So, step 1 choose your materials. In order to make these instructions work for the yarn I foisted yesterday, I have dug out the exact yarn in the exact amount. This is Lyndon Hill (Bristol Yarn Gallery), an 85% pima cotton, 15% silk blend. There are approx 218 yards per 50g hank. I chose a melon color that I have 2 hanks of, the lovely lady I nudged into buying the same has a gorgeous purple color to work with.
Here's what I'm working with.
|size 4 circular needle & 2 size 4 dpns for the cast on|
This may seem like an obvious step, but if you buy your yarn in hanks as above, you will want to make a ball out of your yarn. Working from a hank is a good way to get tangles. I have a swift and ball-winder, so I made this to work from.
|any method of balling will reduce tangles and increase knitting enjoyment|
From here, you will be using a 2 needle cast on. Sounds hard, but I promise it's simple. It just isn't simple to photograph by myself, so please bear with my pictures.
Step 1, put dpn and one side of circular knitting needle together. Create slip knot (noose loop?), and put over both needles at once.
|step 1, slip knot over 2 needles|
|A second loop is added, this will be your first working loop.|
|One slip knot, 2 working stitches (slip knot on left)|
Step 1, remove slip knot from left end of both dpn and needle, move work to center of both the dpn and circular cord. You will have 2 large loops on the needles, with your beginning yarn on the left and your working yarn on the right.
Caution: Do not put your work down, it is easy to twist your garter tab. So you want to make sure that you get to the end of these steps before you set it down.
|beginning yarn on left of work, working yarn on right|
Step 3: Turn your work, and knit back 7 more times, being careful not to twist. This will look like this:.
|8 knit rows. Your beginning thread will be on right side of garter tab, working yarn on left.|
|Circular needle on left, dpn on right, working yarn on right top, starting yarn on left bottom|
Step 5, pick up 3 stitches across garter tab between garter ridges
|knit 2 (garter tab) pick up 3, knit 2 to finish row|
Since you'll be moving to a circular needle for growing, knit back across the row as follows using your circular needle. Knit 2, perl 3, knit 2.
Next post, starting the pattern.