles

NEEDLES

1 pair 12mm/UK 000/US 17 needles

Large-eye sewing needle/bodkin for sewing in loose ends of yarn

TENSION

Working in stocking stitch using Rowan Biggy Print and 12mm/ UK 000/US 17 needles, 10 rows x 7 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square

SIZE

200cm length x 90cm width (79in length x 35Kin width)

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This runner can be used to bring a flash of colour to a room or to coordinate with the rest of your dining accessories. The wide rib adds texture and the bands of narrower ribbing on the side edges ensure that the runner lies flat. The pattern can also be adapted to make tablemats, which look effective when worked in a solid colour or with matching bands of colour.

PATTERN

  • Cast on 61 stitches using yarn B.
  • Next row: (purl 1, knit 1) twice, *purl 5, knit 1* repeat from * to * to the last 3 stitches, (purl 1, knit 1, purl 1). c?>ee I (illustration shows reverse side of a

4 x 1 rib pattern.)

  • Continue the rib pattern changing the yarn as indicated for the length of the runner, as follows:
  • Main yarn A: 14 rows.
  • Yarn C: 6 rows.
  • Main yarn A: 10 rows.
  • Yarn D: 2 rows.
  • Main yarn A: 6 rows.
  • Yarn C: 1 row.
  • Main yarn A: 30 rows.
  • Yarn D: 4 rows.
  • Main yarn A: 45 rows.
  • Yarn C: 1 row.
  • Main yarn A: 6 rows.
  • Yarn D: 2 rows.
  • Main yarn A: 10 rows.
  • Yarn C: 6 rows.
  • Main yarn A: 14 rows.
  • The narrower lxl ribbing on the side edges helps the runner to lie flat. £>e« 2
  • Cast off the knitting in Yarn B, maintaining the rib pattern.
  • To make tablemats in the same pattern, cast on 45 stitches and set up the same

5 x 1 rib using 1 x 1 rib edges and knit to a length of 30cm (12in).

TO MAKE UP

Press out the runner using a steam iron. e>«« 3 Allow each section to cool before moving it - this will help the sides stay flat.

Main yarn A: 4 x 50g (IKoz) balls Rowan Cotton Tape, shade 542 String

B: 1 x 50g (ly.oz) ball Rowan Cotton Tape, shade 543 Shadow C: 1 x 50g (l/.oz) ball Rowan Cotton Tape, shade 555 Fever 0:1 x 50g (ly.oz) ball Rowan Cotton Tape, shade 553 Acidic needles

1 pair 6.5mm/UK 3/US lO'/i needles tension

Working in 5 x 1 rib, 26 rows x 15 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square

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The trick with legwarmers is to leave the pastels of the 1980s behind! These are sized to fit an 'average' size 10/12 leg but they are easy to make wider or longer according to your requirements. The ribs are knitted here as different lengths, but you can easily adapt them to the desired measurements.

PATTERN Ankle rib

  • Starting with the shorter rib, cast on 84 stitches in the rib yarn with 2.75mm/UK 12/US 2 needles using the two-needle method.
  • Work in knit 2, purl 2 rib for 8cm (3in) as follows:

Every row: *knit 2, purl 2* and repeat from * to * all along the row. Leg section

  • With the right side of the work facing you, change to 4.5mm/UK 7/US 7 needles and stripe-1 yarn and decrease the number of stitches worked as follows:
  • Decrease row: (knit 2, purl 2 together) repeat to end (the decrease in stitches accommodates the thicker double-knitting yarn thickness). I
  • Next row: purl.
  • To complete the first stripe, work another 2 rows in stocking stitch (row 1: knit; row 2: purl).There is no need to break off the yarn as the next stripe is only 2 rows wide.
  • Work another 2 rows in stocking stitch using stripe-2 yarn.
  • The remaining stripes are worked without further shaping, repeating the sequence of

4 rows of stripe-1 yarn and 2 rows of stripe-2 yarn. Continue until the striped section is approximately 20cm (8in) long.

• However long you decide to make the finished item, end with a block of 4 rows of stripe-1 yarn.

Top rib

  • To work the top rib, change to 2.75mm/ UK 12/US 2 needles and the rib yarn. Increase the number of stitches worked on the first row as follows: (knit 1, knit twice into the next stitch, purl 2) to end.
  • Continue to work in knit 2, purl 2, rib until the rib is 4cm (1/jin) long. Cast off in rib.
  • Work the second leg warmer in just the same way.

TO MAKE UP

  • Steam-iron both pieces.
  • Fold each so that the right sides are facing. o>ee 2
  • Pin and sew the side seams in back stitch with stripe-1 yarn. oVc 3
  • Sew any short, unused lengths of yarn into the side seam. Finally, turn each legwarmer right side out.

Rib: 1 x 50g (lXoz) ball Jaeger Alpaca 4-ply, shade 390 Crush Stripe 1:1 x 50g (lfcoz) ball Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Double Knitting, shade 888 Parma

Stripe 2:1 x 50g (lfcoz) ball Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Double Knitting, shade 893 Flax needles

1 pair 2.75mm/UK 12/US 2 needles

1 pair 4.5mm/UK 7/US 7 needles tension

Using stripe-1 yarn and working in stocking stitch with 4.5mm/ UK 7/US 7 needles, 28 rows x 20 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square additional materials

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Keep your teapot and boiled eggs warm with this bright, mood-enhancing accessory for retro-style entertaining. These machine-washable cotton garter-stripe cosies are knitted in two pieces, starting off with a wide rib and continuing in garter stitch. Measure the height and circumference of your teapot before starting work to ensure that the cosy will be a snug fit.

PATTERN (TEA COSY)

Side 1 and side 2 Rib

  • Cast on 47 stitches in the rib yarn on 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles using the two-needle method and work 8 rows using the following wide rib pattern. Change to 5mm/UK 6/US 8 needles after the first row and continue using them for the rest of the pattern.
  • Row 1: (knit 5, purl 2) repeat to last 5 stitches, knit 5.
  • Row 2: (purl 5, knit 2) repeat to last 5 stitches, purl 5.

Stripes

  • Change to stripe-1 yarn and work in garter stitch (all rows knit) for 10 rows.
  • Change to stripe-2 yarn and work a further 10 rows garter stitch, followed by 4 rows in stripe-1 yarn.
  • Commence shaping:
  • Next row *knit 2 tog, knit 4*, repeat from * to * to last 5 stitches, knit 2 tog, knit 3.
  • Knit 2 rows.
  • Next row *knit 4, knit 2 tog*, repeat from * to *, knit the last 3 stitches.
  • Knit 2 rows.
  • Change to stripe-2 yarn and *knit 4, knit 2 tog*, knitting the remainder of the stitches at the end of the row. Knit the following row.
  • Next row *knit 2 tog, knit 3* repeat from * to * to the last 4 stitches, knit 2, knit 2 tog.
  • Next row knit.
  • Repeat the previous two rows.
  • Knit 2 tog, knit l*.Then repeat from
  • to * to the last 2 stitches, knit 2 tog. Leave about 30cm (12in) of yarn before breaking it off.
  • Transfer the remaining stitches on to a stitch holder.

TO MAKE UP

  • Steam-iron both pieces of the tea cosy and pin one side seam to the right sides facing. I
  • Sew the rib and the first band together leaving a space (on the next 2 bands) for the teapot handle before then stitching the top band.
  • On the other side sew the rib and the first band together, leave a space on the next band for the spout and then stitch the top band. Thread the cast-off yarn from one outside edge through all the stitches on the holders. Pull it tight and sew the thread into the side seam. §ec 2 Sew up the other side to match. cW 3
  • Finally, trim the remaining short lengths of yarn from the stripes and sew the ends into the seams.

Rib: 1 x 50g (l'Xoz) ball Jaeger Siena 4-ply, shade 424 Borage

Stripe 1:1 x 50g (lKoz) ball Jaeger Siena 4-ply, shade 426 Meadow

Stripe 2:1 x 50g (lXoz) ball Jaeger Siena 4-ply, shade 419 Cream needles

1 pair 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles 1 pair 5mm/UK 6/US 8 needles tension

Working in garter stitch with 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles, 30 rows x 19 stitches make a 10cm (4in) square additional materials

Large-eye needle for sewing up

Stitch holder or a large safety pin

Pins size

17cm (7in) height x 25cm (lOin) width and circumference approximately 50cm (20in)

You can make several egg cosies in the same yarn and design using any leftover yarn.

PATTERN (EGG COSY)

Side 1 and side 2 Rib

  • Cast on 30 stitches on 4mm/UK 8/US 6 needles using the two-needle method and work 4 rows using the following wide rib pattern. Change to 5mm/UK 6/US 8 needles after the first row and then continue using these for the rest of the pattern.
  • Row 1: (purl 2, knit 5) repeat to last 2 stitches, purl 2.
  • Row 2: (knit 2, purl 5) repeat to last 2 stitches, knit 2.

Stripes

• Change to stripe-1 yarn and work in garter stitch (all rows knit) for 6 rows. Change to stripe-2 yarn and work a further row of garter stitch.

Commence shaping:

  • Next row: *knit 3, knit 2 tog*, repeat from * to * to end.
  • Next row: knit.
  • Next row: knit 2 tog, repeat to end. Leave a 20cm (8in) length of cast-off yarn before breaking it off.
  • Transfer the remaining stitches to a stitch holder.

TO MAKE UP

  • Steam-iron both pieces, then pin and sew up one side seam with right sides facing.
  • Thread the cast-off yarn from one outside edge through all the stitches on the holders. Pull tight and sew the thread into the side seam. Then sew up the other side.
  • Trim the remaining short yarn lengths and sew them into the seams.
Rowan Knitting YarnWoven Knit Stich Pattern
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With this project you can transform a simple lampshade into something special by means of a subtly striped cover. The varying densities of the silk and mohair yarns give the shade a very different look when the lamp is switched on. If you work through the calculations below, you can knit a perfectly fitted cover for any size shade.

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