It’s official, winter has well and truly arrived! The nights have drawn in, the fireworks have fizzled and carols follow us everywhere we go. So now that I have finally emerged from my British Bake Off-induced sugar coma and stacked the massive load of logs which arrived just in time for the chill, I’m ready to pick up my needles and oven gloves for some serious knitting and baking-related hibernating. I’ve only recently discovered baking and realised that unlike, knitting (which I only really do on my own and usually late at night), it’s the perfect thing to do with friends on a dreary day. The fact that we’re all completely rubbish at it and usually resort to massively extravagant decorations (who knew edible glitter would be so useful?) doesn’t matter; we have a lovely gossip, lots of tea and, on a good day, something baked to snack on too!
- 1 pair 4.5mm needles, ideally circular but long regular ones should work too.
- King Cole DK Glitz, Silver, 100g.
- -2 = slip 1 k2tog pass slipped stitch over.
- yo = yarn over; put the yarn over the needle before you start the next stitch, this strand will be picked up in the following row as a new stitch
- sl = slip; move the next stitch straight to the new needle without working it, hold the yarn to the back of the work while you do this.
- tog = work stitches together.
Cast on 21st
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: P1 (yo p1) x 20 (41st)
Row 3: Work double length knits across the row - wrap the yarn round the needle twice before pulling it through. Make sure the yo’s in the row below have a twist in them when you work them. These double length stitches will drop in the next row to create long stitches.
Row 4–5: Knit
Row 6: P2 tog yo x 20 p1
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: (P1 yo) x 40 p1 (81st)
Row 9: Purl - when you work the yo’s from the row below make sure you do it without a twist so you get lace holes.
Row 10: (P1 yo) x 80 p1 (161st)
Row 11: As R3
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: Sl 1 (yo -2 yo k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo -2 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1) x 6 yo -2 yo k1
Row 14: Sl 1 p3 (p4 p2tog p13 p2tog p7) x 6 p1
Row 15-21: Repeat rows 13 and 14
Row 22: Sl 1 (p1 yo p1 yo p1 p4 p2tog p6 yo p1 yo p6 p2tog p4) x 6 p4 (185st)
Row 23: Sl 1 yo -2 yo (k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo k1 -2 k1 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1) x 6 yo k1 -2 k1 yo k1
Row 24: Sl 1 (yo p5 yo p4 p2tog p5 yo p5 yo p5 p2tog p4) x 6 p4 (209st)
Row 25: Sl 1 yo -2 yo (k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo k2 -2 k2 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1 yo k2 -2 k2 yo) x 6 k1
Row 26: Sl 1 (p11 p2tog p17 p2 tog p4) x 6 p4
Row 27-29: Repeat rows 25, 26, 25
Row 30: Sl 1 (yo p7 yo p4 p2tog p5 yo p7 yo p5 p2tog p4) x 6 p4 (221st)
Row 31: Sl 1 yo -2 yo (k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo k3 -2 k3 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1 yo k3 -2 k3 yo) x 6 k1
Row 32: Sl 1 (p13 p2tog p19 p2tog p4) x 6 p4
Row 33-35: Repeat rows 31, 32, 31
Row 36: Sl 1 (yo p9 yo p4 p2tog p5 yo p9 yo p5 p2tog p4) x 6 p4 (233st)
Row 37: Sl 1 yo -2 yo (k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo k4 -2 k4 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1 yo k4 -2 k4 yo) x 6 k1
Row 38: Sl 1 (p15 p2tog p21 p2tog p4) x 6 p4
Row 39-41: Repeat rows 37, 38, 37
Row 42: Sl 1 (yo p11 yo p4 p2tog p5 yo p11 yo p5 p2tog p4) x 6 p4 (245st)
Row 43: Sl 1 yo -2 yo (k1 yo k2 k2tog k4 yo k1 yo k5 -2 k5 yo k1 yo k4 k2tog k2 yo k1 yo k5 -2 k5 yo) x 6 k1
Row 44: Sl 1 (p17 p2tog p23 p2tog p4) x 6 p4
Row 45-47: Repeat rows 43, 44, 43
Cast off loosely. Pull the end through and sew the seam with it, lining up your edges correctly. Lay your knitting out on an ironing board, set your iron to steam and waft over it. If your yarn is acrylic then do not touch the knitting with the iron Flatten the piece out with your hand, and where there are natural points around the edge, you can put pins in to hold it in place on the ironing board and use the steam to get it to lie flat and uncurl the edges.