Sunday, 27 May 2012

More red, white and blue

For those of you caught up in Jubilee fever knit yourself a patriotic wristband...
(photos: copyright Mike Hodgson) Here's what you do: Cast on 9 stitches in red yarn. Knit 10 rows garter stitch, slipping every row's first stitch purlwise and knitting through the back of every row's last stitch. Row 1: slip 1 purlwise, knit 1, knit 1 through back of stitch. Put other 6 stitches on a holder and continue to work on the first three stitches. Row 2: slip 1 purlwise, purl 1, knit 1 through back of stitch. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the band is long enough to fit round your wrist. Keep these three stitches on a spare bit of yarn, join white yarn to the next three stitches on the spare needle and work the same number of rows 1 and 2. Put the white stitches on spare yarn, join blue yarn to the last three stitches from the spare needle and work the same number of rows 1 and 2. Return all stitches to one needle and knit another 10 rows of garter stitch as before across all of them, adding a button hole, by casting off the central stitch on the 5th row and casting on over the gap on the 6th row. Sew all ends in. Sew a button on. Wear on your wrist while your chest swells with pride and you join in with Land Of Hope and Glory. Too much? Hmm, possibly... I made my first one by knitting all the single sections in the middle at one time but it all got a bit twsited and messy. If you don't have time to make your own, we'll be selling them at the Jubilee Craft Fair.

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