Giant Embossed Plait

Contributed by Grace E. Smith. LaVeme, California

This is a huge and heavy plait pattern made by a highly unusual method. Each of the plaited ribs is a series of short rows, and each one stands up a full quarter-inch, or more, from the background. If several of these giant plaits are being worked at once, then a separate cable needle will be required for each, because the stitches are left on the cable needle throughout an entire right-side row. and are not picked up again until the return row. (If you want to use a number of Giant Embossed Plaits but do not have a sufficient number of cable needles, round toothpicks will do nicely instead.)

Panel of 16 sts. Preparation Row (Wrong side)—Purl.

Row 1—K10, (turn, p4, turn. k4) 3 times; then si these 4 sts to dpn and leave at front of work. Pass yarn to back between needles, si 4 sts from right-hand needle to left-hand needle, k 10. Row 2—PIO, p4 from dpn. p2.

Row 3— K10, (turn, p4, turn, k l) 3 times; then si these 4 sts to dpn and leave at front of work. Pass yarn to back between needles, si 4 sts from left-hand needle to right-hand needle, k2. Row 4—P2, p4 from dpn, plO.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

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