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‘Tis the season

KNITS FOR PARTIES AND CHRISTMAS AT HOME

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Lhasa is an exquisite yarn, a blend of the most luxurious fibres Cashmere & Yak which creates a super soft fabric. Make the small accessories or classic investment pieces, timeless knits in a beautiful yarn.

Cable Cardigan from the Debbie Bliss Lhasa Book. For details of the complete Debbie Bliss range please visit: www.designeryarns.uk.com

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Editor’s letter

So here it is – merry Christmas! It’s such a treat to knit during the festive season – there are so many gifts and decorations to craft, from well-thoughtout projects that have been in the planning all year, to those last-minute quick knits on Christmas Eve. And of course it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to that project you’ve been coveting all year. We’ve got plenty to inspire you in our festive extravaganza this issue. We’re looking forward to popping some corks at glitzy Christmas parties, so we’ve got some really glam designs – including an ombré gradient wrap in gorgeous Malabrigo Merino that converts to a poncho or a shrug, perfect for day to evening wear, and some sparkly sequinned numbers by top designer Pat Menchini. Other fab names in the issue include Amy Herzog, Lisa Richardson, Katya Frankel, Bronagh Miskelly, Natalie Warner, Sian Brown and Jo Allport – who continues her slip stitch masterclasses with the cute Doris hat in Erika Knight’s homegrown British Blue Wool. We haven’t forgotten that Christmas is the perfect time to get cosy and snuggle up at home – so we’ve got some lovely home knits as well as comfy jumpers you’ll love to wear and wear. Plus there are plenty of patterns for quick-knit last minute gifts. Along with the team at Knitting, I wish you a wonderful festive season and a happy new year.

Christine

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black and white: we’re NEXT MONTH: It’s there in collection of designs all going monochrom e with a shades of grey. Look out in trendy black, white and a nerts, Anna Maltz, Georgi for knits by Boadicea Bin ld Cou s: Plu e. mor y man Farrell, Marie Wallin and tting? Read about those you make a living fro m kni out on December 15. ue, who do in our January iss

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Editor’s letter News Spotlight on Style file Your views Coming next month Purl about town

REVIEWS 16 Books and pieces NEVER MISS AN ISSUE! 19 Yarn review Find your nearest shop that stocks Knitting GALLERIES with this handy postcode finder and never miss an issue again! seymour.magzene.com 23 Fashion 38 Home 40 Gifts

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Guest column: Gwen Wagner-Adair Feature: Christmas knitting

HOW TO 48 Techniques A-Z: picot 70 Slip stitch masterclass 89 Essential information

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Cosy Up Limelight Bobbles and Cobbles Alpine Kim Into the Woods Barley Zigzag Annika Haddam

ACCESSORIES 59 Afterglow wrap 68 Doris hat 72 Tangled Lace scarf and shawl 73 Guilloche shawl 79 Candyapple wristwarmers

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80 Torrie hat and Gwen scarf 84 Festive socks

MEN’S 81 Braniel hat and gloves

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Little Prince Songbird sweater Kitten blanket Dog’s toy ball

HOME Deck the Halls Christmas decorations 77 Clouds and Mountains throw 78 Hot water bottle cover 76

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NEWS

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We catch up on the latest yarns

BIG AND BRITISH

YARN FOR HEAD AND HEELS

Stylecraft has launched Head Over Heels, a superwash wool and nylon blend 4 ply in three bold self-striping colours and three pastel-themed selfpatterning shades. The yarn is perfect for accessories, shawls and socks – hence the name. The company is also giving away free gifts on its Facebook page k pag every day from November 27–December ber 27–Decemb 20, to celebrate te Advent – including a free pattern to make the stylish corsage pictured here.

A fashion designer has launched an allBritish giant yarn. Chunky Row is the brainchild of Charlotte Claridge (pictured below), who has sourced wool from the Shetlands for her undyed giant yarn range. She tells Knitting: “As a fashion design student I started knitting and wanted to use really chunky wool, but I wanted it to be British and couldn’t find it out there. I used tops but it didn’t hold its structure, so once I had finished university my target was to see if it was possible to spin a really chunky yarn, and this is the result.” The wool is sourced from 100% Shetland sheep, so it is classed as real Shetland, and is spun in Derbyshire by Griffiths Mill. Charlotte says: “Traditionally Shetland can be quite a rough texture and is not necessarily known for its softness. But because we don’t spin it tightly, it still holds the softness of the original tops. When first spun it comes out a bit thinner, but as you knit, it unspins and breathes.” The yarn comes in three sizes: 30m (£45), which is enough for a hat or smaller scarf; 50m (£70), for a larger scarf or cowl; and 140m (£185), which is enough for a throw or shawl. Chunky Row also sells a range of kits, which include the yarn, a pattern and a 25mm knitting needle or crochet hook. There is also a selection of patterns designed by Charlotte, all named after places in the Shetlands. Find out more at chunkyrow.co.uk.

MOONSTONE GLAMOUR GLAMOU

Sirdar has launched Moonstone, Mo an acrylic with glass beads to rylic yarn dusted du add d glitz glit and sparkle to any outfit. The yarn comes in three jewel tones as well as white, grey and black, and is perfect for accessories. There is even a one-ball beanie pattern included on the ballband.

KNIT AND STITCH IN HARROGATE

There’s still time to get to the northern leg of the Knitting & Stitching Show, which takes place at Harrogate’s International Centre on November 24-27. Look out for UK Hand Knitting, which will be encouraging show-goers to pick up their needles and craft for a good cause. Find out more and get your tickets at theknittingandstitchingshow.com.

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ARAUCANIA BRINGS TURKISH HERITAGE TO NEW YARN

Araucania has launched Athena, a 4 ply wool blend inspired by the goddess Athena and her ancient temple in the Turkish region where the yarn is dyed. The temple is in the village of Assos in Ayvacik on the Anatolian plateau, and Athena’s temple was built there in 530BC. The area was visited by the philosopher Aristotle in 348BC, and the yarn’s colour palette was inspired by the region and its traditional Turkish carpets. Athena is hand-dyed with plant extracts including indigo, oak and madder root, and spun locally. Designer Yarns has released a collection of patterns in the new yarn, including tops, shrugs, socks and accessories, and a blanket pattern free to patt download. dow

1960S MODS INSPIRE NEW WOOL

B Broadcaster and designer Vickie Howell has tteamed up with Deramores to launch a bespoke yyarn range. Woolpaca is a blend of 80% Merino wool and 20% % aalpaca, in a light chunky weight that knits up close to t aaran tension at 12-15 stitches to 10cm (£7.50 for a 50g ball). It comes in a palette of bold jewel shades as well as cream, grey and black. p Mod Wool is a super-soft 100% Merino yarn in a palette inspired by the mod colours of the 1960s, including pastels, black and white (£10 for a 100g ball). Vickie tells Knitting: “I’ve noticed an enthusiasm in the UK for knitting and crochet that was there in the US a few years ago. There is k a renewed excitement that brings value, which means we can lift the whole industry up. I wanted to come here and be part of that.” w Vickie also blogs, podcasts and produces kits as well as working on craft cr TV shows and writing books – including her latest collection of kids’ designs, Wee Garter Stitch. k

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Charity Cats Protection has launched a knitting bee to get crafty cat lovers to make cosy blankets and mouse toys for unwanted and abandoned felines this Christmas. Donations can be brought to the charity’s stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate on November 24-27, or dropped off at any of its branches, shops or adoption centres around the country. Cats Protection events manager Emma Osborne says: “Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to look after the cats and kittens in our care while they wait to find a new home. “But there’s no denying that it is heartbreaking to see so many cats without a home of their own at such a special time of year. “By taking part in our knitting bee, knitters can be assured that their lovingly made creations will go some way to making this Christmas a little more comforting and cosy for these cats.” Knitters can use their own designs to make blankets and mice or follow a pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse, designed by Lauren O’Farrell of whodunnknit.com – get yours by calling the charity’s helpline on 03000 121212.

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KNITTING YOUR CLOTHES OFF

At first glance, you wouldn’t expect nudity and knitting to be a good match – but a book and short film have brought the two together to a rapturous social media response. Nudinits is the brainchild of Sarah Simi, a writer, designer and knitter who owns stop-motion animation company Woolly Vision in partnership with animator Ed Hartwell. She tells Knitting: “I had the idea of a knitted village, and thought it would make a really good animation. Then I read something about free hiking, and loved the image of a guy wearing walking boots, binoculars and nothing else. I thought it encapsulated British eccentricity, so all the characters in my village lost their clothes from that point on. “After that the double entendre and innuendo came into it, which again is very British – from the Carry On films to seaside postcards, we have a real tradition of it.” The book is packed with yarn puns, as well as patterns to knit some of the village’s characters and accessories. You can find out more and see the film at nudinits.com.

FIND FESTIVE CRAFTS IN BATH

Bath is gearing up for a crafty festive season with its Christmas market, which runs from November 24 to December 11. The market will be packed with hand-crafted gifts and the goods you need to make your own. Stallholders include local textile artist Emma Leith; Wild Wool, which sells wool throws and alpaca socks; Amica Felt, which sells handmade felt toys; and The Makery, selling festive fabrics, haberdashery and decorations. There’s plenty of good food, mulled wine and comfortable accommodation to be had in the city as well. Find out more at bathchristmasmarket.co.uk and visitbath.co.uk.

NOVEMBER

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17-19 STITCHING, SEWING & HOBBYCRAFTS SHOW AT CHRISTMAS

8 LADY SEW AND SEW WAREHOUSE SALE

A day full of demonstrations, creative workshops and catwalk displays at ExCel, London. stitchandhobby.co.uk

Check out hundreds of bargains on craft items including yarn in this big winter sale in Henley on Thames. ladysewandsew.co.uk

24-27 THE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW

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Enjoy a great day out with stitching workshops and craft shows in Harrogate. theknittingandstitchingshow. com

See a fantastic range of exhibitors and their luxurious yarns and accessories plus beautiful handmade items. walthamabbeywoolshow. co.uk

24-11 December BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET Handmade gifts and crafts, festive treats and mulled wine in the beautiful setting of Bath city centre. bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

26-2 January THE WINTER TREE BY KAFFE FASSETT Kaffe Fassett will create a signature tree in the courtyard for Standen, the National Trust’s Arts and Crafts house in Sussex. nationaltrust.org.uk/events

DECEMBER 3 THE LACEMAKING, QUILTING AND NEEDLECRAFT CHRISTMAS FAIR A perfect day out for you and your family, with exhibitions, workshops and seminars in Solihull. makitfairs.com

Visit a vast range of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon and much more at Sandown Park. craftinglive.co.uk

FEBRUARY 2-4 THE STITCHING, SEWING & HOBBYCRAFTS SHOW A day filled with endless supplies, new product launches, demonstrations and workshops designed to inspire your creativity in Manchester. stitchandhobby.co.uk

16-18 CRAFT4CRAFTERS Get the chance to pick up loads of supplies, many great bargains and see the latest crafting must-haves. craft4crafters.co.uk

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24-25 MAKE IT/KNIT AND STITCH IT 2017

Crafty cat lovers with any level of expertise can enjoy the Knitting Kittens Club at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, London. battersea.org.uk

Meet suppliers and brand new companies demonstrating and selling a variety of hobby craft products, materials kits and designs in Farnborough. exhibitions.co.uk

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LOUISA HARDING LAUNCHES CASHMERE LINE Knitwear and yarn designer Louisa Harding has launched a 100% cashmere range called Yarntelier. The yarns are sourced from the steppes of China and Mongolia and produced in West Yorkshire, in a mill close to Yarntelier’s Holme Valley headquarters. The yarn then goes to another local company in Brighouse to be twisted. The double knit Gilli line is made up of yarns with two colours twisted together, while the laceweight range comes in solid colours. Louisa says: “It’s about making the best use of your time. Time

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is precious, and using cashmere yarn means you are making the most of it. It’s a piece of couture. “Every swatch is hand knitted, which is where the Yarntelier name comes from – it is an atelier for designers, because that’s what knitting is. You can create something that is unique to you.” The yarn comes in 50g balls priced at £25 each, with the laceweight measuring 425m and the DK 212m. Louisa has also released a book of designs for the yarn, including lace shawls, wraps, tops and accessories. Find out more at yarntelier.com.

SLOUCH KIT ON A STRING

Knit a colourful beanie in 21 colours with this collection of 5g mini-hanks of Blue Sky Fibers’ new 100% wool Woolstok yarn. £26, loopknittingshop.com

Designer and retailer Sue Stratford is celebrating the launch of her latest book, A Bird in the Hand, by offering five lucky Knitting readers the chance to win a kit to knit this cute robin. A Bird in the Hand is a collection of 12 patterns for birds ranging from garden and countryside birds to coastal and exotic breeds. Sue published the book herself after running a Kickstarter campaign that was so successful she was able to offer her backers an extra gift of three patterns to knit hedgerow birds. All the birds are knitted in British-grown Appletons tapestry wool. For your chance to win, visit our Competitions page at knittingmag. com and quote BIRD162.

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BEAR IN DUNGAREES This easy knitting kit by Bergère de France includes wool, accessories, instructions and the bear himself, in a gift box with a magnetic fastening. £20.50, bergeredefrance.co.uk

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Lotus Yarns has released Tibetan Cloud Worsted, a yarn made in China from 100% Tibetan yak wool. UK distributor Intercontinental Yarns says: “The yak is an integral part of Tibetan life, providing a versatile fibre useful for felting, knitting and weaving. Coming from the extreme climates of the Himalayas, this animal’s downy yarn is in muted colours inspired by the landscapes of Tibet.” There is a palette of 12 shades, including neutrals, pastels and some brighter tones such as red and yellow. The yarn is also available in a fingering and a light aran weight. A collection of designs has been created to support the new yarn.

RETRO AND COSY Dress your teapot up as Starsky with Charlotte Walford’s new cosy design. The kit includes the pattern and Fyberspates yarn to knit it in a printed drawstring bag. £23, purlescence.co.uk

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STYLECRAFT LIFE VINTAGE CARDIGAN KITS TO WIN Stylecraft is giving away three kits to knit a stylish cardigan in its new Life Vintage yarn. Life Vintage is a blend of 25% wool and 75% premium acrylic that comes in a palette of three rustic-styled marled shades. The round neck cardigan pattern and yarn we have to give away accentuates Life Vintage Autumn shade with solid Copper from Stylecraft’s range. The two yarns Life ra to work were designed d together. toge For your chance tto win, visit our Competitions page at knittingmag.com and use the code Stylecraft162. Closing date: December 15. d

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SURPRISING SING FASHION FROM RICO

Rico has launched a yarn with such a mixture of effects and textures that it has simply been called Surprise. Rico Fashion Surprise blends 53% acrylic with 23% wool, 14% mohair and 10% polyester, with a touch of sparkle. There are six colour effect shades, including bluey-green 04, pictured here in Pat Menchini’s Beginner’s Luck tunic from Knitting 160, October 2016. The chunky yarn knits up at 11 stitches and 16 rows to 10cm, and its recommended price is £3.60-£4.39 for a 50g ball with 85m of yarn. Rico has also launched a trio of yarns inspired by Parisian glamour and chic. Fashion Luxury Bouclé is a blend of mohair, wool, polyamide and polyester that comes in six colours. There are three shades each of Fashion Luxury Style – an eyelash yarn incorporating 64% viscose and 7% cashmere, and Fashion Luxury Glamour, a sparkly eyelash yarn incorporating 53% viscose and 6% cashmere. The yarns come with a bespoke design collection and are recommended to knit by themselves or to use with other yarns for a touch of glamour.

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MY YARN SHOP Fabrications, Hackney

Fabrications is a unique textile crafts store and studio in trendy Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. It has a yarn range with a focus on British-grown wools, but which also includes a range of eye-catching mixed-texture yarns developed from textile waste by the shop’s owner, designer and maker Barley Massey. Barley doesn’t just sell these yarns – she runs workshops where you can learn to make your own yarns from textile waste, alongside a whole range of classes in knitting, crochet, upcycling, quilting and more. The shop hosts community events, school and college groups and parties, as well as offering its basement studio space for hire. Upstairs in the retail space, yarns sit alongside textiles, blankets made from waste wool from a tweed mill, upcycled clothes by one of the designers behind the eco-fashion boutique Junky Styling and a range of self-made kits called Rethink Rubbish. Barley also sells sewing machines and runs a service transforming old clothes – for example baby clothes or those of a loved one who has died – into keepsakes such as cushions or quilts. Find out more at fabrications1.co.uk.

Nominate your favourite yarn shop and win a copy of Erika Knight’s The Collection if it is featured – simply email christine.boggis@thegmcgroup.com with the shop’s details and a brief note on why you love it.

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Luxury spa day From £95, nirvanaspa.co.uk

Cashmere colour block scarf £65, oliverbonas.com

Christmas robin ribbon £4 for 5m, tch.net

LA Bruket No 92 hand cream cre £36, atnumber67.co.uk

Swallow print everyday bag £19, sophieallport.com

Personalised Christmas cushion £30, thelittlepicturecompany.co.uk

Visit Antarctica on a 21-day knitting-themed cruise From US$3,699 per person, craftcruises.com

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Christmas gift tags £2.99 for nine, gingerray.co.uk

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People Knitting by Barbara Levine £9.99, abramsandchronicle.co.uk

Wendy Evolution scarf/shawl in a box £15, tbramsden.co.uk

KnitPro Melodies of Life Zing interchangeables gift box £65, knitpro.eu o eu

Knitting With Rainbows by Carol Feller €22 (£20), stolenstitches.com

Pony bell-shaped point protectors £1.90-£2.90, groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

Clover heart pompom mpom maker From £3.99, clover@stockistenquiries.co.uk

The Mason-Dixon Knitting Colouring Book by Juliana Horner £12.99, thegmcgroup.com

Beautiful Bloom Hobby Gift PVC yarn and knitting pin holder £11, groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

Cabin haberdashery or project pouch by Danica Studio £15.50, loopknittingshop.com

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GUEST COLUMN

Every knitter’s

Christmas SURVIVAL GUIDE

Knitter, designer and blogger Gwen Wagner-Adair on the best way to get through a woolly festive season

Every year, I resolve to plan ahead. But no matter how much I’d like to be the goddess of Christmas knitting, the envy of all knitters, able to make yarn comply with my every behest, it doesn’t really work out that way. I am fickle and changeable, not godlike at all. I change my mind about yarn, patterns, or both. Someone puts in a special request. Then it’s summer and sweaty wool is no fun. No matter how well you’ve planned, there comes an autumn day when someone says: “Do you know, it’s only 30 days until Christmas?” And you panic. You absolutely do. Knitters are smart people. We can look at our planned projects, our mountain of yarn, figure the numbers of stitches and do the maths. Thus begins our quest to meet the immoveable deadline of Christmas morning.

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So here is my Christmas survival guide to help you through the season: • Enjoy the present. Because part of what we love is fancy yarns and spending time knitting, Christmas starts early for knitters. Splash out on some luxury yarns – you’ll love knitting them, and your family and friends may be doubly surprised to learn about the lesser-known benefits of buffalo wool. • Stay focused. If you’re going to achieve your goal of knitted gifts for all, you’re going to have to knit like a ninja. Do not stray from the path. There will be no knitted antlers for the dog, no fuzzy cat socks and no Christmas pudding hats. I repeat, no Christmas pudding hats. • Eat a balanced diet. If you can balance it in your hand, you can eat it. If you’re cooking for your family, I have one word for you: crockpot. Almost no preparation or washing up and, with any luck, there will be leftovers, which sorts tomorrow’s dinner too. • Keep fit. Maintain hydration. Knitting burns 100 calories an hour, even more if you can combine it safely with stationary bike. Keep the tea and coffee coming. They’ll keep your brain awake – so

you’ll understand your pattern. Essential. • Set boundaries. Step away from the lace-weight mohair! It is too late in the year to contemplate a shawl (even a small one). You know it’s going to end in tears in the wee hours. Put. It. Down. • Think outside the box. Have you really considered all the opportunities for knitting? Could you knit: on the bus? At lunchtime? In the bath? While walking? (Disclaimer: It is recommended that you begin training for this prior to the Christmas knitting season.) • Increase efficiency. Don’t lose a minute of knitting time. Adapt household tasks into units of knitting time. Boiling the kettle = three rounds of a sock. Cooking sausages on the grill = picking up stitches for a buttonband. • Be organised. Plan projects according to suitability. Large projects for home, portable projects for out and about (scarves, socks, really anything beginning with S is best). Never leave the house without a project. Never. • Evaluate. Consider your project-to-time ratio. Your sister doesn’t really need that 4 ply jumper, chunky yarn is better for winter anyway. Is a scarf essential? Cowl it is then. Trending towards smaller projects and bigger yarn. • Prioritise. Christmas Eve is not the time to start making stocking stuffers, or you may find yourself at 6am on Christmas morning, rocking in the corner, saying “just one more row, just one more row…” under your breath, half-drunk on the dregs of brandy eggnog. If all else fails, announce: We’re having Christmas in July! Gwen Wagner-Adair, originally from New England, now lives and works in England, residing in beautiful Yorkshire with her near-perfect husband and running her knitwear design and workshop business, Petitchoufleur Knits, in her spare time. She bloody loves a deadline, and loves to see what everyone is making. Follow her on Instragram as @petitchoufleur. To see her patterns, kits and upcoming workshops, visit petitchoufleurknits.co.uk.

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Simply stitching a wonderful Christmas time There’s no better time for knitting than Christmas – but what will be on your needles? We asked top people in the wool world to share their favourite festive knits

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hristmas and knitting go together like yarn and needles, like wool and alpaca, like hot chocolate and marshmallows. There’s nothing better to do over the festive season than to sit down with your stash and treat yourself to some really lovely knitting time. Knitting readers’ favourite thing to knit at Christmas is gifts – our Twitter poll found that 52% of you generous lot like nothing better than to knit for family and friends over the festive season. Twenty-six percent say you love knitting yuletide decorations and just 22% knit for yourselves. But what do some of the stars of the knitting world like to knit at Christmas?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO KNIT AT CHRISTMAS?

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OW OWNER OF LONDON YARN LO SHOP LOOP S “For decorations “ I would make pompoms – all p different sizes, d and single and multicoloured. I do multi gifts, but usually knit gifts I would start well ahead of Christmas, and make either a shawl or a cowl.”

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YARN AND KNITTING DESIGNER “It has to be coats for my dogs Monty and Smiffy and [my daughter] Nell’s dog Bear. Bear is wearing a rather stylish Star Sweater in a new single pattern for this season.”

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DESIGNER “Scarves, because they make great gifts. I knit a lot on the train, and scarves ves are my favourite thing ing because you can pick them up and put them down, they are small enough to take around with you, and there is no getting confused about where you were. You can knit a scarf for everyone in your life – men, women, babies, children. It’s a good present for everyone and it uses up stash yarn a lot of the time.”

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B BLOGGER AND MAKER M ““Every winter I treat myself to a new winter set – hat, mitts and scarf or cowl. Because it’s only once a year and it will get lots of wear, I go for a really lush yarn and a bright-ish colour. Forget matching your jacket – go for bright. You’ll be pleased you did in the grey winter months. s. For instant gratification n or an emergency present,, you can’t beat a big chunky cowl. I love my Instantaneity cowl for this – one of the first patterns I published, and which can be found on Ravelry. elry. It’s easy as pie e with no seams, knitted in the round in two colours but using only one colour at a time, and features a clever little slip stitch pattern – one round plain, then one round slipping every other stitch, repeated in each colour.”

D DESIGNER AND YARN BRAND Y OWNER O “I love making gifts for my friends and family, but I am aware famil that they have probably received quite a few knitted items over the years. So, to make sure that I don’t inadvertently gift the same item year after year, and to maximize my knitting time, I like to pick one project and simply customise it for each recipient. “One of my favourite Christmas knits has to be a pair of socks, as ubiquitous as turkey sandwiches or the Queen’s speech – classic, covetable and a failsafe option. Who doesn’t love a pair of cosy hand-knitted socks? My favourite pattern uses just two needles, and is super simple and quick to knit – make a super chunky soft wool pair for slouchy homebodies, a hardwearing tweedy pair for dog walkers or a fine designer striped pair for the man about town – perfect.”

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KNITTING’S AGONY AUNT “It would have to be fingerless mittens. They’re relatively quick to knit from just a couple of balls of yarn, will brighten up any outfit, and are always well received as gifts.”

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YARNTELIER “The thing I do knit at Christmas is lots of last-minute hats for Christmas presents. If I did knit something for myself it would be something sparkly with beads.”

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WORKSHOP: KNIT TWO SOCKS AT A TIME ON THE MAGIC LOOP Molly Brown As knitters we can be overwhelmed with the amount of information available to us online and in books – but there’s nothing like being taught in person, and that is why workshops can be so useful to knitters at all levels. Since I took up sock knitting, I have suffered with various forms of second sock syndrome (mainly involving socks not quite matching), so learning to do two at a time on one needle was invaluable. Molly Brown, AKA Diana Wilderspin-Jones, gave concise, easy-tounderstand instructions and demonstrations, as well as a written and illustrated how-to guide, and managed to answer all the various issues in a medium-sized class with energy and enthusiasm, as well as showing us what we could aim for in the long run: three pairs of contrasting coloured baby socks all knitted together on one needle. CB mollybrownsemporium.co.uk

THE SOCK DRAWER Verity Castledine HIYAHIYA BAMBOO CIRCULAR NEEDLES I’m normally a metal needle fan, but HiyaHiya’s new bamboo circulars have got me hooked. I got them for a big project in a super-chunky yarn, and could hardly believe how light they were when I started using them. The bamboo has a slight sheen, so the stitches glide easily across, and well-defined points mean there is little danger of splitting yarn – even with the barely spun super-chunky Merino I have been using. Even the cable is perfect – a narrow plastic wire that doesn’t twist up or tangle but sits where it’s asked, and lets stitches slide easily back on to the needles. Top marks all round. CB From £6.80, brownberryyarns.co.uk

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Indie dyer Verity Castledine’s collection of 10 sock patterns in her own and other indie dyers’ yarns is a real treat for your feet. Patterns include simple, unisex designs but also some really stylish, unusual creations featuring lace, cables and mock cables that will be great to knit as well as to wear. The patterns are printed in written form and charts, and allow knitters to adjust the sock length to suit their size. Time to put your best foot forward. CB £15, etsy.com

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DÆXEL Marianne Isager A book of knitting designs for men inspired by manhole covers is enough to make you think publishing standards are going down the drain. But look again: Danish designer Marianne Isager’s book is stylish, approachable and inspired. She was running through the streets of Aix-en-Provence in the rain with her head down when she first spotted a drain cover with a pattern she thought would translate perfectly into knitwear, and since then has photographed manhole covers all over the world, including in Tokyo, where many of the designs in the book came from. Each design is printed along with photos of the drain that inspired it, and the eight-strong collection includes colourwork and musttouch textures in simple, stylish jumper designs to suit men of all ages, and that will even appeal to teenage boys. CB £13.99, isagerstrik.dk or loopknittingshop.com

COWL GIRLS 2 Cathy Carron Fans of the first Cowl Girls book will not be disappointed with this sequel, which is packed full of fun, funky and fashionable cowls and more to knit. These are the perfect quick projects if you’re looking for a last-minute gift, or if you’d like something small to take with you for knitting on the bus. The cowls, ponchos, hoods, gaiters and collars are designed with every taste and knitting ability in mind, so there’s something to suit everyone. We love the vibrant Electric Avenue cowl for its zigzag texture and statement size. The patterns themselves are clear and easy to follow and, given the size of each project, they are perfect for beginners. Expert knitters, too, will find themselves casting on for these before they’ve even finished looking through the book. KH £16.99, Sixth & Spring, thegmcgroup.com

KNITTING WITH RAINBOWS Carol Feller Yarn Harlot blogger Stephanie Pearl-McPhee thinks mini skeins have got crack in them, because she can’t resist buying them – and they’re so beautiful, especially the gradient ones, that I think a lot of us know how she feels. Irish designer Carol Feller has clearly got the bug too, but has found the packed sets look so gorgeous as they are that she almost doesn’t dare to knit them up. Her latest book is the solution to that problem. There are helpful tips on how to choose the right project for your gradient yarn, depending on whether the colour change is subtle or more dramatic and whether you have a single skein or mini skeins, and even suggestions on creating your own gradient kit from stash yarns. Eleven designs, including hats, cowls, shawls and wrist warmers, explore techniques to make the most of gradient sets, including slip stitch patterns, lace stitches, textures and modular and ombré techniques. A must-read for any gradient addict. CB 22, stolenstitches.com

CRAZY CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Christmas jumper season is upon us, and we’ve had the chance to read two festive tomes just perfect for yuletide parties. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party by Brandy and Matt Shay (£14.99, Lark, available from thegmcgroup.com) is a collection of Christmas crafts, recipes and activities. Designed to be in uniformly bad taste, and packed with some pretty wild ideas – such as jumpers that look like actual Christmas trees, a “hideous white elephant gift exchange” game and a range of cocktails in virulent colours – it does have some excellent craft ideas. There are cute knitted beer bottle cosies, ugly sweater bunting that actually looks quite sweet, and reindeer bottle toppers that kids will love. Nicolette Lafonseca’s Make Your Own Christmas Jumper (£14.99, Quercus Books) is targeted at those who haven’t left enough time to (or can’t) knit their own. There are 20 simple projects that should be do-able in a day, and include all sorts of innovative ways to dress up an existing sweater for the festive season. Favourite ideas include a detachable reindeer collar, tiny knitted bobble hats to sew on to a jumper and a glitzy festive slogan sewn on to a top in sequinned ribbon. CB

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ROWAN SOFTEST MERINO WOOL Rowan’s Softest Merino Wool, part of its limited edition Rowan Selects range, is a chunkyweight yarn made from extrafine Merino wool. Although it appears to be a roving, it’s actually made of up two lots of combed wool fibre that have been given the gentlest of twists, adding vital strength. It’s so soft and squidgy on the ball that I couldn’t wait to cast on, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a lovely smooth and rounded yarn that knits up quickly to produce a warm, supple fabric perfect for textures like garter stitch, moss stitch, ribs and cables. There’s a palette of seven shades including 13, Lavender, shown here. Pattern support can be found in The Softest Merino Wool Collection by Sarah Hatton. This yarn should be hand-washed and dried flat. Do not iron directly, although the swatch shown was very gently steamed. It may also be drycleaned with care. Composition: 100% wool Weight: 100g Length: 100m Rec needle size: 7mm

Tension (10cm): 13.5 sts x 19 rows

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CASCADE SUNSEEKER

SIRDAR PLUSH TWEED

SIRDAR MOONSTONE

There’s little I like better than a bit of sparkle, and I couldn’t wait to cast on with Cascade Yarns’ Sunseeker, a plied and twisted blend of 47% cotton, 48% acrylic and 5% metallic yarn. If that conjures up images of a stiff, hard fabric that’s scratchy to wear, think again. This yarn drapes beautifully from the moment you open the hank to wind it. It’s lovely and soft, gliding easily along the needles as you knit, with no hint of the metallic content when it’s next to the skin, and it has a lovely cool, dry feel. There’s a delicious palette of 24 colours, including 34, Spring Crocus, shown here. While the bling in this colour is silver, some shades are accented with contrasting or close tones of sparkle, so look through the whole palette before choosing. Pattern support can be found in free downloads on the Cascade Yarns website. This versatile yarn is machine-washable at 40°C on a gentle setting and may also be tumble-dried.

If you’re looking to inject a bit of quirkiness into your knitting, you’ll love Sirdar Plush Tweed. It has a rich, tweedy colour effect created by a printed repeat which runs along the length of the yarn, translating into tiny splodges of each shade when it’s knitted up. This yarn is made from 100% polyester with a rounded chenille construction and a fine, strong core surrounded by short tufts of fibre. This gives it a wonderfully soft texture, producing a lush, dense, velvety fabric that’s surprisingly lightweight. Plush Tweed has no stretch or stitch definition – but don’t worry, the real beauty lies in its texture, colour and handle. There’s a choice of seven shades, including 254 Rocco, shown here. Pattern support comes in a set of loose leaflets for accessories and simple garments. This yarn is machinewashable at 40°C on a wool cycle. It should be reshaped when wet, then dried flat. Do not iron or tumble-dry. It may also be dry-cleaned with care.

As a huge lover of anything sparkly or beaded, I was really pleased to see Sirdar Moonstone. It’s made from 70% acrylic and 30% glass beads, and has a plied and twisted construction where one of the three plies is threaded with clear glass beads of around 3.5mm diameter. The beads are fixed, so they can’t slip up or down the yarn, and naturally come to rest on one side of the fabric or the other. This elegant yarn is ideal for eveningwear, and there are four single leaflets featuring women’s garments and accessories. Although there’s a palette of just six shades, each one is a classic – including deep-red Orb 203, shown here – so whatever you choose is bound to fit in with your wardrobe. This yarn is machine-washable at 40°C on a wool setting, but should be reshaped while wet and dried flat. It may be dry-cleaned with care, but do not tumble-dry or iron.

Composition: 47% cotton, 48% acrylic, 5% metallic yarn Weight: 100g Length: 217m Rec needle size: 3.5-3.75mm Tension (10cm): 22-24 sts RRP: £6.50 Contact: Cascade Yarns W: cascadeyarns.com

Composition: 100% polyester Weight: 100g Length: 66m Rec needle size: 6.5mm Tension (10cm): 8 sts x 14 rows RRP: £5.57 Contact: Sirdar E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk W: sirdar.co.uk

Composition: 70% acrylic, 30% glass beads Weight: 50g Length: 100m Rec needle size: 5mm Tension (10cm): 18 sts x 24 rows RRP: £5.57 Contact: Sirdar E: enquiries@sirdar.co.uk W: sirdar.co.uk

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THE FIBRE COMPANY ARRANMORE Arranmore, from the Gaelic Árainn Mhór, is a blend of 80% wool, 10% silk and 10% cashmere. It’s a softly plied and twisted aran weight, with a tonally mixed base colour peppered with small nepps of accent colours in a sophisticated yarn with a truly rustic look. The coloured nepps give the yarn an extra dimension and create a slightly uneven texture. The resulting fabric has a soft, dry handle with countless pops of colour across the surface, and while you wouldn’t select it for stitch definition, the colour and texture more than compensate. It works well for bold cables on a background of reverse stocking stitch. There are 18 deliciously tweedy shades, including Corcoran, shown here. Treat this yarn with care by hand-washing, then drying flat out of direct sunlight. Do not tumble-dry or dry-clean. Composition: 80% wool, 10% silk, 10% cashmere Weight: 100g Length: 160m Rec needle size: 5-6mm Tension (10cm): 14-17 sts RRP: £18.50 Contact: The Fibre Co T: 07749 466037 E: daphne@thefibreco.com W: thefibreco.com

RICO FASHION SURPRISE Rico Fashion Surprise is a chunky blend of 53% acrylic, 23% wool, 14% mohair and 10% polyester. It has a strong, twisted core created by wrapping filaments of acrylic around mohair fibres, along with a very fine metallic thread that adds subtle sparkle. The resulting yarn has a boiled or felted appearance on the ball, with fronds of sparkle lifting the matt colour. The finished results are chunky but extremely lightweight, with a very gently graded striped effect. The recommended needle size of 7mm produces a slightly open fabric, but the hairiness of the mohair fills in any gaps. There’s a selection of six shades including 005 Grey, shown here. Pattern support includes simply shaped and slightly oversized garments, styled with a young feel. There are also patterns for smaller items like hats and scarves. Hand-wash and dry flat. Do not iron or tumble-dry. Composition: 53% acrylic, 23% wool, 14% mohair, 10% polyester Weight: 50g Length: 85m Rec needle size: 7mm Tension (10cm): 11 sts x 16 rows RRP: £3.99 Contact: The Black Sheep T: 01925 764231 W: blacksheepwools.co.uk or rico-design.co.uk

STYLECRAFT CARNIVAL CHUNKY

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Stylecraft Carnival Chunky is an aran-weight, 100% acrylic yarn that is beautifully rounded, with a soft, silky handle. The combed acrylic fibres are plied and gently twisted, giving the yarn strength, and it has a variegated colouring with an almost sprayed effect – think droplets from a spray can. It has a deep, rich self-striping colour. Knitting is smooth and the resulting fabric is lightweight and soft on the skin, with good stitch definition. It has a long repeat of the base colours, with flickers of interest from the accent colours. The palette of nine shades includes Ecuador – shade 2491, shown here. There are 17 single-leaflet patterns for sweaters, cardigans and accessories for women and girls, as well as six crochet homeware and accessory patterns. It should be machine-washed at 40°C on a gentle setting, tumble-dried on a cool setting or dry-cleaned with care.

King Cole Party Glitz 4 Ply will certainly add pizazz to your next project. It’s a high-quality blend of 88% acrylic, 7% PBT and 5% metallic fibre that combines the best features of self-striping and marled yarns. It’s extremely strong, with just the right amount of stretch, and knits up smoothly to produce neat, welldefined stitches and a gently graded stripe effect. With its plied and twisted construction, added stretch and effortless colouring, this yarn is ideal for sock knitting, although it would also work for larger garments and crochet. There are six lively colours available, including shade 2350 Elf, shown here. Design support includes free sock and accessories patterns. This yarn is machine-washable at 30°C on a gentle setting and may be tumble-dried on a low setting, but do not iron. It may also be dry-cleaned.

Composition: 100% acrylic Weight: 100g Length: 160m Rec needle size: 6mm Tension (10cm): 14 sts x 20 rows RRP: £4.79 Contact: Stylecraft T: 01535 609798 E: general@stylecraftltd.co.uk W: stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

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Step into Christmas COSY UP Pat Menchini Yarn King Cole Galaxy DK and King Cole Embrace DK Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 50 Soft, fluffy and dotted with sequins, this stylish jumper with its trendy and handily detachable cowl neck really sparkles. 23

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LIMELIGHT Pat Menchini Yarn King Cole Galaxy DK Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 51 A flattering and sweet ribbon detail and colourful sparkles mean this sweater will really stand out under the fairy lights.

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BOBBLES AND COBBLES Belinda HarrisReid Yarn Belinda Harris-Reid Light Moonshine Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 54 This gorgeous, flattering cardigan in alpaca, silk and mohair blends softness and sparkles for ultimate luxury.

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ALPINE Natalie Warner Yarn Manos del Uruguay Serena Skill level Advanced Pattern page 56 This light but warm assymetrical cardigan in an alpaca and cotton blend is a really unusual knit.

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AFTERGLOW Christine Boggis Yarn Malabrigo Lace Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 59 This ombrĂŠ gradient design is so versatile you can wear it just about anywhere. Knitted as a simple rectangle, it makes a great first lace project.

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KIM Natalie Warner Yarn Wendy Aspire Chunky Skill level Advanced Pattern page 60 Gorgeously warm for those winter days, Natalie Warner's Kim will keep you snug as a bug in a rug.

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Fashion gallery INTO THE WOODS Pat Strong Yarn Rowan Cocoon Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 63 With its sweet Christmas tree yoke and waist detail, this is the perfect casual yet festive sweater.

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Fashion gallery BARLEY Lisa Richardson Yarn Rowan Felted Tweed Skill level Advanced Pattern page 64 Soft, stylish and luxurious, this fitted cabled jumper will put even the most experienced knitters through their paces.

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DORIS Jo Allport Yarn: Erika Knight British Blue Wool Skill level: Intermediate Pretty and flattering, this slip stitch hat is great fun to knit – find out how to work the medallion design in Jo Allport’s masterclass on page 70.

ZIGZAG Sian Brown Yarn Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 67 With its striking colour contrast, this simple-to-knit jumper looks just as much at home on the ski slopes as browsing boutiques for Christmas presents.

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Fashion gallery TANGLED LACE Juniper Moon Farm

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Yarn Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 72

Yarn Louisa Harding Cassia Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 69

This gorgeous triangle shawl looks more complicated than it is and will thrill all you lace knitters. The pattern comes as a shawl or a smaller scarf that can be made from a single skein.

Oversized, drapey jumpers are all the rage, and this simple knit is just perfect for showing off your new Christmas jeans.

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SHAWL Katya Frankel Yarn West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious DK Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 73 A pretty lace spine and cool colour play make this shawl a super winter knit.

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Fashion gallery HADDAM Amy Herzog Yarn Rowan Kid Classic Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 74 Simple, stylish and elegant, this belted cardigan can be worn with anything and for any occasion.

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Lauren Goodchild suggests alternative colourways and styling ideas for three knits from this month’s gallery. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we have got dressing for all occasions all wrapped up. Sian Brown’s Zigzag is perfect for keeping you warm on those frosty Christmas shopping trips. Accessorise with a pair of riding boots and a satchel bag for added style. Take centre stage at the Christmas party with Pat Menchini’s Limelight. This sparkly jumper can be paired with block heels and a clutch bag for the perfect night-out look. Choosing an outfit for Christmas Day can be hard, but Natalie Warner’s Kim poncho is the answer. Team with a pair of treggings for that added stretch after dinner while still looking smart.

HAT £28, People Tree

TOP £32, Joy

TREGGINGS £45, White Stuff

BOOTS £130, Dune

CLUTCH £49.95, Moda in Pelle

SKIRT £48, Next

HEELS £110, Phase Eight

RING £90, Folli Follie

JEANS £28, Dorothy Perkins

BAG £179, Dubarry of Ireland

WATCH £85, Amara

BOOTS £139, La Redoute

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Hang a shining star Christmas is a time when those little crafty touches in our homes really sparkle. In a world of mass-produced gifts and decorations, we can offer something unique and handmade with love. Here are some big and small projects to adorn your home.

DECK THE HALLS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Christine Boggis Yarn MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 76 These cute Scandi-style baubles and Christmas trees are super-quick to knit – the last-minute gift idea you’ve been looking for.

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Home gallery CLOUDS AND MOUNTAINS THROW Jo Allport

HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER Sian Brown

Yarn Wendy Evolve Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 77

Yarn Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 78

Get cosy in this beautiful throw, and practise your slip stitch while you knit.

Make every bedtime feel like Christmas night with this lovely and quick-to-knit Scandi-style hot water bottle cover.

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Home gallery CANDYAPPLE WRISTWARMERS Christine Boggis Yarn Bergère de France Cachemire+ Skill level Beginner Pattern page 79 Give your hands a treat with these super-soft cashmere mitts. They’re quick and easy to knit too, for a lastminute luxury gift.

GWEN AND TORRIE Rico Yarn Rico Fashion Surprise Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 80 Add a bit of glitz when you’re wrapping up warm with this hat and scarf in sparkly, chunky yarn.

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Gifts gallery BRANIEL HAT AND GLOVES Bronagh Miskelly Yarn John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK Skill level Advanced Pattern page 81 Treat your fella with this cosy hat and glove set, in this festive green or any shade in John Arbon’s massive Knit by Numbers colour palette.

One Chal Ball lenge FESTIVE SOCKS Drops Design Yarn Drops Karisma Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 84 Toasty toes are crucial on those cold winter mornings, and Christmas socks are a festive musthave. These come in a range of sizes so you can knit them for all the family.

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Gifts gallery LITTLE PRINCE Pat Strong Yarn Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 85 Inspired by little Prince George (although it will suit his little sister Charlotte just as well), this sweet yoke detail cardy is a treat to knit and wear.

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Gifts gallery SONGBIRD SWEATER Pat Olski Yarn Cascade Yarns 220 Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 86 In the lane, birds are singing – and on this cute jumper with a handy buttoned shoulder detail.

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KITTEN BLANKET Yolanda Soto-Lopez Yarn Any DK yarn Skill level Beginner Pattern page 87 Treat babies and kids to a quickknit toy and blankie in one.

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Gifts gallery DOG’S TOY BALL Leisure Arts Yarn Any DK yarn Skill level Beginner Pattern page 88 Don’t forget man’s best friend when you’re getting ready for Christmas! These simple-to-knit balls are perfect for your pet’s stocking.

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Sally Nadori asked this month’s star question. Sally wins a copy of MillaMia’s book Country Escape and 16 balls of MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino in a colour of her choice to make the Charlie Cardigan, courtesy of LoveKnitting.

Your queries answered by Jeanette Sloan

STARER T LET NO LUCK WITH NO-SEW KNIT

I recently made Gloria from Rowan’s Finest booklet, the first time I had knitted a seamless garment. It was all lovely up to the point when all the pieces needed to be joined together to work the top section of the garment and the yoke. That was tricky, but manageable. But when the project was completed I found I was left with some annoying elongated stitches and little holes under the arms, which I fi xed with a combination of Swiss darning and sewing. A similar problem arises when I knit gloves, between the thumb and first finger. I am a competent sewer so I can fi x these annoying problems, but after all these years of knitting I thought I might ask you for tips to avoid it happening in the first place. Any ideas? Sally Nadori, Deptford, London As you’ve found, gaps or stretched stitches can occur just when you don’t want them, and there are a couple of things you could try to avoid having to Swiss darn or sew at the end. When I first began sock knitting I was increasingly frustrated at the gaps I was getting between the last stitch on one needle and the first stitch on the next. If you imagine

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that your garment on this joining row is essentially a large sock in one circular piece, you could try the following technique: Having used shorter needles to knit the body and both sleeves, it’s probably a good idea at this point to knit on to a longer circular needle, to accommodate both the body and sleeve stitches, and use the magic loop method for shorter rounds. Having set your underarm stitches aside on the body and each sleeve, work across the first set of sleeve stitches to the point where your underarm stitches are on waste yarn. Now bridge the gap between this last sleeve stitch and the first of the front body stitches, pulling a little tighter on the yarn than normal for the first stitch or two. Knit normally to the other side of the front and repeat for the first stitch or two of the second sleeve. Do the same when you get to the next joining point at the start of the back body stitches, then repeat for a final time to complete the round and the first sleeve. You should now have joined the sleeves to the body and transferred to the longer needle. Stop and take a look at the completed round. If you’re getting a lot of pinching at the sleeve points, you’re pulling too tightly. If it’s still gaping, you’re not pulling tightly enough. You may be worried about pulling tightly on the yarn if it is fragile. In that case, work the joining row as instructed, then deal with any gaps that may occur on the second round of the yoke. When you arrive at the wide strand that’s creating the gap, working from back to front, insert the tip of the right needle under the strand and lift it on to the left needle (it should be sitting the same way as the stitch on its left) then work it together with the next stitch on the left needle. This will eliminate the gap and doesn’t alter your stitch count. You can then work the next round, placing any stitch markers needed to identify your raglan decrease points. You’ll find this method does produce a slight mark at the point where the stitches have been worked together. While it’s very discreet when worked in a fine yarn as in this design, it will be more visible if worked in a chunky yarn. I hope one of these tips solves your problem.

If you have a question for Jeanette, email jeanettes@thegmcgroup.com or write to Ask Jeanette, Knitting, GMC Publications, 86 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XN. Note: Jeanette regrets that she cannot enter into any personal correspondence with readers and can only answer letters that are chosen for publication in Knitting.

HELP! I CAN’T WEAR WOOL

You have some delightful patterns in your magazine, but I have a major problem because I am unable to wear wool. In consequence I frequently have to look for an alternative yarn – I can wear silk, cotton, cashmere and many man-made yarns, just not wool! I was very frustrated to see that the lovely pattern for Drama Queen and the very attractive Géometrique, both by Pat Menchini in Knitting 158, September 2016, both contain wool. I appreciate that wool is being promoted at the moment and wish I could wear it. Do you have any ideas for non-wool alternatives? I’m sure I can’t be the only one in this position. Patricia Burn, by email You’re right, you won’t be the only one of our readers unable to wear wool, and Knitting generally features a range of different materials – although wool is a great

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favourite for autumn and winter, and was particularly relevant to September’s Fairisle theme, as Fairisle designs are traditionally knitted in wool. Rico’s Creative Melange, a blend of 53% wool and 47% acrylic, is the main yarn used in Pat’s Drama Queen design, while Géometrique is in King Cole’s Panache DK, a blend of 50% wool and 50% acrylic. To knit Drama Queen with a summery feel, you could use Universal Yarn’s Bamboo Pop, a blend of 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. With a lovely rich, lustrous appearance, it comes in both solid and variegated colours and has a metreage of 266m per 100g ball (£6.05). For a more wool-like feel try Universal’s 100% acrylic Uptown DK Colors. It has a metreage of 250m per 100g ball (£4.75). Or there’s King Cole Flash DK, a 100% acrylic yarn that has a metreage of 290m per 100g ball (£3.75) and comes in a choice of nine shades, including 1696 Mulberry, a vibrant mix of burgundy, red, purple, olive and turquoise. For the classic slipover shape of Géometrique I’ve found you something a bit luxurious. Lang Yarns’ Cashmere Premium is an extremely soft yarn made from 100% cashmere. It has a metreage of 115m per 25g ball (£15) and there’s a choice of more than 30 colours, including the lovely marled shade 23, a light grey, which goes well with shade 80, a deep wine, to echo the colours of the original. If you’re feeling less extravagant, there’s Stylecraft Alpaca DK. It’s 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca, so it shouldn’t be too hairy, and it has a metreage of 240m per 100g (£3.79). There’s a choice of 10 shades available, including 6014 Storm, a marled mid-grey, which would work well with shade 6023 Aubergine. I hope one or more of these alternatives helps, and let me know how you get on.

K Knitting is now increasingly looked to not simply aas a hobby, but for an income. Consequently, there’s a blurring of lines between reproducing published designs for pleasure and profit. p Some unscrupulous crafters even pass off other people’s ccreations as their own. This includes something I designed for a book being sold online twice without crediting me or the book. Although an auction site removed it, the internet shop proprietor was unrepentant. So I appeal to knitters everywhere: enjoy working designers’ patterns, but don’t sell or claim them as original work, it’s totally unfair – on everyone. Charmaine Fletcher, Basildon, Essex

SHOULD KNITTING BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS? A recent article in The Guardian by author Kathleen Kerridge has sparked an enthusiastic debate on Knitting’s Facebook page. Kathleen argues that skills such as knitting, sewing, cooking and gardening should be taught to children in schools – especially in the current economic climate. She writes: “Maybe it’s time to go back, so we can move forward, and relearn the skills we’re losing. Teach them in schools, make them compulsory. Because one day we will need them, and there’ll be no one left to teach us.” Knitting readers overwhelmingly agree with Kathleen’s argument, and say that if schools don’t teach these skills, parents should. Many say they already lead, or would be willing to lead, teaching sessions and afterschool clubs.

Pauline Lofkin says: “It baffles me why schools or other organisations don’t make use of older people to teach the skills and crafts that have almost disappeared. As a Brownie leader, I held a craft day for my girls, in my garden. I had a big tent where they could get out of the sun. “We did spinning with simple drop spindles, making a hand brush out of reeds, pressed flower pictures, a bit of foody stuff, and we all made a carrier bag to take our makes home. “We all enjoyed our day. They brought food and went home with their craft badges. I know it’s not school and it sounds a bit naff now. But the fuel that fired the day up was enthusiasm and a desire to show kids that using their hands to make something is fun. Children always learn from older people. There’s more to life than tapping keys!”

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This is Fiona Laden’s gorgeous little grandson Alexander wearing the Clayoquot Toque by Tin Can Knits she made for him from Knitting’s September issue 158.

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Jeanette Sloan’s A-Z of Knitting Techniques

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picot is created by casting on and immediately casting off stitches. The picot cast off adds a decorative but delicate touch to a project, and is ideal for baby knits, scarves, stoles and shawls, where its elasticity works well with

the stretch and spread of the lace when blocked. It’s an easy technique to adapt should you want to increase the length of the picots, but it uses more yarn than a basic cast off so bear this in mind if you’re using the last

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precious metres of a discontinued yarn. It can also be used over any number of stitches. This technique uses the standard cast-off technique to cast off and the two-needle or knitted cast on to create stitches.

2. Move this loop back to the left needle, then insert the right needle between the first and second loops and cast on three new stitches.

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5. To increase the length of the picots, cast on more stitches in Step 2 and then cast them off in Step 3. In this swatch I alternated the original-sized picot with longer ones made by casting on five stitches then casting off seven stitches for a staggered look.

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Jeanette Sloan’s A-Z of Knitting Techniques HOW TO CAST ON IN PICOT This cast-on method can be paired with the picot cast off when knitting scarves, stoles or even fingerless mitts. For extra impact, why not work it in a contrasting colour?

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5. For a longer picot, cast on six stitches when working Step 2, then cast off four stitches during Step 3.

6. You could also work the edge in a contrasting colour.

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Instructions COSY UP BY PAT MENCHINI PATTERN NOTES

When working Chart, carry colour not in use loosely across WS of work over not more than 3 sts at a time.

FRONT

Using 3.25mm needles and A cast on 113[123:133:143:153:163] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, (p1, k1) to last st, k1. Row 2 (WS): K1, (p1, k1) to end. Rep these 2 rib rows until work measures 14cm (5½in) from beg, ending after row 1.

Cosy Up Chart

Next row: Purl. Change to 4mm needles, join in B and work in patt from Chart. Row 1: K, working from Chart row 1: work first st, then reading from R to L rep the 10 patt sts 11[12:13:14:15:16] times, finally work last 2 sts from Chart row 1. Row 2: P, working from Chart row 2 and reading from L to R: work 2 sts as indicated, then rep 10 patt sts 11[12:13:14:15:16] times, finally work last st from Chart. Rows 3-16: Rep last 2 rows seven times, but working Chart rows 3 to 16. These 16 rows form patt. Patt straight until work meas 55cm (21½in), measured through centre of work, ending after a WS row.

Shape neck

Next row: Patt 30[33:37:41:45:48], turn, cont on this group of sts for left half of neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows. 25[28:32:36:40:43] sts. Work 8[12:12:16:16:18] rows straight, ending at side edge.

Shape shoulders

SIZES

King Cole Galaxy DK 31% wool, 65% acrylic (approx 175m per 50g) 5[5:6:6:6:7] x 50g balls 1880 Damson (A) King Cole Embrace DK 60% polyamide, 40% premium acrylic (approx 245m per 100g) 2[2:3:3:3:4] x 100g balls 2241 Mauve (B) 1 pair each 3.25mm and 4mm needles 1 extra long pair (or circular) 3.25mm needles for Collar 2 stitch holders Stitch markers Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Last 2 sts on k rows First 2 sts on p rows

First st on k rows Last st on p rows

Read RS (odd) rows from R to L Read WS (even) rows from L to R

Loosely cast off 6[7:8:9:10:11] sts at beg of next row and 2 foll alt rows. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7[7:8:9:10:10] sts. With RS facing, sl next 53[57:59:61:63:67] sts (centre sts) on to a holder and leave. Rejoin yarns to rem 30[33:37:41:45:48] sts and patt to end of row. Complete as left half but work 1 row more before shaping shoulder.

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Yarn A

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To fit: UK size 6-8[10-12:12-14:14-16:18-20:22-24] 76-81[84-89:91-97:99-104:107-112:115-119]cm (30-32[33-35:36-38:39-41:42-44:45-47]in) Actual measurement: 85[93:101:108:116:123]cm (33¾[36¾:39¾:42¾:45¾:48¾]in) Length to shoulder: 60[61:61:62:62:63]cm (23½[24:24:24½:24½:25]in) Sleeve length: 48cm (19in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over plain st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

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Instructions LIMELIGHT BY PAT MENCHINI

Shape shoulders

Loosely cast off 6[7:8:9:10:11] sts at beg of next 6 rows. 77[81:85:89:93:97] sts. Loosely cast off 7[7:8:9:10:10] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 63[67:69:71:73:77] sts. Sl rem sts on to a holder and leave.

SLEEVES

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 43[45:47:49:51:53] sts. Work in rib as on Front, shaping Sleeve by inc 1 st at each end of 7th row, then on every foll 8th row until there are 53[55:57:59:61:63] sts, taking extra sts into rib. Work 7 rows straight. Change to 4mm needles and beg with a k row for RS, work in st st, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd row, then on every foll 14th[10th:6th:6th:6th:5th] row until there are 59[61:63:71:79:89] sts, then on every foll 14th[10th:8th:8th:6th:6th] row until there are 65[71:77:81:87:93] sts. Cont straight until Sleeve measures 43cm (17in) at centre, ending after a P row.

Shape top

Row 1: K to last 4 sts, turn. Row 2: Sl1 firmly, p to last 4 sts, turn. Rows 3 to 4: Sl1 firmly, work to last 8 sts, turn. Rows 5 to 6: Sl1 firmly, work to last 12 sts, turn. Cont in this way working 4 sts fewer on every row until the 2 rows: Sl1 firmly, work to last 28 sts, turn have been worked. Next row: Sl1, k to end. Cast off loosely.

SIZES

To fit: UK size 6-8[10-12:14-16:18-20:22-24:26-28] 76-81[86-91:97-102:107-112:117-122:127-132]cm (30-32[34-36:38-40:42-44:46-48:50-52]in) Actual measurement: 84[94:103:114:123:134]cm (33[37:40.5:45:48.5:53]in) Length to shoulder: 57[58:58:59:60:60]cm (22½[23:2:23¼:23¾:23¾]in) Sleeve length at underarm: 43cm (17in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

NECKBAND

Join left shoulder. Using 3.25mm needles and A, RS facing, k across 63[67:69:71:73:77] sts of Back, pick up and k17[20:20:23:23:25] sts evenly down left side of neck, k across 53[57:59:61:63:67] sts of Front, finally pick up and k18[21:21:24:24:26] sts evenly up right Front neck. 151[165:169:179:183:195] sts. Beg with row 2, work 6 rows in rib as on Front. Cast off firmly in rib.

YOU WILL NEED

King Cole Galaxy DK 31% wool, 65% acrylic (approx 175m per 50g) 7[7:7:8:8:8] x 50g balls 1713 Stardust 1 pair each 2.75mm, 3.25mm, 4mm and 5mm needles 1 stitch holder Stitch marker Length of ribbon Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

COWL

Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 150[165:168:177:183:195] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, (p2, k1) to last st, k1. Row 2: K1, p1, (k2, p1) to last st, k1. Rep these 2 wide rib rows until Collar meas 19cm (7½in). Cast off very loosely in rib.

TENSION

Join right shoulder and edges of Neckband. Stitch cast-off edges of Sleeves to upper sections of Back and Front. Join side and Sleeve seams. Join side edges of Cowl. Alternatively, you may prefer to stitch the cowl to the edge of the neckband. ●

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

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22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

TO FINISH

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Instructions FRONT

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 99[111:121:133:143:155] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, (p1, k1) to last st, k1. Row 2: K1, (p1, k1) to end. Rep last 2 rib rows 4 times more, dec 9 sts evenly across last row. 90[102:112:124:134:146] sts. Cont in patt as folls: Rows 1-12: Using 4mm needles and beg with a k row for RS, work 12 rows in st st. Rows 13-14: Using 2.75mm needles and beg with a p row for RS, work 2 rows in rev st st. Row 15: Using 5mm needles k1[3:3:3:4:5], (kfb, k2) to last 2[3:4:4:4:6] sts, kfb, k to end. 120[135:148:164:177:192] sts. Rows 16-19: Using 5mm needles and beg with a p row for WS, work 4 rows in st st. Row 20: Using 5mm needles p1[3:3:3:4:5], (p2tog, p2) to last 3[4:5:5:5:7] sts, p2tog, p to end. 90[102:112:124:134:146] sts. Rows 21-22: As rows 13-14. These 22 rows form patt. Rep these 22 patt rows 5 more times.** Change to 4mm needles and beg with a k row, cont in st st until work meas 11cm (4¼in) from last patt row, ending after a p row. Pm 12 sts in from end of last row.

Shape neck

Next row: K31[36:40:44:48:53], turn and cont on this group of sts for left half of neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows, then on the 5 foll alt rows. 21[26:30:34:38:43] sts. Cont straight until work meas 5[6:6:7:8:8]cm (2[2¼:2¼:2¾:3¼:3¼]in) from marker, ending at side edge.

Shape shoulder

Loosely cast off 5[6:7:8:9:11] sts at beg of next row and 2 foll alt rows. 6[8:9:10:11:10] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off. With RS facing, sl next 28[30:32:36:38:40] sts on to a holder and leave. Neatly rejoin yarn to rem 31[36:40:44:48:53] sts and k to end of row. Complete to match left half.

BACK

Work as Front to **.

Shape back neck opening

Change to 4mm needles and st st with g st inner edge. Next row: K45[51:56:62:67:73], turn, cont on this group of sts for right half of Back. Next row: K4, p to end. Next row (dec): K to last 6 sts, k2tog, k4. Cont working dec row on every foll k row until 35[42:45:50:57:61] sts rem, then on every foll 4th row until 30[36:40:45:50:55] sts rem. Cont straight until Back meas same as Front to shoulder shaping, ending at side edge.

Shape shoulder

Loosely cast off 5[6:7:8:9:11] sts at beg of next row and 2 foll alt rows. 15[18:19:21:23:22] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off 6[8:9:10:11:10] sts at beg of next row. Sl rem 9[10:10:11:12:12] sts on to a length of yarn and leave. With RS facing, rejoin yarn neatly at centre. Next row: Knit. Next row: P to last 4 sts, k4.

Next row (dec): K4, skpo, k to end. Next row: P to last 4 sts, k4. Complete to match right half, but work 1 more row before shaping shoulder.

SLEEVES

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 43[45:47:49:51:53] sts. Work 10 rows in rib as for Front but inc 1 st at end of last row. 44[46:48:50:52:54] sts. Change to 4mm needles and beg with a k row work in st st, shaping Sleeve by inc 1 st at each end of foll 5th row, then on every foll 10th[8th:6th:6th:4th:4th] row until there are 58[62:62:72:58:72] sts, then on every foll 10th[8th:8th:8th:6th:6th] row until there are 66[72:78:82:88:94] sts. Cont straight until Sleeve meas 43cm (17in) at centre, ending after a p row.

Shape top

Row 1: K to last 4 sts, turn. Row 2: Sl1 firmly, p to last 4 sts, turn. Rows 3-4: Sl1 firmly, work to last 8 sts, turn. Rows 5-6: Sl1 firmly, work to last 12 sts, turn. Cont in this way, working 4 sts fewer on every row until the 2 rows “sl1 firmly, work to last 28 sts, turn” have been worked. Next row: Sl1, k to end. Cast off loosely.

NECKBAND

Join shoulders. Using 3.25mm needles, RS facing, k across 9[10:10:11:12:12] sts of left Back neck, pick up and k19[20:20:22:25:25] sts evenly down left side of Front neck, k across 28[30:32:36:38:40] sts on holder, pick up and k20[21:21:23:26:26] sts evenly up right side of Front neck, finally k across 9[10:10:11:12:12] sts of right Back neck. 85[91:93:103:113:115] sts. Beg row 2 work 8 rows in rib as for Front. Cast off evenly in rib.

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Broken Snowflakes Design: Camilla Ette Gotfredsen, DesignEtte, Denmark

In winter – in the cold snow when darkness lies upon us and when the sea turns to ice – the most lovely small stars falls from above. They are all created in the same image and look the same at a glance – like children – but if you look closely you will find that some of them are broken. Not whole, not perfect – but they light up our darkness!

Choose your ‘Broken Snowflakes’ knitting kit in the colour variation Grey/White, Green/White or Indigo/White combined with matching beads and select your size between XS and 3XL.

Buy kits on Amazon.co.uk or DesignEtte.co.uk

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Instructions BOBBLES AND COBBLES BY BELINDA HARRIS-REID 4th and 5th sts over first st and off needle leaving one st still on needle srm1/srm2 = short row marker 1/short row marker 2 Wrap next st = slip next st, wrap yarn around st, turn work, pass slipped st back onto right hand needle, pass yarn behind needle, continue to work as directed

For more abbreviations see page 89

TIPS

For extra sparkle, add tiny crystal beads to the top of each bobble and to each point of the picot edge. Cast off with a larger-size needle to give a lovely stretchy edge.

PATTERN NOTES

Work backwards and forwards on circular needle as if on straight needles.

BODY

SIZES

To fit: One size Actual width at underarm: 80cm (31½in) Length collar to hem: 72cm (28¼in) Sleeve length: 35cm (13¾in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

YOU WILL NEED

Belinda Harris-Reid Light Moonshine 70% alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere (approx 225m per 100g) 6 x 100g hanks Undyed (A) 1 x 100g hank Silver (B) (Can also be made with 6 hanks of Belinda Harris-Reid Merry O or Cobblestone) 1 circular 3.5mm and 4.5mm needle 80cm long Set of four 3.5mm and 4mm dpns Stitch holders 2 different coloured stitch markers Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

22 sts to 10cm over st st using 3.5mm needles. 20 sts to 10cm in st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

kpk = k next st, do not take st off needle, move yarn to front and p same st, do not take st off needle, move yarn to back and k into same st MB = make bobble: (k, yo, k, yo, k) all in next st, turn work, k5, turn work, p5, slip 2nd, 3rd,

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With 3.5mm circular needle cast on 316 sts. Rib row: (K1, p1) to end. Rep last row 5 more times. Foundation Row 1 (RS): K12, yo, k1, yo, k7, (k2tog, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7) 17 times, k2tog, k5 (334 sts). Foundation Row 2 (WS): P5, (p2tog, p16) 17 times, p2tog, p21 (316 sts). Cont in Waves and Bobbles patt as folls: Row 1 (RS): K13, yo, k1, yo, k6, (k2tog, k8, yo, k1, yo, k6) 17 times, k2tog, k5 (334 sts). Row 2: P5, (p2tog, p16) 17 times, p2tog, p21. (316 sts). Row 3: K14, yo, k1, yo, k5, (k2tog, k9, yo, k1, yo, k5) 17 times, k2tog, k5 (334 sts). Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14: As row 2. Row 5: K15, yo, k1, yo, k4, (k2tog, k10, yo, k1, yo, k4) 17 times, k2tog, k5 (334 sts). Row 7: K16, yo, k1, yo, k3, (k2tog, k11, yo, k1, yo, k3) 17 times, k2tog, k5. Row 9: K17, yo, k1, yo, k2, (k2tog, k12, yo, k1, yo, k2) 17 times, k2tog, k5. Row 11: K18, (yo, k1) twice, (k2tog, k13, yo, k1, yo, k1) 17 times, k2tog, k5. Row 13: K19, yo, k1, yo, (k2tog, k14, yo, k1, yo) 17 times, k2tog, k5. Row 15: K5, (skpo, k7, yo, k1, yo, k5, MB, k1) 17 times, skpo, k7, yo, k1, yo, k5, MB, k6. Row 16: P21, (p2tog tbl, p16) 17 times, p2tog tbl, p5 (316 sts). Row 17: K5, (skpo, k6, yo, k1, yo, k8) 17 times, skpo, k6, yo, k1, yo, k13 (334 sts). Rows 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30: As row 16 (316 sts). Row 19: K5, (skpo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k9) 17 times, skpo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k14 (334 sts). Row 21: K5, (skpo, k4, yo, k1, yo, k10) 17 times, skpo, k4, yo, k1, yo, k15. Row 23: K5, (skpo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k11) 17 times, skpo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k16. Row 25: K5, (skpo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k12) 17 times, skpo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k17. Row 27: K5, (skpo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k13) 17

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Instructions times, skpo, (k1, yo) twice, k18. Row 29: K5, (skpo, yo, k1, yo, k14) 17 times, skpo, yo, k1, yo, k19. Row 31: K6, MB, k5, yo, k1, yo, k7, (k2tog, k1, MB, k5, yo, k1, yo, k7) 17 times, k2tog, k5. Row 32: P5, (p2tog, p16) 17 times, p2tog, p21 (316 sts). These 32 rows form pattern. Rep rows 1 to 32 once more. Knit 8 rows. Next row (RS): (K4, k2tog) 52 times, k4 (264 sts). Knit 4 rows. Next row (RS): K56, place next 20 sts on holder, k112, place next 20 sts on holder, k56 (224 sts). Set aside and work Sleeves.

SLEEVES (BOTH ALIKE)

Using three 4mm dpns cast on 60 sts with 20 sts on each needle, pm, join to a rnd and cont as folls: Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: Purl. Rep last 2 rnds a further nine times. Change to 3.5mm dpns. Cont in st st (k every rnd) as folls: Start-up rnd: K1, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2 (62 sts). Knit 4 rnds. Next rnd (inc): K1, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2 (64 sts). Rep last 5 rnds a further 14 more times (92 sts). Knit 4 rnds. Next rnd: K to 10 sts before m, slip next 20 sts on to holder, removing m (ie 10 sts either side of m) (72 sts).

YOKE

Cont as folls on 3.5mm circular needle: Next rnd: K56 sts of Body, k72 sts of Sleeve one, place srm1, k112 sts of Body Front, place srm2, k72 sts of Sleeve two, k56 sts of Body (368 sts).

Short row shaping 1

Short row 1: K to srm1, k12, wrap next st, k to srm2, k12, wrap next st, k to end of row. Row 2: Knit. Short row 3: K to srm1, k8, wrap next st, k to srm2, k8, wrap next st, k to end of row. Row 4: Knit. Short row 5: K to srm1, k4, wrap next st, k to srm2, k4, wrap next st, k to end of row. Row 6: Knit. Short row 7: K to srm1, wrap next st, k to srm2, wrap next st, k to end of row. Knit 6 rows.

Shape Yoke

Next row (dec): (K3, k2tog) 73 times, k3 (295 sts). Knit 12 rows. Next row (dec): (K2, k2tog) 73 times, k3 (222 sts). Knit 12 rows. Next row (dec): K1, (k2, k2tog) 55 times, k3 (167 sts). Knit 12 rows.

Short row shaping 2

Short row 1 (RS): K40, wrap next st, k to end of row. Next row: Knit. Short row 23: K40, wrap next st, k to end of row. Next row: Knit. Next row: (K3, k2tog) 33 times, k3 (134 sts). Knit 12 rows.

Next row: K5, (k2tog, k3) 25 times, k5. (109 sts) Knit 12 rows. Next row: K7, (k2tog, k6) 12 times, k7 (97 sts). Knit 12 rows. Move sts to yarn holder or waste yarn.

PICOT COLLAR EDGE

With 3.5mm circular needle, RS facing and starting at bottom edge of Right Front, pick up and k97 sts along edge to neck, work (k1, p1, k1) in next space, work across 97 sts held for neck, work [(k1, p1, k1) all in next st] twice, k93, [(k1, p1, k1) all in next st] twice, then work down Left Front edge, working (k1, p1, k1) in first space, then pick up and k97 sts to bottom edge (305 sts). Row 1 (WS): Purl. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Row 3: Purl. Row 4: (K2tog, yo) to last 3 sts, k3tog (303 sts). Row 5: Purl. Row 6: Knit. Row 7: Purl. **Cast off all sts on RS using 4mm needle. With RS facing, fold picot edge over and join cast-off edge to first row of picot edge on WS of work.

PICOT SLEEVE EDGE

With RS facing, using three 4mm dpns, pick up and k60 sts around Sleeve edge (20 sts on each needle). Knit 2 rnds. Next rnd: (K2tog, yo) to end. Knit 4 rnds. Finish as for Collar from **.

TO FINISH

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Join underarm sts using Kitchener st or three-needle cast-off. Darn in loose ends. Sew small beads or crystals to top of each bobble and point of each of picot points (optional). Hand wash and rinse in lukewarm (30°C) water with mild soap, ensuring garment is completely covered. Do not rub or scrub. Squeeze out excess water. Roll in a clean towel. *Dry flat and reshape while damp - if this is not possible, make sure garment is hung up to dry without distorting the shape (take particular notice of the shoulders). Machine wash by placing in a pillowcase or net bag. Use a mild detergent on a delicate cycle up to 30°C. Do not spin. Follow handwash instructions from *. Do not tumble dry. Iron on a cool setting. ●

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Instructions ALPINE BY NATALIE WARNER Change to 4mm needles. Next row (WS): Purl.

Place chart

Row 1 (RS): K36[42:48], p1, work next 41 sts of Chart row 1, p1, k36[42:48]. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl. These 2 rows set Chart with one st in purled g st at each side of Chart, and st st at edges. Work a further 4[6:8] rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next and 4 foll 6th rows. 105[117:129] sts. Work 7 rows without shaping. Dec 1 st at each end of next row. Rep last 8 rows once more. 101[113:125] sts. Work straight for 23[25:27] rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves

SIZES

To fit: UK size 8-10[12-14:16-18] 81-86[91-97:102-107]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42]in) Actual measurement: 92[103:114]cm (36[40½:45]in) Length to shoulder: 56[58:60]cm (22[22¾:23½]in) Sleeve length: 45cm (18in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

YOU WILL NEED

Manos Del Uruguay Serena 60% alpaca, 40% pima cotton (approx 155m per 50g) 5[6:7] x 50g skeins S9710 Alpine 1 pair each 3.25mm and 4mm needles 1 circular 4mm needle 80cm long Stitch holders Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 BACK

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 115[127:139] sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, (p1, k1) to end. Row 2 (WS): P1, (k1, p1) to end. These 2 rows form rib. Cont in rib for a further 17 rows, ending with a RS row.

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Change to 4mm circular needle when there are too many sts to fit comfortably on to straight needles. Taking all incs in st st, work as folls: Inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 4th row, then on foll 3 alt rows, then on next 3 rows, ending with a WS row. 117[129:141] sts. Cast on 8 sts at beg of next 20 rows. 277[289:301] sts. Work straight for 27[29:31] rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape overarm

Cast off 12 sts at beg of next 12 rows. 133[145:157] sts.

Shape shoulder and back neck

Next row (RS): Cast off 12[13:14] sts, patt until there are 41 sts on RH needle and turn, leaving rem sts on hold. Row 1 (WS): Dec 1 st, patt to end. 40[43:46] sts. Row 2 (RS): Cast off 12[13:14] sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of row. 27[29:31] sts. Row 3: As row 1. 26[28:30] sts. Row 4: As row 2. 13[14:15] sts. Row 5: As row 1. 12[13:14] sts. Cast off. With RS facing place centre 27[31:35] sts on a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, patt to end. 53[57:61] sts. Next row (WS): Cast off 12[13:14] sts, pattern to end. 41[44:47] sts. Now work rows 1 to 5 as given for first side of neck, noting that row 1 is now on RS and reversing shaping.

LEFT FRONT

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 56[62:68] sts. Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) to end. This row forms rib. Continue in rib for a further 18 rows, ending with a RS row. Change to 4mm needles. Next row (WS): Purl.

Place Chart

Row 1 (RS): K36[42:48], p1, work next 17 sts as Chart row 1, p1, k1. Row 2 (and all WS rows): Purl.

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Instructions

Shape sleeves

Working all incs in st st, cont as folls: Inc 1 st at beg of next and foll 4th row,

then on foll 3 alt rows, then on next 3 rows, ending with a WS row. 57[63:69] sts. Cast on 8 sts at beg of next and 9 foll alt rows. 137[143:149] sts. Work straight for 27[29:31] rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape overarm and front neck

Cast off 12 sts at beg of next and foll alt row, ending with a RS row. 113[119:125] sts. Keeping patt correct throughout, shape neck and rem of overarm as folls:

Row 1 (WS): Cast off 10[12:14] sts, patt to end. 103[107:111] sts. Row 2 (RS): Cast off 12 sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of row. 90[94:98] sts. Row 3: Dec 1 st at beg of row. 89[93:97] sts. Row 4: As row 2. 76[80:84] sts. Row 5: As row 3. 75[79:83] sts. Row 6: Cast off 12 sts at beg of row. 63[67:71] sts. Row 7: As row 3. 62[66:70] sts. Row 8: As row 6. 50[54:58] sts.

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These 2 rows set Chart with one st in purled g st at each side of Chart, and st st at edges. Work a further 4[6:8] rows. Dec 1 st at beg of next and 4 foll 6th rows, 51[57:63] sts, then on 2 foll 8th rows. 49[55:61] sts. Work straight for 23[25:27] rows, ending with a WS row.

Alpine Chart Back K on RS, p on WS yo k2tog ssk sk2po

Alpine Chart Right Front

Alpine Chart Left Front

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Instructions Shape shoulder

Row 9: As row 3. 49[53:57] sts. Row 10: Cast off 12[13:14] sts at beg of row. 37[40:43] sts. Row 11: Dec 1 st at beg of row. 36[39:42] sts. Row 12: Cast off 12[13:14] sts at beg of row. 24[26:28] sts. Row 13: Patt to end. Row 14: Cast off 12[13:14] sts at beg of row. 12[13:14] sts. Row 15: Patt to end. Cast off rem 12[13:14] sts.

RIGHT FRONT

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 68[74:80] sts. Row 1 (RS): (P1, k1) to end. This row forms rib. Cont in rib for a further 18 rows, ending with a RS row. Change to 4mm needles. Next row (WS): Purl.

Place Chart

Row 1 (RS): K1, p1, work next 29 sts of Chart row 1, p1, k36[42:48]. Row 2 (and all WS rows): Purl. These 2 rows set Chart with one st in purled g st at each side of Chart, and st st at edges. Work a further 4[6:8] rows in patt as set. Dec 1 st at end of next and 4 foll 6th rows 63[69:75] sts. Dec 1 st at end of next 2 rows. 61[67:73] sts. Work 23[25:27] rows without shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves

125[131:137] sts. Keeping patt correct throughout, shape neck and rem of overarm seam as folls: Row 1 (RS): Cast off 22[24:26] sts, patt to end. 103[107:111] sts. Row 2 (WS): Cast off 12 sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of row. 90[94:98] sts. Work rows 3-16 as given for Left Front, noting that odd-numbered rows are now on RS of work and even-numbered rows on WS.

NECKBAND

Steam gently and join overarm/shoulder seams. With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, pick up and k22[24:26] sts from Right Front cast-off edge, 13 sts up Right Front neck, 5 sts down right Back neck, k27[31:35] sts at centre back, pick up and k5 sts up left Back neck, 13 sts down Left Front neck, and 10[12:14] sts from Left Front cast-off edge. 95[103:111] sts. Row 1 (WS): K1, (p1, k1) to end. Row 2 (RS): K2, (p1, k1) to last 3 sts, p1, k2. These 2 rows form rib. Work a further 7 rows in rib as set. Cast off loosely on RS.

FRONTBANDS (both alike)

With 3.25mm needles and RS facing, pick up and k125[129:133] sts down front opening edge. Knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise on WS.

Working all incs into st st, work as folls: Inc 1 st at end of next and foll 4th row, then on 3 foll alt rows, then on next 3 rows, ending with a WS row. 69[75:81] sts. Work 1 row. Cast on 8 sts at beg of next and 9 foll WS rows. 149[155:161] sts. Work straight for 27[29:31] rows, ending with a RS row.

CUFFS

Cast off 12 sts at beg of next and foll WS row.

Join side/underarm seams. â—?

Shape overarm and front neck

With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, pick up and k45[49:53] sts all around cuff edge. Row 1 (WS): P1, (k1, p1) to end. Row 2 (RS): P1, (p1, k1) to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work a further 9 rows, ending with a WS row. Cast off loosely in rib.

TO FINISH

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Instructions AFTERGLOW BY CHRISTINE BOGGIS 22 sts x 30 rows to 10cm (4in) over patt using 4mm needles with yarn held double. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTE

Afterglow can be worn in several different ways: as a simple wrap; as a poncho, with one side buttoned to the other; or as a shrug, folded over and with both sets of buttons buttoned up.

WRAP

With 4mm needles and two strands of A held together, cast on 150 sts. Work 2 rows in st st.

Set Lace Ladders Pattern

SIZE

Approx: 68 x 202cm (27 x 80in)

YOU WILL NEED

Malabrigo Lace 100% wool (430m per 50g) 2 x 50g hanks in Holly Hock 148 (A) 2 x 50g hanks in Damask 130 (B) 2 x 50g hanks in Pink Frost 17 (C) 2 x 50g hanks in Shocking Pink 184 (D) 2 x 50g hanks in Fucsia 93 (E) Pair of 4mm needles 16 buttons Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Row 1: K1, (k4, yfwd, skpo) 24 times, k5. Row 2 and every alt row: P to end. Row 3: K1, (k4, k2tog, yfwd) 24 times, k5. These four rows form Lace Ladder Pattern. Continue in patt until work measures 22cm (8¾in). Break one strand of A and join one strand of B so you are holding one strand each of A and B. Continue in patt until work measures 44cm (17¼in). Break A and join another strand of B so you are holding two strands of B. Continue in patt until work measures 66cm (26in). Break one strand of B and join one strand of C so you are holding one strand each of B and C. Continue in patt until work measures 88cm (34¾in).

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Break B and join another strand of C so you are holding two strands of C. Continue in patt until work measures 110cm (43¼in). Break one strand of C and join one strand of D so you are holding one strand each of C and D. Continue in patt until work measures 132cm (52in). Break C and join another strand of D so you are holding two strands of D. Continue in patt until work measures 154cm (60¾in). Break one strand of D and join one strand of E so you are holding one strand each of D and E. Continue in patt until work measures 176cm (69¼in). Break D and join one strand of E so you are holding two strands of E. Continue in patt until work measures 198cm (78in). Work two rows in st st. Cast off loosely.

SIDE BORDERS

With two strands of E held together, pick up and knit 460 sts along side of wrap. Row 1: K to end. Row 2 (buttonhole row): (K18, yfwd, k2tog) 8 times, k to end. Knit two rows. Cast off loosely. Repeat on other side.

END BORDERS

With two strands of C held together and RS facing, pick up and knit 190 sts across end of wrap. Row 1 (WS) and every alt row: P to end.

TENSION

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Row 2: K to end. Row 4: K3, p2tog, *(p2tog) 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, (p2tog) 3 times; rep from * to last 5 sts, p2tog, k3 (189 sts). Row 5: P to end. Cast off loosely.

C8F = Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k4, then k4 from cn C8B = Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k4 then k4 from cn C6F = Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k3, then k3 from cn C6B = Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k3 then k3 from cn s2k3po = slip 2 stitches, knit 3 together, pass slipped stitches over

TO FINISH

Weave in ends. Sew buttons on to side borders to match buttonholes. ●

For more abbreviations see page 89

PATTERN NOTES

When working side seam shaping through lace panels, ensure that you have enough stitches to work both yarn overs to offset the sk2po decrease. For half a repeat, work k2tog before the yo when shaping the first side seam and ssk after the yo when shaping the second. Stitches in the lace panel that cannot form part of a pattern repeat should be knitted in stocking stitch until they are taken into the seam shaping.

SIZES

One size to fit: UK size 8-18 81-117cm (32-42in) Length to shoulder approx: 70cm (27½in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

YOU WILL NEED

Wendy Aspire Chunky 80% wool, 20% alpaca (approx 140m per 100g) 8 x 100g balls 3248 Mallard 1 pair 6.5mm needles 1 circular 7mm needle 60cm long 1 circular 6mm needle 40cm long Stitch holder Stitch markers (optional) Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

16 sts and 22 rows to 10cm over patt. 14 sts and 20 rows to 10cm over st st. Both using 6.5mm needle and measured after steaming. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

LT = Left Twist: knit into back of second st on left hand needle, knit into front of first st and drop both sts off needle RT = Right Twist: purl into second st on left hand needle, purl into first st then slip both sts off needle C10F = Slip next 5 sts to cn and hold at front of work, k5, then k5 from cn C10B = Slip next 5 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k5 then k5 from cn

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Slip stitches knitwise, one at a time, when working s2k3po. You may prefer an elastic cast off for stitches across the central cable when shaping the neckline.

BACK AND FRONT (both alike)

With 6.5mm needles cast on 118 sts. Knit 8 rows in g st ending with a WS row. Next row (RS): K2, p2, yo, k4, sk2po, k4, yo, p2, *LT, p2, k4, (kfb) 5 times, k1, p2, LT, p2, yo, k4, sk2po, k4, yo, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (133 sts). Next row (WS): K4, p11, k2, (RT, k2, p15, k2, RT, k2, p11, k2) to last 2 sts, k2. This row sets placement of cable panels, lace panels and rickrack pattern. Work in patt from row 1 of Chart A until all 24 rows have been completed, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS) (dec): K2, p2, k3, yo, s2k3po, yo, k3, p2, *LT, p2, k3, k2tog, slip next 5 sts on to cn and leave at front of work, k3, k2tog, then k2tog, k3 from cn, p2, LT, p2, k3, yo, s2k3po, yo, k3, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (116 sts). Next row (WS): K4, p9, k2, (RT, k2, p12, k2, RT, k2, p9, k2) to last 2 sts, k2. Work in patt from Chart B, working rows 1 to 24 twice, then rows 1 to 20 again, ending with a WS row.

For Charts see page 62, pattern continued on page 64.

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Instructions Chart A

Chart B

K on RS, p on WS

Chart C

P on RS, k on WS yo LT RT sk2po C10F C10B C8F C8B C6F C6B

Read all odd (RS) rows from R to L. Read all even (WS) rows from L to R.

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Instructions Next row (RS) (dec): K2, p2, k2, yo, s2k3po, yo, k2, p2, *LT, p2, k2, k2tog, slip next 4 sts onto cn and leave at front of work, k2, k2tog, then k2tog, k2 from cn, p2, LT, p2, k2, yo, s2k3po, yo, k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (99 sts). Next row (WS): K4, p7, k2, (RT, k2, p9, k2, RT, k2, p7, k2) to last 2 sts, k2. Work in patt from Chart C for rem of poncho as folls: Cont straight until work meas approx 60cm (23½in) (should be approx 1 rep of Chart C), ending with a WS row.

Begin shaping side seam

Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (97 sts). This row sets side seam decs on RS of work. You may wish to place markers 5 sts in from each end of row to help you place decs. Work 3 rows as now set. Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (95 sts). Work 3 rows as now set, ending with a WS row.

Divide for and shape neck

Next row (RS): K2, p1, p2tog, patt until there are 41 sts on right-hand needle and turn, leave rem sts on holder or length of scrap yarn. Now work neck shaping as folls, keeping patt correct throughout (see Pattern Notes). NB: Neck shaping is worked on edge sts of rows. Row 1 (WS): Dec 1 st at neck edge of next row (40 sts). Row 2 (RS): Dec 1 st as set at side seam and 1 st at neck edge (38 sts). Row 3: As row 1 (37 sts). Row 4: As row 2 (35 sts). Row 5: Patt to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (34 sts). Row 6: As row 2 (32 sts). Row 7: As row 5 (31 sts). Row 8: Cast off 2 sts at side seam/shoulder

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edge and dec 1 st at neck edge (28 sts). Row 9: Work as now set without shaping. Row 10: As row 8 (25 sts). Row 11: As row 9. Row 12: Cast off 4 sts at shoulder edge and dec 1 st at neck edge (20 sts). Row 13: As row 9. Row 14: Cast off 8 sts at shoulder edge (see Pattern Notes), patt to end (12 sts). Row 15: As row 9. Row 16: Cast off rem 12 sts. With RS facing slip rem sts back on to lefthand needle, rejoin yarn, cast off centre 11 sts, patt to last 5 sts, ssp, p1, k2 (41 sts). Complete to match first side of neck, reversing shaping at side seam by working ssp, p1, k2 on RS rows and k3, ssk on WS rows, and casting off for the shoulder on WS of work instead of on RS.

ROLL NECK COLLAR

All rounds are RS facing. With 7mm circular needle cast on 102 sts and join in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. Rnd 1: (K3, p3) around. This round forms rib. Cont in rib until Collar meas 13cm (5¼in). Next rnd: (K1, k2tog, p1, p2tog) around (68 sts). Change to 6mm circular needle. Next rnd: (K2, p2) around. Cont in rib as set for a further 8cm (3in). Cast off in rib, ensuring cast-off edge is loose enough to allow ribbed sts to stretch.

TO FINISH

Steam (do NOT press) all pieces gently. Pin both sides of poncho together and try on, marking position of arm openings to suit you. Sew side and shoulder seams closed either side of these markers. Neatly sew collar to neck edge of poncho, easing in any fullness. ●

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Instructions INTO THE WOODS BY PAT STRONG YOU WILL NEED

Rowan Cocoon 80% Merino wool, 20% kid mohair (approx 115m per 100g) 7[7:8:9:10] x 100g balls 802 Alpine 6.5mm and 7mm circular needles 100cm long 1 set each of 6.5mm and 7mm dpns (or use circular with magic loop) Stitch holders Stitch markers Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

14 sts and 16 rows to 10cm over st st using 7mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTES

To fit: 80[88:96:104:116]cm (31½[34¾:38:40½:45in) Actual measurement: 90[98:106:114:126]cm (35½[39:43:44½:49]in) Length to Back neck: 64[66:67:68:71]cm (25¼[26:26¼:26¾:28]cm) Sleeve length: 40[41:42:42:44]cm (16[16½:17:17:18]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

When working the yoke, as the st count gets less, the last decreases of the round will cross over the marker and decreases will occur within the charted sts. Replace marker after last decrease is worked.

BODY (worked in rounds) With 6.5mm needles cast on 128[136:144:160:170] sts.

Set Chart

Next rnd: (K5[6:7:5:6] sts, work 11 st of Chart row 1 rep) 8[8:8:10:10] times. Cont as set until all 27 lines of Chart have been completed, then cont in st st until work meas 40[41:42:42:44]cm (16[16½:17:17:18]in).

Divide for Front and Back

Next rnd: K7[8:8:9:9] sts past m, place last 10[11:11:13:13] sts worked on a holder. Do not break yarn. Set aside.

SLEEVES (both alike)

With 6.5mm dpns (or circular needle and magic loop method) cast on 32[34:38:40:44] sts, join to a rnd, pm. Work 10 rnds in Twisted Rib as given for Body. Change to 7mm needles. Cont in st st, inc 1 st either side of m on every foll 6th rnd, until there are 42[44:46:50:52] sts. Cont without shaping until Sleeve meas 40[41:42:42:44]cm (16[16½:17:17:18]in). Next rnd: K5[5:5:6:6] sts past m, place last 10[11:11:13:13] sts worked on a holder. Break yarn, leaving a tail.

YOKE

K54[57:61:67:72] sts from Body, place next 10[11:11:13:13] sts on a holder, k32[33:35:37:39] sts from Sleeve 1, k54[57:61:67:72] sts of Body, k32[33:35:37:39] sts from Sleeve 2, pm. 172[180:192:208:222] sts.

SIZES

This is a traditional circular yoke sweater with a reverse stocking stitch tree motif. It is designed to be worn loose and has a generous yoke. The garment is worked in the round so that there is little finishing to be done.

Join to a rnd, taking care not to twist stitches, and pm for start of rnd. Twisted rib rnd (RS): (K1tbl, p1) to end of rnd. Rep last rnd 9 more times. Change to 7mm circular needles.

Into the Woods Chart Knit

40[41:42:42:44] 40[41:42:42:44]

64[66:67:68:71]

Purl

45[49:53:57:63] 11 st pattern repeat

Measurements are given in cm

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Instructions BARLEY BY LISA RICHARDSON

Work one round, at same time dec 2[-:dec 2:inc 1:dec 6] sts evenly. 170[180:190:209:216] sts. Next rnd: K22[23:25:28:30] sts, replace m to indicate start of first motif, (work 11 sts of Chart row 1, k6[7:8:8:7]) 10[10:10:11:12] times. Last rnd sets Chart.

Shape yoke

Keeping Chart correct and moving m as described in Pattern Notes, dec for Yoke as folls: Size 1 only Dec rnd 1: (Work 11 sts of Chart, k1, skpo, k2tog, k1) to end of rnd (150 sts). Knit 6 rnds. Dec rnd 2: (Work 11 sts of Chart, skpo, k2tog) to end of rnd (130 sts). Knit 6 rnds. Sizes 2 and 5 only Dec rnd 1: (Work 11 sts of Chart, k2, s2kpo, k2) to end of rnd. 160[192] sts. Knit 6[7] rnds. Dec rnd 2: (Work 11 sts of Chart, k1, s2kpo, k1) to end of rnd. 140[168] sts. Knit 6[7] rnds. Sizes 3 and 4 only Dec rnd 1: (Work 11 sts of Chart, k2, skpo, k2tog, k2) to end of rnd. 170 [187] sts. Knit 6[7] rnds. Dec rnd 2: (Work 11 sts of Chart, k1, skpo, k2tog, k1) to end of round. 150[167] sts. Knit 6[7] rnds. All sizes Dec 20[20:20:22:24] sts every 7[7:7:8:8]th rnd to 70[80:90:99:96] sts, decreasing no of sts between decs. Cont in st st until Yoke meas 24[25:25:26:27]cm (9½[9¾:9¾:10¼:10½]in) in depth. Sizes 3, 4 and 5 only Next rnd: (K7[7:10] k2tog) to end of rnd. 80[88:88] sts.

SIZES

To fit: UK size 8-10[12-14:16-18:20-22:24-26] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117:122-127]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46:48-50]in) Actual measurement: 88[98:103:122:135]cm (35[39:44:48:53]in) Length to shoulder: 53[54:55:56:57]cm (21[21½:21½:22:22½]in) Sleeve length: 45[46:47:47:47]cm (17½[18:18½:18½:18½]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Shape neck

Next rnd: K35[40:40:44:44] sts, pm to indicate Back neck. Change to 6.5mm needles. Work 5 rnds in Twisted Rib as for Body. Cast off loosely in rib.

YOU WILL NEED

Rowan Felted Tweed 50% Merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose (approx 175m per 50g) 7[8:8:9:10] x 50g balls 197 Alabaster 1 pair each 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles Stitch holders Cable needle Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TO FINISH

Darn in ends. Graft underarms for the neatest finish OR use a three needle cast off OR cast off all underarm sts and sew seam. Block following manufacturer’s instructions. ●

TENSION

26 sts and 33 rows to 10cm over patt using 3.75mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

C2BP = slip next st to cn and leave at back (RS) of work, p1, then p1 from cn C2FP = slip next st to cn and leave at front (WS) of work, p1, then p1 from cn

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Instructions

For more abbreviations see page 89

PATTERN NOTES

Number of sts varies while working patt. All st counts given refer to basic number of sts and do NOT include any extra sts made while working patt. Number of sts increases on diamond sections of pattern – the basic 3 sts increases to 11 sts and then back down to 3 sts. To avoid shaping through this section, work these 3 sts as a cable instead. At points specified in patt, replace diamond with a simple 3 st cable patt worked as folls: Row 1 (RS) (this replaces Chart Row 1): C3F. Row 2: P3. Row 3: K3. Row 4: P3. These 4 rows form cable patt for these 3 sts for rest of section being knitted.

BACK

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 100[114:128:142:158] sts. Row 1 (WS): P1[0:0:0:0], k2[2:1:0:0], (p2, k2) to last 1[0:3:2:2] sts, p1[0:2:2:2], k0[0:1:0:0]. Row 2: K1[0:0:0:0], p2[2:1:0:0], (k2, p2) to last 1[0:3:2:2] sts, k1[0:2:2:2], p0[0:1:0:0]. These 2 rows form rib. Cont in rib until Back meas 9cm (3½in), ending with WS facing for next row. Next row (WS): Rib 10[17:8:15:7], m1, (rib 16, m1) 5[5:7:7:9] times, rib 10[17:8:15:7]. 106[120:136:150:168] sts. Change to 3.75mm needles. Beg and ending rows as indicated, work 17-st patt rep 5[5:7:7:9] times across each row and rep 20-row patt rep throughout, cont in patt from Chart for sweater Body as folls: Work 10 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Inc 1 st at each end of next and 3 foll 16th rows, taking inc sts into rib. 114[128:144:158:176] sts. Work 21 rows, ending after Chart row 20 and with RS facing for next row. Back should meas approx 33cm (13in).

Body Chart

Shape raglan

Keeping patt correct cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 108[122:138:152:170] sts. Now replacing diamond sections of patt nearest ends of rows with cable patt as detailed in pattern note above, cont as folls: Next row (RS): K2, skpo, patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row (WS): P2, p2tog, patt to last 4 sts, p2tog tbl, p2. These 2 rows set sts, raglan armhole decs worked 2 sts in from ends of rows, creating 3 sts in st st along raglan armhole edge. Working all raglan armhole decs as now set and keeping 3 sts in st st along raglan armhole edge throughout by working p3 at ends of WS rows when there is no shaping on this row, cont as folls: Dec 1 st at each end of next 13[16:16:16:16] rows, then on foll 1[0:0:0:0] alt row. 76[86:102:116:134] sts. Work 1[0:0:0:0] row ending after Chart row 20. Now working Diamond sections of patt nearest ends of rows as cable[diamond:cable:cable:cable] patt (see pattern note), cont as folls:

C3F = slip next st to cn and leave at front of work, k2, then k1 from cn Wrap 10 = (k2, p2) twice, k2 and slip these 10 sts on to cn, wrap yarn 3 times anticlockwise around these 10 sts, then slip these 10 sts back on to RH needle

Key

Sleeve Chart

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Instructions Dec 1 st at each end of next 1[7:19:20:20] rows then on foll 9[6:0:0:0] alt rows. 56[60:64:76:94] sts. Work 1[1:1:0:0] row ending after Chart row 20. Sizes 2, 3, 4 and 5 only Now working just 2 central diamond sections as diamonds and replacing all other diamond sections with cable patt (see pattern note), cont as folls: Dec 1 st at each end of next 1[1:9:20] rows, then on foll 9[9:5:0] alt rows. 40[44:48:54] sts. Work 1[1:1:0] row, ending after Chart row 20. Sizes 1, 3, 4 and 5 only Working all diamond sections with cable patt (see pattern note), cont as folls: Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 7[0:2:4] alt rows. 40[42:42:44] sts. Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. All sizes Break yarn and leave rem 40[40:42:42:44] sts on a holder.

FRONT

Work as given for Back until 54[54:58:58:70] sts rem in raglan armhole shaping. (Note: At centre of rows, work just 2 full reps of diamond sections after beg of raglan armhole shaping and then work sts above these diamond sections in cable patt). Work 1[1:1:1:0] row, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape front neck

Next row (RS): K2, skpo, patt 7[7:9:9:15] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. 10[10:12:12:18] sts. Work each side of neck separately. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 4 rows, then on foll 0[0:1:1:2] alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at raglan armhole edge of 2nd[2nd:2nd:2nd:next] and foll 0[0:0:0:7] rows, then on foll 1[1:2:2:0] alt rows (4 sts). Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. Next row (RS): K1, sk2po (2 sts).

Next row: P2. Next row: K2tog. Fasten off. With RS facing, slip centre 32 sts on to a holder, rejoin yarn and patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 10[10:12:12:18] sts. Complete to match first side, reversing shaping.

SLEEVES

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 34[36:38:38:42] sts. Row 1 (RS): P0[1:0:0:0], k2[2:0:0:2], (p2, k2) to last 0[1:2:2:0] sts, p0[1:2:2:0]. Row 2: K0[1:0:0:0], p2[2:0:0:2], (k2, p2) to last 0[1:2:2:0] sts, k0[1:2:2:0]. These 2 rows form rib. Cont in rib, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and 6[7:8:8:8] foll 4th rows, taking inc sts into rib and ending with a RS row. 48[52:56:56:60] sts. Next row (WS): Rib 8[10:12:12:14], m1, (rib 16, m1) twice, rib 8[10:12:12:14]. 51[55:59:59:63] sts. Change to 3.75mm needles. Beg and ending rows as indicated, rep 17-st patt rep twice in each row and rep 20-row patt rep throughout, cont in patt from Chart for Sleeves as folls: Inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and every foll 4th[4th:-:4th:4th] row to 59[63:-:73:77] sts, then on every foll 6th row until there are 79[83:85:89:93] sts, taking inc sts into rib. Cont straight until all 20 rows of Chart have been worked 6 times, ending after Chart Row 20 and with RS facing for next row. Sleeve should meas approx 45[46:47:47:47]cm (17½[18:18½:18½:18½]in).

Shape raglan

Keeping patt correct, cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 73[77:79:83:87] sts. Working all raglan decs in same way as raglan armhole decs, cont as folls: Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 rows, then on foll 6[6:6:16:16] alt rows. 51[55:57:41:45] sts. Work 1 row, ending after Chart row 20.

Now working just central diamond section as a diamond and replacing both other diamond sections with cable patt (see pattern note), cont as folls: Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 9 alt rows. 31[35:37:21:25] sts. Work 1 row, ending after Chart row 20. Now replacing central diamond section with cable patt (see pattern note), cont as folls: Sizes 1, 2, 3 and 5 only Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 4[6:7:1] alt rows (21 sts). Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. All sizes Keeping patt and shapings correct as set, cont as folls:

Left sleeve only

Dec 1 st at each end of next row, then cast off 4 sts at beg of foll row (15 sts). Dec 1 st at beg of next row, then cast off 4 sts at beg of foll row (10 sts).

Right sleeve only

Cast off 5 sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of next row (15 sts). Work 1 row. Cast off 4 sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of next row (10 sts). Work 1 row.

Both Sleeves

Rep last 2 rows once more. Cast off rem 5 sts.

NECKBAND

Press pieces according ball band. Join both Front and Right Back raglan seams using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.

Neckband

With RS facing and using 3.25mm needles, pick up and k15 sts from top of Left Sleeve, and 7[7:9:9:11] sts down left side of Front neck, k across 32 sts on Front holder, pick up and k7[7:9:9:11] sts up right side of Front neck, and 15 sts from top of Right Sleeve, then k40[40:42:42:44] sts on Back holder, dec 2[2:0:0:2] sts evenly. 114[114:122:122:126] sts. Next row (WS): Knit. Next row: K2, (p2, k2) to end. Next row: P2, (k2, p2) to end. Rep last 2 rows twice more, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in rib.

TO FINISH

Join remaining raglan seam and Neckband. Sew side and underarm Sleeve seams. Darn in loose ends. ●

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Instructions ZIGZAG BY SIAN BROWN With 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 102[106:114:118:126:130:138] sts. Rib row 1 (RS): K2, (p2, k2) to end. Rib row 2 (WS): P2, (k2, p2) to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work a further 10 rows in rib, inc 0[2:0:2:0:2:0] sts across last row. 102[108:114:120:126:132:138] sts. Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a k row, work in st st until Back meas 36cm (14in) from cast-on edge, ending with a p row. Work in patt from Chart (see page 68). Row 1 (RS): Patt 2[5:1:4:0:3:6] sts before patt rep, work across 14 st patt rep 7[7:8:8:9:9:9] times, patt 2[5:1:4:0:3:6] sts after patt rep. Row 2 (WS): Patt 2[5:1:4:0:3:6] sts before patt rep, work across 14 st patt rep 7[7:8:8:9:9:9] times, patt 2[5:1:4:0:3:6] sts after patt rep. These 2 rows set Chart, cont working from Chart to end of row 10. Cont in B only.

Shape armholes

TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Next row: K26[27:28:29:30:31:32], skpo, turn and work on these sts for first side of neck shaping. Next row: Purl. Next row: K to last 2 sts, skpo. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 7 more times and last row again. 18[19:20:21:22:23:24] sts. Work straight until Front meas same as Back to armhole shaping, ending at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder

Cast off 6 sts at beg of next and foll RS row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 6[7:8:9:10:11:12] sts. With RS facing place next 18[20:22:24:26:28:30] sts on a spare needle, rejoin yarn to rem sts, k2tog, k to end. Next row: Purl. Next row: K2tog, k to end. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 7 times more and first row again. 18[19:20:21:22:23:24] sts. Work straight until Front meas same as Back to armhole shaping, ending at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder

Cast off 6 sts at beg of next and foll WS row. 6[7:8:9:10:11:12] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off.

SLEEVES

With 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 46[50:54:58:62:66:70] sts.

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Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 100% Merino wool (approx 105m per 50g) 8[8:9:10:10:11:11] x 50g balls 78 Oyster (A) 3[3:4:4:4:5:5] x 50g balls 74 Cyclamen (B) 1 pair each 3.25mm and 4mm needles Stitch holders Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Cast off 6 sts at beg of next 4 rows. 50[54:58:62:66:70:74] sts. Cast off 6[7:8:9:10:11:12] sts at beg of foll 2 rows. 38[40:42:44:46:48:50] sts. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Shape front neck

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Shape shoulders

Work as given for Back to **. Cont in st st until armhole meas 8[9:10:11:12:13:14]cm (3[3½:4:4¼:4¾:5:5½]in), ending with a p row.

18[19:20:21:22: 23:24]

To fit: UK size 8[10:12:14:16:18:20] 81[87:92:97:102:107:112]cm (32[34:36:38:40:42:44]in) Actual measurement: 93[98:103:108:113:118:123]cm (37¾[39¾:41¾:43¾:45¾:47¾:49¾]in) Length to shoulder: 59[60:61:62:63:64:65]cm (23¼[23¾:24:24½:24¾:25¼:25½]in) Sleeve length: 45cm (17¾in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Cast off 7[7:8:8:8:9:9] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 88[94:98:104:110:114:120] sts. Next row: K2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 6[7:7:8:9:9:10] times more. 74[78:82:86:90:94:98] sts.** Cont in st st until armhole meas 18[19:20:21:22:23:24]cm (7[7½:8:8¼:8¾::9:9½]in), ending with a p row.

59[60:61:62:63:64:65]

SIZES

FRONT

BACK

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTES

When working Chart, strand yarn not in use across back of work. Keep strands loose to avoid puckering.

46.5[49:51.5:154:56.5:59:61.5] Measurements are given in cm

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Instructions Rib row 1 (RS): K2, (p2, k2) to end. Rib row 2 (WS): P2, (k2, p2) to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work a further 10 rows, inc 2 sts across last row. 48[52:56:60:64:68:72] sts. Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a k row, cont in st st. Work 10 rows. Inc row: K3, m1, k to last 3 sts, m1, k3. Work 11 rows. Rep last 12 rows 6 more times and inc row again. 64[68:72:76:80:84:88] sts. Cont straight until Sleeve meas 42cm (16½in) from cast-on edge, ending with a p row. Work in patt from Chart. Row 1 (RS): Patt 4[6:1:3:5:0:2] sts before patt rep, work across 14 st patt rep 4[4:5:5:5:6:6] times, patt 4[6:1:3:5:0:2] sts after patt rep. Row 2 (WS): Patt 4[6:1:3:5:0:2] sts before patt rep, work across 14 st patt rep 4[4:5:5:5:6:6] times, patt 4[6:1:3:5:0:2] sts after patt rep. These 2 rows set Chart, cont working from Chart to end of row 10. Cont in B only.

DORIS BY JO ALLPORT

NECKBAND

Join right shoulder seam. With 3.25mm needles and B, pick up and k27 sts down left side of Front neck, k18[20:22:24:26:28:30] sts from Front neck holder, pick up and k27 sts up right side of Front neck, k38[40:42:44:46:48:50] sts from Back neck holder. 110[114:118:124:128:132:136] sts. Rib row 1: K2, [p2, k2] to end. Rib row 2: P2, [k2, p2] to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work a further 5 rows. Cast off in rib.

TO FINISH

Join side and Sleeve seams. Sew Sleeves into armholes, easing to fit. ●

Shape Sleeve top

Cast off 7[7:8:8:8:9:9] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 50[54:56:60:64:66:70] sts. Next row: K2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 6[7:7:8:9:9:10] more times. 36[38:40:42:44:46:48] sts. Next row: K2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Work 3 rows. Rep last 4 rows 4 more times. 26[28:30:32:34:36:38] sts. Next row: K2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows once more. 22[24:26:28:30:32:34] sts. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows. 14[16:18:20:22:24:26] sts. Cast off.

SIZE

To fit head: 51 to 56cm (20 to 22in) circumference

YOU WILL NEED

Erika Knight British Blue Wool 100% wool (55m per 25g) 2 x 25g balls in Milk 100 (A) 1 x 25g ball in French 104 (B) 1 x 25g ball in Boho 111 (C) 1 x 25g ball in Pretty 105 (D) Pair each of 3.25mm and 4mm knitting needles Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

28 sts x 36 rows to 10cm (4in) over rib using 3.25mm needles. 24 sts x 36 rows to 10cm (4in) over slip stitch pattern using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTES

Weave unused yarn up the side loosely to avoid weaving in many ends.

HAT

Using A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 123 sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end. Row 2: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end. These two rows form 1x1 rib.

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Instructions ANNIKA BY SIAN BROWN

Continue in 1x1 rib, working two rows in each colour in the following sequence: B, C, D, A, B, C, D, A, B, C, D, then work row 1 in A. Change to 4mm needles. Next row (WS): With A, p62, m1p, p61 (124 sts).

Slip stitch pattern

Row 1 (RS): With A, k to end. Row 2: With A, p to end. Row 3: With B, k1, *sl2 wyib, k8; rep from * to last 3 sts, sl2 wyib, k1. Row 4: With C, p1, sl3 wyif, *p6, sl4 wyif; rep from * to 10 sts, p6, sl3 wyif, p1. Row 5: With C, k1, sl3 wyib, *k6, sl4 wyib; rep from * to last 10 sts, k6, sl3 wyib, k1. Row 6: With B, p1, *sl2 wyif, p8; rep from * to last 3 sts, sl2 wyif, p1. Row 7: With A, k to end. Row 8: With A, p to end. Row 9: With B, k6, *sl2 wyib, k8; rep from * to last 8 sts, sl2 wyib, k6. Row 10: With D, p5, *sl4 wyif, p6; rep from * to last 9 sts, sl4 wyif, p5. Row 11: With D, k5, *sl4 wyib, k6; rep from * to last 9 sts, sl4 wyib, k5. Row 12: With B, p6, *sl2 wyif, p8; rep from * to last 8 sts, sl2 wyif, p6. Rep last 12 rows a further three times. Change to A and work in this colour from now on. Work 4 rows in st st, starting with a RS row.

SIZES

To fit: UK size 8-10[12-14:16-18:20-22] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46]in) Actual measurement: 135.5[145.5:158:168]cm (53¼[57¼:62¼:66¼]in) Length to shoulder: 60[61.5:62.5:63]cm (23½[24¼:24½:24¾]in) Sleeve length: 33[34:34.5:35.5]cm (13[13½:13¾:14]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Crown decreases

Row 1 (RS): K12, *k2tog, k9; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (114 sts). Row 2 and all WS rows: P to end. Row 3: K11, *k2tog, k8; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3 (104 sts). Row 5: K5, *k2tog, k7; rep from * to end (93 sts). Row 7: K5, *k2tog, k6; rep from * to end (82 sts). Row 9: K5, *k2tog, k5; rep from * to end (71 sts). Row 11: K5, *k2tog, k4; rep from * to end (60 sts). Row 13: K5, *k2tog, k3; rep from * to end (49 sts). Row 15: K5, *k2tog, k2; rep from * to end (38 sts). Thread the yarn end through the remaining sts and pull tight to fasten off.

TO FINISH

Seam down the back of the hat. Weave in all yarn ends. ●

YOU WILL NEED

Louisa Harding Cassia 75% wool, 25% nylon (approx 133m per 50g) 11[12:13:14] x 50g balls 107 Lilac 1 pair each 3.75mm and 4mm needles Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Medallions technique by Jo Allport see page 72

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 BACK

Pattern continues on page 73.

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With 3.75mm needles, cast on 151[160:174:185] sts. Knit 4 rows in g st.

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Instructions INTRODUCTION TO SLIP STITCH PART THREE: MEDALLIONS This slip stitch pattern uses four colours to achieve the oval medallion-shaped colour effect. There is the main colour, a second colour for the edges around the medallions, and a further two colours for the centres of the medallions. The effect is created by stretching the background colour across four rows of colour. Unused yarn can be cut and rejoined or carried up the side. As with most slip stitch patterns, stretch out the work when slipping stitches so that it stays elastic. This stitch pattern needs to be well blocked to show off the effect.

1 1. On row 1 (RS), using yarn A, the main colour, knit the across all stitches, including the slipped stitches from the row below.

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Quick technique by Jo Allport

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2. On row 2 (WS), purl across the row in A. The image shows the stripes and floats from slipping stitches on the previous alternate row.

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3. On row 3 (RS), begin with B and knit 8 stitches in B, then slip 2 stitches in A. Spread the slipped stitches so that your work stays elastic. Note that the stitches are slipped purlwise with yarn at the back.

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4 and 5. On row 4 (WS), add the next yarn, C. At first this seems odd as you have only worked one row in B, but B will be picked up again on row 6. With C, purl 6 sts and slip 4 sts pwise with yarn at the front. This creates the medallion shape.

6. This image shows your work, ready for row 5, with the six stitches in C and four slipped stitches – two in A slipped in row 3, and a stitch in B on either side of them, slipped in row 4. Note that your work will pucker till it has been blocked to stretch it out.

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7. When working row 5, slip the four stitches purlwise with yarn at the back. The stitches are stretched out on the right needle to make sure the floats remain loose.

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8. On row 6 (WS), with B, purl 8 stitches and slip the two stitches in A that were first slipped in row 3 with the yarn at the front of the work. Note the longer floats in C.

9. This ends the first half of the pattern. The first two rows are repeated to form rows 7 and 8, then the medallions are moved along four stitches to create the overall pattern for rows 9 to 12, replacing yarn C with yarn D.

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Instructions Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a k row cont in st st until Back meas 43[42:41.5:41]cm (17[16½:16½:16¼]in) from cast-on edge ending with a WS row.

Rejoin yarn to rem sts with RS facing and cast off centre 23[24:26:27] sts. Complete right front to match left, reversing all shaping.

Cast off 4[5:6:7] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 143[150:162:171] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of foll 4[4:5:5] RS rows. 135[142:152:161] sts. *** Work straight in st st until armhole meas 16[18.5:20:21]cm (6¼[7¼:8:8¼]in).

SLEEVES

Shape armholes

Shape shoulders

Next row: Patt 43[46:50:54], cast off 49[50:52:53], patt to end. Next row: Cast off 14[15:16:17], patt to end. Next row: Ssk, patt to end. Next row: Cast off 14[15:16:17], patt to end. Next row: Ssk, patt to end. Cast off rem 13[14:16:18] sts. Rejoin yarn to right shoulder sts, p2tog, patt to end. Complete right shoulder to match left, reversing all shaping.

FRONT

Work as Back to ***. Cont straight until armhole meas 3.5[4.5:5:5]cm (1¼[1¾:2:2]in) ending with a WS row.

Shape neck

Shape top

Cast off 4[5:6:7] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 73[75:77:79] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll RS row to 61[61:67:67] sts. Cast off 6[5:5:5] sts at beg of next 6 rows. Cast off rem 25[31:37:37] sts.

NECKBAND

Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing, using 3.75mm needles pick up and k27[30:32:34] sts down left Front neck, pm, pick up and k23[24:26:27] across Front, pick up and k27[30:32:34] sts up right Front neck, 2 sts down right Back neck, 49[50:52:53] sts across Back, 2 sts up left Back necks. 130[138:146:152] sts. Knit 4 rows in g st. Cast off.

TO FINISH

Join shoulder, side and Sleeve seams, sew in Sleeves. ●

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Next row: Patt 56[59:63:67], turn and work on these sts only. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 10[10:9:9] RS rows. 46[49:54:58] sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge on every 4th row 5[5:6:6] times. 41[44:48:52] sts. Cont until armhole matches Back to shoulder, ending on a WS row. Next row: Cast off 14[15:16:17] sts, k to end. Next row: Purl. Next row: Cast off 14[15:16:17], patt to end. Next row: Purl. Cast off rem 13[14:16:18] sts.

With 3.75mm needles, cast on 57[61:67:69] sts. Knit 4 rows in g st. Change to 4mm needles. Row 1: K1, (p1, k1) to end. Row 2: P1, (k1, p1) to end. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: Knit. These four rows form Hurdle Stitch pattern, cont in patt for rem of Sleeve as folls: Work 2 more rows in patt. Inc 1 st at each end of next and every foll 8th row to 81[85:89:93] sts. Cont straight in patt until Sleeve meas 33[34:34.5:35.5]cm (13[13½:13¾:14]in).

Measurements are given in cm

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Instructions TANGLED LACE SCARF AND SHAWL BY JUNIPER MOON FARM With 3.25mm needles cast on 5 sts. Knit 3 rows. Row 1 (counts as row 1 of Set-up Chart): Sl1p wyif, (k1, pm, work Row 1 of Set-up Chart, pm) twice, k2 (7 sts: 2 sts each edge in g st and 1 Chart st on each side of 1 st st at centre). Row 2 and all WS rows: Sl1p wyif, k1, p to last 2 sts, k2. Row 3: Sl1p wyif, [k1, sm, work Set-up Chart to m, sm] twice, sm, k2 (11 sts) Cont to work Set-up Chart over charted sts on RS rows, and rep row 2 on WS rows, until all 24 rows of Set-up Chart have been worked (51 sts: 2 sts each edge in g st and 23 Chart sts on either side of 1 st st at centre). Work Tangled Lace Chart in same manner as Set-up Chart, with 2 sts each edge in g st and 1 st st at centre. Work rows 1 to 24 of Tangled Lace Chart a total of 4[7] times. 243[387] sts.

Border

SIZES

Width: 86.5[132]cm (34[52]in) Depth and deepest point: 43[66]cm (17[26]in) Shawl instructions are in brackets. Shawl size is shown.

YOU WILL NEED

Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine 75% baby alpaca, 25% polyamide (approx 422m per 100g) 1[2] x 100g balls 2015 Pampa Sunrise 1 circular 3.25mm needle 80cm long Stitch markers Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Set-up Chart

24 sts and 32 rows to 10cm over Tangled Lace Pattern using 3.25mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

Sl1p wyif = slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front

TO FINISH

Weave in ends and wet block shawl, using blocking wires to keep shawl edges straight. Trim ends after blocking. â—?

For more abbreviations see page 89

PATTERN NOTES

Work backwards and forwards on circular needle as if on straight needles. Only odd (RS) rows are shown on Charts.

SHAWL AND SCARF Border Chart

Knit yo k2tog

k3tog Pattern repeat

86.5[132]

Charts show RS only, on WS rows work Sl1p wyif, k1, p to last 2 sts, k2.

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Tangled Lace Chart

TENSION

Work Rows 1 to 16 of Border Chart once in same manner as prev Charts. 275[419] sts. Work picot cast off as folls: *Using cable cast-on method, cast on 2 sts, cast off 4 sts, then sl last st back to LH needle; rep from * until all sts are cast off.

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Instructions GUILLOCHE BY KATYA FRANKEL

Depth: 63.5cm (25in) Wingspan: 188cm (74in) Border width: 14cm (5½in)

YOU WILL NEED

West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious DK 70% wool, 30% alpaca (225m per 100g) 2 x 100g balls in Mulberry 765 (A) 1 x 100g ball in Sea Glass 303 (B) 4mm circular needle 150cm (59in) long 4 stitch markers Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

22 sts x 28 rows to 10cm (4in) over g st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

M1R = make 1 right: pick up the bar between the next 2 sts with the left needle and knit into the front of it (inc 1) M1L = make 1 left: pick up the bar between the next 2 sts with the left needle and knit into the back of it (inc 1)

For more abbreviations see page 89

SIZE

Lace Spine Shawl Chart

RS: knit WS: purl yo RS: ssk WS: p2tog tbl RS: k2tog WS: p2tog RS: sl1, k2tog, psso WS: sl1 wyif, p2tog tbl, psso RS: knit into fb WS: purl into fb

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Instructions HADDAM BY AMY HERZOG

PATTERN NOTE

A yarn over is added at the beginning of each row to make the edging stretchier. This yarn over is then slipped off the needle at the end of the following row without working it to keep the stitch counts correct.

SHAWL

Garter tab

With A, cast on 4 sts. Knit 56 rows.

Base

Set up row (WS): K4 sts, pm, turn your knitting 90 degrees and pick up and k1 st into the next garter ridge, pm, pick up and k26 sts from the long edge of the garter tab, pm, pick up and k1 st into the last garter ridge along the long side of the tab, turn your knitting 90 degrees again, pm and pick up and k4 sts from the cast-on edge (36 sts).

Main Body

Next row (WS): Yo, k4, sm, p1, sm, p to marker, sm, p1, sm, k4. Row 1 (RS): Yo, k4, sm, yo, k1, m1R, sm, work row 1 of stitch patt to marker, sm, m1L, k1, yo, sm, k4, drop last yo (40 sts). Row 2: Yo, k4, sm, *p to next marker, sm; rep from * twice, k4, drop yo. Row 3: Yo, k4, sm, yo, k to marker, m1R, sm, work the foll row of stitch patt to marker, sm, m1L, k to marker, yo, sm, k4, drop yo (44 sts). Rep last two rows until the shawl measures approx 51cm (20in) along the centre spine, working a WS row last.

SIZES

To fit: UK size 8-10[12-14:16-18:20-22:24-26] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117:122-127]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46:48-50]in) Actual measurement: 94[104:115:127:140]cm (37[41:45:50:55]in) Length to shoulder: 60[62:64:66:68]cm (23½[24½:25:26:27]in) Sleeve length: 45[46:47:48:48]cm (17½[18:18½:19:19]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes:where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Garter Edging

Join B and work the following two rows: Row 1 (RS): Yo, k4, sm, yo, knit to marker, m1R, sm, k to marker, sm, m1L, k to marker, yo, sm, k4, drop yo (4 sts inc). Row 2: Yo, k4, sm, kfb into yo, k to 1 st before last marker, kfb into yo, sm, k4, drop yo (2 sts inc). Cont working the edging by rep rows 1 and 2, alternating the yarn colours as follows: 4 rows in A, 4 rows in B, 2 rows in A. Cut A, leaving a long tail and continue in B only. Rep rows 1 and 2 until the edging is approx 15cm (6in) wide. Cut B leaving a long tail. Join A and cast off all sts loosely.

YOU WILL NEED

Rowan Kid Classic 70% wool, 22% mohair, 8% polyamide (approx 140m per 50g) 7[8:9:9:10] x 50g balls 866 Bittersweet 1 pair 5mm needles 1 circular 5mm needle 120cm long 1 circular 5.5mm needle 120cm long Stitch holder Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TO FINISH

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Weave in all ends and wet the shawl thoroughly. Squeeze out all excess water without wringing the shawl. Dry flat. ●

TENSION

19 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over st st using 5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 BACK

Using 5mm needles cast on 87[97:107:119:131] sts.

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Instructions Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) to last st, k1. Row 2: (P1, k1) to last st, p1. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib until Back meas 2.5cm (1in) ending with WS facing for next row. Next row (WS): Rib 11[14:16:17:18], m1, (rib 13[14:15:17:19], m1) 5 times, rib to end. 93[103:113:125:137] sts. Beg with a k row, work in st st until Back meas 9[10:11:12:13]cm (3½[4:4¼:4¾:5¼]in), ending with a WS row. Next row (RS): K30[33:37:41:45], k2tog, pm, k29[33:35:39:43], pm, skpo, k to end. 91[101:111:123:135] sts. Dec 1 st as set before and after markers on 4th and four foll 4th rows. 81[91:101:113:125] sts. Cont straight until Back meas 23[24:25:26:27]cm (9[9½:9¾:10¼:10¾]in), ending with a WS row. Next row (RS): K26[29:33:37:41], m1, sm, k29[33:35:39:43], sm, m1, k to end. 83[93:103:115:127] sts. Inc 1 st as set before and after markers on 6th and two foll 6th rows. 89[99:109:121:133] sts. Cont straight until Back meas 39[40:41:42:43]cm (15¼[15¾:16¼:16½:17]in), ending with a WS row.

Shape armholes

Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81[91:101:113:125] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 5[7:9:11:13] rows, then 3[4:5:6:7] foll alt rows. 65[69:73:79:85] sts. Cont straight until armhole meas 19[20:21:22:23]cm (7½[8:8¼:8¾:9]in), ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders and back neck

Next row (RS): Cast off 4[5:5:5:7] sts, k until there are 14[15:17:19:20] sts on RH needle, turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Work 1 row. Cast off 4[4:5:6:6] sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rep these 2 rows once more. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 4[5:5:5:6] sts. With RS facing, slip centre 29[29:29:31:31] sts on to a holder, rejoin yarn and k to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shaping.

Next row (RS): K18[20:23:26:29], k2tog, pm, k to end. 38[43:48:54:60] sts. Dec 1 st as set before m on 4th and four foll 4th rows. 33[38:43:49:55] sts. Cont straight until Left Front meas 23[24:25:26:27]cm (9[9½:9¾:10¼:10¾]in), ending with RS facing for next row. Next row (RS): K14[16:19:22:25], m1, sm, k to end. 34[39:44:50:56] sts. Inc 1 st as set before m on 6th and 2 foll 6th rows. 37[42:47:53:59] sts. Cont straight until you have worked 10 fewer rows than on Back to beg of armhole shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape front slope

Dec 1 st at end of next row, on foll alt row, then on foll 4th row. 34[39:44:50:56] sts. Work 3 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape armhole

Cast off 4 sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of next row. 29[34:39:45:51] sts. Work 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 5[7:9:11:13] rows, then foll 3[4:5:6:6] alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of 3rd and 2[3:4:5:5] foll 4th rows. 18[19:20:22:26] sts. Now dec 1 st at neck edge only on 4th[4th:0:0:2nd] row then on foll 4th[0:0:0:0] row. 16[18:20:22:25] sts. Cont straight until Front matches Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape shoulder

Row 2: (P1, k1) to last 2 sts, p2. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib until Right Front meas 2.5cm (1in), inc 1[0:1:1:1] st at beg of last row, ending with RS facing for next row. 39[44:49:55:61] sts. Beg with a k row, work in st st until Right Front meas 9[10:11:12:13]cm (3½[4:4¼:4¾:5¼]in), ending with RS facing for next row. Next row (RS): K19[22:24:27:30], pm, skpo, k to end. 38[43:48:54:60] sts. Dec 1 st as set after marker on 4th and 4 foll 4th rows. 33[38:43:49:55] sts. Complete to match Left Front, reversing shaping.

SLEEVES

Using 5mm needles cast on 41[43:45:47:49] sts. Work in rib as given for Back until Sleeve meas 5cm (2in), ending with WS facing for next row. Next row (WS): Rib 7[8:5:8:7], m1 (rib 7[7:6:8:6], m1) 4[4:6:4:6] times, rib to end. 46[48:52:52:56] sts. Beg with a k row, work in st st inc 1 st at each edge of 3rd and 6[7:7:9:9] foll 14th[12th:12th:10th:10th] rows. 60[64:68:72:76] sts. Cont straight until Sleeve meas 45[46:47:48:48]cm (17½[18:18½:19:19]in), ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape top

Cast off 4[5:5:5:7] sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off 4[4:5:6:6] sts at beg of next row. Rep last 2 rows once more. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 4[5:5:5:6] sts.

Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 52[56:60:64:68] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next and 8[9:10:11:13] foll alt rows, then 4[4:4:4:3] foll 4th rows. 26[28:30:32:34] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off.

RIGHT FRONT

TO FINISH

Using 5mm needles cast on 38[44:48:54:60] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, (p1, k1) to end.

Press pieces according ball band. Join both shoulder seams using back stitch or mattress stitch. ●

LEFT FRONT

Using 5mm needles cast on 38 [44:48:54:60] sts. Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: P2, (k1, p1) to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib until Left Front meas 2.5cm (1in), inc 1[0:1:1:1] st at end of last row, ending with RS facing for next row. 39[44:49:55:61] sts. Begin with a k row, work in st st until Left Front meas 9[10:11:12:13]cm (3½[4:4¼:4¾:5¼]in), ending with RS facing for next row.

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Instructions DECK THE HALLS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS BY CHRISTINE BOGGIS SNOWFLAKE BAUBLE

With A, cast on 12 sts, divide over 4 dpns (3 sts on each) and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Pm for start of rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd (inc): (K1, m1, k2) 4 times (16 sts). Next rnd: K to end. Next rnd (inc): (K1, m1, k2, m1, k1) 4 times (24 sts). Rep last 2 rnds, increasing 8 sts every other rnd, until you have 40 sts (10 on each dpn).

Chart A

SIZE

Baubles: Approx 10 x 7cm (4 x 2¼in) Christmas trees: Approx 7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2in)

YOU WILL NEED

MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino 100% Merino wool (125m per 50g) Snowflake bauble (makes 2 contrasting baubles) 1 x 50g ball Forget Me Not 120 (A) 1 x 50g ball Ice 125 (B) Heart bauble (makes 2 contrasting baubles) 1 x 50g ball Ice 125 (A) 1 x 50g ball Scarlet 140 (B) Christmas trees Scraps of yarn in all three colours above Pair of 3mm needles Set of 5 x 3mm double pointed needles Toy stuffing Stitch marker Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Rnd 1 (inc): Join B and working Fairisle patt as set in Chart A, (k1, m1, k8, m1, k1) 4 times (48 sts). Rnd 2: Work Fairisle patt as set 4 times. Break B. Rnd 3 (inc): With A, (k1, m1, k10, m1, k1) 4 times (56 sts). Rnd 4: K to end. Rnd 5 (inc): Working Fairisle patt as set, (k1, m1, k12, m1, k1) 4 times (64 sts). Rnds 6-17: Work Fairisle patt as set. Break B. Rnd 18 (dec): With A, (k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (56 sts). Rnd 19: K to end. Rnd 20 (dec): Join B and working Fairisle patt as set, (k1, ssk, patt to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (48 sts). Rnd 21: Work Fairisle patt as set. Break B. Next rnd (dec): With A, (k1, ssk, patt to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (40 sts). Next rnd: K to end.

Chart A Snowflake

Next rnd (dec): (K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (32 sts). Rep last two rnds until 16 sts remain. Break yarn leaving a long tail and use a tapestry needle to thread tail through stitches but do not pull tight.

HEART BAUBLE

With A, cast on 12 sts, divide over 4 dpns (3 sts on each) and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Pm for start of rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd (inc): (K1, m1, k2) 4 times (16 sts). Next rnd: Knit. Next rnd (inc): (K1, m1, k2, m1, k1) 4 times (24 sts). Rep last 2 rnds, increasing 8 sts every other rnd, until you have 48 sts (12 on each dpn). Next rnd: K to end. Break A. Next rnd (inc): Join B, (k1, m1, k10, m1, k1) 4 times (56 sts). Next rnd: K to end.

Chart B

Rnd 1 (inc): Join A and working Fairisle patt as set in Chart B, (k1, m1, k to last st on dpn, m1, k1) 4 times (64 sts). Rnds 2-14: Work Fairisle patt as set. Rnd 15 (dec): Working Fairisle patt as set, (k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (56 sts). Break A. Next rnd: K to end. Next rnd (dec): (K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (48 sts).

Chart B Heart

TENSION

25 sts and 34 rnds to 10cm (4in) over st st using 3mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTE

These baubles can be knitted in two contrasting ways, but only one way is written out. To knit the contrasting bauble, simply substitute A for B and vice versa.

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A

A

B

B

m1

m1

ssk

ssk

k2tog

k2tog

No stitch

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Instructions CLOUDS AND MOUNTAINS THROW BY JO ALLPORT

Break B. Next rnd: Join A and k to end. Next rnd (dec): (K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (40 sts). Next rnd: K to end. Next rnd (dec): (K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on dpn, k2tog, k1) 4 times (32 sts). Rep last 2 rnds until 16 sts rem. Break yarn leaving a long tail and use a tapestry needle to thread tail through stitches but do not pull tight.

CHRISTMAS TREE (make one in each colour)

Using 3mm needles, cast on 5 sts. K 5 rows. Cast on 4 sts at beg of next two rows (13 sts). *Work 5 rows in g st. Next row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (11 sts). Rep from * until there are 5 sts left. K 3 rows. Next row: K2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts). K 1 row. Next row: K3tog, fasten off.

TO FINISH Baubles

Stuff bauble with toy stuffing, pull yarn tail tight to close up and sew in end. Cut a strand each of A and B approx 25cm (10in) long and twist together, then sew ends into bauble top to form loop.

SIZE

Approx: 105 x 142cm (41¼ x 56in)

YOU WILL NEED

Christmas tree

Wendy Evolve 50% wool, 40% acrylic, 10% alpaca (180m per 100g) 5 x 100g balls in Embers shade 3265 (A) 4 x 100g balls in Frost shade 3262 (B) One each of 5mm and 6mm circular needles, 80cm (31½in) long Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Weave in ends and sew on a loop. ●

TENSION

15 sts x 27 rows to 10cm (4in) over slip st pattern using 6mm needles. 15 sts x 34 rows to 10cm (4in) over g st using 5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 THROW

Using A and 5mm needles, cast on 142 sts. Work in g st for 5cm (2in), ending with a RS row. Change to 6mm needles. Slip st pattern Foundation row (WS): P to end. Row 1 (RS): Using B, k to end. Row 2 and 4: Using B, k6, *sl2 wyif, k6; rep from * to end. Row 3: Using B, k6, *sl2 wyib, k6; rep from * to end.

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Instructions HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER BY SIAN BROWN

Row 5 and 7: Using A, k6, *sl2 wyib, k6; rep from * to end. Row 6 and 8: Using A, p6, *sl2 wyif, p6; rep from * to end. Row 9: Using B, k to end. Row 10 and 12: Using B, k2, *sl2 wyif, k6; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl2 wyif, k2. Row 11: Using B, k2, *sl2 wyib, k6; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl2 wyib, k2. Row 13 and 15: Using A, k2, *sl2 wyib, k6; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl2 wyib, k2. Row 14: Using A, p2, *sl2 wyif, p6; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl2 wyif, p2. Row 16: As row 14. Rep rows 1-16 a further 21 times. Rep rows 1-4 once more. Next row (RS): Using A, k to end. Change to 5mm needles and continuing in A, work in g st for 5cm (2in), ending with a RS row. Cast off all sts on the WS.

Side edgings

With A and 5mm needles, pick up and knit 192 sts along one side edge. Work in g st for 5cm (2in), ending with a RS row. Cast off. Rep for the other side edge.

TO FINISH

SIZE

Block lightly if required and weave in ends. â—?

Approx: 23 x 33cm (9 x 13in)

YOU WILL NEED

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran 55% wool, 33% acrylic,12% cashmere, (90m per 50g) 2 x 50g balls in Crimson 54 (A) 1 x 50g ball in Ecru 101 (B) Pair each of 4.5mm and 5mm knitting needles Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

18 sts x 24 rows to 10cm (4in) over st st using 5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTES

When working from Chart, odd-numbered rows are k rows and read from right to left. Even-numbered rows are p rows and read from left to right. Strand yarn not in use loosely across wrong side of work. Alternatively the hot water bottle can be knitted in A and the pattern can be Swiss darned in B.

HOT WATER BOTTLE

Using 5mm needles and A, cast on 86 sts. Beg with a k row work 6 rows in st st.

Chart A

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Instructions CANDYAPPLE WRISTWARMERS BY CHRISTINE BOGGIS

Row 1 (RS): K1A, (work across 6 sts of Chart A row 1) 14 times, k1A. Row 2: P1A, (work across 6 sts of Chart A row 2) 14 times, p1A. These 2 rows set Chart A. Work a further 6 rows to end of Chart A. Cont in A. Beg with a k row work 6 rows in st st, dec one st at centre of last row (85 sts).

Chart B

Row 1 (RS): K32A, work across 21 sts of Chart B row 1, k32A. Row 2: P32A, work across 21 sts of Chart B row 2, p32A. These 2 rows set Chart B. Work a further 27 rows to end of Chart B. Cont in A. Beg with a p row and inc one st at centre of first row, work 6 rows in st st (86 sts).

Chart A

Work the rows in Chart A in reverse order from 8 to 1. Row 1 (WS): P1A, (work across 6 sts of Chart A row 8) 14 times, p1A. Row 2: K1A, (work across 6 sts of Chart A row 7) 14 times, k1A. These 2 rows set Chart A. Work a further 6 rows (6 to 1) to end of Chart A. Cont in A. Beg with a p row, work 8 rows in st st, ending with a k row. Eyelet row: P2, *p2tog, yrn, p4; rep from * to end. Change to 4.5mm needles. Rib row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Work a further 14 rows in rib as set. Cast off in rib.

SIZE

To fit: average woman’s hands

YOU WILL NEED

Bergère de France Cachemire+ 95% cashmere, 5% wool (70m per 25g) 2 x 25g balls Rouge Luxe 001 Set of 4mm double-pointed needles Stitch marker Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TO FINISH

Join back seam. With seam at centre back, join bottom seam. Make a twisted cord 100cm (39½in) long in B and thread through eyelets to tie at centre front. ●

TENSION

21 sts x 28 rows to 10cm (4in) over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Chart A

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

A B

LEFT MITT

Chart B

Using 4mm dpns, cast on 42 sts and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Pm to mark start of round. Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. This rnd sets 1x1 rib. Cont in rib until work measures 2cm (1in). Rnd 1: *K5, p1; rep from * to end. Rnd 2 and every alt row: Knit or purl each stitch as it appears. Rnd 3: *K4, p1, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 5: *K3, p1, k2; rep from * to end. Rnd 7: *K2, p1, k3; rep from * to end. Rnd 9: *K1, p1, k4; rep from * to end.

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Instructions Rnd 11: *P1, k5; rep from * to end. Rnd 13: *K5, p1; rep from * to end. Rnd 15: *K4, p1, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 17: *K3, p1, k2; rep from * to end. Rnd 19: *K2, p1, k3; rep from * to end. These 20 rnds form patt. Cont in patt until work measures 12cm (4¾in), ending with an odd-numbered rnd.

Work 2cm (1in) in 1x1 rib. Cast off.

You will now be working in rows. Next row (WS): Work back across the sts you have just worked, continuing in patt working each st as it appears. Continue in patt, working backwards and forwards until work measures 17cm (6½in), ending on a RS row. You will now be working in rnds. Next rnd: Cast on 1 st at beg of rnd, patt to last st, k2tog (cast-on st and last st in rnd), hence joining to work in the round. The marker should still be in place marking the start of the round. Continue in patt until work measures 20cm (8in). Work 2cm (1in) in 1x1 rib. Cast off.

TO FINISH

Set thumbhole

TORRIE HAT AND GWEN SCARF BY RICO

THUMB BORDER

Pick up and k24 sts around each thumbhole. Join to work in the round. Knit 2 rnds. Cast off. Weave in ends. Block if required. ●

RIGHT MITT

Using 4mm dpns cast on 42 sts and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Pm to mark start of round. Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. This row sets 1x1 rib. Cont in rib until work measures 2cm (1in).

SIZE

Hat to fit average adult head: 53cm (20¾in) circumference. Scarf: 56cm (22in) wide x 108cm (42½in) long.

Left-leaning diagonal stripe pattern

YOU WILL NEED

Rnd 1: *P1, k5; rep from * to end. Rnd 2 and every alt rnd: Knit or purl each stitch as it appears. Rnd 3: *K1, p1, k4; rep from * to end. Rnd 5: *K2, p1, k3; rep from * to end. Rnd 7: *K3, p1, k2; rep from * to end. Rnd 9: *K4, p1, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 11: *K5, p1; rep from * to end. Rnd 13: *P1, k5; rep from * to end. Rnd 15: *K1, p1, k4; rep from * to end. Rnd 17: *K2, p1, k3; rep from * to end. Rnd 19: *K3, p1, k2; rep from * to end. These 20 rnds form patt. Cont in patt until work measures 12cm (4¾in), ending with an odd-numbered rnd.

Rico Fashion Surprise 53% acrylic, 23% wool, 14% mohair, 10% polyester (85m per 50g) Torrie Hat: 1 x 50g balls in shade 01 Gwen Scarf: 4 x 50g balls in shade 01 1 pair 7mm needles Cable needle Torrie Hat: matching 10cm pompom (pompom shown is Rico Designs Faux Fur Pompom in Berry) Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

Set thumbhole

15 sts x 14.5 rows to 10cm (4in) over Cable Pattern. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

You will now be working in rows. Next row (WS): Work back across the sts you have just worked, continuing in patt working each st as it appears. Continue in patt, working backwards and forwards until work measures 17cm (6½in), ending on a RS row. You will now be working in rnds. Next rnd: Cast on 1 st at beg of rnd, patt to last st, k2tog (cast-on st and last st in rnd), hence joining to work in the round. The marker should still be in place marking the start of the round. Continue in patt until work measures 20cm (8in).

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ABBREVIATIONS

C6F = cable 6 front: slip the next 3 sts on to cn and hold at front, k3, then k3 from cn

For more abbreviations see page 89

DOUBLE RIB PATTERN

Over multiples of 4+2 sts and 2 rows Row 1 (RS): P2, (k2, p2) to end. Row 2: K2, (p2, k2) to end.

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Instructions BRANIEL HAT AND GLOVES BY BRONAGH MISKELLY

CABLE PATTERN

Over multiples of 10 sts and 6 rows Row 1 (RS): P2, k6, p2. Row 2 and 4: K2, p6, k2. Row 3: P2, C6F, p2. Row 5: As row 1. Row 6: As row 2.

HAT

Cast on 62 sts. Work in Double Rib Pattern for 5cm (2in), ending with a RS row. Inc row (WS): Patt 4 sts, *m1, patt 6 sts: rep from * to last 4 sts, m1, patt 4 sts (72 sts).

Set Cable Patt

Row 1 (RS): P1, (Cable Patt row 1) 7 times, p1. Row 2: K1, (Cable Patt row 2) seven times, k1. These 2 rows set Cable Patt, and the first and last st in rev st st. Cont in patt as set till work measures 18cm (7in), measured from the cast-on edge and ending at the end of row 6.

Shape crown

Crown row 1 (RS): P1, (p2tog, k6, p2tog) seven times, p1 (58 sts). Crown row 2: K1, (k1, p6, k1) 7 times, k1. Crown row 3: (P2tog, k6) 7 times, p2tog (50 sts). Crown row 4: (K1, p6) 7 times, k1. Crown row 5: *P1, k1, (k2tog) twice, k1; rep from * 7 times, p1 (36 sts). Crown row 6: (K1, p4) 7 times, k1. Crown row 7: *P1, (k2tog) twice: rep from * seven times, p1 (22 sts). Crown row 8: (K1, p2) seven times, k1. Leave a long tail and thread this through the remaining sts and pull tight. Use the tail to seam down the back of the hat. Weave in ends and attach the pompom to the top of the hat.

SCARF

SIZE

Set Cable Pattern

YOU WILL NEED

Cast on 74 sts. Work in Double Rib Pattern for 10cm (4in), ending with a RS row. Inc row (WS): Patt 6 sts, *m1, patt 7 sts: rep from * to last 5 sts, m1, patt 5 sts (84 sts). Row 1 (RS): P2, (Cable Patt row 1) 8 times, k2. Row 2: K2, (Cable Patt row 2) 8 times, k2. These 2 rows set the position of the patt: on a RS row, the first 2 sts are worked in rev st st (before decs) and the last 2 sts are worked in g st, with the Cable Patt in between. Cont in patt as set and work in the foll decs, starting on the next row: Next row (RS): Dec 1 st, patt to end (83 sts). Next row (WS): Patt to end. Rep the last 2 rows till only 14 sts remain, ending with a WS row. Cast off all sts. Weave in ends. ●

To fit average man’s hand: 22-23cm (8¾-9in) around the palm below the fingers To fit average size head: 56cm (22in) circumference John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK 100% Merino wool (250m per 100g) 2 x 100g balls in KBN15 Set of 3mm double-pointed needles 3mm circular needle 40cm (15¾in) long Stitch markers Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

27 sts x 36 rnds to 10cm (4in) over st st using 3mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 Using 3mm dpns, cast on 48 sts (16 sts per needle) and join in the rnd, taking care not to twist the sts. Rnd 1: K1, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Rep rnd 1 a further 19 times. Rnd 21: Rib 12 as set, m1, rib to end (49 sts). Rnd 22: Rib 11, work 3 sts as Chart row 22, rib to end.

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Instructions Rnd 23: Rib 10, work 5 sts as Chart row 23, rib to end. Rnd 24: Rib 9, work 7 sts as Chart row 24, rib to end. Rnd 25: K2, m1, (k3, m1) twice, work 9 sts as Chart row 25, (m1, k3) twice, m1, (k4, m1) six times, k2 (61 sts). Rnd 26: Work 31 sts of Chart row 26, k to end. Rnds 27-34: Work Chart as set, k to end.

Thumb gusset

Rnd 35: Work Chart, k1, pm, m1, pm, k to end (62 sts). Rnds 36-37: Patt to marker, sm, k1, sm, patt to end. Rnd 38 (inc): Patt to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, patt to end. Rnd 39: Patt to marker, sm, k to marker, sm, patt to end. Rnd 40: Patt to marker, sm, k to marker, sm, patt to end. Cont inc as set in every third rnd until rnd 56 is complete (15 sts between markers). Rep rnds 39-40. Rnd 59: Patt to marker, remove marker, place 15 sts on scrap yarn for thumb, cast on 2 sts, remove marker, patt to end (63 sts). Rnd 60: Patt 32 sts, ssk, k2tog, patt to end (61 sts). Work as set until rnd 66 is complete.

Rnd 69: K9, k2tog, k to end (50 sts). Rnd 70: K to end.

Ring finger

Rnd 71: K8, place next 33 sts for other fingers on scrap yarn, cast on 1 st, k9 (18 sts). Rnd 72: (K7, k2tog) twice (16 sts). Rnds 73-79: K to end. Rnds 80-81: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

Middle finger

Place 9 sts from each end of the scrap yarn on needles, k9 from first needle, cast on 1 st, k9 from second needle, pick up 1 st at base of ring finger (20 sts). Divide sts evenly across 3 needles. Next rnd: (K8, k2tog) twice (18 sts). Cont to work these 18 sts in st st for a further 7 rnds. Next 2 rnds: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

Index finger

Hat Chart

Little finger

Rnd 67: Work to 6 sts before end of rnd. Place these 6 sts and the first 5 sts from the next needle on scrap yarn for the little finger, cast on 1 st (51 sts). Rnd 68: K10, p1, k to end.

Glove Chart

Key knit purl no stitch

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Instructions Place rem 15 sts from the scrap yarn on needles, pick up 2 sts from base of middle finger, k across 15 sts, pick up 1 st at base of middle finger (18 sts). Next rnd: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (16 sts). Cont to work these 16 sts in st st for a further 7 rnds. Next 2 rnds: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

Thumb

Place 15 sts from scrap yarn on needles, k to end, pick up 3 sts at base of index finger (18 sts). Cont to work these 18 sts in st st for a further 8 rnds. Next 2 rnds: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

Little finger

Place the 11 sts for the little finger on needles and k to end, pick up 3 sts at base of ring finger (14 sts). Cont to work these 14 sts in st st for a further 8 rnds. Next 2 rnds: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

LEFT GLOVE

Work as Right Glove to end of rnd 20. Rnd 21: Rib 36, m1, rib to end (49 sts). Rnd 22: Rib 35, work 3 sts as Chart row 22, rib to end. Rnd 23: Rib 34, work 5 sts as Chart row 23, rib to end. Rnd 24: Rib 33, work 7 sts as Chart row 24, rib to end. Rnd 25: K2, m1, (k4, m1) six times, (k3, m1) twice, work 9 sts as Chart row 25, (m1, k3) twice, m1, k2 (61 sts). Rnd 26: K30, work 31 sts of Chart row 26. Cont with Chart as set. Rnds 27-34: K30, work Chart.

Thumb gusset

Rnd 35: K29, pm, m1, pm, patt to end. (62 sts). Rnds 36-37: Patt to marker, sm, k1, sm, patt to end. Rnd 38 (inc): Patt to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, patt to end. Rnd 39: Patt to marker, sm, k to marker, sm, patt to end. Rnd 40: Patt to marker, sm, k to marker, sm, patt to end. Cont inc as set in every third rnd until rnd 56 is complete (15 sts between markers). Rep rnds 39-40. Work as Right Glove until rnd 66 is complete.

Little finger

Cast on 145 sts using circular needle and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Rnd 1: *P2, k3; rep from * to end. Rep rnd 1 a further 17 times. Rnd 19: M1 purlwise, p2, (k3, p2) 18 times, k to last 2 sts, ssk. Rnd 20: K1, work 91 sts as Chart row 20, k to end. Rnd 21: K2, work 89 sts as Chart row 21, k to end. Rnd 22: K3, work 87 sts as Chart row 22, k to end. Rnds 23-38: Cont to work in st st and Chart as set. Rnd 39: K8, k2tog, k8, ssk, work 53 sts of Chart, (k2tog, k8) seven times, k2tog (135 sts). Rnds 40-47: Cont to work st st and chart as set. Rnd 48: (K7, k2tog) twice, k7, ssk, work 35 sts of Chart, (k2tog, k7) eight times, sl1, remove marker, sl1, k both slipped sts tog, place marker (123 sts). Rnds 49-52: Cont to work st st and Chart as set. Rnd 53: K3, (k2tog, k6), three times, ssk, work 25 sts of Chart, (k2tog, k6) eight times, k2tog, k3 (110 sts). Rnds 54-57: Cont to work st st and Chart as set. Rnd 58: K2, (k5, k2tog) three times, k5, ssk, work 15 sts of Chart, (k2tog, k5) nine times, k2tog (96 sts). Rnds 59-61: Cont to work st st and Chart as set. Rnd 62: (K4, k2tog) four times, k4, ssk, work 7 sts of Chart, (k2tog, k4) nine times, k2tog, k3 (81 sts). Rnds 63-65: Cont to work st st and Chart as set. Rnd 66: K2, *k2tog, k3; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 (65 sts). Rnd 67: K to end. Rnd 68: K1, *k2tog, k2; rep from * to end (49 sts). Rnd 69: K to end. Rnd 70: *K2tog, k1; rep from * to last st, k1 (33 sts). Rnd 71: K to end. Rnd 72: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 (17 sts). Rnd 73: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 (9 sts). Cut yarn leaving long tail. Thread tail through rem 9 sts and draw tight to close crown of hat.

TO FINISH Gloves

Weave in ends, closing any gaps between fingers.

Hat

Fasten off and weave in ends. ●

Rnd 67: Work to 5 sts before end of rnd. Place these 5 sts and the first 6 sts from the next needle on scrap yarn for the little finger, cast on 1 st (51 sts). Rnd 68: K39, p1, k to end. Rnd 69: K39, ssk, k to end (50 sts). Rnd 70: K to end. Complete fingers as for Right Glove.

HAT

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Instructions FESTIVE SOCKS BY DROPS DESIGN before every dec on each RS row until there are 12[14:14:14] sts. You will now be working in rnds again. Next rnd: K12[14:14:14] sts for heel, pick up and k11[12:13:14] sts along side of heel, pm, k24[26:28:28] sts from stitch holder, pm, pick up and k11[12:13:14] sts along side of heel, pm for end of rnd. 58[64:68:70] sts. Dec rnd: K to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog tbl, sm, k to second marker, sm, k2tog, k to end. Next rnd: K to end, slipping markers. Rep last two rnds a further 6[7:7:6] times. 44[48:52:56] sts. Cont without shaping until work measures 18[20:22:25]cm (7[8:8¾:9¾]in) from marker on heel.

K 1 rnd, dec 2[2:5:5] sts evenly across the rnd (64 sts). Work 9 rnds from Chart A. Work 23 rnds from Chart B. Work first rnd from Chart C, dec 8[8:8:0] sts evenly across the rnd. 56[56:56:64] sts. Work rem 6 rnds from Chart C. Work first rnd from Chart D, dec 8[0:0:8] sts evenly across the rnd. 48[56:56:56] sts. Work rem 8 rnds from Chart D. Work should measure approx 20cm (8in). Cont in A only. Next rnd: Dec 0[4:0:0] sts evenly across the rnd. 48[52:56:56] sts. Cont in st st until work measures 23[24:25:26]cm (9[9½:9¾:10¼]in).

Heel

Toe shaping

Slip the first 12[13:14:14] sts on to needle for heel, slip the next 24[26:28:28] sts on to a stitch holder (for mid upper foot), slip the last 12[13:14:14] sts on to needle for heel. Cont to work in st st in rows back and forth over the 24[26:28:28] heel sts until heel measures 5[5.5:6:6.5] cm (2[2¼:2½:2¾]in). Pm in centre of last row.

SIZE

UK shoe size: 3-4[5-7:7-9:9-11] Foot length: 22[24:27: 29]cm (8¾[9½:10¾:11½]in) Leg length: 23[24:25:26]cm (9[9½:9¾:10¼]in)

YOU WILL NEED

Drops Karisma 100% wool (100m per 50g) 2[2:3:3] x 50g balls in Red 18 (A) 1 x 50g ball in Off White 01 (B) 1 x 50g ball in Light Grey Mix 44 (C) One set each of 2.5mm and 3.5mm double pointed needles 4 stitch markers Stitch holder Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Dec rnd: K to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, sm, k2tog tbl, k to 2 sts before second marker, k2tog, sm, k2tog tbl, k to end. Next rnd: K to end, slipping markers. Rep last two rnds a further 3[3:4:4] times. (28[32:32:36] sts). Rep dec rnd only a further 5[6:6:7] times (8 sts). Cut the yarn and pull it through the rem sts. Tighten and fasten off.

Heel shaping

Row 1 (RS): K to last 7[7:8:8] sts, skpo, turn. Row 2: P to last 7[7:8:8] sts, sl1p, p1, psso, turn. Row 3: K to last 6[6:7:7] sts, skpo, turn. Row 4: P to last 6[6:7:7] sts, sl1p, p1, psso, turn. Cont to dec in this way, with 1 st fewer

Chart A

TO FINISH

Weave in ends. Block lightly if required. ●

A B C

Chart B

Chart C

TENSION

22 sts x 30 rnds to 10cm (4in) over st st using 3.5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

Chart D

PATTERN NOTES

Sock is worked from the top down in st st.

SOCK (MAKE 2)

Using 2.5mm dpns and A, cast on 66[66:69:69] sts. Join to work in the round. Pm for start of round. Rnd 1: *K1, p2; rep from * to end. Last rnd forms rib. Cont in rib until work measures 4cm (1½in). Change to 3.5mm dpns.

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Instructions LITTLE PRINCE BY PAT STRONG PATTERN NOTES

This is a traditional, circular yoke cardigan. The body is worked in one piece, working back and forth on a circular needle, the sleeves are worked in the round. The Fairisle technique of stranding the colours at the back of work completes the yoke. The buttons have been placed as for a boy. If knitting this for a girl, swap button and buttonhole bands.

MAIN BODY

SIZES

To fit age: 6mths[1:2-3:4-5]yrs To fit size: 47[50:55:59]cm (18[20:22:24]ins) Actual measurement: 50[55:60:66]cm (20[22:24:26]ins) Sleeve length: 15[18:24:26]cm (6[7:9½:10 ¼]ins) Back length: 26[30:35:40]cm (10¼[12:14:16]ins) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

YOU WILL NEED

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 55% wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere (approx 125m per 50g) 3[4:5:6] x 50g balls 70 Royal (A) 1 x 50g ball in 101 Ecru (B) 1 pair each of 3mm and 3.25mm circular needles (100cm length) 1 set each of 3mm and 3.25mm double pointed needles OR circular needles if using magic loop method 5[5:6:6] x 10mm buttons Stitch markers Spare yarn/stitch holders Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Using 3mm needles and A, cast on 128[140:152:168] sts. Row 1 (RS): K3, (p2, k2) to last st, k1. Row 2 (WS): K1, (p2, k2) to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Rep last two rows 5 more times. Change to 3.25mm needles and work in st st as follows: Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2 (WS): K1, p to last st, k1. Rep the last 2 rows until main body measures 15[18:21:25]cm (6[7:8¼:10]ins), or required length to armholes. Leave sts on spare needle.

SLEEVES (make 2 alike)

Using 3mm dpns and A, cast on 32[36:40:44] sts and join to work in the round, pm. Round 1: (K2, p2) rep to marker. This sets the 2/2 rib for the cuff. Rep round 1 nine more times. Change to 3.25mm dpns and cont in st st (knit every row). At the same time, increase 1 st before and after marker on 3 following 4th rnds and then on 2 following 6th rnds. 42[46:50:54] sts. Work straight until Sleeve measures 15[18:24:26]cm (6[7:9½:10¼]ins), adjust length here if required. K3[4:4:6] sts past the marker and slip the last 6[8:8:12] sts worked on to spare yarn.

YOKE

Return to the Main Body sts and with RS facing, using 3.25mm needles and A, cont as folls:

Next row (RS): From the Main Body k29[31:34:36] sts, place the next 6[8:8:12] sts on to spare yarn, k36[38:42:42] sts from one Sleeve, k58[62:68:72] sts from Main Body, place the next 6[8:8:12] sts from the Main Body onto spare yarn, k36[38:42:42] sts from second Sleeve, k29[31:34:36] rem sts from the Main Body. 188[200:220:228] sts. Next row (WS): K1, p to last st, k1, at the same time dec 11[dec 9:dec 1:inc 5] sts evenly across the row. 177[191:219:233] sts. Working from Chart and changing colours as indicated, cont as folls: Next row (RS): K2, follow the 14 st Chart rep 12[13:15:16] times, then work the 5 sts on the Chart after the rep, k2. Next row (WS): K1, p1, work the 5 sts before the 14 st rep and then follow the rep 12[13:15:16] times, p1, k1. Working sts as est, cont until row 9 of the Chart has been worked then cont in col A as folls: Next row (WS): K1, p to last st, k1. Next row (dec): K7, (sskpso, k5, sskpso, k5) 12[13:15:16] times, k2. 129[139:159:169] sts. Work 5[7:11:13] rows in st st. Next row (dec): K8, (sskpso, k8) 12[13:15:16] times, k1. 105[113:129:137] sts. Work 5[7:11:13) rows in st st. Next row (dec): K7, (sskpso, k6) 12[13:15:16] times, k2. 81[87:99:105] sts. Work 5[7:11:13) rows in st st. Next row (dec): K6, (sskpso, k4) 12[13:15:16] times, k3. 57[61:69:73] sts. Work 5[7:7:9] rows in st st, dec 1 st on last row. 56[60:68:72] sts. Change to 3mm needles and starting with Row 1, work in rib as given for the Main Body for 9 rows, ending on a RS row. Cast off in rib.

BUTTON BAND

With RS facing, using 3mm needles and A, pick up and k68[76:88:100] sts from the Right Front edge. Starting with Row 2, work in rib as given for the main body for 9 rows. Cast off in rib.

For more abbreviations see page 89

Little Prince Chart Rep inside red lines

TENSION

25 sts and 34 rows to 10cm (4in) over st st using 3.25mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

st st with main yarn st st with contrast yarn

ABBREVIATIONS

Sskpso = slip the next 2 sts, as if to knit together, k1, pass slipped sts over the knitted st. (2 sts dec).

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Instructions SONGBIRD SWEATER BY PAT OLSKI BUTTONHOLE BAND

With RS facing, using 3mm needles and A, pick up and k68[76:88:100] sts from the Left Front edge. Starting with row 2, work in rib as given for the main body for 4 rows. Buttonhole row: Rib 3[3:6:7], (yo, work 2tog, rib 13[15:13:15] sts) rep till last 5[5:7:8] sts, yo, work 2 tog, rib to end. 5[5:6:6] buttonholes. Rib 4 more rows. Cast off in rib.

TO FINISH OFF

Darn in ends. Graft underarm stitches together. Block carefully or hand-wash gently and dry flat. Sew on buttons to correspond with buttonholes. ●

SIZES

To fit age: 6[12:18]mths Actual chest: 48[53.5:58.5]cm (19[21:23]in) Length to shoulder: 30.5[32:33]cm (12[12½:13]in) Sleeve length: 22[23:25.5]cm (8½[9:10]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

YOU WILL NEED

Cascade Yarns 220 100% superwash wool (approx 201m per 100g ball) 2[2:3] x 100g balls 1914 Alaska sky (MC) 1 x 100g ball 818 Mocha (A) 1 x 100g ball 1921 Persimmon (B) 1 x 100g ball 846 Blue (C) 1 x 100g ball 839 Medium rose (D) 1 pair each 3.5mm and 4mm needles Stitch holder 3 x 16mm buttons Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4in) over st st using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

mb = make bobble: (k1, p1) twice in same st, making 4 sts from one; then pass the 3rd, 2nd and first sts over the last st made. m1 = Insert LH needle from back to front under the strand between last st worked and the next st on the LH needle. Knit into the front loop to twist the st.

For more abbreviations see page 89

BACK

With 3.5mm needles and A, cast on 53[59:65] sts.

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Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end. Row 2: P1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end. These 2 rows form 1/1 rib, rep until work meas 4cm (1½ in), ending on a WS row. Change to 4mm needles and starting with a k row, cont in st st, working stripes as folls: 3 rows B, 2 rows MC and 1 row C. Work flower stripe as folls: Row 1 (RS): K2[5:8] with B, (p7 with D, k7 with B) 3 times, p7 with D, k2[5:8] with B. Row 2: P2[5:8] with B, (k7 with D, p7 with B) 3 times, k7 with D, p 2[5:8] with B. Row 3: K2[5:8] with B, (p3 with D, mb with B, p3 with D, k7 with B) 3 times, p3 with D, mb with B, p3 with D, k2[5:8] with B. Row 4: Rep row 2. Row 5: Rep row 1. Row 6: Rep row 2. Cont in second stripe patt as folls: 2 rows MC and 2 rows A. Cont with MC only until piece measures 29[30.5:32]cm (11½[12:12½]in) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Neck and shoulder shaping

Next row (RS): K17[19:22], join another ball of MC and cast off centre 19[21:21] sts, knit to end. Working on both sides at once, dec 1 st at each neck edge on foll RS row. Cont without shaping on the rem 16[18:21] sts on each side of neck until piece measures 30.5[32:33]cm (12[12½:13]in) from beg, ending with a WS row. Cast off first 16[18:21] sts for right shoulder, work rem 16[18:21] sts as folls: Button band: Change to 3.5mm needles and cont in 1/1 rib for 5 rows. Cast off in rib.

FRONT

Work as for Back until second stripe patt is completed, ending with a WS row. Begin Chart pattern Row 1 (RS): K14[17:20], work 19 sts of Chart, k20[23:26]. Cont to foll Chart in this way until Row 24 has been completed, then cont with MC only. Work straight until piece meas 25.5[26.5:28] cm (10[10½:11]in) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Neck shaping

Next row (RS): K20[22:25], join another ball of MC and cast off centre 13[15:15] sts, knit to end. Working both sides at once, purl one row. Dec 1 st at each neck edge on next row, then on every foll alt row 3 more times. Cont without shaping on the rem 16[18:21] sts each side until piece measures 29[30.5:31.5]cm (11½[12:12½]in) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shoulder shaping

Next row (RS): Place first 16[18:21] sts on holder for left shoulder/buttonhole band. Cont to work on rem 16[18:21] sts for right

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Instructions shoulder until piece measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending with a WS row. Cast off.

BUTTONHOLE BAND

Place the 16[18:21] sts from holder onto 3.5mm needle ready to work a RS row. Work in 1/1 rib for 2 rows. Buttonhole row (RS): Work in rib over first 3[4:5] sts, k2tog, yo, work in rib over next 5[6:7] sts, yo, k2tog, work in rib over last 4[4:5] sts. Cont in rib for 2 more rows. Cast off in rib.

SLEEVES

With 3.5mm needles and A, cast on 37[39:41] sts. Work in 1/1 rib for 4cm (1½in), ending with a WS row. Change to 4mm needles and starting with a knit row, cont in st st stripe patt as folls: 3 rows B, 2 rows MC, 1 row C and 2 rows D. Cont with MC only. Next row (RS – inc): K2, m1, knit to last 2 sts, m1, k2. Rep inc row every 12th[8th:8th] row 3[5:7] times more. 45[51:57] sts. Cont without shaping until piece measures 21.5[23:25.5]cm (8½[9:10]in) from beg, ending with a WS row. Cast off.

KITTEN BLANKET BY YOLANDA SOTO-LOPEZ

leaf on each side of each bobble flower. Sew right shoulder seam.

Neckband

With RS facing, 3.5mm needles and MC, pick up and k4 sts along side edge of buttonhole band, 34[36:36] sts along front neck edge to right shoulder, 24[26:26] sts along back neck edge, then 4 sts along side edge of button band. 66[70:70] sts. Work in 1/1 rib for 2 rows. Buttonhole row (WS): Work in rib to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k3. Cont to work in rib for 2 rows. Cast off in rib. Sew on buttons and button the shoulder closed. Place markers 10[11.5:12.5]cm (4[4½:5]in) down from shoulders on Back and Front. Sew Sleeves to armholes between markers. Sew side and Sleeve seams. ●

SIZE

Approx: Blanket 31cm (12in) square

YOU WILL NEED

TO FINISH OFF

Any DK yarn (156m per 100g) 1 x 100g ball in Tan (A) 1 x 100g ball in Orange (B) Pair of 5.5mm needles Set of 5mm double-pointed needles Stitch marker Polyester toy stuffing Brown embroidery thread Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Lightly block pieces to measurements.

Embroidery

Referring to Chart, embroider a French knot using A, and straight stitch legs, feet and beak using B. Referring to photo, use A to embroider a chain stitch branch. Using A, embroider a long lazy daisy stitch 3 (3¼, 3¾)" 3¾ (4, 4)"

17 15 13 11

½"

2" 10 (10½, 11)"

19

8 (9, 10)"

FRONT & BACK

6½"

9

1½"

7 5

SLEEVE

7 (7½, 8½)"

21

3½ (4, 4½)"

24 23

1½" 6 (6½, 6¾)"

9½ (10½, 11½)"

3 1 19 sts

Alaska Sky (MC) Blue (C)

Stitch Key Straight stitch using Persimmon (B) French Knot using Mocha (A)

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Not critical for this project

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 BLANKET

With 5.5mm needles and A, cast on 50 sts. Work in g st until work measures approx 31cm (12in) from cast-on edge. Cast off all sts.

HEAD

With dpns and B, and leaving a 20cm (8in) end to close cast-on opening, cast on 8 sts, divide sts onto 3 dpns, pm, and join to work in the round. Rnds 1-2: K to end. Rnd 3 (inc): *K1, m1; rep from * to end (16 sts). Rnd 4: K to end. Rnds 5-6: Rep rnds 3 and 4 (32 sts). Rnd 7: *K2, m1; rep from * to end (48 sts).

Colour Key

Pattern from 60 Quick Baby Knits by Cascade Yarns published by Sixth & Spring

TENSION

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Instructions DOG’S TOY BALL BY LEISURE ARTS

Thread yarn needle with beginning end and weave through cast-on edge. Pull tightly to close opening, then secure end inside Head. Rnds 8-11: K to end. Rnd 12 (dec): *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end (32 sts). Rnd 13: K to end. Rnd 14: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end (24 sts). Rnd 15: K to end. Rnds 16-17: Rep rnds 12-13 (16 sts). Rnd 18: *K2tog; rep from * to end (8 sts). Cut yarn leaving a 31cm (12in) end for sewing up. Thread the yarn needle with the end and slip the rem sts on to the yarn needle and yarn. Stuff Head lightly with polyester toy stuffing. Pull tightly to close the hole and secure end, leaving the end long to sew to Blanket later.

Row 1: Kfb in each st (12 sts). Row 2: P to end. Row 3: Kfb in each st (24 sts). Row 4: P to end. Row 5: Kfb in each st (48 sts). Rows 6-20: Work in st st, starting with a p row. Row 21: *K2tog; rep from * to end (24 sts). Row 22: P to end. Row 23: *K2tog; rep from * to end (12 sts). Row 24: P to end. Row 25: *K2tog; rep from * to end (6 sts). Cut the yarn, thread a yarn needle with the long end and weave it through the 6 sts. Do not remove the yarn needle and do not cut the yarn end.

EAR (MAKE 2)

Using dpns and B and leaving a 31cm (12in) end to sew Ear to Head, cast on 8 sts. Rows 1-5: K to end. Row 6: K3, k2tog, k3 (7 sts). Row 7: K2, k2tog twice, k1 (5 sts). Row 8: K to end. Row 9: K1, k2tog, k2 (4 sts). Row 10: K2tog twice (2 sts). Row 11: K2tog (1 st). Cut yarn leaving a 15cm (6in) end. Draw end through rem st to secure.

ARM (MAKE 2)

With dpns and B and leaving a 20cm (8in) end to close cast-on opening, cast on 11 sts, pm and join to work in round. Rnds 1-13: K to end. Cast off, leaving a long end for sewing.

TO FINISH OFF

Close cast-on opening with beginning end. Stuff Arm lightly with polyester toy stuffing. Using photo as a guide, work the following: With outline stitch and brown embroidery thread add U-shaped eyes to Head. With straight stitch and brown embroidery thread add upside-down triangle for Nose, then fill triangle with satin stitch. With straight stitch and brown embroidery thread, add remaining facial features. With long ends, sew Ears to Head. Flatten top of Arms and sew to each side of Head with long end. With long end, sew Head to centre of Blanket. ● Pattern from Animal Lovies by Yolanda Soto-Lopez published by Leisure Arts

TO FINISH OFF

Sew seam, stuffing the ball as you go. Weave the yarn end through the cast-on sts. Pull the yarn tightly to close and make a knot to secure the yarn. Insert the needle inside the ball and push it out the other side. Cut the yarn end close to the ball. ●

SIZE

Small[medium:large]

YOU WILL NEED Any DK yarn

Small ball

22m of one colour

Medium ball

30m each of two colours

Large ball

33m each of 3 colours Pair of 5mm needles for small ball Pair of 6mm needles for medium and large ball Pet-safe toy stuffing Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

TENSION

Not critical for this project

ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 PATTERN NOTE

Follow the instructions using one strand of yarn and 5mm needles to make the Small Ball. Make the Medium Ball by holding two strands of yarn together and using 6mm needles. The Large Ball is worked by holding three strands of yarn together and using 6mm needles. Instead of stuffing, you could use the balls to cover a rubber ball.

Pattern from Teach Me to Knit by Leisure Arts published by Leisure Arts

DOG’S TOY BALL

Using 5mm needles, cast on 6 sts.

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love Christmas, I do. I really do. It feels like there’s actual magic in the air, you spend time with your loved ones and are hopefully wearing some gorgeous knits you’ve whipped up throughout the year. But despite my love for the season I absolutely hate knitting Christmas gifts. It’s the sheer pressure of trying to produce a handmade item at one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year that doesn’t sit well with me. There is also the disappointment you feel when the recipient opens your gift and doesn’t jump up and down with the joy you’d imagined. Usually they follow this up with the crushing off a di dismissive “thanks”, and then heartlessly ith th hi blow bl stuff the gift you spent weeks of your life creating back into the glittery gift bag it came from. I can’t bear it. But wait. If you are reading this and thinking: “Maybe she’s right. Maybe I shouldn’t waste my valuable knitting time making that hat for my friend,” then stop! I am not saying that you shouldn’t knit for people at Christmas. It’s a beautiful thing to give up your precious time to make something for someone you love, and I applaud that. I clearly have just made too many under-appreciated gifts, which has affected me deeply. I probably just need knitting counselling about it. There is a way that you can knit for your loved ed ones at Christmas without sacrificing your priceless time: chunkyy weight yarns and huge needles. The thick and quick method d of using bulky and super-bulky yarns can be your saviour. ur. Want to make that hat for your friend? Two hours urs of knitting with some of this stuff and you can get it wrapped and under the tree, no problem. m. With a production rate like that you could complete your entire Christmas gift knitting in n a weekend and leave the stress behind. Last year I visited New York for a work trip and stumbled across a moving sale for a shop called Loopy Mango. I had never heard of the brand before, but this accidental find was a spectacle to behold. Crates of huge yarn n – apparently the thickest available on the market rket – were piled up in the middle of the room with th broom handle-sized needles resting against them. hem. The yarn looked like someone had caught a cloud loud and wound it into a ball, it was so big and squishy. With this yarn and 22mm needles you can crack out a blanket in an evening. Sadly the cost of the yarn might bankrupt you, but other more affordable brands include Rowan Big Wool, Lion Brand Thick & Quick, Drops Eskimo and Cascade Magnum. You could also consider using several strands of lighter weight yarn held together. So think chunky cowls, cosy hats, squishy mittens, simple scarves, oversized Christmas stockings, fat tea cosies and plump throw cushions. All can be completed in no time at all and do not need fancy stitch patterns or complicated constructions – the graphic oversized stitches provide interest in themselves, so you can keep it simple as well as snappy.

In the end, getting your knitted gifts out of the way as quickly as possible isn’t really in the spirit of the season. Gifts should reflect how you feel about the person you are giving them to, and in theory I’d love to give handmade gifts to all of my friends and family. But in practice the thick and quick method is a way to show you care without running yourself into the ground during the busy festive season. So why not grab your 22mm needles and give some super-bulky yarn a try?

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Purl Soho has a few great g options for super-chunky hats which are sure to please any gift recipient. Go super-simple with the Snow Day Hat, or try out Fairisle knitting with their Friendly Fair Isle Hat. Grab a pattern from purlsoho.com.

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