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Cast on a multiple of 6 sts plus 1 (try 43 sts). Row 1 (RS) Kl, *k2tog,yo, Kl,yo, si 1, Kl, psso, Kl; repfrom*toend. Row 2 Purl.

Rep these two rows 5 times more.

Row 13 Kl, *yo,si 1, Kl, psso, Kl, k2tog,yo, Kl; rep from*toend.

Row 14 Purl

Rep these two rows 5 times more. These 24 rows form the pattern.

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Note The RS and WSfbrthis stitch look the same. Cast on a muitipleof 12 sts plus 3 (try 39 sts). Row 1 (RS) K2, *yo, K4, p3tog, K4,yo, Kl; repfrom * to last st, Kl.

Repthis row 5 more times.

Row7 Kl, p2tog,*K4,yo, Kl,yo,K4, p3tog; repfrom

Repthis row 5 more times. These 12 rows form the pattern.

You may want to poke all the bobbles so they show on the same side.

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. Whether you're newto needles andyarn,orwantto rekindle the passion you once had forthe hobby, we've got all the basics right here. Over the 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 overleaffor how to contact us for more extensive guides to knitting and crochet.

All you 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 your first knitted or crocheted item (a scarf is a good choice). Keep your kit in a small purse in your knitting bag, so that it's a I ways on hand when you need to knit!

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

Place a slipknot with a long tail of tin (2.5cm) per stitch on one needle. Hold the needle and yarn in your right hand.

Holding the tait end in your left Insert the point of the needle hand, wrap it around your left thumb by through the loop from front to back, then bringing the needle across to the left, over wind the ball end around the needle, and around your thumb. going from left to right.

Pull file loop through the thumb loop, then move the thumb over the tip of the needle. Remove your thumb arid puil the yarn to tighten.

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

hand needle behind the knot. Wind the under the left-hand needle, keeping the right-hand needle, then slip it over the stitches on the left-hand needle and yarn around the tip of the right-hand yarn (oop on the tip as you bring it end of the tip of the left-hand needle, as repeat steps 1-4 until you have a needle anticlockwise. towards you. shown above. east-on row of stitches.

hand needle behind the knot. Wind the under the left-hand needle, keeping the right-hand needle, then slip it over the stitches on the left-hand needle and yarn around the tip of the right-hand yarn (oop on the tip as you bring it end of the tip of the left-hand needle, as repeat steps 1-4 until you have a needle anticlockwise. towards you. shown above. east-on row of stitches.

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

stitches of the row as normal, but don't the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch on the right needle. Lift the first stitch the yarn about 6in (15cm) away, feed it go any further along as you usually woutd, over the other stitch on the right-hand over the second, then repeat steps 1-3. through the loop and pull through firmly.

needle and over the needle point.

stitches of the row as normal, but don't the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch on the right needle. Lift the first stitch the yarn about 6in (15cm) away, feed it go any further along as you usually woutd, over the other stitch on the right-hand over the second, then repeat steps 1-3. through the loop and pull through firmly.

needle and over the needle point.

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

on ¡t 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.

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

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

on ¡t 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.

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

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

Push the point of the right needte 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.

Holding the needle with ail the

Wind the yarn around the tip of the

Now stip the right-hand needle

Pushing the point of the right-hand

Wind the yarn around the tip of the

Now stip the right-hand needle

Pushing the point of the right-hand stitches on in your left hand, and ensuring right-hand needle from right to left, in an back through the stitch, ensuring that you needle a little further through the stitch that your ball end yarn Is at the front of anti clockwise motion, constantly keeping 'catch'the yarn that you've already you've just created, puil the first stitch off your work, insert the right-hand needte a slight tension on the yarn. wound around the needle. This creates a the ¡eft-hand needle. That's your first purl through the front loop of your first stitch stitch on your right-hand needie. stitch! Repeat points 1-4 across the row.

as shown.

Needle sizes Knitting abbreviations

UK

METRIC

US

alt

alternate

MB

make a bobble

ssk

slip 2 stitches one at a time, knit

14

2mm

o

appro*

approximately

MC

main colour

2 slipped stitches together (1

beg

beginning

P/P

purl

stitch decreased)

13

2Wmm

1

CB

cable back

pattts)

pattern(s)

ssp

slip 2 stitches one at a time, purl

-

2'Am m

_

cc

contrast colour

patt rep(s)

pattern repeat(s)

2 slipped stitches together

12

2%mm

2

CF

cable forward

PB

place bead

through back of the ioops 1

CN

cable needle

pfb

purl into front and back of stitch

stitch decreased)

11

3mm

-

cont

continue

PM

place marker

it(s)

stitch (es)

10

3% m m

3

dec

decrease (by working two

P2tog

purl 2 stitches together (1 stitch

st st

stocking stitch

3ysmm

A

stitches together)

decreased)

tbl

through the back of the loop

4

DK

double knitting

Pïtng

purl 3 stitches together (2

tog

together

9

3Vimm

5

dpn

double-pointed needle

stitches decreased)

WS

wrong side

S

4mm

6

foil

following

prev

previous

wyfb

with yarn behind

41Amm

g St

garter stitch (knit every row)

psso

pass slipped stitch over

wyif

with yarn in front

7

7

fnc

increase (usually knit Into same

p2sso

pass 2 slipped stitches over

ybk

yarn to the back

6

5mm

S

stitch twice)

pwise

by purling the stitch

yfwd

yarn forward

5

51/irnm

9

K/k

knit

rem

remain/remaining

yo

yarn over

10

kfb

knit into front and back of stitch

rep(s)

repeatfs)

yrn

yarn round needle

4

6mm

kwise

by knitting the stitch

rev st st

reverse stocking stitch

yon

yarn over needle

3

biinim

low

k2tog

knit the next two stitches

RH

right hand

*

work instructions immediately

2

7mm

together

rnd{s)

ropnd(s) (on a circular needle)

following * then repeat as

1

LH/lh

left hand

RS

right side

directed

TVim m

-

LT

left twist

RT

right twist

0

8mm

11

meas

measures

skpo

sifpl stitch, Itntt 1 stitch, pass

00 000

9mm 10mm 12mm

MIR

make one (increase 1 stitch) make one twisted to the left (increase i stitch) make one twisted to the right

skZpo

slipped stitch over (1 stitch decreased)

slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch

Always check the list of abbreviations given on

-

15mm

19

make one purlwise (increase 1

si

over (2 stitches decreased) slip

-

20mm

36

stitch)

si st

slip stitch

each pattern for any

-

25mm

50

___ahhreviations.

special abbreviations.

Chain Stitch This is thefoundation of all crochet stitches.

the slipknot loop to form your first chain (ch) stitch. Now repeat steps H and E until you've formed a chain.

This is what your row of chains will look like. Keep going until you have the number of chains which are stated on your pattern. (Don't count the slipknot.)

About Sin (15cm) from the end of the yam, make a loop with the ball end on top. insert the hook through this loop and catch the yarn, putting It through the loop. Slide the slipknot up to the hook.

hold the slipknot between thumb and finger of the left hand. Move the hook under and over the yarn.

the slipknot loop to form your first chain (ch) stitch. Now repeat steps H and E until you've formed a chain.

This is what your row of chains will look like. Keep going until you have the number of chains which are stated on your pattern. (Don't count the slipknot.)

About Sin (15cm) from the end of the yam, make a loop with the ball end on top. insert the hook through this loop and catch the yarn, putting It through the loop. Slide the slipknot up to the hook.

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. Chain foundation ring & spiral

' Insert the hook from front to back under the top of the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn round the hook (this Is known as yrh).

Pul! the yarn through both loops on the hook to make a slip stitch (si st). To carry on working a row of slip stitches. Insert the hook into the next chain down and so on, repeating step El each time.

' Insert the hook from front to back under the top of the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn round the hook (this Is known as yrh).

Pul! the yarn through both loops on the hook to make a slip stitch (si st). To carry on working a row of slip stitches. Insert the hook into the next chain down and so on, repeating step El each time.

Make a short length of foundation chain as stated in your pattern Instructions, for example, ch S. Insert hook into the first chain.

Ciose 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.

1 Skip 2 chain stitches and insert the hook under the top loop of the 3rd chain.

Wind the yarn 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'tl 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 slip knot.

For the following (foil) rows, turn work and ch1. 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 Idc under the top 2 loops of each stitch, including the top of t-ch on foil rows.

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

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

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

Pull the yarn through 2 loops only (I loops on hook), yarn round hook. Pult the yarn through these 2 loops. Continue working treble into the next and all foil owing chains to the end of the row.

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

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

Pull the yarn through 2 loops only (I loops on hook), yarn round hook. Pult the yarn through these 2 loops. Continue working treble into the next and all foil owing chains to the end of the row.

To make the next 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.

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 only, leaving 3 loops on your hook, yarn round hook.

Pull the yarn through all 3 loops. For the following rows of half

You've made a half treble. Continue hatf treble, turn work and chain 2. This counts treble into next and all following chains to as the first half treble in the new row. the end of the row. Work 1 half treble into next and each st to end, including top of turning chain.

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 only, leaving 3 loops on your hook, yarn round hook.

Pull the yarn through all 3 loops. For the following rows of half

You've made a half treble. Continue hatf treble, turn work and chain 2. This counts treble into next and all following chains to as the first half treble in the new row. the end of the row. Work 1 half treble into next and each st to end, including top of turning chain.

Count chains and stitches Make sure you are working the correct number of stitches.

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