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Create something light and airy to wear this summer using one of our favourite mesh stitches. Knitting has never been cooler!

Abbreviations

K knit k2tog knit the nejit two stitches together KW2 kh it the stitch, wrapping the yarn round the needle twice KW3 knit the stitch, wrapping the yarn round the needle three times P purl p2tog pur I the next two stitches together pi» pass slipped stitch ewer pwise purlwise iep(s) repeals) R(W)S right [wrong) side it(i} stitchfes) si slip stitch tbl through the back of the loop yo yarnwer

Theyarn used is 100% Alpaca DK, shade 0178, Peru.

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Tips ¿or mesh knitting

Mesh patterns are greatforthe summertime.The knitting may 1 look small once completed, but give it a good biockand this will 1 change the look of all your hard work. Soakyour knitting and then 1 block it out using large pins. Once dry, remove the pins.

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Row I Knit.

Row 2 Knit.

"Row 3 Knit.

Row 4 Knit.

Row6 Knit all stitches, droppingthe extra loops.

Row 7 Knit.

Row 8 Knit.

Row 9 KW3, KW3, * KW2, KW2, Kl, Kl, KW2, KW2, KW3, KW3; repfrom * to end of row. Row 10 Knit all stitches, droppingthe extra loops** Repeat from ** to ** to form the pattern.

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Cast on a multiple of 4 sts plus 1. (Try 45 sts.) Row l Kl,4 yo, k2tog, K2; rep from * to end of row. Bow 2 PI, * p2tog, yo, P2; rep from * to end of row. Row 3K3,*yo, k2tog, K2; rep from* to last 2 sts, yo, k2tog.

Row4Pl,*yo, p2tog, P2; repfrom *toend of row. Row 5 Kl,* k2tog,yo, K2; repfrom *to end of row. Row 6 P3, * yo, p2tog, P2; repfrom *to last 2 sts, yo, p2tog.

These 6 rows formthe pattern.

Cast on a multiple of 4 sts plus 3. (Try 47 sts.) Row 1 (RS) Kl, yo, si l, k2tog, psso, *yo, Kl, yo, si l, k2tog psso; repfrom * to last 3 sts,yo, si l, Kl, psso, yo, KL Row 2 Purl.

Row 3 Kl,yo, k2tog, *yo,sl 1, k2tog, psso,yo, Kl; rep from*toendofrow.

Row 4 Purl.

These4 rows formthe pattern.

Discover the basics of knitting here, and turn over to find out more about crochet

Our aim here at Simply Knitting is to get you knitting and crocheting. Whetheryou're new to needles and yarn, or want to rekindle the passion you once had forthe hobby, we've got all the basics right here. Overthe next four pages we'll take you from cast on to knit and purl, and from chain to treble. If you need more help, see overleaf for how to contact us for more extensive guides to knitting and crochet.

Allyou really need to start off with is a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook and a ball of yarn. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll have the confidence to begin yourfirst knitted or crocheted item (a scarf is a good choice). Keepyour kit In a small purse in your knitting bag, sothat it's always on hand whenyouneedto knit!

Cast on: thumb method Use this all-purpose cast-on for an elastic edge - it works well for ribbing.

1 Place 3 slipknot with a long tail of - Holding the tail erid in your left ™ Insert the point of the needle ■ Pull the ioop through the thumb lln (2.5cm) per stitch on one needle. Ho!d hand, wrap it around your left thumb by through the loop from front to back, then loop, then move the thumb over the tip the needle and yarn in your right hand. bringing the needle across to the left, over wind the ball end around the needle, of the needle. Remove your thumb and and around your thumb. going from left to right. pul! the yarn to tighten.

Cast on: cable method

Choose this cast-on for a firm edge, and when adding stitches within your work.

Make a slipknot and put the right-hand needle behind the knot. Wind the yarn around the tip of the right-hand needle anticlockwise.

■■ Pufttheright-hand needle back under the ¡eft-hand needle, keeping the yarn loop on the tip as you bring it towards you.

Insert your needle between the stitches on the left-hand needle and repeat steps 1-4 until you have a cast-on row of stitches.

Make a slipknot and put the right-hand needle behind the knot. Wind the yarn around the tip of the right-hand needle anticlockwise.

■■ Pufttheright-hand needle back under the ¡eft-hand needle, keeping the yarn loop on the tip as you bring it towards you.

Pull the loop out with the right-hand needle, then slip it over the end of the tip of the left-hand needle, as shown a bove.

Insert your needle between the stitches on the left-hand needle and repeat steps 1-4 until you have a cast-on row of stitches.

Cast off Finish off your knitting with this straightforward cast-off technique.

Insert the left-hand needle through Knit another stitch so you have two the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch on the right needle. Lift the first stitch overthe other stitch on the right-hand over the second, then repeat steps 1-3. needle and overthe needle point.

• m Start by knitting the first two stitches of the row as normal, but don't go any further along as you usuaily would.

Insert the left-hand needle through Knit another stitch so you have two the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch on the right needle. Lift the first stitch overthe other stitch on the right-hand over the second, then repeat steps 1-3. needle and overthe needle point.

When you get tothe last stitch, cut the yarn about 6in (15cm) away, feed it through the loop and pul I through firmly.

Knit Follow our simple steps to make the most important stitch you'll learn.

Hold the needle with the stitches on it in your left hand. Keeping the yarn in your right hand and at the back of your work, insert the point of the right-hand needle into the front loop of the first stitch, as shown.

Wind the yarn anti-clockwise around the point of the right-hand needle using your in den finger. It's important to keep the yarn in your right hand relatively taut to maintain an even tension as you go.

Bring the right-hand needle back through the loop, making sure that you catch the yam you wound around the needle. This creates the stitch. Don't pull the free yarn too tightly. Let out some slack and it will be easier.

Push the point of the right needle further through the stitch you created, then gently pull the right needle to your left, taking the original loop with it. You've now created one knit stitch. Repeat these steps.

Purl To make purl stitches, just reverse the action of plain knit stitches.

Holdingtheneedte with all the ■ ' Wind the yarn around the tip of the stitches on in your left hand, and ensuring right-hand needle from right to left, in an that your ball end yarn is at the front of anti-clockwise motion, constantly your work, Insert the right-hand needle keeping a slight tension on the yarn, through the front loop of your first stitch as shown.

Wow slip the right-hand needle Pushing the point of the light-hand back through the stitch, ensuring that you needle a little further through the stitch

'catch'the yarn that you've already you've just created, pull the first stitch off wound around the needle. This creates a the left-hand needle. That's your first purl stitch on your right-hand needle.

stitch! Repeat points 1-4 across the row.

Needle sizes

UK

METRIC

US

14

2mm

0

IB

2/imm

1

-

2%mm

-

12

2iimm

2

11

3mm

-

10

3Vimm

3

-

3)imn

4

9

3%mm

5

8

4mm

6

7

A'Amm

7

6

5mm

8

5

B/imm

9

4

6mm

10

3

6'Amm

10%

2

7mm

-

1

7>imm

-

0

Smm

11

00

9mm

13

000

10mm

15

-

12mm

17

15mm

19

-

20mm

36

-

25mm

50

Knitting abbreviations alt alternate approx approximately beg beginning

CB cable back

CC contrast colour

CF cableforward

CN cable needle cont continue dec decrease (by working two stitches together) DK double knitting dpn double-pointed needle foff following g st ga rte r stitc h {k n it eve ry row}

inc increase (usually knit into same stitch twice) K/k knit kfb knit into front and back of stitch kwise by knitting the stitch k2tog knit the next two stitches together LH/lh left hand LT left twist meas measures Ml make one {increase 1 stitch)

MIL make one twisted to the left

  • increase 1 stitch) MIR make one twisted to the right
  • increase 1 stitch) Mlp make one purlwise (increase 1

stitch)

patt rep{s)

P2tog

P3tog prev psso p2sso pwîse rem rep(s)

rev st st

rnd(s) RS RT skpo skZpo si slst make a bobble main colour purl pattern {s) pattern repeat{s) place bead purl into front and back of stitch place marker purl 2 stitches together {1 stitch decreased)

purl 3 stitches together {2 stitches decreased) previous pass slipped stitch over pass 2 slipped stitches over by purling the stitch remain/remaining repeat{s)

reverse stocking stitch right hand round(s) {on a circular needle) right side right twist slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over (1 stitch decreased)

slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 stitches decreased) slip slip stitch ssk ssp st(s) st st tbt tog WS wyib wyif ybk yfwd yo yrn yon slip 2 stitches one at a time, knit

2 slipped stitches together (1

stitch decreased)

slip 2 stitches one at a time, purl

2 slipped stitches together through back of the loops 1

stitch decreased)

stitchfes)

stocking stitch through the back of the loop together wrong side with yarn behind with yarn in front yarn to the back yarn forward yarn over yarn round needle yarn over needle work instructions immediately following \ then repeat as directed

TOP TIP!

Always check the list of abbreviations given on each pattern for any special abbreviations.

Chain Stitch This is the foundation of all crochet stitches.

About 6iti (15cm) from the end of the yarn, make a loop with the ball end on top. Insert the hook through this loop and catch the yarn, pulling it through the loop. Slide the slipknot up to the hook.

With the hook in your right hand, hold the slipknot between thumb and finger of the left hand. Move the hook under and over the yarn.

Pull the hook and yarn back through ^B» This ii what your row of chains will the slipknot loop to form your first chain look like. Keep going until you have the {ch) stitch. Now repeat stepsBandE number of chains which are Stated on until you've formed a chain. your pattern. (Don't count the slipknot.)

About 6iti (15cm) from the end of the yarn, make a loop with the ball end on top. Insert the hook through this loop and catch the yarn, pulling it through the loop. Slide the slipknot up to the hook.

With the hook in your right hand, hold the slipknot between thumb and finger of the left hand. Move the hook under and over the yarn.

Slip Stitch This stitch won't add height.

Pull the hook and yarn back through ^B» This ii what your row of chains will the slipknot loop to form your first chain look like. Keep going until you have the {ch) stitch. Now repeat stepsBandE number of chains which are Stated on until you've formed a chain. your pattern. (Don't count the slipknot.)

Chain foundation ring & spiral

insertthe hook from frontto back under the top of the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn round the hook (this is known asyrh).

Pull the yarn through both loops On the hook to make a siip stitch (si st).To carry on working a row of slip stitches, insert the hook into the next chain down and so on, repeating stepE each time.

insertthe hook from frontto back under the top of the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn round the hook (this is known asyrh).

Pull the yarn through both loops On the hook to make a siip stitch (si st).To carry on working a row of slip stitches, insert the hook into the next chain down and so on, repeating stepE each time.

Make a short length of foundation chain as stated in your pattern in struct ions, for example, ch S. Insert hook into the first chain.
Ctose the ring with a slip stitch (yarn round hook and pull through). You can continue the spiral. If working in the round, add a stitch marker here.

Double crochet This easy stitch is frequently used and forms a smooth, firm surface.

Wind the yam around the hook and pull it through the chain loop, leaving two loops on your crochet hook.

^■ikip 2 chain stitches and insert the hook under the top loop of the 3rd chain.

Wind the yam around the hook and pull it through the chain loop, leaving two loops on your crochet hook.

Yarn round hook again,then pull the yarn through both loops. There's your double crochet made and you'll have one loop left on your hook ready to do the next stitch. Continue to the end of the chain, but don't work into the siip knot.

Forthe following (foii) rows, turn work and chl. This is the turning chain (t-ch) and counts as the first dc. Skip the stitch at the base of the t-ch, then work ldc under the top 2 loops of each stitch, including the top of t-ch on foil rows.

Treble crochet Avery popular stitch, it's twice as high as double crochet.

Make a foundation chain. Skip 3 chain, yarn round hook, then insertthe hook under the loop of the 4th chain, yarn round hook.

1 Pull the yarn through the chain loop only (leaving 3 loops on hook), yarn round hook.

Make a foundation chain. Skip 3 chain, yarn round hook, then insertthe hook under the loop of the 4th chain, yarn round hook.

1 Pull the yarn through the chain loop only (leaving 3 loops on hook), yarn round hook.

■ Pull the yarn through 2!oops only (2 loops on hook), yarn round hook. Puli the yarn through these 2 loops. Continue working treble into the next and ail following chains to the end of the row.

^^ To make the neift and following rows, turn work and chain 3. This is the turning chain and counts as 1 treble. Work 1 treble into top 2 loops of 2nd stitch in previous row. Work into top of each stitch across the row.

Half treble This easy stitch is frequently used and forms a smooth, firm surface.

Pull the yarn through the loop onfy, leaving 3 loops on your hook, yam round hook.

Make a foundation chain. Skip 2 chain, yarn round hook and insert the hook under the top loop of the 3rd chain, yarn round hook.

Pull the yarn through the loop onfy, leaving 3 loops on your hook, yam round hook.

Pull the yarn through ail 3 loops. You've made a haff treble. Continue half treble Into next and all following chains to the end of the row.

For the following rows of half treble, turn work and chain 2. This counts 3s the first half treble in the new row. Work 1 half treble into next and each stto end, including top of turning chain.

Count chains and stitches Makesureyouareworkingthecorrectnumberofstitches.

B0B0 00 0B

000B00B

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Chains

Each V counts as one stitch. Never count the slip knot or the loop on the hook. Don't twist the chain.

Double

To count short stitches, such as doubte crochet, look at the 'V's at the top of the row.

Treble

For taller stitches, such as treble it's easier to count each upright stem as a single stitch.

Work in TOWS Turn and turn about!

How to continue your work

Make the first row by working across the foundation chain from right to left. At the end of the chain or row, turn the work so the yarn is behind the hook. Make a turning chain and work the next stitch into the top of the stitches onyourfirst row.

Hook sizes

Crochet abbreviations

Hook sizes

Crochet abbreviations

UK

METRIC

US

across

to the end of the row

lp(s)

loop(s)

alt

alternate

nc

not closed

14

2mm

B/l

appro*

approximate(ly)

patt

patterns

13

2.25mm

-

beg

beginning

p or pc

picot

12

2.5mm

C/2

bet M

between insert hook under back loop only. Example

Example: rfdc — raised front

11

3mm

bide — bock loop double crochet

double crochet

10

3.25mm

D/3

ch(S)

chain or chain stitch(es)

rb

raised back

3.5mm

cfl sp(s)

chain space(s)

Example: rbdc- raised back

9

E/4

d(s)

clusters

double crochet

8

4mm

G/6

cont

continue

rem

remaining

7

4.5mm

7

dc

double crochet

rep

repeat

H/8

dc2tog

work 2 dc together

rnd

round

6

5mm

dec

decrease

sk

skip

S

5.5mm

1/9

dtr

double treble crochet

si St

slip stitch

4

6mm

J/10

dtr2tog

work 2 dtr together

sp(s)

spacefsf

f!

insert hook under front loop only.

st(s)

stitch(es)

3

6.5mm

K/10K

Example;fide -front loop double crochet

t~ch{s)

turning chain(s)

2

7mm

-

foil

following

tog

together

0

8mm

g'

group

tr

treble crochet

00

htr

half treble crochet

tr2tog

work 2 tr together

9mm

htr2tog

work 2htr together

yrh

yarn round hook

000

10mm

in next inc

sts to be worked into same stitch increase

work instructions immediately following *, then repeat as directed

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