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Making gifts for babies is often one of the first reasons that we knitters pick up a pair of needles. There’s something so tempting about creating soft and snuggly gifts to welcome new arrivals, and as most baby knits are small they’re easy on your budget. I’m from a family of knitters. Some of my earliest memories are of wearing jumpers that my grandma knitted, most of them with a teddy on the front or bunny buttons. My mum-inlaw is the queen of baby knits (making for newborns is her speciality), while my sister makes the most amazing toys – her knitted Santa is a treasured part of our Christmas decorations. So I’m thrilled to bring you this collection of baby knits. We’ve handpicked the best patterns from Simply Knitting magazine, for sizes from early babies to older toddlers. You’ll also find toys and nursery gifts. Have fun!

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51Fair Isle Cardi 22

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PatTerns! e k a M o t 4

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33 PYJAMA PAL Our clever owl case is fun and practical too, with a gorgeous textured tummy!

Brighten up newborn wardrobes with a cute’n’cuddly jumper.

13 HATS OFF Keep tiny tots warm with our candy-striped beanie.

14 BABY STEPS Whip up a quick pair of bootees.

16 BUNNY SOFT Treat new arrivals to a snuggly layette with cute bobble bunnies!

Tuck them in with a handmade blanket in pure cotton yarn.

35 SUPER STORAGE Keep the nursery clutter-free with stylish hanging baskets. 36 TWEET TREAT Make a chirpy mobile starring quick-to-knit birds – great for using up scraps of stash yarn.

22 LACY BLANKET Make a family heirloom to treasure.

41 COMFY CUDDLES

24 PURE & SIMPLE Knit a teeny tiny top – with sizes starting from ‘early baby’.

42 AITCHOO!

NurSery Days

ChiLly Days

28 FLYING HIGH Deck out baby’s room with our hot air balloon mobile.

46 COSY CUDDLES Bright ideas for DIY baby hats with matching mittens.

This DIY hooded blanket will keep tots warm at bathtime. Whip up a novelty tissue holder to make toddlers smile


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51 PRECIOUS MOMENTS Get cosy with colour – our Fair Isle cardi is hard to resist.

55 SUGAR SWEET Keep little girls warm with this super-cute dress with cablesand-rib texture. 59 TEDDY HOODIE Our snuggly top is perfect for winter trips to the park.

62 SUPER STAR Wrap up in style with this unisex cardigan.

79 BUNNY HOP Treat tiny toes to oh-so-adorable rabbit slippers.

104 SMART STRIPES Little boys will love this lightweight knit.

81 WOOF WOOF Dress wee ones up as a playful pup!

107 AMAZING GRACE

87 SQUASH ‘N’ ROLL Knit-up our bouncing balls for a perfect playtime!

SmaRt Days

PlaYful Days

90 SWEET THING Dress up for christenings, weddings or parties with this classic bonnet.

68 BUNNY CUDDLES

93 BONNY CHARMS

Give them a huggable toy that can’t be found in the shops.

Give toddlers a dapper outfit with this toddlers’ tank top.

71 ANIMAL MAGIC

97 HELLO SUNSHINE

Take one simple hat pattern and add ears for five different results!

This sunny cardigan is sure to raise a smile.

75 BEAR NECESSITIES

100 COUNTRY GIRL

Who can resist a baby in a bear suit? Enjoy this fun pattern.

Combine natural yarn with gingham ribbon for a classic knit.

Give girls’ party outfits a finishing touch with this cute cardi, knit in a soft and drapey bamboo yarn.

SprIng Days

PAGE 127 HOW TO KNIT GUIDE STEP-BY-STEP PICTURES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH ALL THE TECHNIQUES.

112 FLOWER GIRL Keep the chill at bay on spring days with this stripy hat and top. 115 CUTE SMILES Create a perfect playtime outfit in a cool cotton-blend yarn.

119 SWEET FEET Dress up tiny toes with these knitted bootees. 121 SUGAR COATED KID Give Fair Isle a pretty pastel twist with this sweet cardi. 124 SUGAR PLUM Little girls’ play days are even prettier with this flowery dress. 50 Baby Knits

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Keep baby cosy with this quick and cute Chick jumper, free from www.knitrowan.com


KNITTING FOR BABIES

CHERISHED CREATIONS Knitting for babies is fun and rewarding, but there are also practicalities to consider. By Lizzie McCauley. very new baby deserves to be wrapped in soft things to keep them warm and feeling safe. As knitters, we indulge in the opportunity to do this through pieces we have crafted ourselves with our own skill and expertise. Knitting garments and accessories for the newest arrivals in our lives is a very different experience to knitting for ourselves or other adults. The whirlwind excitement and passion of finding a delicious yarn and the perfect pattern is swapped for a more considered approach, taking our time to make sure every detail is perfect. This is not just your next sweater, this is something that might be cherished and kept for generations, and its impact is about much more than just keeping a miniature person warm. Baby patterns are everywhere. From multicoloured hoodies to exquisite lace

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Hot new patterns Buy these designs at www.ravelry.com Cuddle me by Maanel Calaway by Jenny Wiebe Barley by Tincanknits Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig Pixie Scarf Hat by Miyoko Cancro Thousands by Kelly Brooker Bodhi Mitts by Thao Nguyen

bootees, you are sure to find a plethora of options no matter what you choose to knit. Searching ‘baby’ in the Ravelry pattern search provides you with more than 34,000 design ideas, so you might need some help deciding what to knit. DO SOME HOMEWORK It’s worth thinking about whether you want the item to be a surprise. Remember, you aren’t just giving this to the wee one. You are giving it to their parents, their future siblings and possibly their children, too. Speaking to the prospective parents means you can make something you know they will love. A fellow knitter is bound to relish the chance to peruse patterns with you, and may already have a specific thing in mind to ask you for. They might not be comfortable knitting Fair Isle, for instance, or may ask you to knit a more traditional piece than they want to tackle. If you do want the item to be a surprise, think outside the box. Don’t just give them any old bootees they could buy in a shop, but take the time to find the perfect bootee pattern with details they would love. Take their tastes into account and remember that baby isn’t going to dress him- or herself, so if mum and dad don’t like what you’ve knitted, baby might not wear it very often. If you are knitting something for someone yet to be born, try and gauge whether the baby is expected to be small

or large, if you can, and keep that information in mind when choosing the size for the garment you plan on knitting. To be on the safe side, opt for a larger size, knowing that the baby will grow into it. When knitting for a baby you’ve already met, take their measurements and follow those, rather than the ages in baby garment sizing. These are just a rough guide and you want to be working in specific centimetres or inches. Also, think about safety; ties and tassels are murky territory for baby knits as they could be a choking hazard. Take every element into consideration and think before you knit.

The Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran collection features this adorably snuggly beret.

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Visit www.designeryarns.uk.com for the full Cashmerino Aran collection. Including this sweet bolero cardigan (left) and dapper raglan sweater (right), you are sure to swoon for these designs.

Be mindful of the weather. Knitting for the right season is a must with babies; as soon as one season passes they will be another size bigger and that delightful jumper you knitted for them in June simply won’t fit them by the time October rolls around. Think about how long the project will take you and be realistic. Yes, baby items are small, but complex stitches still take time, and if you are likely to need frequent breaks from the project it’s going to take you more than a few evenings. YARN HEAVEN Choosing yarn is always a fun experience, and knitting for babies gives you the perfect reason to squeeze and squash all of the softest yarns available. Baby yarns are almost as prolific as baby patterns, but you don’t have to stick to what is specifically labelled ‘baby’. Many baby yarns are a combination of wool and acrylic. The wool gives softness while the acrylic content means you can throw soiled garments in the washing

Great baby yarns Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran DROPS Fabel Katia Merino Baby Peter Pan Merino Baby Rico Design Baby Classic DK Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4 ply Toft Alpaca Fine

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machine without thinking. However, some people don’t like knitting with acrylic and some people don’t like wearing it, so it’s worth shopping around if it’s an issue. Sock yarns can be a great choice. Designed to be hard-wearing, machinewashable and soft, they tick all the boxes

Get your hands on Sirdar leaflet 4438 for this matching cardigan and blanket. www.sirdar.co.uk

for wriggly, dribbly babies. Some can contain nylon, however, which can be irritating to some skins, so do check the ball band and baby’s sensitivities. If the parents are sensitive to certain fibres, it’s more likely that their baby will be too. Merino wool is often superwash, though it requires chemical treatment to make it so. Available in countless blends, colours, weights and price ranges, it can be a good choice for baby garments. Alpaca fleece makes possibly the most delightful yarn for baby knits. It’s soft, but delicate and must be cared for with respect. Choosing alpaca yarn is fine for items that won’t experience too much wear and tear and won’t need to be washed very often – but make sure the parents know how to care for it. While other knitters might appreciate that alpaca needs hand-washing, non-knitters probably won’t realise, and that perfect little hat might end up as a felted egg cosy! Knitting for babies is a truly wonderful experience that is rewarding in so many ways. Taking your time to make sure every choice is the right one means that whatever you create will become a cherished part of the family, almost as much as the new arrival.


EarLy Days Keep tiny newborns snug from top to toe with soft, cosy knits


Butt on s at th e sh ou lder ma ke th e ju m pe r si m ple to get on and off

PANDA PAL Brighten up everyone’s day with this fun panda jumper. By Kirstie McLeod.

Try easy intarsia with our chart


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uch as we may love stylish cables, lace and textured projects, most children like nothing better than bright colours and cheerful pictures! This simple intarsia jumper is ideal for any baby or toddler – newborns will love the bold colours and contrasts, while tots will recognise the friendly panda and love showing him off to everyone they meet. Intarsia is a simple technique that’s perfect for motifs like this. Simply work the rows as normal, swapping colours as needed to build up the pattern – you just need to remember to twist the yarns around each other as you change colour to avoid any holes. Block when you’re done for an even finish.

YOU WILL NEED Sirdar Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/165m) Yarn A Engine Red (413) Yarn B White (251) Yarn C Black (312) (this colour has been discontinued, please substitute with any black DK baby yarn that works to the same tension) Q A pair of 4mm needles Q A pair of 3½mm needles Q A 3½mm circular needle Q Panda buttons Q

K FRONT Cast on 56 (60: 66: 70: 78) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 K0 (0: 2: 2: 2), (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue working in the K2, P2 rib for 5 more rows.

For yarn stockists, contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

Change to 4mm needles. Row 7 (RS) K2tog, K to end of row. [55 (59: 65: 69: 77 sts] Continue in stocking stitch until knitting measures 10 (11: 12: 13: 14) cm.

ABBREVIATIONS

Next row (RS) K24 (26: 29: 31: 35) Yarn A, K7 Yarn B, K to end in Yarn A (row 1 from the chart). Continue to work from the chart as set,

For a full list, see page 130.

SIZE TO FIT CHEST ACTUAL CHEST BACK LENGTH SLEEVE LENGTH

working in the intarsia method. To ensure you don’t get any holes at the colour changes, twist the yarns together as you work up the rows. When the intarsia pattern is finished, continue in stocking stitch using Yarn A. When the knitting measures 25 (27: 28: 29: 31) cm, start the neck shaping. Next row (RS) K18 (20: 22: 23: 25), cast off the centre 19 (19: 21: 23: 27) sts, K to end. Next row P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [17 (19: 21: 22: 24) sts] Next row K2tog, K to end of row. [16 (18: 20: 21: 23) sts] Cont to decrease 1 st on the neck edge of left front on every following row until you have 14 (16: 18: 18: 20) sts remaining. Continue without shaping until knitting meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Work 3 rows in K2, P2 rib. Buttonhole row Rib 4 (4: 4: 4: 4), k2tog, yo, Rib 2 (4: 6: 6: 8), k2tog, yo, rib to end. Continue in the K2, P2 rib for 2 more rows. Cast off in rib. Rejoin the yarn and reverse the neck shaping and buttonhole rib for the other side. BACK Cast on 56 (60: 66: 70: 78) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 K0 (0: 2: 2: 2), (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue working in the K2, P2 rib for 5 more rows.

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Continue in stocking stitch until knitting meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Cast off.

Change to 4mm needles. Starting with a K row, work in stocking stitch increasing on every 6th row until you have 52 (52: 56: 56: 62) sts. Continue until the sleeve measures 25 (25: 26: 26: 28) cm. Cast off.

SLEEVES Cast on 36 (36: 40: 40: 44) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (K2, P2) to the end of the row. Continue working in the K2, P2 rib for 5 more rows.

TO MAKE UP FRONT NECKLINE With right side facing, using 3½mm needles and Yarn A, pick up and K 36 (36: 48: 52: 60) sts. Work a K2, P2 rib for 2 rows. Next row (WS) P2, k2tog, yo, rib to the last

Change to 4mm needles. Row 7 (RS) K2tog, K to end of row. [55 (59: 65: 69: 77 sts]

4 sts, yo, K2tog, rib to end. Cont in the K2, P2 rib for 2 more rows. Cast off in rib. BACK NECKLINE With right side facing, using 3½mm needles and Yarn A, pick up and K 30 (30: 32: 34: 38) sts. Work a K2, P2 rib for 5 rows. Cast off in rib. Join shoulder seams, sleeve seams, side seams and sew in the sleeves. Attach the buttons using match yarn. Weave in all loose ends.

Wind the yarn round bobbins to make working the intarsia easier.

HOW TO USE OUR CHARTS Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

PANDA CHART Sew the buttons on firmly so the child can’t pull them off and swallow them.

31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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YOU WILL NEED Deramores, Baby DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/170m) Q A pair of 3¾mm needles Q

For yarn stockists, contact Deramores 0800 488 0708 www.deramores.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 18 sts and 23 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3¾mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

HATS OFF! Keep that sweet little head cosy and warm with Kirstie McLeod’s stripy beanie.

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his adorable hat is made very simply in stocking stitch, with a neat little ribbed edging and a softly rounded crown. As an added extra, a pom-pom made with the contrasting yarn will set it off beautifully.

K HAT Cast on 80 (88: 96) sts using 3¾mm needles and yarn A. Row 1 Knit. Rows 2-4 (K1, P1) to end of row.

CROWN Row 1 *K8 (9: 10), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 2 and all alt rows Purl. Row 3 *K7 (8: 9), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 5 *K6 (7: 8), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 7 *K5 (6: 7), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 9 *K4 (5: 6), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 11 *K3 (4: 5), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 13 *P2tog, P2 (3: 4); rep from * to end of row. Row 15 *K1 (2: 3), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. Row 16 *P2tog, P (0 : 1: 2); rep from * to end of row.

SIZES 6-12 MTHS & 1-2 YRS ONLY Row 17 *K - (0: 1), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. SIZE 1-2 YRS ONLY Row 18 *P2tog; rep from * to end of row. MAKING UP Break yarn, thread yarn through rem sts and pull tight. With the RS facing, sew seam together, matching up the stripes. Weave in loose ends.

Change to Yarn B. Rows 5-6 (K1, P1) to end of row.

SIZE Change to yarn A. Rows 7-9 (K1, P1) to end of row. Starting with a knit (RS) row, cont in st st for 4 rows. **Change to yarn B, st st 2 rows. Change to Yarn A, st st 4 rows, cont as set from ** rep patt until work measures 13 (15: 17)cm from the cast-on edge, ending on a WS row.

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BABY STEPS Need a little knit in a hurry? Whip up these stashbusting, quick-to-knit baby bootees! By Kirstie McLeod. th e kn it th ese b oo tees in ss ro und - th ere’ ll be le e end! ma ki ng up to do at th

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YOU WILL NEED QRobin Bonny Babe DK

(100% acrylic, 100g/300m) 1 ball in any colour Q A set of four 3½mm doublepointed needles or circular needle For yarn stockists, contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to the following tension: 26 sts and 36 rows to measure (10x10cm) over st st using 3½mm needles.

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hese baby bootees have a different construction from adult sock designs, but you’ll still need to knit in the round in order to make them. This minimises the amount of making up you need to do at the end, and avoids uncomfortable seams. Although they look like they’re cabled, you don’t have to fuss around with a cable needle – perfect if you’re in a hurry. You cast on the same number of stitches for all sizes. The cuffs are designed to fit chubby baby ankles, and the bootees can’t be easily kicked off! For the yarn, you can use whatever DK you like, but we've used Robin Bonny Babe DK, which comes in all sorts of lovely baby shades.

SIZING So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you’re off. Q0-6 mths Q6-9mths Q9-12mths

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

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Don’t twist your cast-on stitches when you’re joining them into a round.

BOOTEES (MAKE 2) Cast on 50 sts using 3½mm doublepointed needles or a circular needle. Join into a round and place a stitch marker for the beginning of the round. Round 1 (RS) P1, K3, * P2, K3; rep to last st of the round, P1. Round 2 P1, sl 1, K2, psso, *P2, sl 1, K2, psso; rep to last st, P1. Round 3 P1, K1, yf, K1, *P2, K1, yf, K1; rep to last st, P1. Round 4 P1, K3, * P2, K3; rep to last st of the round, P1. These 4 rounds form the pattern; repeat the pattern 4 (5: 6) more times ending with a round 4. [5 (6: 7) pattern repeats] Work 2 more rounds as round 4.

INSTEP (TOP OF FOOT) Keeping the 2x3 rib correct throughout the instep section, work 25 sts, turn. As follows: Row 1 (RS) P1, K3, *P2, K3; rep to last st, P1. Row 2 K1, P3, *K2, P3; rep to last st, K1. Working only on these 25 sts, rib 21 (27: 31) rows, ending with a Row 1. Pick 10 (13: 15) sts from the instep side, knit across the heel, pick 10 (13: 15) sts from the other instep side, and join back in the round. [70 (76: 80) sts] Next round P1, K3, (P2, K3) 4 times, P1, knit to end of round. Repeat this round for a further 10 (13: 15) rounds. Next round Rib across the first 25 sts, cast off the remaining sts in round. [25 sts] SOLE Continue across the sole as follows: Row 1 (RS) P1, K3, *P2, K3; rep to last st, P1. Row 2 K1, P3, *K2, P3; rep to last st, K1. Repeat these 2 rows for a further 30 (35: 40) rows. Cast off. TO MAKE UP With the bootees inside out, using small stitches sew the sole to the sides and heel. Weave in all loose ends.

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Plus mini mitts for a quick knit Add a sweet fi ni sh in g to uch w ith easy em b ro idered ra bbit s

BUNNY SOFT New parents will treasure this modern baby layette – and there’s even a matching blanket. By Amanda Jones.


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G YOU WILL NEED CARDIGAN Q Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK Q A 4mm circular needle Q A 4½mm circular needle Q Small buttons 5 (6: 6: 6) BOOTEES AND MITTENS Q Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK Q Yarn A Vanilla (003), 1 x 50g/116m ball Q Yarn B Pebble (006), 1 x 50g/116m ball Q A set of 4mm DPNs Q A set of 3mm DPNs BLANKET Q Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK Q Yarn A Vanilla (003), 5 x 50g/116m balls Q Yarn B Pebble (006), 3 x 50g/116m balls Q A pair of 4mm needles For yarn stockists, contact www.sirdar.co.uk or call Sirdar on 01924 231682

Cont working the borders as set and the main piece in stocking stitch until the work measures 6½ (7: 7½: 8½)in, 17 (18: 19: 22)cm from beg, ending on a WS row. Next row (Dec row) Change to 4mm circular needle. K1, k2tog tbl, yo, P1, K0 (3: 4: 1), (k2tog, K3) 7 (9: 5: 6) times, (k2tog, K1(2: 2: 2)) 9 (7: 15: 17) times, (k2tog, K3) 7 (9: 5: 6) times, k2tog, work to end of row. [108 (114: 128: 140) sts]

ive a new arrival the warmest welcome with this beautiful layette designed by Amanda Jones. Knitted in the softest-possible yarn so it’s kind against baby skin, the design features modern colours and textures combined with traditional shapes and cute, bobble-bodied bunnies for a look that everyone from Mum to Great-great-grandma will love. If you’ve taken up knitting in order to make things for a baby, Amanda says, “I think that the jacket is actually quite easy to knit as it is all in one piece, with a simple but effective stitch that most beginners could manage.”

The hole at the beg of the row is the first buttonhole. Work buttonholes in this way on every foll 7th (7th: 7th: 9th) row. AT THE SAME TIME: Work 4 (6: 6: 8) rows, ending on a RS row. Place bunnies Cut 6 x 36in (90cm) lengths of yarn B. Row 1 (WS) Work 11 (13: 13: 13), P1 yarn B, P5 (6: 6: 6) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P30 (29: 36: 42) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P10 (12: 12: 12) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P30 (29: 36: 42) yarn A, P1 B, P5(6: 6: 6), work 11 (13: 13: 13). Row 2 Work 11 (13: 13: 13), MB yarn B, K5 (6: 6: 6), MB yarn B, K30 (29: 36: 42), MB yarn B, K10 (12: 12: 12), MB yarn B, K30 (29: 36: 42), MB yarn B, K5 (6: 6: 6), MB yarn B, work 11 (13: 13: 13). Row 3 Work 10 (12: 12: 12), P1 yarn B, P5 (6: 6: 6), P1 B, P32 (31: 38: 44), P1 yarn B, P10 (12: 12: 12), P1 yarn B, P32 (31: 38: 44), P1 yarn B, P5 (6: 6: 6), P1 yarn B, work 10 (12: 12: 12). Row 4 Work 10 (12: 12: 12), MK yarn B, K5 (6: 6: 6), MK yarn B, K32 (31: 38: 44), MK yarn B, K10 (12: 12: 12), MK yarn B, K32 (31: 38: 44), MK yarn B, K5 (6: 6: 6), MK yarn B, work 10 (12: 12: 12). Work 2 (4 : 2: 4) rows st st, ending on a WS row.

K CARDIGAN Cast on 132 (140: 154: 170) sts using 4½mm circular needle and yarn B. Row 1 (RS) K1, P1 to end of row. Row 2 P1, K1 to end of row. These 2 rows form the moss stitch pattern. Work 6 rows of moss st. Row 1 (RS) Yarn B (K1, P1) twice, join yarn A and K to last 4 sts, join 2nd ball yarn B, (K1, P1) to end of row. Row 2 Yarn B (K1, P1) twice, yarn A P to last 4 sts, Yarn B (P1, K1) to end of row. This sets up the borders. Keeping the moss stitch in yarn B and the main in yarn A as set in row 1, continue as follows: Row 3 Rep row 1. Row 4 Moss st 4, K to last 4 sts, moss st 4. Row 5 As row 1. Row 6 As row 4. Rep these 6 rows one more time.

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles

SIZE

0-3 mths

3-6 mths

6-12 mths

12-18 mths

cm

43

46

48

51

in

17

18

19

20

cm

45

48

51

54

in

17¾

19

20

21¼

cm

29

32

35

40

ABBREVIATIONS

in

11½

12½

13¾

15¾

M1 see page 73 MB make bobble: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) into next st to make 7 sts from 1, turn, K7, turn, k2tog, K3, k2tog, turn, k2tog, K1, k2tog, turn, sl 1, k2tog, psso MK make knot: (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) into next st to make 5 sts from 1, then pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts one at a time over 1st st

cm

15

17½

19

20

6

7

8

BLANKET MEASUREMENT

TO FIT CHEST ACTUAL CHEST

25x 33in (64x84cm) BACK LENGTH

For a full list, see page 130.

SLEEVE LENGTH

in

YARN

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK 50g/116m

Yarn A Vanilla (003)

3

3

4

5

Yarn B Pebble (006)

1

1

1

1

To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the colour-coded measurements and you’re off. Cardigan: Q0-3 Q6-12 Q 6-12 Q12-18 Bootees and mittens: Q0-3 Q6-12

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sure that you secure the bunnies Tip Make firmly to the inside of the cardigan so they don’t unravel with wear and tear.

DIVIDE FOR FRONTS AND BACK Work across 26 (27: 31: 33), cast off 6 (6: 6: 8), K across 44 (48: 54: 58), cast off 6 (6: 6: 8), work 26 (27: 31: 33) sts. Cont to work on these last 26 (27: 31: 33) sts

Use a blunt-tipped needle for the embroidery so you don’t split stitches.

LEFT FRONT Cont to work button band as set, and decrease 1 st at armhole edge on the next 2 rows. Next row (WS) Start Ridge Pattern. Row 1 Knit, dec 1 st at armhole. Row 2 Knit. Row 3 Rep row 1. [22 (23: 27: 29) sts] Cont straight on these rem sts. Row 4 Knit. Row 5 Purl. Row 6 Knit. Rep these 6 rows until you have completed 2 (3: 3: 4) full patt reps plus a further 0 (2: 4: 2) rows, ending on a RS row.

FRONT & BACK

11½ (12½: 13¾: 15¾) in 29 (32: 35: 40) cm

FRONT NECK SHAPING Keeping patt correct throughout, cast off 8 (10: 10: 10) sts at beg of row. Dec 1 st at neck edge on every foll row until 9 (10: 12: 13) sts rem. Cont without shaping until the armhole measures 3½ (4: 4¼: 4¾)in, 9 (10: 11: 12)cm from beg of shaping ending on a RS row. Break yarn and leave sts on a holder.

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RIGHT FRONT With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 26 (27: 31: 33) sts. Complete to match left front, ending on a WS row before starting the front neck shaping. Cast off shoulder of back with right front shoulder. SLEEVES (work 2 alike) Cast on 33 (35: 37: 37) sts using 4mm needles and Yarn B. Work 6 rows of moss stitch. Change to yarn A. Row 1 (RS) Knit. Row 2 Purl. Knit the next 4 rows. Rep last 6 rows once more. AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st at each end of the 7th and every foll 4th (8th: 8th: 6th) row until there are 45 (47: 49: 53 ) sts. Cont without shaping until the sleeve measures 6 (6¾: 7½: 8½)in, 15 (17.5: 19: 21.5)cm from beg, ending on a WS row. SHAPE SLEEVE HEAD Cast off 3 (3: 3: 4) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows, then cast off 3 sts at the beg of the next 6 rows. Cast off rem 21 (23: 27: 27) sts. COLLAR With WS facing, using 4mm needles and yarn B, starting at the end of the left front button band, pick up and knit 11 (14: 16: 18) sts to the left shoulder, pick up and knit 17 (19: 21: 23) sts from the back neck, pick up and knit 11 (14: 16: 18) sts down to the end of the right front button band. [39 (47: 53: 59) sts]

HOW TO… EMBROIDER LAZY DAISY

6 (7: 7½: 8) in 15 (17.5: 19: 20) cm

8¾ (9½: 10: 10½) in 22.5 (24: 25.5: 27) cm

SLEEVE

BACK With RS facing, rejoin yarn to centre 44 (48: 54: 58) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of the next 2 rows then start the ridge patt and dec at each end of this and the foll alt row. Cont without shaping on rem 36 (40: 46: 50) sts until the back matches the left front, ending on a RS row. Fold the left front so that the RS is facing the RS of the back and cast off the 9 (10: 12: 13)

sts from the left front with the first 9 (10: 12: 13) sts from the back. Cast off centre 18 (20: 22: 24) sts then leave rem 9 (10: 12: 13) sts on a holder.

Use this easy embroidery stitch to make the rabbit ears. Bring the needle through the fabric at 1. If you are making a bunny the stitch will start beside the head. Take the needle back through the same hole you came out, at 2, leaving a loop on top of the fabric. Bring the needle up again at 3, take it over and under the loop and pull gently to form the ‘ear’. Secure the loop flat against the fabric by pushing the needle in again at 4 to make a small stitch. Repeat for the other ear.


EARLY DAYS Row 1 (WS) K1, P1, K1, p to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1. Row 2 (K1, P1) twice, K to last 4 sts (P1, K1) twice. Row 3 Rep row 1. Row 4 (K1, P1) twice, K4 (5: 5: 5), m1, *K4 (5: 5: 6), m1; rep from * to last 7 (8: 9: 8) sts, m1, work to end of row. [46 (54: 61: 67) sts] Rep rows 1 and 2. Next row (WS) (K1, P1) twice, K to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) twice. Next row Rep row 2. Rep last 2 rows. Row 5 K1, P1, K1, P to last 3 sts K1, P1, K1. Row 6 (K1, P1) twice , K4 (5: 6: 5), m1, * K5 (6: 6: 7), m1; rep from * to last 8 (9: 9: 9) sts, m1, work to end of row. [53 (61: 69: 75) sts] Cont in ridge patt for a further 6 rows. Then work 4 rows of moss st. Cast off in moss st. TO MAKE UP Join sleeve seam. Set in sleeve, matching the centre of the sleeve to the shoulder seam. Sew buttons onto left front opposite buttonholes. Press lightly according to the instructions on the ball band. EMBROIDERY Work the bunny ears, first secure the ends of the yarn from the knot then work a lazy daisy stitch as shown in photo. Work a row of cross stitch above the dec row on the yoke. BOOTEES RIGHT BOOTEE Cast on 30 (36) sts using 3mm needle and yarn B. Divide evenly between 3 DPNs [10 (12) sts on each needle] Work 6 rounds of moss st. Change to yarn A and work in ridge patt as folls:

Rounds 1 and 2 Knit. Round 3 Purl. Round 4 Knit. Round 5 Purl. Rep these 5 rounds until you have completed 4 full patt reps. Next round (Dec )K2tog, K to last 2 sts of round, ssk. [28 (34) sts] Knit 3 rounds. Rep dec row until 26 (32) sts remain. Change to 4mm DPNs and knit 1 round. DIVIDE FOR UPPER K10 (12) onto 1 needle, turn, P10(12) and cont on these sts only for the upper. Beg with a K row, work in st st for 5 (9) rows, ending on a RS row. Row 1 ** Place bunnies (WS) P5 (6) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P4 (5) yarn A. Row 2 K4 (5) yarn A, MK yarn B, K5 (6) yarn A. Row 3 P4 (5) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P5 (6) yarn A. Row 4 K5 (6) yarn A, MB yarn B, K4 (5) yarn A. Work 3 more rows of st st. Next row Ssk, K6 (8), k2tog. [8 (10) sts] Using the same needle with 8 (10)sts on, pick up and knit 10 (14) sts down the left side of the upper, K16 (20) sts from cuff, pick up and knit 10 (14) sts from right side of upper, K across 8 (10) sts from toe. [52 (58) sts] Divide these sts evenly over 3 DPNs: 1st and 2nd needles 17 (19) sts, 3rd needle 18 (20) sts. Cont in ridge patt as folls: Round 1 Purl. Round 2 Knit. Round 3 Purl. Rounds 4 & 5 Knit. Rep these 5 rounds once more, then rep rounds 1 and 2. Cast off purlwise.

The bootees have big feet so socks can be worn underneath.

STEP-BY-STEP MAKING A BOBBLE Create the bunnies’ bodies by knitting the same stitch several times.

1 Knit the first stitch as normal but don’t drop it from the left-hand needle.

2 Knit and purl into this same stitch until you have 7 sts. Turn your work and knit these 7 sts.

3 Turn the knitting, k2tog, K3, K2tog, turn. K2tog, K1, k2tog, turn. Sl 1, k2tog, psso. You’ll be left with one st.

4 Continue the pattern as normal and the bobble should be formed on the front of your knitting.

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EARLY DAYS SOLE Starting at the heel end: Cast on 6 (8) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A. Work in moss st for 2 rows. Next row Inc 1 st at each end of row, working the new sts into moss st. [8 (10) sts] Cont working in moss st until the sole measures 3Âź (4)in, 8.5 (10)cm from beg. Next row Dec 1 st at each end of next 2 rows. [4 (6) sts] Cast off.

The mittens are a good project for a very new knitter.

LEFT BOOTEE Work as for the right bootee until ** Place bunnies as folls: Row 1 (WS) P4 (5) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P5 (6) yarn A. Row 2 K5 (6) yarn A, MK yarn B, K4 (5) yarn A. row 3 P5 (6) yarn A, P1 yarn B, P4 (5) yarn A. Row 4 K4 (5) yarn A, MB yarn B, K5 (6) yarn A. Complete as for the right bootee. TO MAKE UP With RS facing sew the sole to the upper, matching the centre of the heel of the sole to the centre back and the centre toe of the sole to the centre front of the upper. Ease the upper into the sole. Work bunny ears using lazy daisy stitch above the head knot of the bunny. Work a row of cross stitch embroidery around the base of the cuff. MITTENS LEFT MITTEN Cast on 27 (33) sts using 3mm needles and yarn B. Divide evenly between 3 DPNs. [9 (11) sts on each needle] Work 6 rounds of moss st. Change to yarn A and knit 6 rounds. Work ridge patt as folls: Round 1 Purl. Round 2 Knit. Round 3 Purl. Next round (Inc) K4 (5), m1, * K9 (11), m1; rep from * to last 5 (6) sts, K5 (6). [30 (36) sts] Change to 4mm DPNs. Knit 6 rounds. Round 1 **Place bunnies K14 (17) yarn A, K1 yarn B, K15 (18) yarn A. Round 2 K14 (17) yarn A, MB yarn B, K15 (18) yarn A. Round 3 K15 (18 yarn A), K1 yarn B, K14 (17) yarn A. Round 4 K15 (18) yarn A, MK yarn B, K14 (17) yarn A. SHAPE TOP Next round K5 (6), k2tog, K1, ssk, K10 (13),

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k2tog, K1, ssk, K5 (7). [26 (32) sts] Work 3 (4) rounds. Next round K4 (5), k2tog, K1, ssk, K8 (11), k2tog, K1, ssk, K5 (7). [22 (28) sts] Work 3 (4 ) rounds. Next round K3 (5), k2tog, K1, ssk, K6 (9), k2tog, K1, ssk, K3 (4). [18 (24) sts] Work 1 round. Cast off. RIGHT MITTEN Work as for the left mitten until ** Round 1 Place bunnies K15 (18) yarn A, K1 yarn B, K14 (17) yarn A. Round 2 K15 (18) yarn A, MB yarn B, K14 (17) yarn A. Round 3 K14 (17) yarn A, K1 yarn B, K15 (18) yarn A. Round 4 K14 (17) yarn A, MK yarn B, K15 (18) yarn A. Complete to match left mitten. TO MAKE UP Join top seam. Embroider bunny ears using lazy daisy stitch above the head knot of the bunny. Work a row of cross stitch around the base of the cuff. BLANKET PANEL PATTERN (worked in YARN B) Row 1 (RS) Knit. Row 2 Knit. Row 3 Knit. Row 4 Knit. Row 5 Knit. Row 6 Purl. These 6 rows form the panel patt. Notes Use separate balls of yarn for the borders and a separate ball for each panel. When making the rabbit bodies use a length of yarn, leaving a long end after you have worked the head knot so that the ears can be worked. BLANKET Cast on 134 sts using 4mm needles and yarn B. Row 1 (RS) * K1, P1; rep from * to end of row. Row 2 * P1, K1; rep from * to end of row. Cont in moss st until you have completed 10 rows, thus ending on a WS row. Row 1 (RS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, change to yarn A, knit to last 10 sts, moss st 10 st in yarn B. Row 2 Moss st 10 sts yarn B, change to yarn A, purl to last 10 sts, moss st 10 st in yarn B. This sets up the borders. Cont to work as set until you have worked 9 rows.


EARLY DAYS Row 10 (WS) Place bunnies Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P14 yarn A, * P1 using yarn B, P20 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P8 yarn A; rep from * to last 24 sts, P14 yarn A, work border in yarn B. Row 11 Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K14, *MB yarn B, K20 yarn A, MB yarn B, K8 yarn A; rep from * to last 24 sts, K14 yarn A, work border in yarn B. Row 12 Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P15 yarn A, * P1 yarn B, P18 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P12 yarn A; rep from * work to end of row as set. Row 13 Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K15 yarn A, MK yarn B, cont to end of row, working knot over yarn B st from previous row. These 4 rows complete the rabbit body and head. Cont in border and st st for a further 9 rows. Set panels as folls: Row 1 (RS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K14 yarn A, * K22 yarn B, K10 yarn A; rep from * to last 24 sts, K14 yarn A, moss st 10 sts yarn B. This sets the position for the panel patt. Cont working panels from row 2 of patt until you have worked 5 full patt reps, then work rows 1-4. [5 ridges worked in all]

This sets the position for the border patt. Cont working panels from row 2 of patt until you have worked 5 full patt reps, then work rows 1-4. [5 ridges worked in all] ***

Continue to work in the moss st and st st pattern as set for 7 more rows.

Continue to work in the moss st and st st pattern as set for 9 rows.

Continue to work in the moss st and st st pattern as set for 5 rows. Work 5 rows of border and st st. Add bunnies rows 10 to 13. Work a further 12 rows moss sts and st st pattern. Next row (RS) Using yarn B work 10 moss st, K to last 10 sts, moss st to end. Cont in moss st until you have completed 9 rows then cast off in moss st.

Next row (WS) Place bunnies Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P39 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P34 yarn A, P1 Yarn B, P to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K39 yarn A, MB yarn B, K39 yarn A, MB yarn B, K yarn A to last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row (WS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P40 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P32 yarn A, P1 Yarn B, P to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K40 yarn A, MK yarn B, K32 yarn A, MK yarn B, K yarn A to last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B.

Rep the panel and bunnies from *** to ***.

TO MAKE UP Work the bunny ears using the length of yarn left and lazy daisy stitch above the head knot of the bunny. Work cross stitch evenly around each square. Sew in all ends.

If you know the colour of the nursery, alter the colour of your blanket to match.

***Next row (RS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K yarn A to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row (WS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P yarn A to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Continue to work in the moss st and st st pattern as set for 9 rows. Next row (WS) Place bunnies Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P42 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P28 yarn A, P1 Yarn B, P to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K42 yarn A, MB yarn B, K28 yarn A, MB yarn B, K yarn A to last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row (WS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, P41 yarn A, P1 yarn B, P30 yarn A, P1 Yarn B, P to the last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Next row Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K41 yarn A, MK yarn B, K30 yarn A, MK yarn B, K yarn A to last 10 sts, moss st 10 sts yarn B. Continue to work in the moss st and st st pattern as set for 7 more rows. Work panel section as follows: Row 1 (RS) Moss st 10 sts yarn B, K14 yarn A, * K22 yarn B, K10 yarn A; rep from * last 24 sts, K14 yarn A, moss st 10 sts yarn B.

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WRAPPED UP WARM Welcome new babies with this lovely cable and lace blanket by Kirstie McLeod.

Th is stun ni ng blan ket on ly uses 6 ba lls of ya rn so it’s a ba rgai n to o!

Simple lace baby blanket


EARLY DAYS

B YOU WILL NEED QPatons Smoothie DK

(100% acrylic, 100g/200m) 6 balls of Cream (1019) QA pair of 4mm needles QA sewing needle For yarn stockists contact Coats Crafts UK 01484 681881 www.coatscrafts.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 18 sts and 24 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st pattern using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS C5F slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, K2, then K3 from the cable needle sskpo ssk, then place the st back on the LH needle. Lift the second stitch on the LH needle over the ssk loop, then return the ssk loop to the RH needle For a full list see page 130.

MEASUREMENTS 88x88cm (35x35in)

aby blankets are a wonderful thing to knit, and any new arrival will be snuggly warm and well-loved wrapped up in this beautiful creation. This design looks very effective, but it is simple and easy to knit. Using DK yarn means that it won’t take forever, and it can spend more time on your little one, where it belongs.

K BLANKET Cast on 153 sts using 4mm needles. Row 1 K6, *C5F, K11, * K3. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K4, k2tog, K2, *yo, K1, yo, K2, ssk, K7, k2tog, K2; rep from * to last st, yo, K1. Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K3, k2tog, K2, *yo, K3, yo, K2, ssk, K5, k2tog, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, K2. Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K2, k2tog, K2, *yo, K5, yo, K2, ssk, K3, k2tog, K2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, K3. Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K1, k2tog, K2, *yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2, ssk, K1, k2tog, K2; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1. Row 10 Purl. Row 11 K2tog, K2, *yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2, k3togtbl, K2; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K2. Row 12 Purl. Row 13 K3, *K1, ssk, yo, K5, yo, k2tog, K1, C5F; rep from * to last 6 sts, K1, ssk, yo, K3.

Row 14 Purl. Row 15 K1, yo, K2, *ssk, K1, yo, K1, sskpo, K1, yo, K1, k2tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2; rep from * to last 6 sts, ssk, K1, yo, K1, ssk. Row 16 Purl. Row 17 K2, yo, K2, *ssk, K1, yo, sskpo, yo, K1, k2tog, K2, yo, K3, yo, K2; rep from * to last 5 sts, ssk, K1, yo, ssk. Row 18 Purl. Row 19 K3, yo, K2, *ssk, K3, k2tog, K2, yo, K5, yo, K2; rep from * to last 4 sts, ssk, K2. Row 20 Purl. Row 21 K1, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2, *ssk, K1, k2tog, K2, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2; rep from * to last 3 sts, ssk, K1. Row 22 Purl. Row 23 K2, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2, *k3togtbl, K2, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K1, yo, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, ssk. Row 24 Purl. Rep the 24 row pattern until the knitting measures approximately 80cm, ending on a row 24 of stitch pattern. Cast off. BORDERS (MAKE 4) Cast on 14 sts using 4mm needles. Knit every row until the border measures 88cm. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Sew borders onto lace section using mattress stitch. Weave in any loose ends and block according to instructions.

STEP-BY-STEP SSK SLIP SLIP KNIT

1 With the yarn at the back of your knitting, slip the first stitch on the left-hand needle knitwise.

2 Now slip the next stitch on the left-hand needle knitwise.

3 Push the left-hand needle through the front of both the slipped stitches.

4 Bring the yarn round just as you would for a knit stitch and knit the two stitches together. You will now have a single stitch on the right-hand needle, and your two slipped ones will create a left-leaning decrease.

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PURE & SIMPLE This adorable wrap cardigan is the perfect quick knit. By Kirstie McLeod.

SMALler sizes for early babie s

snap fasten ers ma ke it easy to dress a w ri gg li ng ba by !


EARLY DAYS

T YOU WILL NEED Q Wendy Peter Pan 4ply (55%

nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/206m) Q 1 pair 3¼mm needles Q 2 snap fasteners For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as 4ply to the following tension: 28 sts and 36 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) in st st using 3¼mm needles.

SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern again and again, we’ve colourcoded the sizing instructions as follows (see key below). Simply follow the relevant colour-coded measurements and you’re off. Q Premature

Q 3-6 months

Q 0-3 months

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

his classic wrap cardigan is such a quick knit – it’s the perfect project to whip up in a weekend once you’ve heard the baby’s been born! The colour we’ve used has been discontinued, but still widely available so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it. A sweet project like this is perfect for using some special stash yarn, choosing the parents’ favourite colour or co-ordinating with the nursery!

K BACK Cast on 63 (67: 71) sts using 3¼mm needles. Rows 1-7 K. Row 8 P. Starting with a P row, cont in st st until work meas 20 (21.5: 22.5) cm. Next row K18, P27 (31: 35), K18. Next row P18, K27 (31: 35), P18. Rep these 2 rows 4 more times. SHAPE NECKLINE Next row K18, cast off 27(31: 35) sts, K18. Next row P18, turn. Cont in st st until work meas 1.25cm from cast-off sts. Cast off. Rejoin the yarn to other side of neck, P18, turn. Cont in st st until work meas 1.25cm from cast-off sts. Cast off. RIGHT FRONT Cast on 45 (49: 53) sts using 3¼mm needles. Rows 1-7 K. Row 8 P until last 5 sts, K5. Row 9 K. Rep rows 8 and 9 until your knitting meas 10 (11.5: 12.5) cm.

LENGTH SLEEVE

SHAPE NECKLINE Cont with the edge patt, dec 1 st on the neckline at the end of every P row until 27 sts rem. Dec 1 st on the neckline of every row until 18 sts rem. Cont with these 18 sts for 1.25cm. Cast off. SLEEVES (MAKE 2) Cast on 42 (46: 50) sts using 3¼mm needles. Rows 1-6 K. Work in st st until the sleeve meas 9 (10: 11.5) cm. For longer sleeves, keep working in st st until desired length is reached. Cast off. MAKING UP Weave in the loose ends. Press the pieces beneath tea towel with a cool iron. Join the shoulders, fold sleeves in half and place middle where shoulder seams meet. Sew in place, then join side and sleeve seams using mattress stitch. Add one snap fastener at the beginning of the shaping for the neckline, and one to the bottom of the wrap front.

0-3 mths

3-6 mths

45

47.5

50

in

18

19

20

cm

24

25

26.25

cm

in

10

10½

cm

10

11.5

12.5

in

4

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YARN Angel Face (777)

LEFT FRONT Cast on 45 (49: 53) sts using 3¼mm needles. Rows 1-7 K. Row 8 K5, P to end of row. Row 9 K. Rep rows 8 and 9 until your knitting meas 10 (11.5: 12.5) cm.

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SHAPE NECKLINE Cont with edge patt, dec 1 st on the neckline at the beginning of every P row until 27 sts rem. Dec 1 st on the neckline of every row until 18 sts rem. Cont with these sts for 1.25cm. Cast off.

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EARLY DAYS

Our baby cardi makes for a brilliant first project, and is so adorable too!

HOW TO MATTRESS STITCH Thread approximately 50cm of yarn on to your needle and secure it by weaving it down the edge of one piece to the point where you will start seaming, then bringing it to the front between the first and second stitch. Now lay both pieces to be joined together on a flat surface and insert the needle between the first two stitches on the other piece. Bring the needle back up through the opposite piece between the two stitches on the next row up, around the bar between the rows as shown. Keep stitching in this way all the way up the edges to be joined, pulling nice and tight on the yarn every two or three stitches in order to bring the fabric together.


NurSery Days Add a little handmade style to baby’s room with blankets, baskets and more


FLYING HIGH Soothe baby to sleep with these perfect, miniature hot air balloons. By Jane Burns.

Knit this over a long weekend

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NURSERY DAYS

H YOU WILL NEED Q Peter

Pan, Merino Baby DK (100% merino wool, 50g/116m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Blue (3039) Yarn B White (3030) Yarn C Lilac (3037) Yarn D Green (3040) Yarn E Yellow (3038) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q A set of 3¼mm DPNs Q Toy stuffing Q White cotton thread (we used 4ply crochet cotton) Q Sewing needle and thread Q 25mm plastic ring Q 20cm embroidery hoop (inner ring only) For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3¼mm needles

FINISHED SIZE 25cm wide x 90cm tall Each hot air balloon measures approx 8cm wide x 12cm tall

ABBREVIATIONS w&t wrap and turn – take yarn to other side of work, slip next st to RH needle, return yarn to original side, slip st back to LH needle For a full list see page 92

elp tiny tots drift off to sleep, and dream of going on an adventure. This design is so cute, you’ll want one for yourself! It’s simple and inspired and will be a cinch to knit. Each balloon is made out of four separate panels, and you can choose whatever colour combinations you like. Go on – let your imagination run wild!

K BALLOON PANEL (MAKE 12) Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and the colour of your choice. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K1, M1, K1, M1, K1. [5 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K1, (M1, K1) 4 times. [9 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K2, M1, K5, M1, K2. [11 sts] Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K2, M1, K7, M1, K2. [13 sts] Row 10 Purl. Row 11 K2, M1, K9, M1, K2. [15 sts] Row 12 Purl. Row 13 K13, w&t. Row 14 P11, w&t. Row 15 K9, w&t. Row 16 P7, w&t. Row 17 Knit, picking up wraps and working with the wrapped st as you go. Row 18 Purl, picking up wraps and working with the wrapped st as you go. Rows 19–24 Work in st st as set. Row 25 K2, ssk, K7, k2tog, K2. [13 sts] Row 26 Purl. Row 27 K2, ssk, K5, k2tog, K2. [11 sts] Row 28 Purl. Row 29 K2, ssk, K3, k2tog, K2. [9 sts] Row 30 Purl. Row 31 K2, ssk, K1, k2tog, K2. [7 sts] Row 32 Purl. Row 33 K2, sl1, k2tog, psso, K2. [5 sts] Starting with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st. Cast off. BASKET (MAKE THREE) Cast on 21 sts using 3¼mm DPNs, with Yarn E held double. Distribute sts over 3 DPNs and join into the round taking care not to twist sts. Rounds 1–4 *K1, P1; rep from * to last st, K1. Round 5 Purl. Round 6 Knit. Round 7 *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end. [18 sts] Round 8 *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end. [15 sts] Round 9 *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end. [12 sts]

The balloon panels are sewn together with yarn – the white thread is for show!

A strip of knitting is used to cover the hoop and hide the balloon attachments.

Round 10 *K2tog; rep from * to end. [6 sts] Leave a long tail, pull through rem 6 sts and pull tight to close base of basket. Darn in ends. HOOP COVER Cast on 7 sts using 3¼mm needles and yarn A. Work in st st until piece meas 61cm. Cast off. Position cover around hoop and sew up edge seam. TO MAKE UP Sew balloon panels together using mattress stitch, stuffing as you go. Cut four lengths of thread approx 30cm long. Attach each strand to the top centre of the balloon and run along panel joins to underside. Stitch to secure. Continue with the same thread and attach to the basket, which should hang approx 5cm below balloon. Stitch to secure. Cut three lengths of thread 15cm, 25cm, 35cm. Attach one end to the top of each balloon, sew the other end into the hoop cover securely. Cut three 40cm lengths of thread and sew these to the hoop between each balloon thread. Tie the other ends around the plastic ring. Secure and trim ends.

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ond a lo ve ly sta r and diam ve patter n adds at tracti to texture – and it’s easy kn it w ith ou r cha rt!

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NAP TIME

Knit your little one this soft patterned blanket and they’ll be cosy and warm all year round. By Amanda Jones.


NURSERY DAYS

YOU WILL NEED Q Wendy,

Supreme Luxury Cotton DK Yellow (1960) 100g/201m x 3 balls Q A pair of 3¼mm needles For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 26 sts and 38 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10in) over stocking stitch using 3¼mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130

Textured stitches are fun for little hands to play with and handle.

K How to use our charts Our charts are illustrations of patterns, and are used instead of writing the pattern out in full. With charts, you can instantly see what you’ll be knitting. Each stitch is represented by a symbol, and you’ll start knitting at the bottom right-hand corner. Right side rows are read from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. Each row of squares represents a row of knitting.

nitted with Wendy’s Supreme Luxury Cotton DK, your little star will love snuggling up in this baby soft blanket. And better still, it’s also a pleasure to knit. “I chose a textured stitch in place of a multi-coloured pattern as I thought this particular stitch would look good on both sides of the blanket,” says designer Amanda Jones. She explains that the chart isn’t as daunting as it might first appear: “Once the pattern has been established I think a novice knitter would be very capable of doing this design and would feel really pleased with themselves when they had finished it. Because it is not a huge blanket it won’t take too long to complete the project.”

K START KNITTING HERE Cast on 157 sts using 3¼mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Row 3 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Row 4 K1,* P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Rep these 4 rows 2 more times, plus rows 1 and 2 once more. [14 rows] Start patt as folls: Row 1 (RS) P1, (K1, P1) five times, K to last 11 sts, P1, (K1, P1) to end. Row 2 K1, (P1, K1) five times, P to last 11 sts, K1, (P1, K1) to end. Row 3 K1, P1 five times, K to last 10 sts, K1, P1 to end. Row 4 P1, K1 five times, P to last 10 sts, K1, P1 to end. **Row 5 P1, (K1, P1) five times , K15, P1, * K51, P1; rep from * to last 27 sts, K15, P1, (K1, P1) to end. This sets up the patt position. Continue working from row 6 of chart to row 88, keeping the border pattern as set. Next work rows 1 to 88 of the chart three times, then work rows 1 to 48 once. Finish the border by working 13 rows in the border pattern as set by the side border, then cast off in patt. Sew in all ends and press lightly according to the instructions on the ball band.

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PYJAMA PAL Keep toddler cots & beds tidy with this adorable pyjama case. By Jane Burns.

zip-up back for neat storage

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you’ve never done slip stitch colourwork before, now is the time to try. It’s actually Tip Ifvery simple. On each row, there are certain stitches that you slip without knitting, so they stay the same colour as before. As you continue, the pattern will grow before your eyes.

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YOU WILL NEED Q Peter

Pan, Merino Baby DK (100% merino wool, 50g/116m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Blue (3039) Yarn B White (3030) Yarn C Lilac (3037) Yarn D Green (3040) Yarn E Gold (3038) Q A pair of 4mm needles Q A set of 3¼mm DPNs Q An 18cm zip Q 2 buttons For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

FINISHED SIZE 25cm tall x 18cm wide

ABBREVIATIONS Sl2 slip the next two stitches purlwise For a full list see page 130

ho wouldn’t want a pyjama case that looks like an owl? Tots will be besotted with this technicolour cutie. The shaping is very simple, so you can concentrate on the interesting stich patterns, like the fun colourwork tummy and garter stitch wings. Your little ones will love the different textures of this adorable knit.

K CASE Cast on 92 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn A. Starting with a knit row, work 6 rows in st st. **Change to Yarn B. Rows 7&8 Knit. Change to Yarn C. Row 9 K1, sl2, *K6, sl2; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 10 P1, sl2, *P6, sl2; rep from * to last st, P1. Rep these two rows twice more. Change to Yarn B Row 15&16 Knit. Change to Yarn D. Row 17 K5, sl2, *K6, sl2; rep from * to last 5 sts, K5. Rows 18 P5, sl2, *P6, sl2; rep from * to last 5 sts, P5. Rep these two rows twice more.** Repeat from ** to ** three times in total. Repeat rows 7-16 once more. Change to Yarn A. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Repeat rows 1&2 until piece measures 28cm from cast-on edge. Cast off. BEAK Cast on 15 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn E. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. Row 4 Purl. Repeat rows 3&4 until 5 sts remain. Next row K1, sl1, k2tog, psso, K1. [3 sts] Next row P3tog, fasten off.

Make sure to sew the zip in carefully so you can’t see the stitches when it’s done.

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EYES (MAKE TWO) Cast on 8 sts using Yarn B and 3¼mm DPNs. Distribute sts over 3 needles and join into the round, taking care not to twist. Rounds 1&2 Knit. Round 3 *K1, M1; rep from * to end. [16 sts]

Rounds 4-6 Knit. Round 7 *K1, M1; rep from * to end. [32 sts] Rounds 8-11 Knit. Round 12 *K1, M1; rep from * to end. [64 sts] Rounds 13-15 Knit. Cast off purlwise. TO MAKE UP FACE Darn in ends and place a running stitch around the cast on stitches, pulling tight to close. Sew beak to centre front using image as a guide, sew eyes in place, sew on a button right and below centre of each eye. TO MAKE UP CASE With WS facing bring side edges together so they meet at the centre back of the case, pin in place. Sew top and bottom seams closed using mattress stitch. Sew zip into centre back opening, close seams. Fold top corners of owl to form ears and stitch to secure. WINGS (MAKE TWO) Cast on 20 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn A. Rows 1-30 Knit. Row 31 K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. [18 sts] Row 32 Knit. Repeat rows 31 & 32 until 12 sts remain. Next row Knit. Cast off purlwise. Sew wings to sides of body, level with the beginning of the patterned body section.


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SUPER STORAGE

Have a go at a new technique

Get organised with Jane Burns’s baskets.

T YOU WILL NEED QRowan All Seasons Chunky

(60% cotton, 40% acrylic microfibre, 100g/85m) 1 ball of each: Pebble (601) Flotsam (612) Samphire (611) QA pair of 8mm needles QA 7mm crochet hook For yarn stockists contact Rowan 01484 681881 www.knitrowan.com

SIZE 20cm (7¾in) deep x 60cm (23½in) circumference

TENSION Yarn used knits as chunky to this tension: 10 sts and 16 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 8mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

hese are quite possibly the most versatile baskets you could ask for. Hung from the wall, they will be just the thing for stowing kids’ toys, hats and scarves or – our favourite idea – your yarn stash. The blend of cotton and acrylic in this yarn means the baskets won’t stretch, and will hold their shape over many years of use. Perfect!

K BASKET Cast on 60 sts using 8mm needles. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Knit. *Row 3 K2, (yo, sl 1, K2, psso) 19 times, K1. Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K1, (sl 1, K2, psso, yo) 19 times, K2. Row 6 Purl.* Repeat from * to * five times in total.

Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to end. [10 sts] Row 10 (P2tog) five times. [5 sts] Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull tail through remaining stitches and draw up tight to close. Sew up side seam. HANGING LOOP Using a 7mm crochet hook, ch 16, fasten off. Form a loop and sew to edge of basket to hang.

BASE DECREASING Row 1 K2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last st, K1. [41 sts] Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K1 *sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo; rep from * to last st, K1. [28 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. [20 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K1, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo; rep from * to last st, K1. [14 sts]

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So ft breeze s will cause th e bi rdie s to flut te r ab out!

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TWEET TREAT

A little birdie told us that this mobile is just the thing for your baby’s nursery! By Emma King.


NURSERY DAYS

O YOU WILL NEED Rowan Wool Cotton (50% Merino wool, 50% cotton, 50g/113m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Flower (943) Yarn B Cypress (968) Yarn C Elf (946) Yarn D Antique (900) Yarn E Tender (951) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q A set of 3¼mm DPNs Q Toy stuffing Q Inner hoop of a 23cm (9in) embroidery hoop Q 10 small buttons Q Small amounts of fabric for wings Q A piece of yellow felt for beaks Q

For yarn stockists, contact Rowan 01484 681881 www.knitrowan.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 24 sts and 32 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3¼mm needles

SIZE Approx 23cm (9in) diameter x 45cm (17¾in) tall

ne of the most enjoyable tasks when preparing for a new baby is decorating the nursery – certainly more fun than shopping for nappies, anyway! It’s great to add some homemade touches to such a special room, and we think this sweet mobile is just the thing. The colourful birds are perfect for using up scraps of yarn, and are small and easy enough to knit in an evening, so the mobile itself shouldn’t take more than a week. We’ve given the basic bird pattern first, then followed it with the specific colours and patterns you’ll need to use to create the birds pictured here. Don’t feel you have to follow our templates though – pick and choose your favourites!

K Note: work 1x1 Fair Isle as foll: Working in st st, work 1 stitch in 1 colour and the next stitch in the 2nd colour. Keep alternating to create a ‘chequerboard’ effect. Make sure you keep an even tension with the yarn not in use, stranding it behind the stitch being worked. Note: work i-cord as foll: Cast on using a pair of DPNs, knit 1 row. You would now usually turn your needles, but to make the cord DO NOT TURN. Instead, slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN ready to be knitted again. The yarn will now be at the left edge of the knitting and so to knit, pull it tightly across the back of your work and then knit 1 row.

Continue in this way, never turning and always sliding the work to the other end of the DPN and the RS of the work will always be facing you. BASIC BIRD PATTERN FRONT Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm needles. Row 1 Purl. Row 2 Cast on 7 sts, K to end. [12 sts] Row 3 Cast on 5 sts, P to end. [17 sts] Row 4 Cast on 4 sts, K to end. [21 sts] Row 5 Purl. Row 6 K to last st, m1, K1. [22 sts] Row 7 Purl. Row 8 K1, m1, K to last st, m1, K1. [24 sts] Row 9 Purl. Row 10 K1, m1, K to last st, m1, K1. [26 sts] Row 11 P1, m1, P to end. [27 sts] Row 12 Cast off 5 sts, K to last st, m1, K1. [23 sts] Row 13 Purl. Row 14 Cast off 6 sts, K to end. [17 sts] Row 15 Purl. Row 16 Cast off 3 sts, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [13 sts] Row 17 Purl. Row 18 K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [11 sts] Row 19 Purl. Row 20 K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [10 sts] Row 21 Purl. Row 22 K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [8 sts] Repeat last 2 rows once more. [6 sts] Cast off on WS and at the same time p2tog at each end. BACK Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

Buttons with yarn pupils make very effective beady eyes.

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NURSERY DAYS Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Cast on 7 sts, P to end. [12 sts] Row 3 Cast on 5 sts, K to end. [17 sts] Row 4 Cast on 4 sts, P to end. [21 sts] Row 5 Knit. Row 6 P to last st, m1, K1. [22 sts] Row 7 Knit. Row 8 P1, m1, P to last st, m1, P1. [24 sts] Row 9 Knit. Row 10 P1, m1, P to last st, m1, P1. [26 sts] Row 11 K1, m1, K to end. [27 sts] Row 12 Cast off 5 sts, P to last st, m1, P1. [23 sts] Row 13 Knit. Row 14 Cast off 6 sts, P to end. [17 sts] Row 15 Knit. Row 16 Cast off 3 sts, P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [13 sts] Row 17 Knit. Row 18 P2tog, P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [11 sts] Row 19 Knit. Row 20 P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [10 sts] Row 21 Knit. Row 22 P2tog, P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [8 sts] Repeat last 2 rows once more. [6 sts] Cast off on RS and at the same time k2tog at each end. Following basic pattern, work 5 birds as foll: PLAIN LIGHT PINK BIRD Use Yarn E throughout.

As it’s stocking stitch, the stripy strip curls around and grips the hoop.

LIGHT PINK AND GREEN STRIPED BIRD WITH BLUE BACK Work the front as described in the foll stripe sequence: 4 rows in Yarn E. 2 rows in Yarn C. 4 rows in Yarn E. 2 rows in Yarn C. 4 rows in Yarn E. 2 rows in Yarn C. Continue in Yarn E to end. Work the back using Yarn B. DARK PINK AND GREEN STRIPED BIRD WITH LIGHT PINK BACK Work the front as described in the foll stripe sequence: 4 rows in Yarn C. 2 rows in Yarn A. 4 rows in Yarn C. 2 rows in Yarn A. 4 rows in Yarn C. 2 rows in Yarn A. Continue in Yarn C to end. Work the back using Yarn E. BLUE AND DARK PINK FAIR ISLE WITH CREAM BACK Work the front as described in the foll sequence: 4 rows in Yarn B.

Rows 5-17 Work in 1x1 Fair Isle using Yarns B and A. Continue in Yarn B to end. Work the back using Yarn D. BLUE AND CREAM FAIR ISLE WITH DARK PINK BACK Work the front as described in the foll sequence: 4 rows in Yarn D. Rows 5-17 Work in 1x1 Fair Isle using yarns D and B. Continue in Yarn D to end. Work the back using Yarn A. HOOP COVER Cast on 8 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn B. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Change to Yarn C. Row 3 Knit. Row 4 Purl. Change to Yarn A. Row 5 Knit. Row 6 Purl. These 6 rows set the st st striped pattern. Repeat these 6 rows until work will fit around the hoop, ending with a Row 6. Cast off. LEAVES (MAKE 6) Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn E. Row 1 K1, P1, K1. Row 2 K1, m1, K1, m1, K1. [5 sts] Row 3 K1, P3, K1. Row 4 K2, m1, K1, m1, K2. [7 sts] Row 5 K1, P5, K1. Row 6 K3, m1, K1, m1, K3. [9 sts] Row 7 K1, P7, K1. Row 8 K3, sl2, K1, p2sso, K3. [7 sts] Row 9 K1, P5, K1. Row 10 K2, sl2, K1, p2sso, K2. [5 sts] Row 11 K1, P3, K1. Row 12 K1, sl2, K1, p2sso, K1. [3 sts] Row 13 Sl2, K1, p2sso. [1 st] Fasten off. I-CORD Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm DPN needles and Yarn A, follow pattern note for i-cord on p37. Row 1 Knit. Repeat this row until i-cord meas 24cm. Next row K1, k3tog, K1. Next row K3tog. Leave rem st on a holder. Repeat using Yarn B. Repeat using Yarn C. Slip these 3 sts onto a DPN and, using Yarn C, work as an i-cord for 10cm and cast off. Turn this 10cm i-cord into a loop by folding it over and sewing the cast-off edge to

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Fair Isle, stripy or plain? Ooh, all of the above, please!

where the 3 st i-cord started. This is your hanging loop. TWISTED CORDS Make five cords (one for each bird), each approx 16cm long. Cut two lengths of Yarn E and secure at each end with knots. Ask someone to help you and give them one end of the yarn while you hold the other. With the yarn outstretched, each end needs to be twisted in opposite directions until it shows signs of twisting back on itself. Bring the two ends of the cord together and hold tightly, allowing the two halves to twist together. Smooth out any bumps by running your fingers up and down the cord and then tie the two ends together. You will now have a twisted cord. TO MAKE UP To make the eyes, stitch the buttons in place on either side of the bird. Cut out 10 small triangles for wings from your chosen fabric, using the photographs as a guide, and tack these into place on each side of every bird. Make a beak by cutting a small diamond

from the yellow felt. Fold each diamond in half and make a few small stitches so it stays folded, and then stitch on to the bird. Repeat for the other four birds. Cover the embroidery hoop with the striped cover (you will find it naturally rolls at the edges because it is st st and this will help it to ‘grip’ the hoop). Sew the cast-off edge to the cast-on edge and then slip stitch the edges together. Sew the three i-cords into place with approx 23cm between each. You will know when you have placed them evenly because the hoop will hang level if you have. Sew two leaves to the base of each i-cord. Sew a twisted cord to each bird (at the base of the head), then attach the other end to the inside of the hoop, making sure the five birds are spaced evenly around the hoop. Now you can hang up your colourful mobile! Make sure it’s displayed safely, away from those curious little fingers.

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XR@=L·XY=L MV=@XYM@L project MOSS ST INTARSIA

DK WEIGHT

3¾MM 4MM

YOU WILL NEED QSirdar Snuggly (55% nylon,

45% acrylic, 50g/165m), 5 balls of Yarn MC Cream (303) 1 ball each of: Yarn A Little Bud (439) Yarn B Bluebell Mix (354) Yarn C Little Bow (441) QA pair of 3¾mm needles QA pair of 4mm needles For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 371501 www.sirdar.co.uk

SIZE Approximately 73x73cm (28¾x28¾in).

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 42 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over the moss stitch pattern using 4mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

T

here’s nothing like a warm, soft blanket to wrap a new baby in, and this textured knit with cute intarsia hearts is just the thing!

K BLANKET Note: When working from the chart, use a separate ball of yarn for each area of colour, twisting yarns when changing. Cast on 163 sts using Yarn MC and 3¾mm needles. Knit 5 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Row 1 K3, * P1, K1, rep from * to last 4 sts, P1, K3. Repeat this row until blanket measures 72cm (28¼in) from cast-on edge. Change to 3¾mm needles. Knit 4 rows. Cast off. HOOD Cast on 71 sts using Yarn MC and 3¾mm needles. Row 1 K to end.

COMFY CUDDLES Keep baby cosy with this sweet hooded blanket. By Fiona McTague. Row 2 K2, skpo, K to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. Row 3 K to end. Row 4 K2, skpo, K to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. Row 5 K to end. Row 6 K2, skpo, P1, * K1, P1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. Row 6 K3, P1, * K1, P1; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3. Row 7 K2, skpo, K1, * P1, K1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. [63 sts]. Row 8 K4, P1, * K1, P1; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4. Row 9 K2, skpo, P1, (K1, P1) 7 times, K1 with Yarn A, with Yarn MC (P1, K1) 11 times, P1, K1 with Yarn B, with Yarn MC P1, (K1, P1) 7 times, k2tog, K2. This row sets the position for two heart motifs. Cont in moss st working hearts in moss st from the chart and decreasing as set on every alt row to end of chart. Work 4 rows decreasing as before. [51 sts] Row 22 K2, skpo, P1, (K1, P1) 10 times, K1 with Yarn C, (P1, K1) 10 times, k2tog, K2. This row sets the position for one heart motif. Cont in moss st working heart in moss st

and decreasing as set on every alt row to end of chart. [45 sts]. Cont in Yarn MC only, decreasing as set until 7 sts rem. Next row K to end. Next row K2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K2. Next row K to end. Next row K1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K1. Next row K to end. Next row Sl 1, k2tog, psso. Break off yarn and fasten off. MAKE UP Matching point of hood to one corner of blanket, sew wrong side of hood to right side of blanket

CHART KEY Yarn MC Yarn A, B or C

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AITCHOO! This fun critter will take good care of baby’s tissues, while you take care of baby! By Jane Burns.

Each pa rt is kn it ted wn se pa rate ly and th en se on , so yo u can gi ve it it s own cha racter

Great stash-busting project!


NURSERY DAYS

ST ST SHAPING

DK WEIGHT

3¼MM 4MM

YOU WILL NEED Q Peter

Pan Merino Baby DK (100% Merino wool, 50g/116m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Blue (3039) Yarn B White (3030) Yarn C Lilac (3037) Yarn D Green (3040) Q A pair of 4mm needles Q A set of 3¼mm DPNs Q 2 x 15mm googly safety eyes Q Toy stuffing Q Shirring elastic Q Box of tissues 16x16x3cm For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

FINISHED SIZE 16x16x3cm (6¼x6¼x1¼in), excluding limbs

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

Casting off stitches in the middle of a row creates the opening for your tissues.

M

ake miserable colds and irritating allergies a bit more bearable with this kooky little accessory to brighten up the nursery. The body is knitted flat, and designed to fit around a tissue box with the help of some elastic. Each feature is knitted in the round – perfect for new knitters as each part is small and quick!

K BODY Cast on 32 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Repeat rows 1 & 2 four more times. Row 11 Cast on 8 sts, knit to end. [40 sts] Row 12 Cast on 8 sts, purl to end. [48 sts] Row 13 Knit. Row 14 Purl. Repeat rows 13 & 14 ten more times. Row 37 K16, bring yarn forward, slip next st from LH needle, yarn back. *Slip next st from LH needle to RH needle, pass the first slipped stitch over it and off the needle; repeat from * 14 times more. (You will have cast off 15 sts.) Slip the last st from RH needle back onto LH needle, turn work (WS facing) bring yarn to back. *Insert RH needle between first and second stitches on LH needle from front to back, wrap yarn around needle as if to knit, bring this new loop through the front, slip this new loop onto the LH needle (one stitch made); repeat from * 15 times more (you will have cast on 16 sts). Turn work. With RS facing bring yarn to back and slip first stitch from LH needle to the RH needle; pass the additional cast-on stitch over the slipped stitch to close the opening. Knit to end. Row 38 Purl. Row 39 Knit. Row 40 Purl. Repeat rows 39 & 40 ten more times. Row 41 Cast off 8 sts, knit to end. [40 sts] Row 42 Cast off 8 sts, purl to end. [32 sts] Row 43 Knit. Row 44 Purl. Repeat rows 43 & 44 four more times. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Bring the corners together and join seams to form cover. Insert a running stitch of shirring elastic around the

edges of the cover to gather. Place cover over tissue box and pull tight – the elastic should be tight enough to hold the cover on, but loose enough to allow you to replace the tissue box. Secure elastic. EARS (MAKE TWO) Cast on 30 sts using 3¼mm DPNs and Yarn C. Distribute evenly over 3 DPNs and join into the round taking care not to twist. Rounds 1–3 Knit. Round 4 (K1, ssk, K9, k2tog, K1) twice. [26 sts] Rounds 5–6 Knit. Round 7 (K1, ssk, K7, k2tog, K1) twice. [22 sts] Round 8 Knit. Round 9 (K1, ssk, K5, k2tog, K1) twice. [18 sts] Round 10 Knit. Round 11 (K1, ssk, K3, k2tog, K1) twice. [14 sts] Round 12 Knit. Round 13 (K1, ssk, K1, k2tog, K1) twice. [10 sts] Round 14 Knit. Round 15 (Ssk, K1, k2tog) twice. [6 sts] Round 16 (Sl1, k2tog, psso) twice. [2 sts] Pull yarn tail though remaining 2 sts and pull tight to close, secure on the inside. TO MAKE UP EARS Lightly stuff ears and place on top edge of cover using image as a guide, sew in place. FEET (MAKE TWO) Using Yarn A work as given for ears above. TO MAKE UP FEET Stuff lightly and oversew the bottom of the triangle closed, sew to bottom of box using image as a guide. ARMS (MAKE TWO) Cast on 12 sts using 3¼mm DPNs and Yarn D. Distribute evenly over 3 DPNs and join into the round taking care not to twist. Rounds 1–2 Knit. Change to Yarn A. Rounds 3–4 Knit. Change to Yarn C. Rounds 5–6 Knit. Change to Yarn B. Rounds 7–8 Knit. Change to Yarn D. Rounds 9–10 Knit.

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might look like a simple project but it actually uses a lot of useful techniques, so Tip This it’s perfect if you’ve mastered the basics and want to learn more. Get to grips with a few diferent decreases and increases, try striped colourwork and introduce elastic to your knitting.

Change to Yarn A. Rounds 11–16 Knit. Cast off. HANDS (MAKE TWO) Cast on 18 sts using 3¼mm DPNs and Yarn C. Distribute evenly over 3 DPNs and join into the round taking care not to twist sts. Rounds 1–3 Knit. Round 4 (K1, ssk, K3, k2tog, K1) twice. [14 sts] Rounds 5–6 Knit. Round 7 (K1, ssk, K1, k2tog, K1) twice. [10 sts] Round 8 Knit. Round 9 (Ssk, K1, k2tog) twice. [6 sts] Round 10 (Sl1, k2tog, psso) twice. [2 sts] Pull yarn tail though remaining 2 sts and pull tight to close, secure on the inside.

TO MAKE UP EYES Darn in ends and place a running stitch around the cast-on stitches and pull tight to close. Push the googly eye through the knitted fabric and attach safety back, lightly stuff under the knitted eye and attach to the box using the image as a guide. EYEBROWS (MAKE TWO) Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 Knit, slide these 3 sts to other end of needle, do not turn. Repeat Row 1 pulling yarn tight across back of i-cord each time you start a new row. Work 10 rows. Cast off. Darn in ends and sew to face using image as a guide.

TO MAKE UP ARMS AND HANDS Insert cast-off edge of arm inside the hand and sew along bottom edge of hand to attach and close. Lightly stuff arm and attach to sides of box using image as a guide.

The feet and ears are made in the same way, with two triangles sewn together.

The circle for each eye is made by regular increases, worked from the centre out.

EYES (MAKE TWO) Cast on 8 sts using 3¼mm DPNs and Yarn B. Distribute evenly over 3 DPNs and join into the round, taking care not to twist sts. Rounds 1–2 Knit. Round 3 *K1, M1; rep from * to end. [16 sts] Rounds 4–6 Knit. Round 7 *K1, M1; rep from * to end. [32 sts] Rounds 8–10 Knit. Cast off purlwise.

STEP-BY-STEP K2TOG KNIT TWO TOGETHER

1 Insert the point of the right-hand needle through the loops of the next 2 stitches as if to knit.

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2 Wind the yarn round the tip of the right-hand needle and pull the yarn through the 2 stitches, knitting them both together.

3 Drop the 2 stitches from the left-hand needle and keep the new stitch on the right-hand needle.

4 Knitting three stitches together decreases your stitch count by two, and the decrease stitch leans to the right. This is how a series looks.


ChiLly Days Wrap up for winter with super-snuggly jumpers, dresses and cardigans


Quick & easy e! to mak

mit te n s a re fi rst pro an idea l je c kn it tin g n t fo r o v ice s!


COSY CUDDLES Keep small heads and hands cosy with Ruth Maddock’s colourful hats and mittens.

C

hilly winter winds aren’t much fun for anyone, but you can help tiny tots ward off the worst of the weather with these snug hats and mittens. Knitted in fabulous cheery colours, they’re bound to brighten up the dullest day. Best of all, they’re really quick and easy to make – so easy, in fact, that designer Ruth Maddock says that the mittens are “ideal for a complete beginner”. While Ruth has created the patterns here in bold spots and stripes, there’s no reason why you can’t use a plain colour. “The only skills required are basic decreases,” says Ruth. “And if you don’t want to do the stripes or spots, you can use a variegated yarn to provide interest.” SWEET DREAMS If you’re making the hat and mittens for your own children, you may find that your knitting time is at a premium after all the day’s other distractions, but this is a really speedy project. “This is a ‘do it in front of the telly’ small project,” explains Ruth. “It shouldn’t take more than a couple of evenings – or two long movies!”

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careful with hat straps around babies, Tip Be and never leave them unsupervised.

K STRIPED HAT EARFLAP (MAKE 2) Cast on 6 sts using 3¼mm needles and in Yarn Y. Work in garter stitch for 25cm. SHAPE FLAP Next row K2, (K twice in next st,) twice, K2. [8 sts] Next row Knit. Next row K2, (K twice in next st, K2) twice. [10 sts] Next row Knit. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K4, K twice in next st, K2. [12 sts] Next row Knit. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K6, K twice in next st, K2. [14 sts]

YOU WILL NEED Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 4 Ply (100% wool, 50g/170m) Yarn T Turquoise (2935) Yarn Y Yellow (0096) Yarn P Hot Pink (2939) Yarn G Lime (2936) (Please note that this yarn has now been discontinued, but retailers still have plentiful supplies of it) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q Stitch holders or waste yarn Q

HAT Cast on 85 (95: 107: 117: 129: 139) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn Y and work in garter stitch for 14 rows. Work 1 row purl. ATTACH FLAPS Next row (RS) K10 (12: 13: 16: 17: 19) sts, then K20 (20: 24: 24: 28: 28), working 1 st from hat together with 1 st from RS of first flap, K25 (31: 33: 37: 39: 45) sts, working 1 st from hat together with 1 st from RS of

Work in garter stitch for 3 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K8, K twice in next st, K2. [16 sts] Work in garter stitch for 3 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K10, K twice in next st, K2. [18 sts] Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K12, K twice in next st, K2. [20 sts]

TENSION Yarn used knits as 4 ply to this tension: 28 sts and 36 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 3¼mm needles.

SIZES 6-9, 9-12,12-18 & 18-24 MTHS ONLY Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K14, K twice in next st, K2. [22 sts] Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K16, K twice in next st, K2. [24 sts]

SIZING HATS So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you’re off. Q 0-3 months Q 3-6 months Q 6-9 months

ALL SIZES Now work in garter stitch on these 20 (20: 24: 24: 28: 28) sts for a further 2 (4: 4: 6: 6 :6) rows. Leave sts on a thread.

SIZES 12-18 &18-24 MTHS ONLY Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K18, K twice in next st, K2. [26 sts] Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Next row K2, K twice in next st, K20, K twice in next st, K2. [28 sts]

Q 9-12 months Q 12-18 months Q 18-24 months

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

SIZE HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE

0-3 mths

3-6 mths

6-9 mths

9-12 mths

12-18 mths

18-24 mths

cm

30

34

38

42

46

50

in

11¾

13¼

15

16½

18

19½

YARN

Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 4 ply 50g/170m

Yarn T Turquoise (2935)

1

1

1

1

1

1

Yarn Y Yellow (0096)

1

1

1

1

1

1

Yarn P Hot Pink (2939)

1

1

1

1

1

1

Yarn G Lime (2936)

1

1

1

1

1

1

To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the relevant column.

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CHILLY DAYS Cast on 85 (95: 107: 117: 129: 139) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn T. Work in garter stitch for 14 rows. Now cont in st st, starting with a purl row, for a further 1 (1: 5: 5: 7: 7) row(s), ending with a WS row.

2nd flap, K rem 10 (12: 13: 16: 17: 19) sts. Now cont in st st, starting with a purl row, for a further 1 (1: 5: 5: 7: 7) row(s), ending with a WS row. Now work in st st stripe pattern as follows: *Work 2 rows in Yarn P, work 6 rows in Yarn Y, work 2 rows in Yarn T, work 6 rows in Yarn Y, work 2 rows in Yarn G, work 6 rows in Yarn Y. Now work from * for another 12 (12: 16: 20: 22: 24) rows. Now cont in Yarn Y and work shapings for top as given for the spotty hat. MAKE POM-POM Using your preferred yarn (or all four) work a small pom-pom and attach it to the top at centre. SPOTTY HAT Note Work each of the colour areas using a separate strand of yarn. DO NOT weave across back of work. Each spot or background area will take about 2m (79in) of yarn.

Now work in pattern from the chart as follows: Row 1 (RS) K0 (0: 0: 0: 0: 1) in Yarn G, K0 (0: 0: 1: 7: 11) in Yarn T, K0 (0: 0: 3: 3: 3) in Yarn Y, K0 (4: 10: 11: 11: 11) in Yarn T, K2 (3: 3: 3: 3: 3) in Yarn P, K11 in Yarn T, K3 in Yarn G, K11 in Yarn T, K3 in Yarn Y, K11 in Yarn T, K3 in Yarn P, K11 in Yarn T, K3 G, K11 in Yarn T, K3 in Yarn Y, K11 in Yarn T, K2 (3: 3: 3: 3: 3) in Yarn P, K0 (4: 10: 11: 11: 11) in Yarn T, K0 (0: 0: 3: 3: 3) in Yarn Y, K0 (0: 0: 1: 7: 11) in Yarn T, K0 (0: 0: 0: 0: 1) in Yarn G. Now cont in pattern from the chart to end of Row 38 (38: 38: 42: 42: 42). Now work 0 (0: 2: 2: 4: 6) more rows in st st then shape top as follows: SHAPE TOP Row 1 K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2), * K2, k2tog, K1; rep from * ending K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2). [68 (76: 86: 94: 104: 112) sts] Row 2 Purl to end. Row 3 Knit to end. Row 4 Purl to end. Row 5 K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2), *K1, k2tog, K1; rep from * ending K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2). [51 (57: 65: 71: 79: 85) sts] Row 6 Purl to end.

SIZING MITTENS So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you’re off. QS QM QL

SIZES 12-18 & 19-24 MTHS ONLY Work 2 more rows st st. ALL SIZES Next row K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2), * K1, k2tog; rep from * ending K0 (0: 1: 1: 2: 2). [34 (38: 44: 48: 54: 58) sts] Next row Purl to end.

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO MAKE A POM-POM

1 Cut two circles of card, then cut smaller circles from the middle of both as shown. Wind your yarn into small balls.

2 Place the two pieces of card together and wind your yarn through the hole.

3 Keep winding until you can’t get any more yarn through the hole.

4 Cut the yarn around the edge of the circle and tie a piece of yarn tightly around the middle to hold the pom-pom together.

5 Trim the pom-pom into a neat ball.

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CHILLY DAYS

0-3 mths

3-6 mths

6-9 mths

9-12 mths

12-18 mths

18-24 mths

1

10

20

30

38

Kids will love this spotty design!

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SPOTTY MITTENS With turquoise work as given for the striped mittens, from ** to **. Now work a spot motif in any of the contrast colours placing it centrally above the marked stitch. Complete the mittens as for the striped mittens above.

0-3 mths 3-6 mths 6-9 mths

MITTENS STRIPED MITTENS ** Cast on 37 (45: 53) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn Y, and work in g st for 14 rows. Now work in st st for 2 (4: 6) rows. Next row K2, (yf, k2tog) 4 (5: 6) times, K1, placing marker in this st, (yf, k2tog) 12 (15: 18) times, K2.

Marker thread on mitten marks centre. Starting and ending at eyelet hole either side of this thread, thread the tie through the holes.

9-12 mths

MAKE TASSLES Cast on 3 sts leaving a long end. Work in g st for 20 rows. Cast off leaving long end. Work one each in pink, green and yellow. Sew as loops to top of hat using long ends.

TIES Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and in Yarn Y and work 130 (150: 170) rows in g st. Cast off. Work second tie to match.

12-18 mths

TO MAKE UP Sew in all the ends neatly on reverse of work. Pin out and press with warm iron on reverse of work. Sew back seam using mattress stitch to join stocking stitch section, then oversew garter stitch section together from the right side of the work.

SHAPE TOP Continue in Yarn Y: Row 1 * Sl1, k2tog, psso, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 * K2tog; rep from * to end. Break yarn and thread through sts, pull up tight and sew into place then sew seam. Work second mitten to match.

18-24 mths

ALL SIZES Next row * K2tog; rep from * to end. [17 (19: 22: 24: 27: 29) sts] Next row Purl to end. Next row K1 (1: 0: 0: 1: 1), * k2tog; rep from * to end. [9 (10:11:12:14:15) sts] Leave a very long end (about 50cm) then cut yarn and thread through rem sts.

Now work next row purl, then work 2 (4: 6) more rows in Yarn Y, ** cont in st st and stripe patt as follows, work 2 rows in Yarn P, work 6 rows in Yarn Y, work 2 rows in Yarn T, work 6 rows in Yarn Y, work 2 rows in Yarn G, work 2 (4: 6) rows in Yarn Y.

centre

SIZE 18-24 MTHS ONLY Work 2 more rows st st.


Th is tiny stitch pattern is pe rfect for a delicate baby ca rdigan.

Sized for toddlers too!

PRECIOUS MOMENTS Create a pretty knit as special as your baby, by Mary Henderson.


knits at a diferent tension to Tip Colourwork plain stocking stitch, so work your swatch in the Fair Isle pattern to ensure the correct tension.

B YOU WILL NEED Q Rowan, Pure Wool 4ply (100%

superwash wool, 50g/160m) Q A pair of 3mm needles Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q Three buttons Q Stitch holders For yarn stockists contact Rowan 01484 681881 www.knitrowan.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as 4ply to this tension: 28 sts and 32 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over Fair Isle pattern using 3¼mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

cast off 4 sts. [59 (63: 71: 79) sts] Keeping Fair Isle pattern correct, work until armhole measures 10 (11: 12: 13) cm. Do not cast off. Using 3 stitch holders divide the stitches up as follows: first and third holders (shoulders) 17 (18: 20: 22) sts, second holder (neck) 25 (23: 31: 35) sts.

aby clothes can be simple without being plain, as this pretty cardigan by Mary Henderson proves. She’s used delicate colours and tiny motifs to create a Fair Isle cardigan for the tiniest member of the family. Mary says, “The sleeves are worked by picking up the stitches from the armhole and working down to the cuff. Working sleeves in this way means there is only one seam at each side and the sleeves can be re-knitted if the cuffs become worn or the sleeves need extending.” This project is best for knitters who already have experience of using the Fair Isle technique. “Ensure that you carry the main colour consistently either above or below the second colour so that the stitch size is even and tidy,” advises Mary.

LEFT FRONT Cast on 33 (35: 37: 41) sts using 3mm needles and Yarn MC. Knit 2 rows. Next row Change to Yarn A, knit 1 row. Eyelet row P2, *yon, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. With 3¼mm needles start working from chart in stocking stitch, taking care to begin working at the correct size, for 14 (17: 20: 25) cm from cast-on edge, ending on WS. ARMHOLE EDGES Next row (RS) Cast off 4 sts, work to end. [29 (31: 33: 37) sts] Work 1 row. Next row (RS) Patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. Decrease at neck edge every other row until 17 (18: 20: 22) sts remain. Do not cast off, place on stitch holder.

K BACK Cast on 67 (71: 79: 87) sts using 3mm needles and Yarn MC. Knit 2 rows. Next row Change to Yarn A, knit 1 row. Eyelet row P2, *yon, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. Change to Yarn MC, knit 2 rows. With 3¼mm needles start working from chart in stocking stitch, taking care to begin working at the correct size, for 14 (17: 20: 25) cm from cast-on edge.

RIGHT FRONT Cast on 33 (35: 37: 41) sts using 3mm needles and Yarn MC. Knit 2 rows. Next row Change to Yarn A, knit 1 row. Eyelet row P2, *yon, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1 .

FRONTS & BACK

24 (28: 32: 38) cm 9½ (11: 12½: 15) in

ARMHOLE EDGES At the beginning of the next 2 rows

TO FIT CHEST ACTUAL CHEST LENGTH

24 (25.5: 28: 31) cm 9½ (10: 11: 12¼) in

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15 (17: 20: 24) cm 6 (6½: 8: 9½) in

YARN

Rowan Pure Wool 4ply (50g/160m ball)

Yarn MC Snow (412)

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Yarn A Shell (468)

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Yarn B Avocado (419)

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Yarn C Gerbera (545)

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Yarn D Blue Iris (455)

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CHILLY DAYS

You decrease from the shoulders down to the eyelet cuffs. With 3Âźmm needles start working from chart in stocking stitch, taking care to begin working at the correct size, for 14 (17: 20: 25)Â cm from cast-on edge, ending on RS. ARMHOLE EDGES Next row (WS) Cast off 4 sts purlwise, work to end. [29 (31: 33: 37) sts] Next row (RS) K2, ssk, pattern to end of row. Decrease at neck edge every other row until 17 (18: 20: 22) sts remain. Do not cast off, place on stitch holder. JOIN SHOULDERS Join the shoulders using a three-needle cast off (see below). SLEEVES With RS facing pick up and knit 57 (63: 69: 73) sts between the cast-off edges of the front and back using Yarn MC. Knit 1 row. Next row Change to Yarn B, knit. Start working from the chart at Row 45 and work the chart back to Row 1. Continue straight for 3cm.

STEP-BY-STEP THREE-NEEDLE CAST OFF

1 Place knitted pieces together with the right or wrong sides facing, and insert a third needle through the first stitch on both needles as shown.

2 Knit these 2 stitches together, taking both loops off the needles in your left hand. You should have just one stitch on your right-hand needle.

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 again on the following stitches to give you 2 stitches on the right-hand needle. Then insert a needle in the first stitch worked on the right-hand needle.

4 Take the first stitch over the second stitch on the right-hand needle as you would for a normal cast off. Repeat steps 3 and 4 along the row and fasten off the last stitch as you would on a regular cast-off row.

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CHILLY DAYS DECREASE DOWN TO THE CUFF On the next and following (7th) row twice, and then on every 5th row work as follows: K2, ssk, pattern to last 4 sts, k2tog, K2. [47 (49: 51: 53) sts]

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EYELET CUFF With 3mm needles and Yarn MC, knit 2 rows. Next row Change to Yarn A, knit. Eyelet row P2, *yon, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1 . With Yarn MC knit 2 rows. Cast off. NECK EDGING With Yarn MC and right side facing, using 3mm needles pick up and knit 155 (173: 191: 219) sts. Knit 1 row. Next row Change to Yarn A, knit. Eyelet row P2, * yon, p2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. Change to Yarn MC, knit 2 rows. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Block by soaking in water with gentle soap, rinse, wrap in towel to squeeze out moisture. Pin out on towel and leave until completely dry. Sew up side and under arm seam using mattress stitch. Sew on buttons, positioning evenly.

Shell (468)

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HOW TO USE OUR CHARTS Start at the bottom right corner for the correct size. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

Keep the ‘floats’ short so there’s no risk of baby’s fingers getting caught.

Fair Isle doesn’t have lots of stretch, so you need to knit the right size.

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Because the sleeves are worked from the top, you can adjust their length easily.


Ri bs and ca blin g add inte re st and he lp keep ba by wa rm!

Cute andy ultra-cos chic!

SUGAR SWEET Keep your tot cosy in Ruth Maddock’s cute dress.


sure you sew the buttons on securely Tip Make so baby doesn’t succeed in pulling them of!

O YOU WILL NEED Q Rico Design Baby So Soft DK

(100% acrylic, 100g/250m) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q A pair of 4mm needles Q A 3¼mm circular needle Q Two 4mm double-pointed

needles Q Two small buttons Q Cable needle

For yarn stockists contact Rico Design 020 3024 9009 www.rico-design.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS C4B slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back, K2, then K2 from cable needle For a full list see page 130.

ne of the great pleasures about little children is being able to dress them in adorable clothes. This appealing dress by Ruth Maddock ticks that box and goes one step further by being utterly practical too. Made from Rico’s gorgeous machinewashable Baby So Soft DK, it’s ideal for popping over vests and T-shirts. “This versatile cable dress is perfect for tiny tots and great for layering on cooler days,” says Ruth. We love the cabling, which will add some interest while you are knitting, as well as textural intrigue for curious little fingers once you have finished. There’s a matching hat to keep her warm as well.

K DRESS (TOP DOWN) Cast on 27 (29: 31) sts using 3¼mm needles and work in single rib as follows: Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Buttonhole row Rib 2 sts, yfwd, rib2tog, rib to last 3 sts, yfwd, rib2tog, rib 1. Cont working in rib pattern as given for rows 1 and 2 for 5 more rows and inc 1 st in last row worked. [28 (30: 32) sts, 8 rows of rib in all] Change to 4mm needles and cont in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS) K0 (1: 2), K1, *P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2). Row 2 K0 (1: 2), P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2). Row 3 K0 (1: 2), K1, *P2, C4B, P2, K1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2). Row 4 K0 (1: 2), P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2). Row 5 K0 (1: 2), K1, *P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2).

SIZE TO FIT CHEST ACTUAL CHEST LENGTH FROM WAIST

Crossover straps ensure the dress will stay securely on your little one.

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SIZE 0-3 MTHS ONLY Row 3 P2, K1, *P2, C4B, P2, K1; rep from * twice more, P2. SIZE 3-6 MTHS ONLY Row 5 P2, K1, *P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * twice more, P2. SIZE 12-18 MTHS ONLY Row 1 P2, K1,*P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2. There are 13 (15: 17) repeats. Cont in pattern until work meas 23 (27: 31) cm from marker ending with WS row AND dec 1 st in the last row worked. [121 (139: 157) sts] Change to 3¼mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

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Row 6 K0 (1: 2), P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * twice more, K0 (1: 2). These 6 rows form the patt. Work 0 (6: 12) more rows, then cont in patt AND keeping continuity of pattern correct, inc 1 st at each end of every 3rd row twice. [32 (34: 36) sts] Then inc 1 st at each end of every foll alt row 4 times. [40 (42: 44) sts] Then inc 1 st at each end of every row 6 (8: 10) times. [52 (58: 64) sts] Cast on 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then cast on 2 (4: 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows. [60 (70: 78) sts] Place a marker at each end of this last row worked. Cast on 31 (35: 40) sts at beg of next 2 rows. [122 (140: 158) sts] (The last row worked is a 2nd (4th: 6th) patt row.) Place a marker at each end of this last row worked. Cont in patt as set, working the first row as follows:

3

Rico Baby So Soft (100g/250m skeins)

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4

SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements.


CHILLY DAYS The hat, which is made with the same cable and rib pattern, is the perfect partner for the dress.

The bobble at the top of the hat is made by knotting the i-cord. Row 2 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Rep these 2 rows 3 more times. Cast off ribwise. STRAPS (MAKE 2) Cast on 7 sts using 3¼mm needles and work in single rib as follows: Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 K1,*P1, K1; rep from * to end. Rep these 2 rows until work meas 22 (27: 32) cm. Dec 1 st at 1 edge only of next 7 rows. Cast off. For 2nd strap, reverse shaping. TO MAKE UP Pin out, dampen with cold water and leave to dry. Using small backstitch, sew centre back seam from hem to waist. Sew shaped edge of straps to back so that the longer edges are towards the sides, placing them each side of centre back. BORDER Using circular 3¼mm needles, with RS facing and starting at the right-hand side of top edge of bib, pick up and K 26 (32: 38) sts along shaped bib edge, then pick up and knit 45 (51: 61) sts from back, then pick up and knit 26(32: 38) sts along left side of bib edge to top. [97(115: 137) sts] Now work in single rib as follows: Row 1 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 K1, *K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Rep the 2 rows once more. [4 rows in all] Cast off ribwise. Sew in all ends, sew buttons to straps to match buttonholes. HAT Cast on 75 (93: 101) sts using 3¼mm needles and work in single rib as follows: Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 K1, P1, K1; rep from * to end. Work these 2 rows 3 more times AND inc

0 (0: 1) st in the last st worked. [8 rows of rib in all, 75 (93: 102) sts] Change to 4mm needles and cont as follows: Row 1 (RS) K2, *P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 2 K1, P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 3 K2, *P2, C4B, P2, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 4 K1, P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 5 K2, *P2, K4, P2, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. Row 6 K1, P1, *K2, P4, K2, P1; rep from * to last st, K1. These 6 rows form the patt. Cont in patt until work meas 11 (13: 15) cm ending with a 4th patt row. Cont in patt and shape top as follows: Row 1 K2, *p2tog, K4, p2tog, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. [59 (73: 80) sts] Work 3 rows in patt.

Row 5 K2, *P1, skpo, k2tog, P1, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. [43 (53: 58) sts] Row 6 Patt. Row 7 K2, *P1, k2tog, P1, K1; rep from * to last st, K1. [27 (33: 36) sts] Row 8 Patt. Row 9 K2, * k2tog; rep from * to last 1 (1: 0) st, K1 (1: 0). [15 (18: 20) sts] Row 10 *P2tog tbl; rep from * to last 1 (0: 0) st, K1 (0: 0). [8 (9: 10) sts] Row 11 K0 (1: 0) *k2tog; rep from * to end. [4 (5: 5) sts] Using a needle from a set of DPNs, work an i-cord by working across these sts from the RS only, each time beginning at the righthand edge of work and pulling the yarn across back firmly. Cont until i-cord meas 5cm. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Using small stitches join the back seam. Tie the i-cord into a knot and sew in all loose ends.

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TEDDY HOODIE If you go out in the woods today… wrap up warm in this! By Kirstie McLeod.


the black detailing on the bear’s face, you might find Tip For it easier to duplicate stitch the details on afterwards rather than work them along with the brown using intarsia.

T

his cheerie hoodie has everything you need for the perfect baby knit – colourful stripes, a cute teddy bear design, a button-up neck for easy dressing and a hood to keep little heads warm on colder days! Knit in Sirdar’s great value Snuggly DK yarn, this will be easy to wash and care for, perfect for any rough-and-tumble toddler!

YOU WILL NEED Q Sirdar Snuggly DK (55% nylon,

45% acrylic, 50g/165m) Yarn A Bluebell Mix (354) Yarn B Summer Lime (260) Yarn C Soft Brown (428) Q Small amount of black yarn Q A 3½mm circular needle Q A pair of 3½mm needles Q A pair of 4mm needles Q Teddybear buttons For yarn stockists contact Sirdar on 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

K STRIPED PATTERN 4 rows – Yarn A 4 rows – Yarn B FRONT Cast on 56 (60: 66: 70: 78) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 K0 (0: 2: 2: 2) sts, (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue in the K2, P2 rib for a further 5 more rows.

TENSION

Change to 4mm needles. Row 7 (RS) K2tog, K to end of row. [55 (59: 65: 69: 77) sts] Continue in stocking stitch stripe pattern as given above until knitting meas until 6.5 (6.5: 8: 8: 10) cm ending with a WS row. Next row (RS) K24 (26: 29: 31: 35), K7 in Yarn C, K in stripe colour to end (row 1 from the chart).

Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS

28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm 11 (11¾: 12½: 13¼: 14) in

For a full list see page 130.

FRONT & BACK

Continue to work from the chart as set. working in the intarsia method. To prevent any holes at the edges of the motif, twist the yarns together as you work up the rows. When the intarsia pattern is finished, continue in striped stocking stitch pattern. When the knitting measures 20 (22: 23: 24: 26) cm, and ending with a WS row,

TO FIT CHEST

25 (26: 30: 31.5: 35) cm 9¾ (10¼: 11¾: 13¼: 13¾) in

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25 (25: 26: 26: 28) cm 9¾ (9¾: 10¼: 10¼: 11) in

BACK LENGTH SLEEVE LENGTH

start the neck shaping. Next row (RS) K27 (29: 32: 34: 38) , turn. Continue on these 27 (29: 32: 34: 38) sts until knitting measures 25 (27: 28: 29: 31) cm, ending with a RS row. Next row Cast off 9 (9: 10: 11: 13) sts, P to end. Next row K2tog, K to end of row. [17 (19: 21: 22: 24 sts] Next row P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [16 (18: 20: 21: 23 sts] Cont to decrease 1 sts on the neck edge of left front on every following row until you have 14 (16: 18: 18: 20) sts remaining. Continue without shaping until fabric meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Cast off. Rejoin yarn for the right side neck.

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Use small stitches for neatness when sewing up the hood.

YARN

Sirdar Snuggly DK (50g/165m balls)

Yarn A Bluebell Mix (354)

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Yarn B Summer Lime (260)

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To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the colour-coded measurements and you’re off.


CHILLY DAYS Next row (RS) K2tog, K to end of row. [27 (29: 32: 34: 38) sts] Continue to work this side as the Left Side, reversing the shaping for the neckline. BACK Cast on 56 (60: 66: 70: 78) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 K0 (0: 2: 2: 2) sts, (P2, K2) to end of the row. Continue in the K2, P2 rib a further 5 more rows. Change to 4mm needles. Row 7 (RS) K2tog, K to end of row. [55 (59: 65: 69: 77 sts] Continue in striped stocking stitch until knitting meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Cast off.

Change to 4mm needles. Starting with a K row work in striped stocking stitch increasing on every 6th row until you have 52 (52: 56: 56: 62) sts. Continue until the sleeve measures 25 (25: 26: 26: 28) cm. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Join shoulder seams, sleeve seams, side seams and sew in the sleeves. HOOD With right side facing pick up and K60 (60: 68: 74: 82) sts evenly round the neckline. Continuing with the striped stocking stitch

pattern work the hood until it measures 21 (21: 26: 26: 31) cm. Cast off. Sew the hood seam. Using 3½mm circular needle and with the right side facing, starting at the right of the neck, pick up and K130 (130: 158: 158: 188) sts. Work a K2, P2 rib for 2 rows. Next row (WS) Rib to last 12 sts, *work 2 sts tog, yrn, rib 2; rep to end of row. Work a K2, P2 rib for 2 more rows. Cast off in rib. Attach the buttons using matching yarn. Weave in all loose ends.

SLEEVES Cast on 36 (36: 40: 40: 44) sts using 3½mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (K2, P2) to the end of the row. Continue in K2, P2 rib a further 5 more rows.

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art h c y s a E star e h t r fo pattern

Th is ca rd b o y s and igan su it s gi it can be r ls a li ke, so pa th ro u g h t ssed d o w n h e fa mi ly

SUPER STAR Tots will sparkle in Martin Storey’s cosy intarsia cardi. The cute star motif will be a hit with parents too!


CHILLY DAYS

C

hildren grow so quickly! It can seem like they’re always in need of something larger, so a unisex item that can be passed down from older children to younger siblings is really useful. This star cardigan is really attractive, and both boys and girls will love wearing it. “I would recommend separate bobbins for each star in order to prevent the yarns ‘tangling’ together at the back of the work,” says designer Martin Storey. “The simple shapes of the stars make for an easy colourwork project for any knitter new to intarsia.” This pattern is from the Rowan book Summer Baby, which contains 20 beautiful designs for children.

YOU WILL NEED Q Rowan

Handknit Cotton (100% cotton) 4 (4: 4: 5: 5) balls of Yarn A 1 (2: 2: 2: 2) balls of Yarn B Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q A pair of 4mm needles Q 5 buttons, 18mm For yarn stockists contact Rowan 01484 681881 knitrowan.com

Cont straight until armhole meas 12 (12.5: 13: 13.5: 14) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. SHAPE SHOULDERS AND BACK NECK Next row (RS) Cast off 4 (5: 4: 5: 5) sts, patt until there are 8 (8: 8: 8: 9) sts on right hand needle, turn and leave rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Next row (WS) Cast off 3 sts, patt to end. Cast off rem sts. With RS facing, rejoin yarns to rem sts and cast off centre 24 (24: 26: 26: 26) sts, patt to end. Complete to match first side of neck, reversing all shapings.

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 21.5 sts and 30 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over pattern using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS

29 (30.5: 32: 33.5: 35) cm 11½ (12: 12½: 13: 14) in

For a full list see page 130

FRONT & BACK

K BACK

Cast on 62 (62: 66: 70: 70) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (RS) K2, * P2, K2; rep from * to end. Row 2 * P2, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2. These 2 rows set rib. Work 10 rows more in rib, dec 1 (–: –: 1: –) st at each end of last row. [60 (62: 66: 68: 70) sts] Change to 4mm needles and cont as folls: Beg and ending rows as indicated, work from chart, repeating the 30 row patt rep throughout, which is worked entirely in st st and using the intarsia technique. Cont until back meas 16 (17: 18: 19: 20) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. SHAPE ARMHOLES Dec 1 st at each end of next 6 (6: 8: 8: 8) rows. [48 (50: 50: 52: 54) sts]

SIZE ACTUAL CHEST

LENGTH 28 (29: 30.5: 31.5: 32.5) cm 11 (11½: 12: 12½: 13) in

SLEEVE

19 (21: 23.5: 26: 28.5) cm 7½ (8½: 9½: 10: 11) in

SLEEVE

LEFT FRONT Cast on 27 (27: 31: 31: 31) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (RS) K2, * P2, K2; rep from * to last st, P1. Row 2 K1, * P2, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2. These 2 rows set rib. Work 10 rows more in rib, dec – (–: 1: –: –) st and inc – (1: –: –: 1) st at end of last row, ending with RS facing for next row. [27 (28: 30: 31: 32) sts.] Beg and ending rows as indicated, work from chart, repeating the 30 row patt rep throughout, which is worked entirely in st st and using the intarsia technique. Cont until back meas 16 (17: 18: 19: 20) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. SHAPE ARMHOLE Dec 1 st at beg of next and at same edge on next 5 (5: 7: 7: 7) rows. [21 (22: 22: 23: 24) sts] Cont straight until 11 (13: 13: 13: 23) rows

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Rowan Handknit Cotton (50g/85m skeins)

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To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the relevant column.

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to twist yarn together Tip Remember on the wrong side where the colour changes mid- row.

Each star uses a separate ball but the background colour is carried. Work 10 rows more in rib, dec – (–: 1: –: –) st and inc – (1: –: –: 1) st at beg of last row, ending with RS facing for next row. [27 (28: 30: 31: 32) sts] Beg and ending rows as indicated, work from chart, repeating the 30 row patt rep throughout, which is worked entirely in st st and using the intarsia technique. Complete to match left front, reversing all shapings.

Knit a star on a tension square before you begin, to get a feel for working an intarsia pattern in cotton.

less have been worked than on Back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with WS facing for next row. SHAPE FRONT NECK Next row (WS) Cast off 6 sts, patt to end. [15 (16: 16: 17: 18) sts] Dec 1 st at neck edge in next 3 rows, 3 (2: 4: 4: 1) foll alt row, then on – (1: –: –: 3) foll 4th rows. [9 (10: 9: 10: 11) sts] Work 1 (1: 1: 1: 5) rows straight, ending with RS facing for next row.

Use your smaller needles for the rib and the larger ones for the body.

SHAPE SHOULDER Next row (RS) Cast off 4 (5: 4: 5: 5) sts, patt to end. Work 1 row. Cast off rem sts. RIGHT FRONT Cast on 27 (27: 31: 31: 31) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (RS) P1, K2, * P2, K2; rep from * to end. Row 2 * P2, K2; rep from * to last 3 sts, P2, K1. These 2 rows set rib.

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SLEEVES Cast on 30 (30: 34: 34: 34) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Work 12 rows in rib as set on back, dec – (–: 1: 1: –) st at each end of last row. [30 (30: 32: 32: 34) sts] Beg and ending rows as indicated, work from chart, repeating the 30 row patt rep throughout, which is worked entirely in st st and using the intarsia technique. Inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and 4 (2: 10: 9: 6) foll alt (alt: 4th: 4th: 4th) rows, then on every foll 4th (4th: 6th: 6th: 6th) row to 52 (54: 56: 58: 60) sts. Work straight until sleeve meas 19 (21: 23.5: 26: 28.5) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. SHAPE SLEEVE TOP Dec 1 st at each end of next 6 (6: 8: 8: 8) rows. [40 (42: 40: 42: 44) sts] Cast off rem sts. TO MAKE UP Join both shoulder seams using backstitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.


CHILLY DAYS BUTTON BAND With RS facing, using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A pick up and knit 62 (66: 70: 74: 70) sts evenly up right front opening edge. Starting with 2nd row of rib as set on back, work 9 rows in rib. Cast off in rib. BUTTONHOLE BAND With RS facing, using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A pick up and knit 62 (66: 70: 74: 70) sts evenly down left front opening edge. Starting with 2nd row of rib as set on back, work 3 rows in rib. Next row Rib 4, (yrn, rib2tog, rib 11 (12: 13: 14: 13)) 4 times, yrn, rib 2 tog, rib 4. Work 5 rows more in rib. Cast off in rib. COLLAR With RS facing, using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A, starting and ending halfway across front bands, pick up and knit 4 sts from front band, 15 (17: 17: 17: 25) sts up right side of neck, 30 (30: 32: 32: 32) sts from back neck, 15 (17: 17: 17: 25) sts down left

side of neck and 4 sts from front band. [68 (72: 74: 74: 90) sts] Next row P25 (27: 26: 26: 34), m1p (by picking up loop between last and next st and purling into the back of this loop), (P2, m1p) 9 (9: 11: 11: 11) times, purl to end. [78 (82: 86: 86: 102) sts] Starting with 2nd row of rib as set on back, work in rib until collar meas 9 (9: 10: 10: 10) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in rib.

texture very carefully where they meet. Use a seam stitch such as backstitch or mattress stitch for main knitting seams and join ribs with mattress stitch.

Block out each piece of knitting and, following the instructions on the ball band, press the garment pieces, omitting the ribs. Take special care to press the edges, as this will make sewing up both easier and neater. Darn in all ends neatly along the selvedge or a colour join, as appropriate. Set in sleeves as follows: place centre of cast-off edge of sleeve to shoulder seam. Set in sleeve, easing sleeve head into armhole. Join side and sleeve seams. When stitching the pieces together, remember to match areas of colour and

Chart 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11

30 row pattern repeat

21 20

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 70

65

60 9-12 months

12-18 months

55

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45 40 Right front

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30 Left front

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9-12 months 12-18 months

2 yr

2 yr 2 & 3 yr sleeves

3 yr 4 yr

Key 4 yr sleeves

3 yr 4 yr

Yarn A Yarn B

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BABY YARNS Knit for your wee ones with some of our favourites. Sirdar SNUGGLY PEEKABOO DK BALL WEIGHT 50g BALL LENGTH 165m YARN CONTENT 55% nylon, 45% acrylic KNITS AS DK RRP £3.90 REC NEEDLE SIZE 4mm

For a gentle, all-over mottled look to jazz up plain stocking stitch, opt for this soft baby yarn from Sirdar. With quite a loose ply, the fabric is squashy and plump for warm and comfy projects. There are eight variegated shades available, in bright colours. Machine washable and tumble dryer safe, this is a practical choice as well. www.sirdar.co.uk 01924 231682

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Peter Pan FOUR PLY BALL WEIGHT 100g BALL LENGTH 412m YARN CONTENT 55% nylon, 45% acrylic KNITS AS 4ply RRP £5.50 REC NEEDLE SIZE 2¼-3¼mm

This 4ply yarn is a beautiful choice if you want to make something a little more lightweight for your new arrivals. Constructed with a fairly loose ply, it knits up into a uniform fabric. Finished knits will be light with a lovely drape – just the thing for spring and summer babies. Machine washable and suitable for tumble drying. www.tbramsden.co.uk 01943 872264

Rowan BABY MERINO SILK DK BALL WEIGHT 50g BALL LENGTH 135m YARN CONTENT 66% superwash Merino wool, 34% tussah silk KNITS AS DK RRP £5.95 REC NEEDLE SIZE 4mm

This is a truly luxurious yarn. Tussah silk is often used to make saris – blended with fine, soft Merino fibre, it makes for a delicate yarn that will keep baby warm or cool, with 26 sophisticated shades to choose from. And although luxurious, it’s practical too – you can machine wash at 30°C and iron on a low heat. www.knitrowan.com 01484 681881

Stylecraft BABY DK BALL WEIGHT 200g BALL LENGTH 590m YARN CONTENT 100% acrylic KNITS AS DK RRP £4.99 REC NEEDLE SIZE 4mm

If you’re knitting a bigger project like a comfort blanket, this yarn would be a great choice. With a larger ball size that gives you 590m for less than £5, it’s great value for money and comes in eight pastels or seven marl shades. It’s durable and easy to care for as it’s machine washable, as well as soft, supple and snuggly. www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk 01535 609798


PlaYful Days Dress up and have fun with cute costumes and handmade toys!


BUNNY CUDDLES All handmade soft toys are special, but Emma King’s cute and cuddly knitted bunny is extra adorable!

easy k or w r u o l o c project

Bu n n y ’s t an made se pa k t o p is r it’s easy ate ly so t o ta ke a n d o ff ! o n


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E YOU WILL NEED Q Patons

100% Cotton DK (100% cotton, 100g/210m ball) One ball of each: Yarn A Denim (2697) Yarn B Nougat (2715) Yarn C Kiwi (2703) Yarn D Cream (2692) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q Toy stuffing Q Two buttons For yarn stockists contact Patons 01484 681881 www.coatscrafts.co.uk

MEASUREMENTS 25cm/10in tall

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

very child has one – one special cuddly toy that they take everywhere, fall asleep with every night and can’t bear to be parted from. And isn’t it extra special when that one teddy is one that’s hand-made and stitched together with love? We can’t guarantee this bunny will be your child’s one special toy, but we think we can say that it’s sure to be loved. It’s knit up in soft natural fibres and finished with a simple colourwork tank top. The pretty flowers on the top are great for using up scraps of yarn, too.

K BUNNY

BODY Cast on 11 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Purl. Row 2 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [21 sts] Row 3 Purl. Row 4 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [41 sts] Row 5 Purl. Row 6 Knit. Row 7 Purl. Row 8 K6, (M1, K5) to end. [48 sts] Row 9 Purl. Row 10 Knit. Row 11 Purl. Rep last 2 rows 10 more times. Row 32 K5, k2tog, (K4, k2tog) to last 5 sts, K5. [41 sts] Row 33 Purl.

Row 34 K1, (k2tog) to end. [21 sts] Row 35 Purl. Row 36 K1, (k2tog) to end. [11 sts] Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull together. Use the thread to sew the side seam of the body, leaving a small gap to insert stuffing. LEGS (MAKE 2) Cast on 10 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [19 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1. [21 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 Knit. Row 8 Purl. Rep last 2 rows 5 more times. Next row K8, k2togtbl, K1, k2tog, K8. [19 sts] Next row Purl. Next row Knit. Next row Purl. Next row K9, M1, K1, M1, K9. [21 sts] Next row P10, M1, P1, M1, P10. [23 sts] Rep last 2 rows until 31 sts rem. Next row Knit. Next row Purl. Next row Knit. Cast off, using the thread to sew the seam of the leg. FEET PADS (MAKE 2) Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Purl. Row 2 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [5 sts] Row 3 Purl. Row 4 K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1. [7 sts] Rep last 2 rows once more. [9 sts] Next row Purl. Next row Knit. Next row Purl. Rep last 2 rows twice more. Next row K2, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K2. [7 sts] Next row Purl. Next row K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1. [5 sts] Cast off and at the same time k2tog at each end of the cast-off row, leaving enough thread to sew the pad to the opening at the base of the leg. You must insert the stuffing into the leg before sewing the pad into place. ARMS (MAKE 2) Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Purl. 50 Baby Knits 69


small stitches and matching sewing Tip Use thread when sewing the bunny together.

Row 2 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [9 sts] Row 3 Purl. Row 4 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [17 sts] Row 5 Purl. Row 6 Knit. Row 7 Purl. Rep last 2 rows 11 more times. Row 30 K1, (k2tog) to end. [9 sts] Row 31 Purl. Row 32 K1, (k2tog) to end. [5 sts] Row 33 Purl. Thread yarn through rem sts and pull together. Use the thread to sew the side seam of the body, leaving a small gap to insert stuffing. HEAD Cast on 7 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Purl. Row 2 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [13 sts] Row 3 Purl. Row 4 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [25 sts] Row 5 Purl. Row 6 Knit. Row 7 Purl. Row 8 K5, (M1, K5) to end. [29 sts] Row 9 Purl. Row 10 Knit. Row 11 Purl. Row 12 (K3, M1) to last 2 sts, K2. [38 sts] Row 13 Purl. Row 14 Knit. Row 15 Purl. Row 16 K3, M1, (K4, M1) to last 3 sts, K3. [47 sts] Row 17 Purl. Row 18 Knit. Row 19 Purl. Rep last 2 rows once more. Row 22 K1, k2tog, (K2, k2tog) to end. [35 sts] Row 23 Purl. Row 24 K1, (k2tog) to end. [18 sts] Row 25 Purl. Row 26 (K2tog) to end. [9 sts] Row 27 Purl. Thread yarn through rem sts and pull together. Use the thread to sew the side seam of the head, leaving a small gap to insert stuffing.

Repeat last 2 rows twice more. Row 24 K17, turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Next row Cast off 7 sts, P to end. [10 sts]

Row 3 Purl. Row 4 K1, M1, K to last st, M1, K1. [7 sts] Rep last 2 rows until 13 sts rem. Row 11 Purl. Row 12 Knit. Row 13 Purl. Rep last 2 rows 4 more times. Row 22 K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [11 sts] Row 23 Purl. Rep last 2 rows until 7 sts rem. Row 28 K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [5 sts] Row 29 P2tog, P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [3 sts] Row 30 K3tog and fasten off.

Next row K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [9 sts] Next row Purl. Next row K to last 2 sts, k2tog. [8 sts] Repeat last two rows until 6 sts rem. Next row Purl. Cast off. Rejoin yarn to remaining 10 sts and knit to end. Next row Purl. Next row K2tog, K to end. [9 sts] Next row Purl. Repeat last two rows until 6 sts rem. Cast off.

TO MAKE UP Sew the head to the top centre of the body. Stitch the arms to the body at the shoulders and sew the legs to base of the body. Sew the ears to the top of the head with approx. 2cm gap in between. Using the photo on p68 as a guide, sew the buttons into position for the eyes and work a cross stitch for the nose in Yarn A.

BACK Cast on 27 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn B. Row 1 K1, (P1, K1) to end. Repeat last two rows twice more. Row 4 Knit. Row 5 Purl. Row 6 Knit. Repeat last two rows 12 more times. Next row Purl. Cast off.

BUNNY’S TANK TOP FRONT Cast on 27 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn B. Row 1 K1, (P1, K1) to end. Repeat last 2 rows twice more.

TO MAKE UP Join right shoulder. Using Yarn A pick up and knit 39 sts around neck, starting at left shoulder and working all the way around and work as follows: Row 1 K1 (P1, K1) to end. Cast off in pattern. Join left shoulder. Join both side seams, leaving 2cm gap for the armholes.

Work rows 4-17 as rows 1-14 in the chart below. Change to Yarn B and work as follows: Row 18 Knit. Row 19 Purl.

Key Yarn C Green (2703) Yarn A Blue (2697) Yarn D Cream (2692) Yarn B Pink (2715)

Chart 14

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EARS (MAKE 2) Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn D. Row 1 Purl. Row 2 K1, (M1, K1) to end. [5 sts]

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ANIMAL MAGIC These hats are so cute, and so speedy to knit, you’ll want to make all six adorable designs. By Rosee Woodland.

Great for stashbusting presents

in Th e hats a re kn it ted th e ro und so th ere a re no seams to press agai nst lit tle heads


blunt end of a knitting needle can be useful Tip The for pushing the stuffing into the tips of the long ears on the bunny hat. Mind your fingers!

H YOU WILL NEED Q Sublime,

Extra Fine Merino DK (100% extra fine merino) 1 ball of each: CHICK MC Sunday (349) CC Red Hot (167) BEAR MC Caramel (376) CC Alabaster (003) DINO MC Red Hot (167) CC Black Cherry (364) CAT MC Black (013) CC Alabaster (003) Q Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere) BUNNY MC Vanilla (003) CC Audrey (351) PIGLET MC Audrey (351) CC Penelope (374) Q A set of 4mm DPNs Q A set of 3½mm DPNs Q A small amount of toy stuffing Q Two stitch markers Q A darning needle For yarn stockists contact Sublime 01924 369666 www.sublimeyarns.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 24 sts and 30 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130

SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements.

Q 0-3months Q 3-6 months Q 6-12 months Q 1-2 years

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ow could you possibly resist making one of these gorgeous little hats for a baby you know? Knit one and you’ll probably want to knit all six straight away. Designer Rosee Woodland says, “Although I think the rabbit is probably the cutest, the piglet is actually my favourite just because it makes me giggle.” The hats are knitted in the round so there are no seams to press against a child’s head. Young children often have very sensitive skin, so it’s important to use a yarn like the Sublime ones Rosee’s chosen here that won’t irritate them.

K BASIC HAT Cast on 68 (72: 80: 88) sts in MC on 3½mm needles and join to knit in the round. Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round. SIZES 0-3 & 3-6 ONLY Rounds 1-4 (Knit 2, purl 2) to end. Round 5 Switch to CC and continue rib. Rounds 6-9 Switch back to MC and continue rib. SIZES 6-12 & 1-2 ONLY Rounds 1-5 (Knit 2, purl 2) to end. Round 6 Switch to CC and continue rib. Rounds 7-10 Switch back to MC and continue rib. ALL SIZES Change to 4mm needles. Knit 14 (18: 21: 24) rounds. SIZE 0-3 ONLY Round 24 [(K4, k2tog) twice, K3, k2tog] 4 times. [56 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 27 [(K3, k2tog) twice, K2, k2tog] 4 times. [44 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 30 [(K2, k2tog) twice, K1, k2tog] 4 times. [32 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 33 [(K1, k2tog) twice, k2tog] 4 times. [20 sts] Knit 1 round. Round 35 [(K2tog) twice, K1] 4 times. [12 sts] Break off yarn, thread through sts and fasten off. SIZE 3-6 ONLY Round 28 (K4, k2tog) 12 times. [60 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 31 (K3, k2tog) 12 times. [48 sts] Knit 2 rounds Round 34 (K2, k2tog) 12 times. [36 sts] Knit 2 rounds Round 37 (K1, k2tog) 12 times. [24 sts]

Knit 1 round. Round 39 K2tog 12 times. [12 sts] Break off yarn, thread through stitches and fasten off. SIZE 6-12 ONLY Round 33 (K6, k2tog) 10 times. [70 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 36 (K5, k2tog) 10 times. [60 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 39 (K4, k2tog) 10 times. [50 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 42 (K3, k2tog) 10 times. [40 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 45 (K2, k2tog) 10 times. [30 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 48 (K1, k2tog) 10 times. [20 sts] Knit 1 round. Round 50 K2tog 10 times. [10 sts] Break off yarn, thread through stitches and fasten off. SIZE 1-2 ONLY Round 36 (K6, k2tog) 11 times. [77 sts] Knit 2 rounds Round 39 (K5, k2tog) 11 times. [66 sts] Knit 2 rounds Round 42 (K4, k2tog) 11 times. [55 sts] Knit 2 rounds Round 45 (K3, k2tog) 11 times. [44 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 48 (K2, k2tog) 11 times. [33 sts] Knit 2 rounds. Round 51 (K1, k2tog) 11 times. [22 sts] Knit 1 round. Round 53 (K2tog) 11 times. [11 sts]

Take time attaching the spikes – you want them to look neat.


PLAYFUL DAYS Break off yarn, thread through sts and fasten off. BUNNY EARS Make two in MC with 4mm needles. Make two in CC with 3½mm needles. Cast on 9 sts. Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end. Row 2 Sl 1, knit to end Row 4 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts] Row 6 As row 2. Row 8 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts] Row 10 As row 2. Row 12 As row 2. Row 14 As row 2. Row 16 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts] Row 18 As row 2. Row 20 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts] Row 22 As row 2. Row 24 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts] Row 26 As row 2 Row 28 Sl 1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1. [5 sts] Row 30 SSK, K1, K2tog. [3 sts] Row 31 Sl 1, P2tog, PSSO. Fasten off remaining stitch

Pin the ears on before sewing them in place.

PIGLET EARS Make two in MC with 4mm needles. Make two in CC with 3½mm needles. Cast on 9 sts. Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end. Row 2 Sl 1, knit to end. Row 4 As row 2. Row 6 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts] Row 8 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts] Row 9 Sl 1, knit to end. Row 10 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts] Row 12 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts] Row 14 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts] Row 16 Sl 1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1. [5 sts] Row 18 SSK, K1, K2tog. [3 sts] Row 19 Sl 1, P2tog, PSSO. Fasten off remaining stitch.

STEP-BY-STEP MAKE 1 INCREASE (M1)

1 Insert the point of the right-hand needle under the loop or line of yarn that lies between the two stitches and pick it up as a stitch.

2 Slip the picked-up stitch on to the left-hand needle.

3 Insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the back of the picked-up stitch and knit this stitch.

4 Pull the stitch all the way through and you will have an extra stitch on your righthand needle.

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PLAYFUL DAYS BEAR EARS Make two in MC with 4mm needles. Make two in CC with 3½mm needles. Cast on 9 sts. Row 1 and every alt row Sl 1, purl to end. Row 2 Sl 1, K3, M1, K1, M1, K4. [11 sts] Row 4 Sl 1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K5. [13 sts] Rows 6 & 8 Sl 1, knit to end Row 10 Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, K2tog, K4. [11 sts] Row 12 Sl 1, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K3. [9 sts] Row 14 Sl 1, K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2. [7 sts] Row 15 Sl 1, cast off purlwise.

TO MAKE UP Sew in ends of hat. For Bunny, Bear and Piglet ears, sew right sides together using MC yarn. Turn right sides out and lightly stuff with toy stuffing. Block gently. Pin in place on hat using image as a guide. Sew front to hat using CC and back to hat using MC. For Cat, Dino and Chick, block appendages gently and stuff firmly. Pin in place on hat using images as a guide. Sew to hat using CC.

If the family has a cat, knit the cat hat in the same colours as the pet!

TRIANGLE HEAD PIECES CHICK Using CC, make one in large size, and two small. CAT Using MC, make two in large size. DINO Using CC, make three in large size. Cast on 20 (24) sts using 3½mm DPNs and join to knit in the round. Knit 4 rounds, placing markers at sts 1 and 11 (13). Row 5 K1, SSK, K4 (6), k2tog, K2, SSK, K4 (6), k2tog, K1 [16 (20) sts] Row 6 Knit. Row 7 K1, SSK, K2 (4), k2tog, K2, SSK, K2 (4), k2tog, K1. [12 (16) sts] Row 8 Knit

Stuff the dino spikes firmly so they don’t flop over.

SMALL SIZE ONLY Row 9 K1, SSK, k2tog, K2, SSK, k2tog, K1 [8 sts] LARGE SIZE ONLY Row 9 K1, SSK, K2, k2tog, K2, SSK, K2, k2tog, K1 [12 sts] Row 10 Knit Row 11 K1, SSK, k2tog, K2, SSK, k2tog, K1. [8 sts] Graft remaining 8 sts together to form a triangular shape.

STEP-BY-STEP KNIT WITH 4 DPNS

1 Cast a third of the stitches onto each needle, leaving them hanging as you go.

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2 Your three needles will look like this.

3 With needles in a triangle and base of sts facing the middle, place a marker after the last stitch and pull the yarn through it.

4 Knit into the first stitch with the 4th needle holding the yarn taut. When 1st needle is empty, use it as your working needle.


BEAR NECESSITIES Keep baby warm in this all-in-one polar bear set, knitted in cosy soft yarn. By Fiona McTague.

pe rfect fo r th ose days whe n ba by needs to be w ra pped up sn ug !

easy-wash, super soft yarn


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W YOU WILL NEED Q Sirdar

Snowflake Chunky (100% polyester, 25g/62m) Milky (630) Q A pair of 4mm needles Q A pair of 5mm needles Q 2 stitch holders Q 2 safety pins Q 7 buttons Q Small amount of black yarn for embroidery For yarn stockists, contact Sirdar 01924 371501 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as aran to this tension: 14 sts and 19 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) in st st using 5mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

e can’t get over just how cute this adorable baby suit is! Knit in Sirdar’s classic Snowflake yarn, it has a unique texture and soft touch that you’ll love to handle and baby will love to be wrapped up in. It can be difficult to see your stitches in this yarn, so make sure you pay attention as you knit – it’s not a project for TV knitting! – and check your stitch count regularly to ensure a perfect finish.

K LEFT LEG Cast on 33 (35: 37) sts using 4mm needles. Work in garter st until knitting meas 3cm. Change to 5mm needles. Beg with a K row cont in st st, inc one st at each end of every alt row until there are 49 (53: 59) sts on your needle. Cont straight until leg meas 12 (15: 18) cm ending with a P row. SHAPE CROTCH Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row and 2 (2: 3) foll alt rows. [39 (43: 47) sts] Work 1 row. ** Cut off yarn and leave sts on a spare needle.

SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you’re off.

Q 0-3 months Q 3-6 months Q 6-12 months

RIGHT LEG Work as given for Left Leg to **. MAIN BODY Work across sts of Right Leg then Left Leg. [78 (86: 94) sts] Next row Purl. Cont straight until work meas 7cm from beg of crotch shaping, ending with a P row. DIVIDE FOR OPENING Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [74 (82: 90) sts]

LENGTH TO SHOULDER SLEEVE LENGTH INSIDE LEG LENGTH

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LEFT FRONT Cont on these sts for a further 9 (10: 11) cm ending with a wrong side row. SHAPE NECK K to last 4 (5: 6) sts, slip these sts on a holder. Dec 1 st at neck edge on every row until 10 (11: 12) sts rem. Cont straight until work meas 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending at armhole edge. SHAPE SHOULDER Cast off 5 (6: 6) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 5 (5: 6) sts. BACK With wrong side facing, join on yarn, P across next 36 (40: 46) sts, turn and work on these sts for back. Cont until work meas 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending with a P row. SHAPE SHOULDERS Cast off 5 (6: 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Cast off 5 (5: 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Leave rem 16 (18: 22) sts on a spare needle. RIGHT FRONT With wrong side facing, join on yarn to next st, P to end. [19 (21: 22) sts] Cont on these sts for a further 9 (10: 11) cm, ending at front edge.

3-6 mths

6-9 mths

cm

53

56

59

in

21

22

23¼

cm

44

47

52

in

17¼

19

20½

cm

14

16

18

in

7

cm

12

14

17

in

YARN Yarn Milky (630)

DIVIDE FOR ARMHOLES Next row P19 (21: 22), turn and work on these sts for left front.

0-3 mths

SIZE TO FIT CHEST

Cont straight until work meas 32 (34: 36) cm from cast-on edges, ending with a right side row.

8

Sirdar Snowflake (25g/62m ball)

10

12


PLAYFUL DAYS

44 (47: 52)cm 17 ¼ (18½: 20½)in

BODY

Fasten the front of the polar bear suit with pretty pearl buttons.

SLEEVE

SHAPE NECK K4 (5: 6) sts, slip these sts on a holder, then K to end of row.

SLEEVES Cast on 22 (26: 30) sts using 4mm needles. Work in garter st until work meas 3cm.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on every row until 10 (11: 12) sts rem. Cont straight until work meas 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending at armhole edge.

Change to 5mm needles. Work in st st, AT THE SAME TIME inc one st at each end of the next row and every foll 3rd row until there are 36 (40: 46) sts.

SHAPE SHOULDER Cast off 5 (6: 6) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 5 (5: 6) sts.

Cont straight until work meas 14 (16: 18) cm from cast on edge, ending with a wrong-side row. Cast off loosely.

14 (16: 18) cm 5½ (6¼: 7) in

STEP-BY-STEP P2TOG PURL TWO TOGETHER

1 Push the point of your right-hand needle through the first two stitches on your left-hand needle, going from right to left as you would for a purl stitch.

2 Bring the yarn anticlockwise around the needle, between the two needles.

3 Pull the yarn through both stitches, as you would if working a purl stitch, and drop both from the left-hand needle.

Purling two stitches together decreases your stitch count by one, and the decrease stitch leans to the right. This is how a series looks on the right side of stocking stitch.

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leftover yarn make a spare bootee and Tip With mitten just in case one gets lost!

HOOD Join shoulder seams. With right side facing, and using 4mm needles, K4 (5: 6) sts from right front holder, pick up and knit 10 sts up right side of front neck, then K across 7 (8: 10) sts from back neck, k2tog, K across last 7 (8: 10) sts, pick up and knit 10 sts down left side of front neck, 4 (5: 6) sts from holder. [43 (47: 53) sts] Work in garter st for 4 rows. Next row (WS) K3 (4: 5) and slip these sts onto a safety pin, K1 (2: 4), *m1, K7, rep from * to last 4 (6: 9) sts, m1, K1 (2: 4), slip last 3 (4: 5) sts onto a safety pin. [49 (53: 59) sts] Change to 5mm needles. Beg with a P row cont in st st until hood meas 12 (14: 16) cm, ending with a P row. SHAPE TOP Next row K32 (34: 37), turn. Next row Sl 1, P12, p2tog, turn. Next row Sl 1, K12, skpo, turn. Rep the last 2 rows until all sts are worked off each side of centre sts. Leave rem 13 sts on a holder. HOOD EDGING With right side facing, and using 4mm needles, slip 3 (4: 5) sts from right side of hood onto a needle, pick up and knit 15 (18: 21) sts up right side of hood, K centre 14 sts, pick up and knit 15 (18: 21) sts down left side of hood and knit 3 (4: 5) sts from left side of hood. [50 (58: 66) sts] Work in garter st for 4 rows. BUTTONHOLE BAND With right side facing and using 4mm needles, pick up and knit 44 sts up right side of front opening to neck. Buttonhole row K3, *k2tog, yf, K4; rep from * 6 times, k2tog, yf, K3. Knit 1 row. Cast off. BUTTON BAND Work to match Buttonhole band omitting buttonholes. EARS (MAKE 4) Cast on 10 sts using 4mm needles. Beg with a K row, work 8 rows st st. Next row K2tog, K6, k2tog. [8 sts] Next row P2tog, P4, p2tog. [6 sts] Cast off loosely. Join side and top edges of 2 pieces together to make 1 complete ear. Sew ears in position to top of hood.

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Embroider details on the bootees to make them look like bears.

MAKING UP Sew on sleeves. Join leg and crotch seams. Sew on buttons. MITTENS (MAKE 2) Cast on 16 (18: 20) sts using 4mm needles. Work in garter st for 6 rows. Change to 5mm needles. Starting with a K row, work 8 (10, 12) rows in st st. SHAPE TOP Row 1 K1, *skpo, K2 (3: 4), k2tog, K1; rep from * twice, K1. Row 2 P to end. Row 3 *Skpo, K1 (2: 3), k2tog, K1; rep from * twice. Row 4 P to end. Cast off. MAKING UP Join seam, reversing seam on cuff. BOOTEES (MAKE 2) Cast on 13 (17: 21) sts using 4mm needles. Row 1 K to end. Row 2 K1, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K1, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K1. [17 (21: 25) sts] Rows 3, 5 and 7 K to end. Row 4 K2, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K3, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K2. [21 (25: 29) sts]

Row 6 K3, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K5, m1, K5 (7: 9), m1, K3. [25 (29: 33) sts] Change to 5mm needles. Starting with a K row, work 6 rows in st st. SHAPE INSTEP Row 1 K14 (15: 16), skpo, turn. Row 2 Sl 1, P4 (6: 8), p2tog, turn. Row 3 Sl 1, K4 (6: 8), skpo, turn. Rep rows 2 & 3, 2 (3: 3) times more, then rep row 2 again. Next row Sl 1, K to end. Next row P8 (4: 11), m1, *P1 (5: 1), m1; rep from * 0 (2: 0) times, P8 (5: 11). [19 (23: 25) sts] Work in garter st for 12 (14: 16) rows. Cast off. EARS (MAKE 4) Cast on 4 sts using 4mm needles. Beg with a K row, work in garter st for 4 rows. Next row K2tog, k2tog. [2 sts] Next row P2. Cast off loosely. MAKING UP Join sole and back seam. Stitch linings to ears in pairs. Stitch ears to each side of bootee. Using Black yarn, embroider nose and ears.


BUNNY HOP Super sweet yet super simple, Jane Burns’s little slippers are sure to melt your heart!

Perfect for Weeken d knitting

Th e lit tle face s gi ve th ese bu nn ie s th ei r cha racter


pattern comes in one size, but there’s a clever way of getting other sizes from Tip This the same design. Using diferent yarns with the appropriate needles will afect the finished size – for instance, aran yarn on 5mm needles will make a size bigger.

GARTER STITCH

DK WEIGHT

4MM

YOU WILL NEED Q Peter

Pan Merino Baby DK (100% Merino wool, 50g/116m) 1 ball of each: Yarn A White (3030) Yarn B Pink (3036) Q A pair of 4mm needles Q Scraps of black yarn for eyes For yarn stockists contact TB Ramsden 01943 872264 www.tbramsden.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

FINISHED SIZE 11.5cm long to fit 6-18 months

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

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ven the least sentimental among you won’t be able to resist these adorable slippers. They’re so simple to knit, making them great for beginners who are ready to move on, or for experienced knitters who want something for in front of the TV. The foot is made all in one piece, with just the ears and tails to sew on at the end.

K BUNNY SLIPPERS Cast on 4 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn A. Rows 1 & 2 Knit. Row 3 K2, M1, K1, M1, K1. [6 sts] Rows 4–6 Knit. Row 7 K3, M1, K1, M1, K2. [8 sts] Rows 8–10 Knit. Row 11 K4, M1, K1, M1, K3. [10 sts] Rows 12–14 Knit. Cast on 10 sts, K10, k2tog, knit to end. [19 sts] Cast on 10 sts, K10, k2tog, knit to end. [28 sts] Row 17 Knit. Row 18 K9, P1, K8, P1, K9. Row 19 K13, M1, K3, M1, K12. [30 sts] Row 20 K9, P1, K10, P1, K9. Row 21 Knit. Repeat rows 20 & 21 once more. Repeat row 20. Row 25 K14, M1, K3, M1, K13. [32 sts] Row 26 K9, P1, K12, P1, K9. Row 27 Knit. Repeat rows 26 & 27 10 times in total. Repeat row 26. SHAPE TOE Row 1 K2tog, K28, k2tog. [30 sts] Row 2 K8, P1, K12, P1, K8. Row 3 K2tog, K26, k2tog. [28 sts] Row 4 K7, P1, K12, P1, K7. Row 5 K5, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K8, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K5. [24 sts] Row 6 K6, P1, K10, P1, K6. Row 7 K2tog, K5, k2tog, K6, k2tog, K5, k2tog. [20 sts] Row 8 K5, P1, K8, P1, K5. Row 9 K3, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K4, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K3. [16 sts] Row 10 K4, P1, K6, P1, K4. Row 11 K2tog, K3, k2tog, K2, k2tog, K3, k2tog. [12 sts] Row 12 K3, P1, K4, P1, K3. Row 13 K1, k2tog, K1, (k2tog) twice, K1, k2tog, K1. [8 sts] Row 14 K2, P1, K2, P1, K2. Row 15 K2tog, (sl1, k2tog, psso) twice. [3 sts] Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, thread through rem 3 sts and pull closed.

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Create sleepy eyes for your bunnies by working two separate backstitches.

Wrap yarn around two discs of card to make your pom-poms – quick and easy!

EARS (MAKE 2) Cast on 7 sts using Yarn A held double. Rows 1–6 Knit. Row 7 K2, M1, K3, M1, K2. [9 sts] Rows 8–12 Knit. Row 13 K1, k2tog, K3, k2tog, K1. [7 sts] Row 14 Knit. Row 15 K2, sl1, k2tog, psso, K2. [5 sts] Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, thread through rem 5 sts and pull closed. INNER EAR (MAKE 2) Cast on 7 sts using Yarn B. Rows 1–3 Knit. Cast off. Position in centre of outer ear and sew in place. TO MAKE UP Sew back seams closed. Using photos as a guide, attach ears and darn on nose using Yarn B. Using single strand of black yarn, embroider on eyes. Using Yarn A, make two pom-poms approx 4cm wide and sew on to back seam of each slipper for tails.


suit plus extras to keep cosy!

Kn it th e cute patche s usin g ou r easy -t o-fo llow chart

WOOF WOOF


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f you’re looking for a playful baby outfit that’s simply stunning, we think we’ve found the project for you! This adorable doggy baby set is sure to become a firm favourite and is perfect for photo shoots. Though it might look complicated, the majority of the project is plain stocking stitch, with a bit of simple intarsia for the patches. Add some easy shaping and some ribbing for a good fit, and you’ve got a fast and fun project that’s sure to make an impression! If you’re looking for a smaller design, the adorable bootees could be worked in an evening, and with their sweet flappy ears and embroidered faces, they have a personality all of their own!

YOU WILL NEED For the Babygrow: Q Sirdar Country Style (40% nylon, 30% wool, 30% acrylic, 50g/155m) Yarn M Grey (434) Yarn A Cream (411) Yarn B Chocolate (530) Q 7 buttons For the Bootees Q Sirdar Country Style Chocolate (530) Q Small amount of black yarn for embroidery For the Mittens Q Sirdar Country Style Chocolate (530) For all pieces Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q A pair of 4mm needles Q 5 stitch holders or safety pins

K NOTE: Read the Chart from right to left on knit rows and from left to right on purl rows. Use separate lengths of yarn for each motif and twist yarns together on wrong side of work to avoid a hole.

Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a K row cont in st st, inc one st at each end of the 3rd and every foll alt row until there are 58 (64: 72) sts, ending with a P row.

PLACE CHART Next row Inc in first st, K18 (22: 26), work across row 1 of Chart, K17 (21: 25), inc in last st. Next row P19 (23: 27), work across row 2 of Chart, P20 (24: 28). Cont to work from Chart at the same time inc on every alt row until there are 74 (82: 90) sts. Cont straight until leg measures 12 (15: 18) cm ending with a P row.

SHAPE CROTCH LEFT LEG

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 371501 www.sirdar.co.uk

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row and the 3 (4: 5) foll alt rows. [60 (66: 72) sts]

Cast on 40 (44: 48) sts using 3¼mm needles and yarn M.

SIZE

0-3mths

3-6mths

6-9mths

cm

53

56

59

in

21

22

23½

cm

44

47

52

in

17½

19

20½

cm

14

16

18

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7

cm

12

14

17

in

Yarn M Grey (434)

4

4

4

Yarn A Cream (411)

2

2

2

Yarn B Chocolate (009)

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

TO FIT CHEST LENGTH TO SHOULDER 44 (47: 52) cm 17½ (19: 20½) in

BODY

Rib row *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep the last row for 3 (4: 5) cm, ending with a right side row. Inc row Rib 2 (4: 2) *M1, rib 4; rep from * to last 2 (4: 2) sts, M1, rib 2 (4: 2). [50 (54: 60) sts]

SLEEVE LENGTH

INSIDE LEG LENGTH

YARN Sirdar Country Style (50g/155m ball) All in one

Bootees Yarn B Chocolate (009) SLEEVE

Mittens Yarn B Chocolate (009)

14 (16: 18) cm 5½ (6¼: 7) in

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To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the relevant column.


PLAYFUL DAYS Work 1 row.**. Cut off yarn and leave sts on a spare needle.

Cont to work from Chart at the same time cont on these sts for a further 9 (10: 11) cm, ending with a wrong side row.

RIGHT LEG

SHAPE NECK

Using yarn M only, work as given for left leg WITHOUT placing Chart to **.

K to last 6 (7: 8) sts, slip these sts on a holder. Dec 1 st at neck edge on every row until 16 (18: 20) sts rem. Cont straight until work measures 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending at armhole edge.

MAIN BODY Work across sts of right leg then left leg. [120 (132: 144) sts] Next row P.

PLACE CHART Next row K20 (23: 26), work across row 1 of Chart, K to end. Next row P81 (90: 99), work across row 2 of Chart, P to end. Cont to work from Chart and at the same time cont straight until work measures 7cm from beg of crotch shaping, ending with a P row.

SHAPE SHOULDER Cast off 8 (9: 10) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 8 (9: 10) sts.

BACK With WS facing, join on yarn, P next 60 (66: 72) sts, turn and work on these sts for back. Work 10 rows.

DIVIDE FOR OPENING

PLACE CHART

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [114 (126: 138) sts] Cont until work meas 32 (34: 36) cm from cast-on edges, ending with a RS row.

Next row K20 (23: 26), work across row 1 of Chart, K21 (24: 27). Next row P21 (24: 27), work across row 2 of Chart, P20 (23: 26). Cont to work from Chart at the same time cont straight until work measures 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending with a P row.

DIVIDE FOR ARMHOLES Next row P27 (30: 33) turn and work on these sts for left front.

SHAPE SHOULDERS LEFT FRONT PLACE CHART Next row K5 (7: 9), work across row 1 of Chart, K3 (4: 5). Next row P3 (4: 5), work across row 2 of Chart, P5 (7: 9).

Cast off 8 (9: 10) sts at beg of next 4 rows. Leave rem 28 (30: 32) sts on a spare needle.

The patch chart is repeated and simple to follow, which is great for beginners.

Cont on these sts for a further 9 (10: 11) cm, ending at front edge.

SHAPE NECK Next row K6 (7: 8), slip these sts on a holder, then K to end. Dec 1 st at neck edge on every row until 16Â (18: 20) sts rem. Cont straight until work measures 44 (47: 52) cm from cast-on edge, ending at armhole edge.

RIGHT FRONT With wrong side facing, join on yarn to next st, P to end. [27 (30: 33) sts]

SHAPE SHOULDER Cast off 8 (9: 10) sts at beg of next row.

STEP-BY-STEP ADD COLOUR MID-ROW

1 Hold the new colour at the back of your work and insert your needle ready to work the next stitch.

2 Wind the new colour around the right-hand needle and work the stitch.

3 As you knit, twist the tail end of the new colour with the ball end as you go across the row to weave it in.

4 When you finish one section of colour, twist it with the next colour to stop holes forming.

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you want longer legs, just work Tip Ifmore rows in stocking stitch before starting the crotch shaping.

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) in st st using 4mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS M1 make 1 st by picking up the yarn between 2 sts and knitting into the back loop skpo slip 1 st, knit 1 st and pass the slipped st over the knitted st yf yarn forward For a full list see page 130.

Work 1 row. Cast off rem 8 (9: 10) sts.

SLEEVES (BOTH ALIKE) Cast on 28 (32: 36) sts using 3¼mm needles and yarn M. Rib row *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep last row for 4cm, end with a RS row. Inc row Rib 4 (2: 2) sts, *M1, rib 3, rep from * to last 3 (3: 1) sts, M1, rib 3 (3: 1). [36 (42: 48) sts] Change to 4mm needles.

PLACE CHART Next row K8 (11: 14), work across row 1 of Chart, K9 (12: 15). Next row P9 (12: 15), work across row 2 of Chart, P8 (11: 14). Cont to work from Chart, and at the same time inc one st at each end of the next row and every foll 3rd row until there are 52 (60: 68) sts. Cont straight until work measures 14 (16: 18) cm from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong side row. Cast off.

HOOD Before working the hood, join the shoulder seams.

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With right side facing, using 3¼mm needles and yarn M, K6 (7: 8) sts from right front holder, pick up and K14 sts up right side of front neck, increasing one st at centre, K across sts from back neck, pick up and K14 sts down left side of front neck, K6 (7: 8) sts from holder. [69 (73: 77) sts] Next row P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Next row K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Rep the last 2 rows twice more. Next row Rib 5 (6: 7) and slip these sts onto a holder, rib 2 (3: 4), *M1, rib 5; rep from * to last 7 (9: 11) sts, M1, rib 2 (3: 4), slip last 5 (6: 7) sts onto a holder. [71 (73: 75) sts] Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a P row cont in st st until hood measures 12 (14: 16) cm, ending with a P row.

SHAPE TOP Next row K46 (47: 48), turn. Next row Sl 1, P19, p2tog, turn. Next row Sl 1, K19, skpo turn. Rep the last 2 rows until all sts are worked off each side of centre sts. Leave rem 21 sts on a holder.


PLAYFUL DAYS

Crochet a simple chain so the mittens don’t get lost.

Embroider the features on the bootees to give them a cute doggy face.

PATCH CHART HOOD EDGING

EARS (MAKE 2 )

With RS facing, using 3¼mm needles and Yarn M, slip 5 (6: 7) sts from right side of hood onto a needle, pick up and K25 (29: 33) sts up right side of hood, K centre 21 sts, pick up and K25 (29: 33) sts down left side of hood and rib 5 (6: 7) sts from left side of hood. [81 (91: 101) sts] Rib 7 rows. Cast off in rib.

Cast on 14 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn B. Beg with a K row, work 2 rows st st. Inc one st at each end of the next row and 3 foll alt rows. [22 sts] Work 20 rows straight. Dec one st at each end of the next row and 5 foll alt rows. [8 sts] Cast off.

20

10

BUTTONHOLE BAND With RS facing, using 3¼mm needles pick up and K56 (62: 68) sts up right side of front opening to neck. Work 2 rows rib. Buttonhole row Rib 3, (k2tog, yf, rib 6 (7: 8) sts) 6 times, k2tog, yf, rib 3. Rib 3 rows. Cast off in rib.

EAR LININGS (MAKE 2) Cast on 14 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn B. Work as given for ears.

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CHART KEY

MAKE UP EARS Sew on sleeves. Join leg and crotch seams. Sew on buttons.

M (Grey)

A (Cream)

BUTTON BAND Work to match Buttonhole band omitting buttonholes.

Stitch linings to ears in pairs. Stitch ears to each side of hood.

STEP-BY-STEP SKPO

1 Insert the point of the right-hand needle into the next stitch as if you were to knit, but instead slip the stitch off and on to the right-hand needle.

2 Knit the next stitch as normal.

3 Now insert the left-hand needle into the slipped stitch on the right-hand needle and lift it over the knitted stitch.

4 Continue knitting until the end of the row. This decrease forms a leftleaning stitch.

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PLAYFUL DAYS MITTENS Cast on 26 (30: 34) sts using 4mm needles and Chocolate yarn. Rib row *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep the last row 7 (9: 9) times more. Change to 3¼mm needles. Work a further 8 (10: 10) rows in rib. Change to 4mm needles. Starting with a K row, work 14 (18: 20) rows in st st. SHAPE TOP Row 1 K2, (skpo, K6 ( 8: 10), k2tog, K2) twice. Row 2 P to end. Row 3 K2, (skpo, K4 (6: 8), k2tog, K2) twice. Row 4 P to end. Cast off and sew up seams.

BOOTEES Cast on 23 (27: 31) sts using 3¼mm needles with Chocolate. Row 1 K to end.

Make the mittens and bootees to complete this cute canine outfit.

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Row 2 K1, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K1, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K1. Row 3 and 2 foll alt rows K to end. Row 4 K2, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K3, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K2. Row 6 K3, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K5, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K3. Row 8 K4, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K7, M1, K10 (12: 14), M1, K4. [39 (43: 47) sts.] Change to 4mm needles. Starting with a K row, work 8 (10: 10) rows st st. SHAPE TOE Row 1 K23 (26: 29), skpo, turn. Row 2 Sl 1, P7 (9: 11), p2tog, turn. Row 3 Sl 1, K7 (9: 11), skpo, turn. Rep rows 2 and 3, 3 (4: 5) times more, then work row 2 again. Next row Sl 1, K to end. Next row P14 (7: 16), M1, (P0 (8: 0), M1) 0 (2:0) times. P15 (8: 17). [30 (34: 34) sts] Change to 3¼mm needles.

Rib row *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep the last row 7 (9: 9) times more. Change to 4mm needles. Work a further 8 (10: 10) rows in rib. Cast off in rib.

EARS (MAKE 2) Cast on 6 sts using 3¼mm needles and Chocolate. Beg with a K row, work 2 rows st st. Inc one st at each end of the next row and foll alt row. [10 sts] Work 6 rows straight. Dec one st at each end of the next row and 3 foll alt rows. [4 sts] Cast off. EAR LININGS (MAKE 2) Cast on 6 sts using 3¼mm needles and Chocolate. Work as given for ears. MAKE UP Join the soles and back seam, reversing the seams on cuffs. Stitch linings to ears in


Tacti le fun for bu sy ba bie s!

Fo ur si mple shapes, clev er ly se wn up a re all yo u need fo r th is fu n project.

SQUASH ‘N’ ROLL!

Babies will love these little balls to grip, squeeze, roll and throw. By Jane Burns.


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hildren and adults alike will love to have a go at juggling these colourful handknitted balls. The triangular pieces are so small that you could easily use leftovers from your stash – great for a New Year clear-out.

YOU WILL NEED Q Patons, Fab DK (100% acrylic,

100g/274m) 1 ball of each: Blue (02321), Red (02323), Forest (02319) and White (02306) Q A pair of 3¼mm needles Q 5 freezer bags Q 5 elastic bands Q Rice or toy stuffing For yarn stockists contact Coats Crafts 01484 681881 www.coatscrafts.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 26 sts and 36 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3¼mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS

K JUGGLING BALL Make five pieces in each colour. Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K1, m1, K1, m1, K1. [5 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K1 (m1, K1) four times. [9 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K2, m1, K5, m1, K2. [11 sts] Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K2, m1, K7, m1, K2. [13 sts] Row 10 Purl. Row 11 K2, m1, K9, m1, K2. [15 sts] Row 12 Purl. Row 13 K13, wrap and turn. Row 14 P11, wrap and turn. Row 15 K9, wrap and turn. Row 16 P7, wrap and turn. Row 17 Knit picking up wraps. Row 18 Purl picking up wraps. Cast off.

For a full list see page 130.

These work as ornaments too – knit in favourite shades and display in a bowl.

The balls are knit at a tight gauge for a firm fabric that won’t stretch too much.

ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM TO MAKE UP Place 30g of rice into a small freezer bag, leaving a little room for the rice to move around, then wrap an elastic band around the top to close securely. Cut away excess plastic and use tape or cling film to hold down the edges. Lay the pieces out as shown in the diagram and sew where the sides meet. Fold in the direction of the arrows and sew those sides together. Place rice bag or toy stuffing inside and sew closed.

STEP-BY-STEP M1 MAKE 1 INCREASE

1 Insert the point of the right-hand needle under the loop or line of yarn that lies between the two stitches and pick it up as a stitch.

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2 Slip the picked-up stitch on to the left-hand needle.

3 Insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the back of the picked-up stitch and knit this stitch.

4 Pull the stitch all the way through and you will have an extra stitch on your righthand needle.


SmaRt Days Celebrate special occasions with stylish knits for boys and girls


Th e flower deta il w ill et ty also wor k well as a pr ns ac ce ssory fo r adult fa of th is de si gn !

A perfectg Christenin gift!

SWEET THING This bonnet and bootees set by Jane Burns will become a cherished family heirloom.


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W YOU WILL NEED Q Bergère de France Ciboulette

(75% acrylic, 25% combed wool, 50g/230m) 1 ball of Ecru (34131) Q A pair of 3mm straight needles Q A set of 3mm double-pointed needles Q A stitch marker Q 3 buttons For yarn stockists contact Bergère de France www.bergeredefrance.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as 4ply to this tension: 28 sts and 40 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

orked in a creamy Bergère de France wool/acrylic blend, this exquisite baby set will make any little one look the picture of sweetness and innocence. The yarn is machine-washable, making it practical as well as pretty, and ensuring the delightful bonnet and bootees can get plenty of use without worrying about getting them dirty! Details such as the lace trims, matching flower and dainty buttons really increase the appeal, making this a duo to truly treasure. Try adding a unique touch with the addition of different buttons to suit the baby – or even choosing some heirloom buttons from a treasured button box. Whether you’re knitting it for your own tiny tot or a friend’s new arrival, be ready for a chorus of ahhs!

The lace pattern of the flower petals matches that of the bonnet.

K LACE TRIM BONNET Cast on 99 sts using 3mm needles. LACE PATTERN Row 1 Sl 1, *K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 Sl 1, purl to last st, K1. Row 3 Sl 1, k2tog *yo, K3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last 6 sts, yo, K3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1. Row 4 Sl 1, purl to last st, K1. Repeat Rows 1-4 three times in total. Row 13 Knit. Row 14 Purl. Repeat Rows 13 & 14 until piece measures 15cm from cast-on edge, ending with a purl row. CROWN SHAPING Place marker to mark the row where the shaping begins. Row 1 *K7, k2tog; rep from * to end. [88 sts] Row 2 Purl. Row 3 *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end. [77 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end. [66 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end. [55 sts] Row 8 Purl. Row 9 *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end. [44 sts] Row 10 Purl. Row 11 *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end. [33 sts] Row 12 Purl.

Take extra care when sewing on the buttons to make sure they’re secure!

Row 13 *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. [22 sts] Row 14 Purl. Row 15 *K2tog; rep from * to end. [11 sts] Row 16 *P2tog; rep from * to last st, P1. [6 sts] Draw yarn through remaining sts, sew from crown to marker at start of crown shaping to form back seam. FLOWER Cast on 75 sts using 3mm needles. Work Rows 1-4 as per bonnet pattern; work these 4 rows three times in total. Row 13 K3, (k3tog) to last 3 sts, K3. [29 sts] Row 14 Purl. Row 15 K2tog to last st, K1. [15 sts] Row 16 P2tog to last st, P1. [8 sts] Draw yarn through remaining sts. Sew from centre of flower to outer edge to form a flower. I-CORD TIES (MAKE 2) Cast on 4 sts using 3mm double-pointed needles. *Knit 1 row, slide these 4 sts to other end of needle, do not turn work*. Rep from * to *, pulling yarn tight across the back of i-cord each time you start a new row. Work cord until it measures 25cm, then cast off. Sew to the underside of the

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Combine lace and stocking stitch for a classic look

Most of the bootee is knitted in the round to avoid seams rubbing soft baby skin

bonnet at the start of the stocking stitch. Sew button into centre of flower and sew flower to side of bonnet. LACE BOOTEES (MAKE 2) Note The lace cuff of the sock is knitted on straight needles in the same stitch pattern as the bonnet. The stitches are then redistributed onto double-pointed needles and stitches are joined into the round. The remainder of the bootee is knit in the round. Cast on 39 sts using 3mm needles. Work Rows 1-4 of the lace pattern twice in total. Row 9 K8, k2tog, K8, k2tog, K8, k2tog, K9. [36 sts] Row 10 Purl.

Redistribute stitches over 3 doublepointed needles as follows: N1 9 heel sts. N2 18 instep sts. N3 9 heel sts. Join into the round taking care not to twist sts. Note The lace will appear to be inside out. This lace cuff will be folded back at the end. Rounds 1-17 *K2, P2; rep from * to end of round. Round 18 *K2, P2; rep from * for sts on N1 and N2 and then cont with heel flap, working back and forth in rows, as follows: HEEL FLAP Slip N3 sts onto N1. [18 sts] Row 1 *Sl 1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 Sl 1, purl to end. Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 20 rows have been worked in total. TURN HEEL Row 1 K10, ssk, K1, turn. Row 2 Sl1, P3, p2tog, P1, turn. Row 3 Sl1, K4, ssk, K1, turn. Row 4 Sl1, P5, p2tog, P1, turn. Row 5 Sl1, K6, ssk, K1, turn. Row 6 Sl1, P7, p2tog, P1, turn. Row 7 Sl1, K8, ssk, turn. Row 8 Sl1, P8, p2tog, turn. [10 sts]

5 heels sts and with same needle pick up and knit 11 sts along side of heel. With another empty needle work across 18 instep sts in rib as set. With another empty needle pick and knit 11 sts along side of heel and knit remaining 5 heel sts. N1 16 sts N2 18 sts N3 16 sts SHAPE GUSSET Round 1 (decrease round) N1 Knit to 3 sts from end, K2tog, K1. N2 Rib as set. N3 K1, ssk, knit to end. Round 2 Work as set. Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until 36 sts remain in total. Continue to work Round 2 only until foot measures 7cm (or desired length) from base of heel. End with N3. SHAPE TOE Round 1 (decrease round) N1 Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, N2 K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, N3 K1, ssk, knit to end. Round 2 Knit. Work rounds 1 & 2 until 28 sts remain in total. Work decrease round only until 16 sts remain. Using N1 knit across sts on N3. Graft the toe.

Next round K5 (place marker for beginning of round if required). With an empty needle knit remaining

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Darn in ends, fold back lace cuff and sew button to outer ankle on each bootee.


Ar ms and ne ck a re edged in a stretchy ri bbin g

pretty ice-cream shades!

BONNY CHARMS Keep baby looking beautiful in Fiona McTague’s lovely Fair Isle tank top.


lengths of yarn on to bobbins Tip Wrap so you don’t get too tangled up when knitting the Fair Isle pattern.

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esigned by Fiona McTague, this delightful piece of baby wear with a Fair Isle theme is the perfect garment to wear all year round. If you’d like to make this top, but have never tackled Fair Isle before, don’t worry. Fiona has created the colourful horizontal bands and geometric patterns using the clever two colour stranding technique, so you’ll only ever be working with two colours at any one time. However, a little experience will help as the shapings of the tank top are done in conjunction with the pattern. We all love passing on our skills and crafts, and what better way to keep traditional Fair Isle style going than by knitting this sweet top for a new arrival?

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Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere, 50g/125m) Yarn A Clotted Cream (65) Yarn B Apple (002) Yarn C Peach Melba (68) Yarn D Primrose (01) Yarn E Royal (70) A pair of 3¼mm needles A pair of 4mm needles 3 stitch holders 2 buttons

K BACK **Cast on 57 (65: 73: 81) sts using 3¼mm needles and yarn A. Row 1 (RS) K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib until work meas 3cm.

For yarn stockists, contact Designer Yarns 01535 664222 www.designeryarns.uk.com

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) in st st using 4mm needles.

Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a K (RS) row, work in st st and patt from chart repeating the 54 rows. Keeping patt correct, work straight until Back meas 14 (16: 18: 19) cm from beg, ending with a WS row.

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

SHAPE ARMHOLES Keeping patt correct, cast off 5 (5: 6: 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 47 (55: 61: 69) sts.

24 (27: 29: 31) cm 9½ (10¾: 11½: 12¼) in

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LENGTH

Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows, then every foll alt row until there are 41 (47: 51: 59) sts.** Cont straight until armhole meas 11 (12: 12: 13) cm, ending on WS row. SHAPE SHOULDERS AND BACK NECK Cast off 9 (11: 12: 15) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Leave rem 23 (25: 27: 29) sts on a holder. FRONT Work as Back from ** to **, until 14 (14: 18: 18) rows less have been worked than of Back to start of shoulder, ending with WS row. SHAPE NECK Next row Patt 15 (17: 18: 22) sts, turn and work this side first. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at armhole

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Using buttons on one shoulder makes it easier to slip over baby’s head.

YARN Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (50g/125m ball) 24 (26.5: 29.5: 32.5) cm 9.5 (10½: 11½: 12¾) in

Yarn A Clotted Cream (65)

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Sizing colour key: so you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements.

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SMART DAYS edge as set, at the same time dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and every foll alt row until 11 (13: 13: 15) sts rem. Cont straight on Front until 6 rows less than on Back to start of shoulder shaping have been worked, ending with a WS row. SHAPE SHOULDER Cast off rem 11 (13: 13: 15) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 11 (13: 15: 15) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings, work an extra row before start of shoulder shaping, finishing with 6 extra rows to match Back to shoulder shaping. NECKBAND Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 3¼mm needles, pick up and K8 (8: 10: 10) sts down left front neck, K11 (13: 15: 15) sts from front, 14 (14: 18: 18) sts up right front neck, then 23 (25: 27: 29) sts from back neck. [56 (60: 70: 72) sts] Row 1 (WS) *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Work in rib until work meas 2.5cm. [7 rows] Cast off in rib. BACK SHOULDER BUTTON BAND With RS facing and using 3¼mm needles, pick up and K17 sts across left back shoulder from top of neckband to armhole edge. Beg with 2nd row work in rib as given for Back for 4 rows ending with RS row for next row. Cast off in rib. FRONT SHOULDER BUTTONHOLE BAND With RS facing and using 3¼mm needles, pick up and K17 sts across left front shoulder. Work in rib for 1 row. Next row Rib 3, work 2tog, yrn (to make buttonhole) rib 8, k2tog, yrn, rib 2. Work in rib for a further 2 rows, ending with a WS facing for next row. Cast off in rib. Lay front shoulder buttonhole band over back shoulder band so that pick up rows match cast-off edges and sew together at armhole edge. ARMHOLE BORDERS (BOTH ALIKE) With RS facing and using 3¼mm needles, pick up and K51 (67: 63: 69) sts evenly around armhole edge. Beg with a 2nd row, work in rib as for Back for 6 rows. Cast off in rib. Join side and Armhole border seams.

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STEP-BY-STEP FAIR ISLE NEATLY WEAVE LOOSE ENDS AND WORKING YARN TO THE BACK OF YOUR KNITTING.

YARN A YARN B YARN C YARN D YARN E

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HELLO SUNSHINE Th e so ft shapes of th is ca rdi ma ke it co mfo rtable and easy fo r ba by to wea r on to p of othe r laye rs.

sweet garter stitch edges!


your swatch with you when Tip Take you go button shopping, so you can match them to the fabric colour!

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hile we love special occasion knits, we’re also huge fans of clothes that are just wearable – comfortable designs that are perfect for keeping warm, staying stylish and showing off your favourite knitting techniques! This adorable cardigan fits right into this category, while also being a classic knit that’s smart enough for any occasion. The simple design is worked in stocking stitch with garter stitch edgings, so it’s also suitable for beginner knitters. Sirdar Snuggly is a classic baby yarn, super-soft on baby’s skin and coming in a range of colours. It’s easy care and machine washable as well – always important with rough-and-tumble tots!

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Sirdar Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/165m) 2 (3: 3: 3: 4) balls of Lemon (252) A pair of 4mm needles A pair of 3½mm needles A 3½mm circular needle Teddybear buttons

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

K LEFT FRONT Cast on 31 (33: 36: 38: 42) sts using 3½mm needles. Knit 10 rows.

FRONTS & BACK

28 (30: 32: 34: 36)in 11 (11¾: 12½: 13¼: 14)cm

Change to 4mm needles. Next row (RS) Knit. Next row K6, P to end of row. Rep these 2 rows until knitting measures 24 (25: 28: 29: 31) cm, ending on a RS ready to start the neck shaping.

25 (26: 30: 31.5: 35)cm 9¾ (10¼: 11¾: 12½: 13¾)in

NECKLINE SHAPING Next row (WS) Cast off 13 (13: 14: 15: 17) sts, P to end. [18 (20: 22: 23: 25) sts] Next row K to last 2 sts, K2tog. [17 (19: 21: 22: 24) sts] Next row P2tog, P to end.

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CHEST

BACK LENGTH SLEEVE LENGTH

Cont without shaping until work meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Cast off.

RIGHT FRONT Cast on 31 (33: 36: 38: 42) sts using 3½mm needles. Knit 10 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Next row (RS) Knit. Next row Purl to last 6 sts, K6. Rep these 2 rows. Make a buttonhole row (see below) when the knitting measures 19 (20: 23: 24: 26) cm and 22 (23: 26: 27: 29) cm. Add buttonhole rows as follows: Buttonhole row (RS) K2, yo, k2tog, K to end of row. Cont until the knitting meas 24 (25: 28: 29: 31) cm, ending on a RS ready to start the neck shaping.

NECKLINE SHAPING Next row (RS) Cast off 13 (13: 14: 15: 17) sts, K to end. [18 (20: 22: 23: 25) sts] Next row P to last 2 sts, p2tog. [17 (19: 21: 22: 24) sts] Next row K2tog, K to end. [16 (18: 20: 21: 23) sts] Cont to decrease 1 st on the neck edge on every following row until you have 13 (15: 17: 18: 20) sts remaining. Continue without shaping until work meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36)cm. Cast off.

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[16 (18: 20: 21: 23) sts] Cont to decrease 1 st on the neck edge of left front on every following row until you have 13 (15: 17: 18: 20) sts remaining.

To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow the relevant column.


SMART DAYS BACK

Cast off.

Cast on 56 (60: 66: 70: 78) sts using 3½mm needles. Knit 10 rows.

TO MAKE UP NECKBAND Using 3½mm needles and with the right side facing, pick up and knit 19 (19: 23: 24: 28) sts from the right front, 30 (30: 32: 34: 38) sts from the back neck, 19 (19: 23: 24: 28) sts from the left front. [68 (68: 78: 82: 94) sts] Work 3 rows in garter st.

Change to 4mm needles. Cont without shaping until meas 28 (30: 32: 34: 36) cm. Cast off.

SLEEVES Cast on 36 (36: 4 0: 40: 44) sts using 3½mm needles. Knit 10 rows. Change to 4mm needles. Starting with a K row, work in stocking stitch increasing at beg and end of every 6th row until you have 52 (52: 56: 56: 62) sts. Continue until the sleeve measures 25 (25: 26: 26: 28) cm.

Next row (RS) K2, k2tog, yo, K to end of row. Work 4 more rows in garter st. Cast off. Sew in the sleeves, then sew sleeve seams and side seams. Attach the buttons using matching yarn. Weave in all loose ends.

The garter stitch edging helps prevent the fabric curling in at the sides.

A simple drop shoulder design makes this easy to seam when you’re done

STEP-BY-STEP PURL TWO TOGETHER (P2TOG)

1 Push the point of your right-hand needle through the first two stitches on your left-hand needle, going from right to left as you would for a purl stitch.

2 Bring the yarn anti clockwise around the needle, between the two needles.

3 Pull the yarn through both stitches, as you would if working a purl stitch, and drop both from the left-hand needle.

Purling two stitches together decreases your stitch count by one, and the decrease stitch leans to the right. This is how a series looks on the right side of stocking stitch.

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classic matinee coat style

COUNTRY GIRL Dress up your rosy-cheeked darling in natural-coloured wool, lace and pretty gingham ribbon. By Amanda Jones.

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sure you take time to block all the pieces Tip Make once you’ve finished knitting – it will open out the lace and really make a diference to the finished piece.

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traditional matinee coat in natural shades, complete with lace, collar and ribbons, is one of the prettiest sights on a rosy-cheeked baby! Perfect for christenings as well as showing off at family gatherings, you can make your special baby look extra-specially smart with Amanda Jones’s delicate design. Worked in a pure alpaca yarn, this coat will be incredibly soft to work with and to wear. The delicate lace fabric is made of a simple pattern repeat, with a pretty lace heart on the chest. The lacy collar is knitted separately then sewn on to the main piece, while a contrasting ribbon finishes the whole piece off perfectly. Enjoy!

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Artesano 4ply Alpaca (100% alpaca, 50g/184m) A pair of 3¼mm needles A pair of 4mm needles A pair of 4½mm needles 3 small buttons 1½m x 5mm (59in x ¼in) checked ribbon

For yarn stockists, contact Artesano 0118 9503350 www.artesanoyarns.co.uk

K BACK SKIRT Cast on 71 (81: 91) sts using 4½mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, *yf, K3, sl 1, k2tog tbl, psso, K3, yf, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 Purl. These 2 rows form the patt. Cont until the work meas 17 (21: 23) cm from beg, ending on a RS row. Next row (dec row) P3 (3: 4), p2tog, *P5 (6: 7), p2tog; rep from * to end, P3 (4: 4). [61 (71:81) sts] Break yarn.

TENSION

FRONT & BACK

32.5 (35.5: 39.5)cm 12¾ (14: 15½)in

Yarn used knits as 4ply to this tension: 25 sts and 33 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over st st using 4½mm needles.

YOKE Cast on 61 (71: 81) sts using 3¼mm needles. Work 4 rows of patt, ending on a WS row. With the skirt (RS facing) on the bottom, graft the skirt and the yoke tog with a knit row. Next row Purl. Next row K1, *yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1; rep from * to end. Work 3 rows st st.

SIZE

25 (30: 34)cm 10 (11¾: 13½)in

TO FIT CHEST LENGTH TO SHOULDER SLEEVE LENGTH 17.5 (19: 21.5)cm 6¾ (7½: 8½)in

SLEEVE

YARN Biscuit (SFN21)

Next row (RS) K13 (15: 18), * k2tog, yf, K14 (17: 19); rep from * twice, k2tog, yf, K14 (16: 19). This sets up the position for the heart patt. Cont working from 2nd row of chart. (Purl every WS row.) AT THE SAME TIME when the work meas 21 (23: 26) cm from the beg, ending on a WS row, begin armhole shaping as follows: ARMHOLE SHAPING Cast off 3 (3: 4) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows then dec 1 st at each end of the foll 3 rows. [49 (59: 67) sts] Cont without shaping until you have finished all rows from the chart then cont in stocking stitch until the armhole meas 10 (11: 12) cm from beg of shaping, ending on a WS row. BACK NECK SHAPING K across 18 (20: 22) sts, turn, leave rem sts on a holder and work each side separately. Dec 1 st at neck edge on the next 3 rows. [15 (17: 19) sts] Break yarn and leave sts on a holder to graft to the front later. With RS facing rejoin yarn and cast off the centre 15 (21: 25) sts, then K to end of row. Complete as for the first side. RIGHT FRONT SKIRT Cast on 43 (43: 53) sts using 4½mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, P1, K1, *yf, K3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K3, yf, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 and every foll alt row P to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1. This sets up the patt with a moss st centre front edge. Cont in patt as for the back ending on a RS row. SIZE 0-6 MTHS ONLY Next row P2, *p2tog, P2; rep from *, end K1, P1, K1. [33 sts]

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SMART DAYS SIZES 6-12 AND 12-18 MTHS ONLY Next row P to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

This sets up the patt and centre front band for the left front cont as for the right front.

For all sizes, break yarn with enough length to knit 2 sts. Leave to graft later.

LEFT FRONT YOKE Cast on 31 (41: 51) sts using 3¼mm needles. Rows 1–4 as written for the right front. Next row With the skirt at the back, RS facing, graft the yoke to the skirt, end P1, K1, from the skirt. [33 (43: 53) sts] Next row and every foll WS row K1, P1, K1, P to end. Next row K1, *yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1; rep from * to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) twice. Work 3 rows in st st ending on a WS row. Next row K8 (15: 18), k2tog, yf, K to last 4 sts, (P1, K1) twice. This sets up the position for the left front yoke patt cont to work as for the right front reversing the shapings – starting the armhole shaping on a RS row and the front neck shaping on a WS row. Graft to back at shoulder.

RIGHT FRONT YOKE Cast on 31 (41: 51) sts using 3¼mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, *yf, K3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K3, yf, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 Purl. Rep these 2 rows 1 more time. Next row With the skirt at the back (RS facing), K1, P1, from skirt, using the yarn left on the skirt, then, with the yoke yarn at the back, cont to graft the yoke and skirt to the end using the yoke yarn. [33 (43 :53) sts] Next row Purl. Next row (RS) (K1, P1) twice, *yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2 and every foll alt row P to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1. Note The centre front band has now become the buttonhole band with 4 sts in moss st. Row 3 (Buttonhole row) K1, P1, yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K to end. Work the buttonhole on the foll 10th (12th: 14th) rows. Row 5 (K1, P1) twice, K13 (21: 28), k2tog, yf, K to end of row. This sets up the patt position. For the heart patt cont working from 2nd row of chart; AT THE SAME TIME when the work matches to the back armhole shaping ending on a RS row work armhole shaping as folls: Next row (WS) Cast off 3 (3: 4) sts at beg of row then dec 1 st at the armhole on the next 3 sts. [27 (37: 46) sts] Cont without shaping until the work meas 6 (8: 9) cm from the beg of the yoke patt, ending on a WS row. FRONT NECK SHAPING Cast off 6 (8 :9) sts at the beg of the next row then dec 1 st at the neck edge on every row until 15 (17: 19) sts rem. Cont without shaping until the front matches to the back shoulder. Graft to the back shoulder.

SLEEVES (WORK 2 ALIKE) Cast on 41 (51: 51) sts using 4mm needles. Work 8 rows in patt as written for the back. Next row Change to 3¼mm needles and work 2 rows in st st. Next row (RS) *K1, yf, sl 1, K1, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, K1, yf, K1. [42 (52: 52) sts] Cont in st st throughout. Inc 1 st at both ends of the foll RS row and then on every foll 10th (14th: 16th) rows until there are 50 (58: 62) sts. Cont without shaping until the work meas 16 (18: 20) cm from the beg, ending on a WS row. SHAPE SLEEVE HEAD Cast off 3 sts at the beg of the next 6 rows then cast off rem 32 (40 :44) sts loosely.

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LEFT FRONT Cast on 43 (43: 53) sts using 4½mm needles. Row 1 K1,* yf, K3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K3, yf, K1; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf, K1, P1, K1. Row 2 and every foll alt row K1, P1, K1, P to end.

Leave the cuff ribbon off if the baby is likely to undo it and chew it.

COLLAR Cast on 75 (85: 85) sts using 4mm needles. Row 1 K1, P1, K1, *yf, K3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, K3, yf, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, P1, K1. Row 2 K1, P1, K1, P to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1. Rep these 2 rows until you have completed 5 full patt reps then change to 3¼mm needles and work 10 rows in st st. Cast off loosely. TO MAKE UP Carefully press the work by pinning each point of the hem on the skirt and the yoke. Lightly steam and leave for 30 mins. Do the same for the sleeves. With the centre of the sleeve matched to the shoulder seam, sew in the sleeves. Join side and sleeve seam. On the RS catch st the ends of the yoke together. Sew the buttons onto the left front opposite the buttonholes. Thread the ribbon through the eyelet holes at the bottom of the yoke. Starting in the middle of the eyelet row at the bottom of the sleeves, thread the ribbon through.

CHART KEY yf k2tog s1 1, k1, psso s1 1, k2tog, psso k2tog, return st to left needle, pass next st over it, sl st back on to right needle

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Qu ic k and easy to kn it, and mach in e washa ble to o!

A cosy layer for cool days

SMART STRIPES This striped tank top is perfect for Sunday best! By Kirstie McLeod.


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Stylecraft Lullaby DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/135m) A pair of 4mm needles A pair of 4½mm needles 3 small buttons (6-12m only)

For yarn stockists, contact Stylecraft 01535 609798 www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

hether it’s for Sunday best, a special occasion or just for toddling off to nursery looking super smart, this simple vest is sure to be a hit! It’s knit in a soft and snuggly yarn that’s also super practical. Stylecraft Lullaby DK is machine washable and even tumble dryable – perfect if your little one gets attached and wants to wear his vest day after day! Don’t worry if you’re new to knitting garments, as this is a really simple design, knit in two flat pieces that are seamed together, with ribbing added at the neck and armholes. For the smallest size you can also work a buttoned shoulder – ideal for babies’ larger heads and easy dressing!

The buttonband makes it easy to get wriggly babies dressed!

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to the following tension: 20 sts and 25 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over patt using 4½mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS yrn yarn round needle

K STRIPE PATTERN 2 rows - Yarn A 2 rows - Yarn B 2 rows - Yarn C 2 rows - Yarn B 2 rows - Yarn A

K2, P2 ribbing at the bottom keeps the tank top snug on active toddlers.

For a full list, see page 130. BACK Cast on 58 (66: 74: 78) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A. Row 1 P2, *K2, P2; rep from * to end. Row 2 K2, *P2, K2; rep from * to end. These 2 rows establish the rib patt. Work straight in K2, P2 rib for 3.5 (3.5: 4: 5) cm. Change to 4½mm needles. Starting with a knit row and yarn A, work in stocking stitch and the stripe pattern until the knitting measures 19 (20: 21: 22)cm, ending with a purl row.

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FRONT Cast on 58 (66: 74: 78) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A.

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ARMHOLE SHAPING Cast off 4 (4: 5: 5) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. [50 (58: 64: 68) sts] Dec 1 st at the next and every foll alt row until 44 (52: 56: 60) sts remain. Continue work straight until the armhole measures 8 (8: 9: 10) cm, ending on a purl row. Cast off.

YARN Stylecraft, Lullaby DK (50g/135m ball) Yarn A Sand (1756)

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Row 1 P2, *K2, P2; rep from * to end. Row 2 K2, *P2, K2; rep from * to end. These 2 rows establish the rib patt. Work straight in K2, P2 rib for 3.5 (3.5: 4: 5)cm.

Cast off the centre 10 (14: 16: 18) sts, knit to end of row. Work the other side, reserving the neck shaping.

Change to 4½mm needles. Starting with a knit row and yarn A, work in st st and the stripe pattern until the knitting measures 19 (20: 21: 22) cm, ending with a purl row.

ARMBAND SIZE 6-12 MTHS ONLY Join the left-hand shoulder seam. Using 4mm needles and RS facing, pick up and knit 52 sts. Row 1 (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue with K2, P2 rib for 5 rows. Cast off.

ARMHOLE SHAPING Cast off 4 (4: 5: 5) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. [50 (58: 64: 68) sts] Dec 1 st at the next and every foll alt row until 44 (52: 56: 60) sts remain. Work 1 row. SHAPE NECK Next row Work 17 (19: 20: 21) sts, turn and leave rem sts on a holder. Complete this side first. Dec 1 st at neck edge on the next and every row until 11 (16: 14: 15) sts rem. Continue to work straight until armhole measures 8 (8: 9: 10) cm, ending on a purl row. Cast off. With RS facing, rejoin the yarn.

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For right-hand shoulder Without joining the shoulder seam, using 4mm needles and RS facing, pick up and knit 52 sts. Row 1 (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue with K2, P2 rib for 5 rows. Cast off. SIZES 12-18 MTHS, 2 YRS & 3 YRS ONLY Join both the shoulder seams. Using 4mm needles and RS facing, pick up and knit (62: 70: 78) sts. Row 1 K2 (P2, K2) to end of row. Continue with K2, P2 rib for 5 rows. Cast off.

NECKBAND Using 4mm needles and right sides facing, pick up and knit 22 (28: 30: 32) sts across the back neck, pick up and knit 20 (25: 27: 29) sts down the left front, pick up and knit 10 (14: 16: 18) sts across the front neck and then pick up and knit 20 (25: 27: 29) sts down the left front. [72 (92: 100: 108) sts] Work in K2, P2 rib for 5 rows. Cast off. SHOULDER BUTTONBAND For the first size only Using 4mm needles and RS facing, pick up and knit 16 sts from back right shoulder. Row 1 (P2, K2) to end of row. Row 2 (P2, K2) to end of row. Row 3 (P2, K2) to end of row. Row 4 (Buttonhole) P2, K2, yrn. p2tog, K2, yrn, p2tog, K2, yrn, p2tog, K2. Row 5 (P2, K2) to end of row. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Join side and armhole seams. Weave in all loose ends. Attach buttons to the right-hand front shoulder, matching them to the buttonholes, for the small size only.


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Cute short-sleeved style

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hether it’s a wedding, a birthday party or just a gathering of friends, every little girl loves to dress up like the grown-ups. And with this pretty shrug-style cardigan, toddlers from ages one to three can look just as chic as the ladies! The short sleeves make it ideal for summer occasions, as it will slip comfortably over any party dress if there’s a chill in the air. A subtle crochet border adds smart detailing to the project, while a pleat on the back not only looks pretty but ensures there’s enough movement in the garment for active toddlers. Finish off with cute ribbon flowers for the perfect party piece!

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Sirdar Baby Bamboo (80% bamboo, 20% wool) 3 (4: 4) balls of Peony (110) A pair of 3¾mm needles A 3½mm crochet hook 7 ribbon flowers

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 26 sts and 32 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) in stocking stitch using 3¾mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130

CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS ch chain dc double crochet sl st slip stitch tr treble

K BACK Cast on 39 (42: 46) sts using 3¾mm needles. Working in st st, shaping as follows: Row 1 Knit to end of row. Row 2 Cast on 5 sts, purl to end of row. Row 3 Cast on 5 sts, knit to end of row. Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 69 (72: 76) sts. Cont straight on these sts until meas 10 (11.5: 12.5) cm from cast-on edge.

Cast off 4 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. [61 (64: 68) sts] Dec 1 st at each end of every following row until you have 53 (56: 60) sts. Cont in st st until the armhole meas

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Peony (110)

Next row K20, cast off 13 (16: 20) sts, K20. Next row Purl. Next row K10 , cast off 10 sts. Next row Cast off 10 sts. Rejoin the yarn and shape as other side.

LEFT SIDE Cast on 15 (16: 18) sts using 3¾mm needles. Row 1 Knit to last 2 sts, inc 1, K1. Row 2 Inc 1 st at the beg of the row, purl to end. Rep these 2 rows until you have 25 (26: 28) sts. Next row Knit to last 2 sts, inc 1, K1. Next row Purl. Rep these 2 rows until you have 33 (34: 36) sts. Cont in st st until meas same as Back to armhole shaping, ending on a purl row.

Next row Cast off 4 sts, knit to end of row. [29 (30: 32) sts] Dec 1 st at the armhole edge until you have 25 (26: 28) sts. Next row Dec 1 st at the beg of the row, purl to end. Next row Knit. Rep these 2 rows until 10 sts rem and the armhole meas 14cm from the beg of armhole shaping.

RIGHT SIDE Cast on 15 (16: 18) sts using 3¾mm needles.

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SMART DAYS Row 1 Inc 1 st at the beg of the row, knit to end. Row 2 Purl to last 2 sts, inc 1, P1. Rep these 2 rows until you have 25 (26: 28) sts. Next row Inc 1 st, knit to end. Next row Purl. Rep these 2 rows until you have 33 (34: 36) sts. Cont in st st until meas same as Back to armhole shaping, making sure to end on a knit row.

ARMHOLE SHAPING Next row Cast off 4 sts, purl to end of row. [29 (30: 32) sts] Dec 1 st at the armhole edge until you have 25 (26: 28) sts. Next row Dec 1 st at the beg of the row, knit to end. Next row Purl. Rep these 2 rows until 10 sts rem and the armhole meas 14cm from the beg of armhole shaping.

SLEEVE (MAKE 2) Cast on 54 sts using 3¾mm needles. St st 2 rows. Cast off 4 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. [46 sts] Dec 1 st at both ends of the foll 4 rows. [38 sts] Cont in st st until your knitting meas 8cm from the cast on edge, ending on a purl row. Next row Dec 1 st at both ends of the row. Next row Purl. Rep these 2 rows until 20 sts rem.

Next row K2tog across the row. Cast off.

MAKING UP Sew together the shoulder and side seams. Sew togther sleeve seams, sew the sleeves in place. With RS facing, find the centre point of the back, mark with a pin on the neck. Measure and place pins 5cm either side of centre pin. Fold at centre pin so outer pins meet, then sew down on WS for 2.5cm. Place back flat to make the box pleat. Sew in place along the top edge of the neck ready to add the edging. Attach the ribbon flowers to the front and back of the cardigan using the photos as reference.

Sew the flowers on extra firmly to stop little fingers pulling them off!

BORDER With a 3½mm crochet hook, join the yarn at a side seam. Next round Ch 1, dc all the way round the cardigan, sl st into the ch st. Next round Ch 2, tr in each of the dc from the last round, sl st into the ch st and fasten off. Sew in any loose ends.

Sew the pleat before doing the edging for a professional finish.

Pretty flowers add elegance.

STEP-BY-STEP CROCHET AN EDGE Create a base for the border with a double crochet edge

1 Insert crochet hook into the edge of the knitting, make a slip stitch and place on the hook. Wind your yarn round hook (yrh), then pull through both loops.

2 To create the double crochet (dc) insert the hook a little further along, yrh. Pull yarn through just the knitted fabric.

3 Yrh again and pull through both loops, leaving just one loop on your hook. Repeat steps 2 and 3 evenly across your work.

4 This is what the finished double crochet (dc) edge going across the knitting looks like.

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BABY YARNS Soft and sweet yarns for the tiny tots in your life. Stylecraft LULLABY

Red Heart PLUSH BABY

Hayfield BABY CHUNKY

Peter Pan MERINO BABY

BALL WEIGHT 50g BALL LENGTH 135m YARN CONTENT 55% nylon, 45% acrylic KNITS AS DK RRP £2.79 REC NEEDLE SIZE 4mm

BALL WEIGHT 100g BALL LENGTH 170m YARN CONTENT 80% acrylic, 20% nylon KNITS AS Aran RRP £3 REC NEEDLE SIZE 5mm

BALL WEIGHT 100g BALL LENGTH 155m YARN CONTENT 70% acrylic, 30% nylon KNITS AS Chunky RRP £4.60 REC NEEDLE SIZE 6½mm

BALL WEIGHT 50g BALL LENGTH 116m YARN CONTENT 100% superwash wool KNITS AS DK RRP £3.95 REC NEEDLE SIZE 4mm

Soft and plump, this yarn will be a real treat for baby without breaking the bank! Loosely plied, the yarn knits up into rounded stitches for a very bouncy finished fabric that feels thick and warm to keep baby cosy. With 14 shades to choose from, it’s machine washable and can be tumble dried at low heat. www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk 01535 609798

Light and marshmallowy, Plush Baby is a textured yarn with an almost bouclé construction, with loops of fibre coming from the central core of each loosely spun ply. As this traps more air, it will make cosy finished knits. There are seven shades, all machine washable at 40ºC, and this yarn can be tumble dried, so don’t worry about spills and accidents! www.redheart.co.uk 01484 681881

This is a great value yarn that feels much more expensive than it is – what could be better for your little ones? Warm and soft, this lovely yarn knits up into a bouncy yet solid fabric. With 14 bright shades, this is ideal for quick gifts and is machine washable on a 40°C wool cycle, but must be reshaped while wet and dried flat. www.sirdar.co.uk 01924 231682

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Cabled baby garments are possibly the cutest knits around, and this yarn, with its brilliant stitch definition, is perfect for these. It has a round twist and creates a very even knitted fabric. It comes in 11 shades from brights to pastels. Machine washable at 30°C on a wool cycle and must be dried flat – and don’t iron it! www.tbramsden.co.uk 01943 872264


SprIng Days Get ready for warmer weather with lighter, brighter baby knits


FLORAL FANCY Brighter days need lighter knits, like this cute set by Amanda Jones.

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A cosy layer as days warm up


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Sirdar, Snuggly Baby Bamboo (80% bamboo, 20% wool) 1 (1: 1: 2: 2: 2) balls of Yarn A 1 (1: 1: 2: 2: 2) balls of Yarn B 1 (1: 1: 2: 2: 2) balls of Yarn C 1 (1: 1: 2: 2: 2) balls of Yarn D A pair of 4mm needles A 3.5mm crochet hook Three flower shaped buttons

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

oft and with an attractive sheen, bamboo yarn looks fab on babies. “Although this yarn contains wool, it’s such a small amount and the bamboo is so soft that this yarn has a wonderful soft, silky feel, just right for babies,” says Amanda Jones, the designer of this pretty jumper and hat set that’s perfect for spring weather.

Draw out one or two strands from a length of yarn to attach the buttons.

K BACK Cast on 50 (54: 58: 64: 69: 76) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A. Beg with a knit row, work in st st throughout, work striped patt as follows keeping to the colour sequence A, B, C, D at all times. Work four 2-row stripes. Work one 4-row stripe. Cont in this way until the work measures 5½ (6: 6¼: 7: 7¾: 9½)in, 14 (15: 16: 18: 20: 24) cm from beg, ending on a WS row.

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 21 sts and 28 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10in) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130

CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS ch chain dc double crochet ttr2tog work 2 triple trebles together

ARMHOLE SHAPING Next row (RS) Cast off 2 (2: 3: 3: 4: 4) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. [46 (50: 52: 58: 61: 68) sts] Then dec 1 st at each end of the next 3 rows. [40 (44: 46: 52: 55: 62) sts] Cont without shaping until the armhole measures 3½ (4: 4: 4: 4¼: 4¼)in, 9 (10: 10: 10: 11: 11)cm from beg ending on a RS row.

The brim of the hat will roll naturally. If you don’t want it to, rib it for an inch.

needle to graft to the front right shoulder later. FRONT Work as for the back until the neck shaping, ending on a RS row.

NECK SHAPING Next row (WS) P across 9 (10: 11: 12: 12: 13) sts, cast off the centre 22 (24: 24: 28: 31: 36) sts, then P to end. Work 4 more rows then cast off. With RS facing rejoin the yarn and work 2 more rows, then cast off or leave on a spare

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YARN Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo (50g/95m) Yarn A Light Blue (169)

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9½ (10¼: 10¾: 11½: 12½: 14¼) in 24 (26: 27: 29: 32: 36) cm

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5¾ (6: 6¼: 6½: 7: 7½) in 14.5 (15: 16: 16.5: 18: 19) cm

9¼ (10: 10¾: 11¾: 12¾:14¼) in 24 (25.5: 27.5: 30: 32.5:36) cm

sts then cast off the centre 22 (24: 24: 28: 31: 36) sts, P to end. Work 2 rows. Next row (buttonholes) K1 (2: 2: 2: 2: 3), yo, k2tog, K3 (3: 4: 4: 4: 4), yo, K1 (1: 1: 2: 2: 2). Work 2 more rows then cast off. With RS facing rejoin yarn and work 2 more rows then cast off or graft to the back shoulder. SLEEVES (WORK 2 ALIKE) Cast on 30 (32: 32: 34: 36: 36) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A, work in striped patt as for the back. AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st at each end of the 4th (4th: 4th: 10th: 10th: 10th) rows until there are 46 (48: 50: 50: 54: 56) sts. Cont without shaping until the sleeve measures 5¾ (6: 6¼: 6¾: 7: 7½)in, 14.5 (15: 16: 16.5: 18: 19)cm from beg ending on a WS row.

Use one or two strands of Baby Bamboo to attach the flowers.

ring, sl st to first dc. 2nd round Join yarn A. *4ch, ttr2tog, into next dc, 5ch, sl st into next dc; rep from * until you have worked 5 petals. Sew flower onto the front of the jumper.

SHAPE SLEEVE HEAD Cast off 2 (2: 3: 3: 4: 4) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows then dec 1 st at each end of the next 3 rows. Cast off rem 36 (38: 38: 38: 40: 42) sts. TO MAKE UP Join right shoulder (if not grafted already). Overlap the front left shoulder seams and catch stitch the sleeve end. Sew button onto the back shoulder opposite the button holes. Join the side and sleeve seams, being careful to match the stripes. Sew in the sleeve, matching the centre of the sleeve to the shoulder seam. With crochet hook and the colour of the last row of the centre neck, work 1 row of double crochet around the neck. FLOWER Using 3.5mm crochet hook and yarn C. Foundation ring 5ch, join with sl st. 1st round 1ch (this counts as 1dc), 11dc into

HAT Cast on 65 (70: 75) sts using 4mm needles and yarn A. Work 22 (22: 24) rows of striped patt as for the jumper. SHAPE CROWN Next row K4, sl 1, K1, psso, *K9 (10: 11), sl 1, K1, psso; rep from *, last 4 sts, K4. [59 (64: 69)sts] Work 3 rows. Next row K4, sl 1, K1, psso, *K8 (9: 10), sl 1, K1, psso; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4. Work 1 row. Next row K4, sl 1, K1, psso, *K7 (8: 9), sl 1, K1, psso; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4. Cont to dec every other row in this way until 30 sts rem. Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Join back seam being careful to match stripes. Make another flower and sew it onto the side of the hat.

STEP-BY-STEP GRAFT WITH KITCHENER STITCH

1 With wrong sides facing and the needles held together, insert the sewing needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit. Slip this stitch off the needle.

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2 Insert the sewing needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, but leave the stitch on the needle. Pull the yarn through this stitch.

3 Insert sewing needle as if to purl into the first stitch on the back needle and slip the stitch off. Go into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, pull yarn through the stitch.

4 Repeat the 3 steps across the shoulder seam, fasten off when you get to the end of the row.


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e all know how sweet babies in hand-knit garments are, but these dungarees are on another level of cuteness. Paired with long-sleeved tops and teeny tiny socks for cooler days, or worn by themselves when the weather gets warmer, these dungarees are really versatile. And the Rico Baby Soft yarn is soft but hardwearing enough to withstand plenty of wear from babies who are startling to crawl around! “This project looks really complicated but it’s actually a very simple stitch pattern,” explains designer Ruth Maddock. “It’s mostly stocking stitch with a bit of garter stitch to make it look stunning. The great part is that people won’t know how basic it is – they’ll be too busy being impressed by how good it looks!”

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Rico, Baby Soft Cotton Print DK (50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 50g/125m) 3 (4: 4: 5) balls of Yarn A* 1 (1: 1: 1) ball of Yarn B (*We’ve used Light Blue & White (002), which has now been discontinued, but you can simply swap in any of the Print colours from Rico’s Baby Soft range) A pair of 4mm needles A pair of 3¼mm needles 13 (13: 14: 14) small buttons A 3½mm crochet hook A stitch holder

For yarn stockists contact Rico Yarns +49 (0)52 72 602-0 www.rico-design.de/en/home

K STITCH PATTERN Row 1 (WS) - (- : P5: P5) *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 2 Knit. Row 3 - (- : P5: P5) *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 4 Knit. Row 5 Purl. Row 6 (RS) - (- : P5: P5) *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 7 Purl. Row 8 - (- : P5: P5) *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 9 Purl. Row 10 Knit. These 10 rows form the patt.

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 30 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

42 (47: 53.5: 59.5) cm 16½ (18½: 21: 23½) in

FRONT & BACK

ACTUAL CHEST

LENGTH

SHAPE CROTCH Cont in patt and work shaping as follows: Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 (3: 5: 5) alt rows. [60 (70: 74: 84) sts]

SIZE 3 AND 4 Dec 1 st at the end of next row. [60 (70: 75: 85) sts] ALL SIZES Cont in patt until 1 (2: 2: 3) pattern repeat(s) have been worked from marker, ending with a 10th (RS) row. Work 2nd leg to match. JOIN FOR BODY With WS facing work across the stitches of both legs keeping continuity of pattern as follows:

0-3m

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12-18m

18-21m

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46

51

56

60

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18

20

22

24

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54

63

68

77

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21

24¾

26½

30¼

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42

47

53.5

59.5

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16½

18½

21

23½

SIZE TO FIT CHEST

LEG Cast on 35 (45: 55: 65) sts using 4mm needles and Yarn B. Work 1 row purl, then change to Yarn A, and work as follows: Next row *K3 (4: 5: 4), m1, K4 (5: 6: 5); rep from * to end. [40 (50: 60: 70) sts] Now cont in patt as given above AND inc one st at each end of next and every foll 2nd (3rd: 4th: 5th) patt row, until there are 70 (80: 90: 100) sts, then cont without shaping until 4 (5: 6: 7) patt repeats have been worked, ending with a 10th (RS) row. Place marker at each end of the last row worked. Work measures approx 14 (17: 20: 25) cm.

YARN Rico, Baby Soft Cotton DK

27 (31.5: 34: 38.5) cm 10½ (12¼: 13¼: 15) in

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(50g/125m ball)

Yarn A Light blue & white (002)

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Yarn B White (001)

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BOYS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON LEFT) Row 1 (WS) *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 2 Cast on 5 sts then knit to end of row. [125 (145: 155: 175) sts] GIRLS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT) Row 1 (WS) Cast on 5 sts, purl these 5 sts then *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. [125 (145: 155: 175) sts] Row 2 Knit. BOTH VERSIONS Row 3 (WS) P5, *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 4 Knit. Row 5 Purl. Row 6 (RS) P5, *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 7 Purl. Row 8 P5, *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 9 Purl. Row 10 Knit. Row 11 (WS) P5, *K5, P5; rep from * to end of row. Row 12 Knit. Rows 3-12 form the patt. Rep these 10 rows 4 (4: 5: 5) more times. Then work row 3 once more. BOYS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON LEFT) Next row (RS) K25 (28: 29: 32) sts, (k2tog) 10 (12: 13: 15) times, K40 (46: 50: 56) sts, (k2tog) 10 (12: 13: 15) times, K rem 20 (23: 24: 27) sts. [105 (121: 129: 145) sts] LEFT FRONT Next row (WS) Patt 25 (29: 31: 35) sts, turn and work on these sts only. GIRLS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT) Next row (RS) K20 (23: 24: 27) sts, (k2tog) 10 (12: 13: 15) times, K40 (46: 50: 56) sts, (k2tog) 10 (12: 13: 15) times, knit rem 25 (28: 29: 32) sts. [105 (121: 129: 145) sts] LEFT FRONT Next row (WS) Patt 30 (34:36:40) sts, turn and work on these sts only. BOTH VERSIONS Cont working pattern as set and cast off 2 (2: 3: 4) sts at beg of next and foll alt row, dec

1 st at armhole edge of next 6 rows, dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 1 (4: 3: 4) alt rows. Cont for a further 0 (4: 6: 4) rows ending with RS row (6th patt row). [14 (15:16:17) sts] (Boy’s version) and [19 (20:21:22) sts] (Girl’s version).

SHAPE NECK AND STRAPS BOYS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON LEFT) Next row Cast off 5 sts, patt to end. GIRLS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT) Next row Cast off 10 sts, patt to end. BOTH VERSIONS Turn and work on the last group of 9 (10: 11: 12) sts as follows: Next row Patt to last 2 sts, k2tog. Next row Cast off2 sts, patt to end. Now cont in patt on the rem 6 (7: 8: 9) sts until work measures 10 (12: 12: 13) cm from beg of armhole shaping. Cast off. BACK Rejoin yarn to rem sts with WS facing, and work in patt across next 50 (58: 62: 70) sts. Turn work and cont as follows: Cont in patt and cast off 2 (2: 3: 4) sts at beg of next 4 rows, dec 1 st at each edge of next 6 rows, dec 1 st at each edge of next 1 (4: 3: 4) alt rows. [28 (30: 32: 34) sts] Cont for a further 0 (4: 6: 4) rows ending with RS row (6th patt row). Next row Patt 9 (10: 11: 12) sts, cast off centre 10 sts, patt to end. Turn and work on the last group of 9 (10: 11: 12) sts as follows: Next row (RS) patt to last 2 sts, k2tog. Next row cast off 2 sts, patt to end. Now cont in patt on the rem 6 (7: 8: 9) sts until work measures 10 (12: 12: 13)cm from beg of armhole shaping. Cast off. Rejoin yarn to rem sts and work 2nd side of neck to match 1st side as follows: Next row (RS) Cast off 2 sts, patt to end. Next row Patt to last 2 sts, p2tog. Now cont in patt on the rem 6 (7: 8: 9) sts until work measures 10 (12: 12: 13)cm from beg of armhole shaping. Cast off.

Button fastenings make it easier to get the dungarees on and off.

Picking up stitches for the neck and straps gives the perfect finish.

RIGHT FRONT

BOYS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON LEFT) With WS facing rejoin yarn to rem 30 (34: 36: 40) sts.

GIRLS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT) With WS facing rejoin yarn to rem 25 (29: 31: 35) sts.

BOTH VERSIONS Cont in patt as follows:

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extra interest by using Tip Add shaped buttons on the front. Teddy bears, flowers – you choose!

Work 2nd armhole to match. Sew shoulder seams.

NECK EDGE With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 82 (92: 102: 112) sts around neck. Next row Cast off loosely knitwise. Sew crotch seam from marker to cast-on stitches at front and from marker to join at back.

FRONT LEG BAND With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 25 (32: 39: 42) sts from cast on edge to crotch seam, 1 st in seam, 32 sts from seam to cast on edge and 51 (65: 79: 93) sts along front leg seam. [109 (130:151:168) sts] Work in garter st for three rows ending with a RS row. Buttonhole row K1, *K3 (4: 5: 6), yrn, k2tog, K2 (3: 4: 5); rep from * 6 more times, K1. Now work 2 more rows garter st ending with a RS row. Next row Cast off knitwise.

BACK LEG BAND With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 51 (65: 79: 93) sts all around back leg seam and work in garter st for 4 rows ending with a WS row. Next row Cast off purlwise.

The pretty picot edging is easy to achieve if you follow our instructions!

Cast off 2 (2: 3: 4) sts at beg of next and foll alt row, dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 6 rows, dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 1 (4: 3: 4) alt rows. Cont for a further 0 (4: 6: 4) rows ending with RS row (6th patt row).

SHAPE NECK AND STRAPS Work 1 row in patt.

BOYS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON LEFT)

FRONT BUTTONHOLE BAND

BOTH VERSIONS Turn and work on the last group of 9 (10: 11: 12) sts as follows: Next row Patt to last 2 sts, k2tog. Next row Cast off 2 sts, patt to end. Now cont in patt on the rem 6 (7: 8: 9) sts until work measures 7 (8: 9: 10)cm from beg of front. Cast off. Pin out and press work from WS according to ball band instructions.

Next row (RS) Cast off 10 sts, patt to end.

ARMHOLE EDGES

GIRLS’ VERSION (BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT)

With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 60 (64: 68: 72) sts around armhole. Next row Cast off loosely knitwise.

Next row (RS) Cast off 5 sts, patt to end.

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With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 49 (49: 56: 56) sts evenly along button band. Next row *K3, yf, k2tog, K2; rep from * 6 (6: 7: 7) more times. Next row Cast off purlwise.

FRONT BUTTON BAND With 3¼mm needles and working from the RS, with Yarn B pick up and knit 49 (49: 56: 56) sts evenly along button band. Next row Knit. Next row Cast off purlwise. TO MAKE UP Sew the 5 cast-on sts of button band to the inside of your work. Sew in all ends and sew buttons on to leg opening and to front button band to correspond with the buttonholes.


Uses just one ball of yarn!

Th e se lf-pat te rn in g ya rn ta ke s ca re of th e co lo ur chan ge s fo r yo u.

SWEET FEET! co-ordinating colours. By Louise Butt.


of loosely so that the Tip Cast bootee cufs aren’t too tight around the baby’s ankles.

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Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/165m) 1 ball of Keltie (151) A 4mm circular needle Three stitch markers

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

This pretty variegated yarn is also machine washable and dryable.

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 130.

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The eyelet pattern is very simple and goes all around the toes.

o one can resist a pair of bootees! There’s something about that tiny foot shape that sums up how small and precious a baby is. Louise Butt has designed a cute pair that leave plenty of room for toes to wiggle and those soft bones to grow properly, ready for toddling. “This yarn is very soft and, most importantly, it’s easy to launder,” says Louise. Baby Crofter comes in 30 adorable colourways so you have plenty to choose from – why not match to a favourite jumper or baby blanket? Although, given how irresistible bootees are, you might want to make a pair in every colour!

K BOOTEES

SOLE Work in st st on remaining 12 sts starting with a K row for 18 rows. Place marker at end of last row.

TOE Work 4 rows in st st. Purl 2 rows. Next row K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, K1. Purl 3 rows. Next row Knit. Next row Purl and place marker at end of row.

TOP OF BOOTEE Work 10 rows in st st. Next row K across all 12 sts, with right side of work facing, pick up and knit 22 sts between the two markers on the cast-on edge.

HEEL AND SIDES

Ribbed cuffs help keep the bootees safely on even the wriggliest feet!

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Cast on 40 sts using 4mm needles, placing a row marker or scrap of yarn between sts 9 and 10 and sts 31 and 32 to mark where you will pick up sts later. Rows 1 & 3 Knit. Rows 2, 4, 5 & 6 Purl. Row 7 K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, K1. Rows 8, 9, 10 & 12 Purl. Row 11 Knit. Row 13 Cast off 14 sts, K to end. Row 14 Cast off 14 sts, P to end. [12 sts]

CUFF Work 19 rows of K1, P1 rib. Cast off in rib leaving a long tail. TO MAKE UP With wrong sides facing, join the ribbed cuff section. Turn work inside out and join work so that the top edge of the side of the bootee meets the first marker, and the bottom corner of the side meets the second marker. Repeat for other side of the bootee.


Simple slip-stitch colourwork Th e pret ty patter n is set off by a si ng le -c olou r co llar , cu ffs and edge s

SUGAR COATED KID What’s small, soft and adorable? A baby wearing Amanda Jones’ sweet cardi in sugared almond shades!


close attention to whether you’re asked Tip Pay to hold the yarn forward or back – this will have a big effect on the look of the finished pattern.

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Sirdar Country Style 4ply, (40% nylon, 30% wool, 30% acrylic; 50g/226m) A pair of 3¼mm needles A pair of 3¾mm needles Stitch holders

For yarn stockists contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as 4ply to this tension: 28 sts and 50 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stitch pattern using 3¾mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS yf yarn forward yb yarn back For a full list, see page 130.

hen you’re looking for the perfect project to cast on, it can sometimes be a tough balance between patterns that are fun to knit and designs that are stylish to wear! Well, we think we’ve found the solution. This adorable baby cardigan is colourful and textured, using a pretty slip stitch pattern. The changing colours and simple stitch pattern keep things interesting for the knitter, while the pastel shades and pretty edgings make a sweet treat every parent will love!

Row 2 As Row 1. Repeat these 2 rows until you have completed 7 rows. Next row Change to 3¾mm needles and work stitch patt as set from foundation row. Cont working in patt until the work meas 14 (17: 20) cm from beg, ending on a WS row. ARMHOLE SHAPING Keeping patt correct throughout: Cast off 4 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. [55 (63: 71) sts] Then dec 1 st at each end of the next 4 rows. [47 (55: 63) sts] Cont in patt without shaping until armhole meas 9.5 (10.5: 11.5) cm from beg, ending on a WS row.

K STITCH PATTERN Foundation row (WS) Using Yarn A, purl. Row 1 Using Yarn B, K3, * sl 1, K3; repeat from * to end. Row 2 Using Yarn B, K3, * yf, sl 1, yb, K3; repeat from * to end. Row 3 Using Yarn A, K1, sl 1, * K3, sl 1; repeat from * to last st, K1. Row 4 Using Yarn A, P1, sl 1, * P3, sl 1; repeat from * to last st, P1. Row 5 Using Yarn C, repeat Row 1. Row 6 Using Yarn C, repeat Row 2. Row 7 Using Yarn A, repeat Row 3. Row 8 Using Yarn A, repeat Row 4. These 8 rows form the patt. Repeat from Row 1.

NECK SHAPING Patt across 16 (17: 19) sts and turn, leave rem sts on spare needle and work each side separately. Dec 1 st at neck edge on the next 2 rows. [14 (15: 17) sts] Work 1 row straight, then break yarn and leave on a holder to cast off with Front later. With RS facing rejoin yarn to rem sts and cast off centre 15 (21: 25) sts, patt to end of row. Complete to match first side. LEFT FRONT Cast on 31 (35: 39) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Work as for the Back until the work meas 14 (17: 20) cm, ending on a WS row.

BACK Cast on 63 (71: 79) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Row 1 (RS) K1, *P1, K1; repeat from * to end.

SIZE TO FIT CHEST

ACTUAL CHEST

LENGTH

3-6 mths

6-9 mths

9-12 mths

cm

41

46

51

in

16

18

20

cm

44

50

56

in

17½

19½

22

cm

24

28

32

11

12½

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15

17

20

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6

SLEEVE

YARN Sirdar Country Style 4ply (50g/226m balls) Yarn A Soapstone (388)

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Yarn B Lilac (460)

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Yarn C Cream (411)

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To make this pattern easier to follow, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions – simply follow our colour-coded measurements.

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Slipped stitches create vertical lines down the cardigan.

ARMHOLE SHAPING Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row. [27 (31: 35) sts] Work 1 row straight, then dec 1 st at armhole edge on the next 4 rows. [23 (27: 31) sts] Cont without shaping until the armhole meas 5 (6: 7) cm, ending on a RS row. FRONT NECK SHAPING Next row Cast off 3 (3: 4) sts, patt to end of row. [20 (24: 27) sts] Dec 1 st at end of next row. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next row, patt to end of row. [17 (21: 24) sts] Then dec 1 st at neck end of every foll row until 14 (15: 17) sts rem. Cont until Front matches to the back shoulder, then cast off with Back using three-needle cast off. RIGHT FRONT Work as for the Left Front, ending on a RS row for armhole shaping. Work shaping as for the Left Front. Beg neck shaping on RS row. Complete to match Left Front.

Moss stitch edgings at the collar and cuffs stop them from curling.

BUTTONHOLE BAND On the Right Front, starting at the cast-on edge, pick up and knit 56 (60: 64) sts to the neck. Work 2 rows of moss st.

COLLAR With WS facing using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A, starting at the Left Front after the button band, pick up and knit 20 (22: 24) sts to the shoulder, pick up and knit 20 (24: 26) sts across the back neck then pick up 20 (22: 24) sts to the beg of the buttonhole band. [60 (68: 74)sts] Work 6 rows of moss st. Next row Moss st 19(21: 23) sts, m1, P1, m1, moss st 10 (12: 12) sts, m1, K1, m1, moss st 10 (12: 12) sts, m1, K1, m1, moss st to end. [66 (74: 80) sts] Change to 3¾mm needles and cont in moss st for a further 10 (10: 12) rows, then cast off in moss st.

Next row Moss st 3, cast off 3, *moss st until you have 12 (13: 14) sts on needle, cast off 3; repeat from * until you have worked 4 buttonholes, end moss st 5 (6: 7). Next row Cast on 3 sts over the cast-off sts from previous row, to end. Work 1 row then cast off in moss st.

TO MAKE UP Join side seams. Join sleeve seam, then set in sleeve matching the centre of the sleeve to the shoulder seam. Sew buttons on to the button band opposite the button holes. Sew in all the loose ends.

beg of the next 8 (8: 10) rows. [15 (19: 15) sts] Cast off. BUTTON BAND With RS of Left Front facing, using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A, starting at the top, pick up and knit 56 (60: 64) sts to the cast-on edge. Work 5 rows of moss st then cast off in moss st.

STEP-BY-STEP PICK UP AND KNIT

SLEEVES (MAKE 2 ) Cast on 43 (43: 47) sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A. Work 7 rows of moss st, then cont working in patt as written for the back. AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st at each end of the 6th and every foll 8th row until there are 47 (51: 53) sts. Cont without shaping until Sleeve meas 15 (17: 20) cm from beg, ending on a WS row. SHAPE SLEEVE HEAD Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. [39 (43: 45) sts] Work 1 row straight, then cast off 3 sts at the

1 Insert your needle between the first two stitches of the row. Wind your yarn around the needle and pull through to the front to ‘knit’ the first stitch.

2 Keep going until you have picked up all the stitches that the pattern states. This is how your finished row should look.

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Easy to get on and off!

Em b ro ider th e pret ty flower deta ils in lazy da isy stitch , or ju st add flower seq ui ns!

SUGAR This sweet stripy dress with flower details and buttoned straps is simply irresistible! By Kirstie McLeod.


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Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (80% bamboo, 20% wool, 50g/95m) Yarn A Candy (114) Yarn B Lemonade (116) Yarn C Peony (110) Yarn D Coo (148) Yarn E Paddy (113) Yarn F Plumptious (179) A pair of 3¼mm needles 2 buttons Sequin flowers (from Queen&Co) Yellow seed beads and invisible thread, or yellow embroidery thread

For yarn stockists, contact Sirdar 01924 231682 www.sirdar.co.uk

TENSION Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS For a full list, see page 130.

his pretty dress is full of the joys of spring! Knit in a colourful bamboo yarn that’s machine washable, the simple stripe design means you’ll never get bored as you want to work “just one more row” each time. Stripes are also great for using up scraps of yarn left from other projects, making it a thrifty knit! And the colourful flowers are easy to add once you’re done – try pretty sequins as we’ve used here, or embroider on a few lazy daisy stitches. Children come in all shapes and sizes, so choose the correct size for your little girl using the chest measurements below. With its simple A-line shaping and buttoned straps, it’s also easy to dress wriggling children, while the bamboo yarn will be cool on their skin – perfect for warmer weather.

K BACK **Cast on 57 (63: 69: 75) sts using 3¼mm needles in yarn A. St st 4 rows. Next row K1, *k2tog, yf, rep from* to last 2 sts, K2. St st 14 rows using the chart as reference for the stripes.

Add flower shaped sequins or embroider flowers using the lazy daisy stitch.

Dec 1 st at both ends of the next row, then every following 8 (10: 12: 14) rows until 47 (53: 59: 65) sts. Continue on these sts until work meas 18 (20.5: 23: 24.5)cm.

ARMHOLE SHAPING Cast off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at both ends of the next row and the foll 3 rows. [29 (35: 41: 47) sts] Cont on these sts until your knitting

Change to yarn C and st st 1 row. Change to yarn D and st st 8 rows. change to yarn C and st st 1 row, change back to yarn D st st 1 row.

SIZE TO FIT CHEST

0-3 mnths

3-12 mnths

12-18 mnths

2 years

cm

45.5

48.5

55

58.5

in

18

19

21¾

23

YARN

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (50g/95m ball)

Yarn A Candy (114)

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2

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Yarn B Lemonade (116)

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Yarn C Peony (110)

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Yarn D Coo (148)

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1

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1

Yarn E Paddy (113)

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1

1

1

Yarn F Plumptious (179)

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1

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The pretty picot edging is easy to achieve if you follow our guide.

measures 8cm from the last colour change (Yarn D).

SHOULDER STRAPS RIGHT SIDE Next row (RS) K11 (13:15: 17 ), cast off 7 (9: 11: 13) sts, K11 (13:15: 17). Next row P11 (13:15: 17). Next row Cast off 2 sts, K9 (11: 13: 15). Dec 1 st on the neck edge on every foll row until there are 8 sts remaining.** Continue on these 8 sts until strap meas 5in (13cm). Next row (RS) K3, k2tog, yf, K3. Next row P8. Dec 1 st at both ends of the row on the next 3 rows. Cast off.

LEFT SIDE With WS facing, rejoin yarn, cast off 2 sts, P11 (13:15: 17). Dec 1 st on the neck edge on every foll row

until there are 8 sts remaining.** Cont on these 8 sts until strap meas 13cm. Next row (RS) K3, k2tog, yf, K3. Next row P8. Dec 1 st at both ends of the row on the next 3 rows. Cast off. FRONT Work as for Back from ** to **. Continue on these 8 sts until straps meas 5cm. Cast off. MAKING UP Weave in all loose ends. Press as instructions on ball band. Sew up the side seams. Fold over the picot hem, pin and sew in place. Add buttons to the front straps. Securely attach the flower sequins across the front using either a French knot or a seed bead and invisible thread, using our photograph (above) as a guide.

CHART KEY Yarn A Yarn B Yarn C Yarn D Yarn E Yarn F

Follow this chart from the bottom up to create the pretty stripe pattern on the dress.

STEP-BY-STEP DO A PICOT EDGE

1 After knitting the required number of rows in st st, *k2tog, bring yarn forward between needles and take the yarn over the top of the right needle to form a stitch. Repeat from * to end of row.

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2 Continue in stocking stitch until knitting measures the required length.

3 Fold the knitting at the point of the ‘hole row’ and pin in place. Using matching yarn, sew the cast-on edge to a row of purl stitches on the main piece of fabric.

4 Finish the hem off by weaving the loose ends in, and giving the hem a light press according to the ball band’s directions.


HOW TO KNIT Here are some handy guides to help you learn how to knit, or refresh your memory on the techniques you’ll need.

CAST ON: CABLE METHOD Great for a firm edge and to add stitches within the work.

Make a slipknot. Insert right-hand needle into the front of the stitch from left to right. Wrap the yarn around the point and pull through, slipping the new stitch onto the left-hand needle.

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Push the point of the right-hand needle between the first and second stitches. Wrap the yarn anti-clockwise around the point of the right-hand needle.

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Pull the loop out with the right-hand needle, then slip it over the tip of the left-hand needle.

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Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the number of stitches you require.

CAST ON: THUMB METHOD An all-purpose cast-on for an elastic edge.

Make a slipknot with a long tail of approx 2.5cm per stitch on one needle. Holding the tail end in your left hand, wrap it around your left thumb.

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Put the point of the needle through the loop from front to back.

Then wind the ball end of the yarn (the ‘working’ yarn) around the needle, going from left to right.

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Pull the loop through the thumb loop, then move the thumb over the tip of the needle. Remove your thumb and pull the yarn to tighten.

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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 up into the front loop of the first stitch, as shown.

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Wind the yarn anti-clockwise 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.

2

Bring the right-hand needle down 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.

3

Push the point of the right needle further through the stitch you created, then gently pull the right needle up and to your left, taking the original loop with it. You’ve now created one knit stitch. Repeat steps 1-4 across the row.

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HOW TO KNIT PURL To make purl stitches, just reverse the action of plain knit stitches.

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

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2

Now slip the right-hand needle back through the stitch, ensuring that you catch the yarn that you’ve already wound around the needle. This creates a stitch on your right-hand needle.

3

Pushing the point of the right-hand needle a little further through the stitch you’ve just created, pull the original loop up and off the left-hand needle. That’s your first purl stitch! Repeat steps 1-4 across the row.

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SSK Slip, slip, knit to create an angled decrease that leans to the left.

With the yarn at the back of your knitting, slip the first stitch on the left- hand needle knitwise onto the right-hand needle.

1

Repeat the action by slipping the next stitch on the left-hand needle knitwise onto the right-hand needle.

2

Now push the left-hand needle through the front of both the slipped stitches.

3

Bring the yarn round just as you would for a knit stitch and knit the two stitches together. You will now have a single stitch on the right-hand needle, and your two slipped ones will create a left-leaning decrease.

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YO Yarn over increases by a stitch, but does create a hole.

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Bring the yarn to the front before you work the next stitch.

Insert the needle into the next stitch and take the yarn from front to back over the right needle, then wrap it around the needle as usual.

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Pick up the yarn and pull it through the stitch on the needle.

Slip the stitch off the needle. You will notice that the yarn over forms an extra loop to the right of the stitch you have just worked. When you purl back across the row, it will create a hole.

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C4F Cable 4 Front: Cable four stitches to the front of your work.

Purl up to where the cable pattern starts, then take the yarn to the back of the knitting.

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Slip the first 2 stitches knitwise onto a cable needle. Hold these stitches at the front of the knitting.

2

Knit the next 2 stitches from the left-hand needle, then slide the stitches on the cable needle to the end of the needle and knit them onto the right-hand needle.

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Bring the yarn to the front of your knitting, and pull the yarn tight to avoid ladders along the side of the cable. Purl the next stitch and continue in the pattern.

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HOW TO KNIT CAST OFF Finish off your knitting with this straightforward cast-off technique.

Start by knitting the first two stitches of the row as normal, but don’t go any further along as you usually would to knit a row.

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Insert the left-hand needle through the first stitch, as shown. Lift this stitch over the other stitch on the righthand needle and over the needle point.

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Knit the next stitch so you have two on the right needle again. Repeat from step 2, lifting the first stitch over the second, then knit the next stitch.

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When you get to the last stitch, cut the yarn about 15cm (6in) away and feed it through the loop. Pull through firmly to fasten off.

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3-NEEDLE CAST-OFF A handy cast-off for joining two edges.

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Hold your knitting so both pieces have the WS facing out. Put the tip of a third needle knitwise through the first stitch on both needles.

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Knit both stitches together, dropping them from the needles.

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Repeat this for the second stitch on both needles.

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Now cast off one of the stitches on the third needle, just as you would when working a regular cast off. Repeat from step 1 along the row.

PICK UP AND KNIT How to pick up and knit stitches along edges.

Holding the piece of knitting you are going to pick up the sts from in your left hand, and starting at the top-right corner, insert the right-hand needle between the first two stitches of the row.

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Wind your yarn around the needle to ‘knit’ the first stitch…

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…and pull the new stitch through between the two stitches.

Continue to work like this along the row or until you have picked up the necessary amount of stitches. Try to space your stitches evenly.

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More pattern abbreviations explained Find these other handy tutorials inside this issue…

M1 Make 1 to increase by one stitch without creating a hole. See p73.

K2TOG Knit two stitches together to decrease by one stitch. See p44.

P2TOG Purl two stitches together to decrease by one stitch. See p77.

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Mattress stitch Use this to join up sections of garments. See p26. 50 Baby Knits 129


KNITTING

alt approx beg CB CC CF CN cont dec

20 19

DK DPN foll/s g st

K/k kfb kwise k2tog k3tog LH LT meas M1

14

15

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inc

M1R

3

8

9

10

4

11

12

5

13

M1L

M1P MB MC P/p patt(s) patt rep(s) PB pfb PM P2tog P3tog prev psso p2sso

alternate approximately beginning cable back contrast colour cable front cable needle continue decrease (by working two stitches together) double knitting double-pointed needle following/follows garter stitch (knit every row) increase (usually knit into same stitch twice) knit knit into front and back of stitch as if to knit the stitch knit the next 2 stitches together (1 stitch dec) knit the next 3 stitches together (2 stitches decreased) left hand left twist measures make one (increase 1 stitch) make one twisted to the left (increase 1 stitch) make one twisted to the right (increase 1 stitch) make one purlwise (increase 1 stitch) 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

pwise rem rep(s) rev st st RH rnd(s) RS RT skpo

sk2po

sl sl st ssk

ssp

st(s) st st tbl tog WS wyib wyif ybk yfwd yo yrn yon *

as if to purl the stitch remain/remaining repeat(s) reverse stocking stitch right hand round(s) (on a circular needle/DPNs) 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 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) stitch(es) stocking stitch through the back of the loop together wrong side with yarn at the back 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

CROCHET (UK) across alt approx bet bl

ch(s) ch sp(s) cl(s) cont dc dc2tog dec dtr dtr2tog fl

gr htr htr2tog in next inc lp(s) nc p or pc rf rb sk sl st sp(s) st(s) t-ch(s) tr tr2tog yrh

to the end of the row alternate approximate(ly) between insert hook under back loop only. Example: bldc – back loop double crochet chain or chain stitch(es) chain space(s) clusters continue double crochet work 2 dc together decrease double treble crochet work 2 dtr together insert hook under front loop only. Example: fldc – front loop double crochet group half treble crochet work 2htr together sts to be worked into same stitch increase loop(s) not closed picot raised front Example: rfdc – raised front double crochet raised back Example: rbdc – raised back double crochet skip slip stitch space(s) stitch(es) turning chain(s) treble crochet work 2 tr together yarn round hook

YARN WEIGHT UK/US CONVERSION 4ply

Fingering

Double knitting

Double knitting

Aran

Fisherman/Worsted

Chunky

Bulky

Super chunky

Extra bulky

UK

METRIC

US

14 13 – 12 11 10 – 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 00 000 – – – –

2mm 2¼mm 2½mm 2¾mm 3mm 3¼mm 3½mm 3¾mm 4mm 4½mm 5mm 5½mm 6mm 6½mm 7mm 7½mm 8mm 9mm 10mm 12mm 15mm 20mm 25mm

0 1 – 2 – 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ – – 11 13 15 17 19 36 50

HOOK SIZES UK 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 0 00 000

METRIC

US

2mm B/1 2.25mm – 2.5mm C/2 3mm – 3.25mm D/3 3.5mm E/4 4mm G/6 4.5mm 7 5mm H/8 5.5mm I/9 6mm J/10 6.5mm K/10½ 7mm – 8mm – 9mm – 10mm –

YARN WEIGHTS CHOOSE THE RIGHT YARNS TO KNIT WITH. 1, 2 & 3ply Knit on 2-3½mm needles. Use for delicate lace knitting and baby garments. Good for socks and gloves.

Aran Knit on 4-5½mm needles. Originally created for fishermen’s jumpers. Use when DK isn’t heavy enough, and chunky is too bulky. Perfect for outdoor or warm clothing. Chunky Knit on 5½-7mm needles. Associated with outdoor wear and winter jumpers, great for oversized garments.

4ply Knit on 3-4mm needles. Great for baby clothes, socks and lightweight tops.

Super chunky Knit on 7-12mm needles. A great weight for beginners, as it produces quick results. Good for furnishings.

Double knitting (DK) Knit on 3½-4½mm needles. Usually double the weight of 4ply, this is the most widely used weight. Suitable for most garments and quick to knit up.

Big Knit on 9-20mm needles. Perfect for eye-catching scarves and coats, as well as cosy cushions and throws.

Inch cm

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2

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NEEDLE SIZES

Abbreviations & Useful Info

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21

22

9

23

24

25

10

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