Holli Yeoh

Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

The Cable Rib Hat & Wristers in the Zealana Rimu DK booket feature an interesting cable stitch I developed on my own since I couldn’t find anything like it in my stitch dictionaries. It has a tricky maneuver that I haven’t seen in a pattern so here’s the tutorial.

Cable Rib Hat knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

You need two cable needles to accomplish the cable crossing. While a little fiddly, it’s so worth it and there’s only two rows of cable crossing on the  Cable Rib Hat and Wristers in the Zealana booklet.

Cable Rib Hat knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

First, the definition of the cable crossing followed by step-by-stelp instructions.

C5f&b Sl front cable needle through the fronts of the first and third sts, leaving sts on LH needle, sl back cable needle through the backs of the second and fourth sts, sl all 4 sts off together. K1 from LH needle. P1 from back cable needle. Rotate front cable needle 180° counter clockwise, so the second stitchs is present to be worked next. P1 from back cable needle. K1 through the back loop from front cable needle.

1. Ready to begin the cable.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b  as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

2. From the front, insert the first cable needle into the first and third sts as if to purl.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

3. Leave the sts on the LH needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

4. From the back, insert a second cable needle into the second and fourth sts as if to knit through the back loops.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

5. Slip all four sts off of the LH needle. You have two sts on the front cable needle and two sts on the back cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

6. K1 from the LH needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

7. P1 from the back cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

8. Rotate the front cable needle around 180° counter clockwise.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

9. The sts on the front cable needle are twisted from the rotation with the second st presenting itself as the next st to be worked.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

10. K1 through the back loop from the front cable needle.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

11. Repeat step 7—P1 from the back cable needle.

12. Repeat step 10—K1 tbl from the front cable needle.

13. Cable st is complete.

Cable Knitting Tutorial for C5f&b as featured in Cable Rib Hat and Wristers pattern by Holli Yeoh

 

While developing the cable stitch I tried out a few other options that create the same effect. They are perhaps easier to knit, but I felt that the actual cable wasn’t as polished.

Option 1: Sl 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front, k1, return 3 sts to LH needle (1 st still on cn), p1, hold cn at back, [k1, p1] from LH needle, k1 from cn.

Option 2: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at back, sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at front, k1 from LH needle, p1 from back cn, [k1,p1] from front cn, k1 from back needle.

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Hats and Mitts

It’s still a great thrill to find my pattern between the pages of Vogue Knitting. I’m actually still waiting for my contributor’s copy of the magazine but there are already a few finished projects on Ravelry. My design is the slouchy hat in the Yoga story.

Photos © SoHo Publishing

I alternated bands of fisherman’s rib with twisted rib. The Fisherman’s rib looks particularly great when the hat is stretched a bit on the head because the ribbing opens up and contrasts even more with the tighter twisted rib. For me it evokes the slashed sleeves of the High Renaissance.

#15 Slouchy Hat
Publication: Vogue Knitting Winter 2013/2014
Yarn: 3 skeins of Kolláge Yarns Fantastic in Magenta (7506)

 

Photo © Zealana

Zealana put out a pattern collection to feature their Rimu possom blend for TNNA last June and I finally have the booklet in hand. I have a hat and fingerless mitt set in the collection. They feature another variation on fisherman’s rib with cables. I love how the double row of crossed cables look like circles.

Cable Rib Hat & Wristers
Publication: Zealana Performa Rimu
Yarn: Zealana Rimu DK in Oceanwave (R05), 2 balls for hat and 1 ball for wristers

 

 

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Gumdrops Mittens KAL

Krista of RainCityKnits ☂ and I have decided to run a Gumdrops mittens knit along. This is a first for both of us and we’re hoping you’ll join us. We’re really excited to see what colour combinations people dream up.

Krista has yarn kits available in her shop in two colourways. Don’t forget that there is a 20% off coupon code in the pattern for your entire order from RainCityKnits ☂.Of course, you can go stash busting or use other yarn as well. In fact, these mittens are great for using up odds and ends.

When?: February 7 to March 21, 2014 (that’s 6 weeks)

We’ve set the start date to coincide with the Ravellenic Winter Games 2014 so you can double up and use this project for one of your events. Our end date is further down the road for those of you who aren’t as competitively spirited. These mittens are a quick knit, so six weeks should be plenty of time to order yarn and finish them.

Are there prizes?
You betcha! We’ll have Holli Yeoh patterns and Krista has promised some RainCityKnits ☂  yarn too. We’re still working out the details and will update this post when they are finalized.

How do you enter?

  • Post a photo of your cast-on or WIP in the Gumdrops KAL Discussion thread AND start a project page with the photo(s) uploaded. Remember to wait until Feb 7 to cast on!
  • For a second chance to win, post a photo of the completed pair of Gumdrops mittens in the Gumdrops KAL FO thread AND on your project page. Yes, you need to knit both mittens.
  • For an extra chance to win, knit the Gumdrops mittens in RainCityKnits ☂ yarn. (Did you know that Krista has yarn kits in her store?)
  • And for even more chances to win, you may knit as many pairs of mittens as you like, each pair potentially garnering you more entries as above.

Where to share or find information?

I have a brand new Holli Yeoh Group on Ravelry and that’s where you’ll find us.

The Gumdrops KAL Information thread contains important updates, list of participants, helpful suggestions, corrections and so forth and is a no chat thread.

The Gumdrops KAL Discussion thread is the place to ask questions, discuss colourways, join the fun and chat.

The Gumdrops KAL FO thread is where you post your finished mittens and link to your project page. The FO thread won’t open up until Feb 7th.

 

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Kits Exclusive

Wet Coast Wools in Vancouver is exclusively carrying kits of my patterns. The selection is limited and as kits are sold, new ones will be made available. Check them out soon and check back often for the best selection. If you’re looking for your favourite design and you don’t see it, contact the store to see if it’s available.

Wet Coast Wools is located in Kitsilano with convenient street parking.

2923 West 4th Avenue
(604) 568-0011
info(at)wetcoastwools.com

You can also purchase the kits online on the Wet Coast Wools website.

 

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Aquitaine

For the first eight days of November we’ve been releasing a new pattern every day. Today is the last day.

Aquitaine was a big hit at Knit City. It seems to have captured people’s imagination as it has mine. For me it began as Lady Emmeline, a child’s sweater featured in Petite Purls online magazine. I was asked several times if I planned on releasing it in adult sizes. What a great idea because I wanted to wear it too! The adult pattern comes in eight sizes ranging from XS to 4X (30″ bust to 58″).

In the 1100s, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and her family were influential patrons of aristocratic music and were known for supporting the Medieval Troubadours. Like Lady Emmeline, I found the stitch pattern, garment shape and beautiful SweetGeorgia colourways seemed to evoke a time of court life and aristocracy  from centuries past. We shot the photos on a beautiful foggy morning in the forest. Isn’t there always a forest just beyond the castle in folklore and legends?

As comfortable with a glass of wine on the patio as on a tryst in the forest, this aristocratic sweater may be essential for your armoire. Two different slip stitch patterns and two strong coloured yarns give it a timeless beauty. And you can decide which length to knit, too. The short version is smart and dressy, while the long version is elegant and sophisticated. Go ahead; make both.

The sweater is designed with just 1/4″ ease at the bust line. If you’re between sizes, I would consider going into negative ease before making it too roomy. It begins with a provisional cast on at the high empire waist, which is also the narrowest part of the sweater. Like many women, that’s also the narrowest part of my torso. The lower portion of the sweater has subtle A-line shaping that pulls away from the body in a most flattering way. Instead of increases, the shaping is achieved by using progressively larger needles as it’s worked from the empire waist down to the hem. Both the long and the short version are designed so that they do not emphasis the widest part of our bodies–the hips.

I used two different colourways of SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK for the two different versions of the sweater. The long cardigan with similar dimensions to the original Lady Emmeline, is in Black Plum with Autumn Flame. The short sweater is in Magpie with Deep Cove. I love wearing both of them.

Aquitaine designed by Holli Yeoh
$8.00
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X
Finished bust measurement: 30 ¼ (34 ¼, 38 ¼, 42 ¼, 46 ¼, 50 ¼, 54 ¼, 58 ¼)” [77 (87, 97, 107.5, 117.5, 127.5, 138, 148) cm]
Intended to be worn with ¼” (0.5 cm) positive ease.
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK; 256 yd (234 m) per 4 oz (115 g) skein; 100% superwash merino wool
Long—4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8 ) skeins Black Plum (MC); 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins Autumn Flame (CC)
Short—3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins Magpie (MC); 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins Deep Cove (CC)
Needles: 3.5, 3.75, 4 and 4.5 mm (US 4, 5, 6 and 7)
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows to 4” (10 cm) in stocking stitch using 3.75 (US 5) needle.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1   Woven Knuckles
Nov 2   Avery Big Kid
Nov 3   Grenadine
Nov 4   Tip Toe Up
Nov 5   Rain City Kid
Nov 6   Rain City Baby
Nov 7   Gumdrops

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Gumdrops Mittens

Day seven of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

Goody, goody gumdrops – the polka dots on these cozy mittens are such fun. Go crazy with colour here and knit every row of gumdrops a different color, or be subtle with tone on tone. There is a size for everyone: babies to grandpas. Instructions for both traditional mittens and fingerless gloves are included.

I had such fun playing with different weights of yarn and this stitch pattern. My favourite combination is a heavy worsted weight single paired with a double strand of plied BFL in bright hits of colour. The visual texture just sings out for me. Although I call for DK yarn (held double) for the dots, they can also be worked in worsted weight yarn. This could be a great stash buster project.

The yummy colours are all the brainchild of Krista at Rain City Knits. She sells sampler packs of little “babycakes” in a rainbow of colours which were the inspiration for these mitts. We’re running a cross-promotion: get 20% off of your yarn purchase for your Gumdrops project at Rain City Knits. The coupon code comes with the Gumdrops pattern.

Gumdrops designed by Holli Yeoh
$6.00
Sizes: toddler, child, preteen, adult S, M, L, XL
Finished hand circumference: 4 ½ (5 ¼, 6 ¼, 7, 8, 8 ¾, 9 ¾)” [10 (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21) cm]
Yarn: Rain City Knits Merino Worsted; 182 yd (166 m) per 100 g; 100% Uruguayan merino wool, Rain Drop Blue
Rain City Knits Superwash Bluefaced Leicester DK babycakes; 61 yd (55 m) per 25 g; 100% BFL wool; 1 babycake each in Bright Orange, Vermillion, Magenta and Electric Coral (CC)
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7) needles
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rnds to 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1   Woven Knuckles
Nov 2   Avery Big Kid
Nov 3   Grenadine
Nov 4   Tip Toe Up
Nov 5   Rain City Kid
Nov 6   Rain City Baby

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Rain City Baby

Day six of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

When Krista of Rain City Knits contacted me about yarn support for a pattern, she said she would love to see her yarn in one of my kids’ designs. With such great colours, how could I resist? I knit up a teeny tiny sweater to show her what I was thinking. I think because it was so tiny she was smitten. We decided to offer a baby brother and big sister pair of cardigans: Rain City Baby and Rain City Kid.

Flashes of colour pop in this kimono-style baby cardigan. With contrast-coloured garter stitch seams that are knitted-in, this sweater will be great fun to make and even more fun to wear. Just like Rain City Kid, none of the seams in this sweater are sewn. They are all knit together in a modular fashion.

Originally inspired by an eye-catching cardigan that character, Mike Chang on Glee wore with bands of colour at the seams, this kimono cardigan has evolved into a delightful baby sweater.

So I confessed to a little love affair with Rain City Knits yesterday. In additional to her luscious colours, hand-dyer Krista also introduced me to Bluefaced Leicester yarn. It’s gloriously silky and the sheen and drape are unparalleled. There’s no going back! You too can indulge in Rain City Knits Bluefaced Leicester Superwash DK because Krista is offering 20% off your order to knit this design. The coupon code automatically comes with the Rain City Baby pattern.

Rain City Baby designed by Holli Yeoh
$8.00
Sizes: 0-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 12-24 mo, 2 yrs
Finished chest circumference: 21 ¾ (23 ¼, 25 ¼, 26)” [55 (59, 64, 66) cm]
Intended to be worn with about 5” (12.5 cm) positive ease.
Yarn: Rain City Knits Superwash Bluefaced Leicester DK; 246 yd (225 m) per 100 g skein; 100% wool
2 (2, 2, 3) skeins Blue Teal (MC) (you may not need 3rd skein for largest size)
1 skein Apple Green (CC)
Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4) and 3.75 mm (US 5) needles
Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows to 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch using larger needles.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1    Woven Knuckles
Nov 2    Avery Big Kid
Nov 3    Grenadine
Nov 4    Tip Toe Up
Nov 5    Rain City Kid

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Rain City Kid

Day five of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

I’m having a little love affair with local dyer Rain City Knits. Krista’s studio is in Gastown and occasionally she blesses us with a gorgeous shot of the city from her studio window or neighbourhood. After a glorious, sunny summer and fall in Vancouver, the rain has started pouring again, just in time for my Rain City designs.

 

Your child might want to eat and sleep in this bright sweater. The seams are knit-in—read no sewing—using colourful garter stitch bands and the pocket linings flash the same colour as the seams for lots of visual impact. The sleeves are worked top down with a short row inset sleeve cap.

For four to twelve-year-olds, this sweater will be a wardrobe staple equally in neutrals or brights. Or how about a neutral paired with a bright?

 

Krista’s rainbow bright colours make me dream of a pot of gold on our dreary days. Her solid colours have a lovely hand-dyed mottled effect that creates depth in the knitted fabric. As an added bonus, we have a coupon code right in the pattern for 20% off of yarn for your project at Rain City Knits shop. How great is that?

 

Rain City Kid designed by Holli Yeoh
$8.00
Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 yrs
Finished chest circumference: 28 ¼ (29 ¾, 31 ¼, 33 ¼, 34 ¾)” [70.5 (74.5, 78, 83, 87) cm]
Intended to be worn with about 5” (12.5 cm) positive ease.
Yarn: Rain City Knits Superwash Bluefaced Leicester DK; 246 yd (225 m) per 100 g skein; 100% wool
3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins Electric Coral (MC) (you may not need 4th skein for size 10)
1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) Rain Drop Blue (CC)
Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4) and 3.75 mm (US 5) needles
Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows to 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch using larger needles.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1 Woven Knuckles
Nov 2 Avery Big Kid
Nov 3 Grenadine
Nov 4 Tip Toe Up

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Tip Toe Up Socks

Day four of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

I love teaching this toe-up sock as a workshop and thought it would be marvelous to package the workshop into a skill-building pattern. This is a great basic pattern that you can use as a canvas for your creative ideas. Try different stitch patterns or stripes. See where your imagination takes you. The pattern comes in five sizes including baby, child, preteen/Adult S, M, L and is written for your preferred choice of needles: four or five dpns, two short circulars or one long circular needle for Magic Loop.

One of the main highlights of the sock is that it has a completely replaceable heel and toe with full instructions on how to replace them.

We begin the sock with step-by-step instructions for the Turkish cast-on. After the foot is worked, waste yarn is inserted as a placeholder to reserve a spot for the heel which is completed at the end. A stretchy “sewn” bind off is recommended and instructions are included for using your knitting needles instead of a yarn needle for the bind off.

After the stitches are reclaimed from the waste yarn placeholder, the heel is then worked similar to a top-down toe and the opening is grafted shut. Again, instead of threading your yarn needle to do the grafting, step-by-step instructions guide you through grafting on the needles.

My knitterly mind stubbornly wouldn’t wrap itself around the conventional sewn bind off and grafting. With these modified instructions to work the techniques with knitting needles, not only do I understand the technique, I can remember it without pulling out instructions each time.

I used Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester Sock from Kattikloo Fiber Studio on Salt Spring Island. Fiona dyes gorgeous colours and we’re running a cross promotion. You’ll receive a 20% discount code in your pattern that you can use towards Kattikloo sock yarn for your project. How great is that!

Tip Toe Up design by Holli Yeoh
$6.00
Sizes: baby, child, preteen / Adult S, M, L
To fit foot circumference: 5 (6 ¼, 7 ¼, 8, 9)” [12.5 (16, 18.5, 20.5, 23) cm]
Yarn: Kattikloo Fibre Studio Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester Sock
125 (190, 300, 400, 505) yd [115 (175, 275, 365, 460) m] Noble (MC)
35 (45, 60, 85, 100) yd [30 (40, 55, 75, 95) m] Wholesome (CC)
Needles: 2.25 mm (US 1) needles: one long or two short circular needles or dpns
Gauge: 34 sts and 50 rnds to 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch in the round.

New pattern releases for the first eight days of November:
Nov 1 Woven Knuckles
Nov 2 Avery Big Kid
Nov 3 Grenadine

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Grenadine

Day three of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

Grenadine is a mix of the old world pomegranate with new world knitting techniques, originally inspired by the gorgeous SweetGeorgia Yarns Pomegranate colourway and my love of pomegranates. I ate my first pomegranate in the Caribbean while on holiday as a child; later while traveling in Granada, Spain as an adult, I was delighted to see the pomegranate motif all over the city. And who can resist the sweet grenadine syrup when making pink lemonade by hand?

Grenadine is a sweet cardigan featuring knitting techniques borrowed from South American knitting traditions. The triangles on the hem are worked like Peruvian earflaps and mimic the sepals of the pomegranate. The cuffs echo the triangular form with smaller “puntas,” or points, another design element from the Andes.

The triangles, puntas and edging are all worked in garter stitch, as are the sleeves. The body is in stocking stitch. This is a roomy cardigan that can be worn over layers for keeping warm in the cooler months.

Grenadine designed by Holli Yeoh
$8.00 CAD
Sizes: 6-12 mo, 12-24 mo, 2 yrs, 4 yrs
Finished chest: 24 (28 ¼, 28 ¼, 29 ¾)” 61 (72, 72, 75.5) cm
Intended to be worn with 3 (7 ¼, 6 ¼, 6 ¾)” 7.5 (18.5, 16, 17) cm positive ease.
Yarn:
2 (2, 3, 3) skeins SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sock; 375 yd per 115 g skein; 100% superwash merino wool in Pomegranate
Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1 ½) and 3 mm (US 2 ½) needles
Gauge: 30 sts and 42 rows to 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch using larger needles.
27 sts and 60 rows to 4” (10 cm) over garter stitch using larger needles.

 

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Avery Big Kid

Day two of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

Avery is such a popular pattern from my earlier collection and often I’m asked for my patterns in larger sizes. Avery Big Kid fits the bill.

A favourite sweater with bold blocks of colour on the front, I’ve sized Avery up for an older crowd. Inset sleeves and fully fashioned shaping create a more sophisticated look and fit for school-aged children. The key design elements of corrugated ribbing and patterned sleeves made this one a best seller for the toddler set, and it looks just as good on the big kids. They’ll love the comfort, you’ll love the look.

Worked in fingering weight yarn so it won’t be too heavy for your child who runs hot, there are so many wonderful fingering and sock yarns available these days. Originally designed for self-patterning or self-striping yarn, this sweater would look great with beautiful hand-dyed variegated and monochromatic combinations as well. How about one of those great gradient yarns that are so popular? I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Avery Big Kid designed by Holli Yeoh
$8.00 CAD
Sizes: 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) yrs
Finished chest measurement: 29 ¾ (31, 32, 34 ¼, 36 ¼)” [75.5 (78.5, 81.5, 87, 92) cm]
Yarn: Fingering weight (sock) yarn
790 (910, 1025, 1180, 1345) yd [725 (835, 940, 1080, 1230) m] solid (MC)
325 (385, 450, 510, 555) yd [300 (355, 415, 470, 510) m] self-patterning (CC)
Needles: 2.5 mm  and 3 mm (US 1 ½  and US 2 ½ ) needles
Gauge: 30 sts and 42 rows to 4” (10cm) over St st using larger needles.

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Woven Knuckles

Day one of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more.

These colourful gloves feature a network of stitches around the knuckles while the wide side gusset offers a roomier fit and lots of mobility. The colour flows unbroken from the gusset to the tip of the thumb, which you complete before the entrelac panel starts. For an even sharper contrast, work the entrelac panel from the other end of the ball.

This pattern is worked in Noro Silk Garden Sock and works equally as well with Noro Kureyon Sock. Fingering weight or sock yarns with a slow colour change or hand painted yarns will look lovely knitted up in this pattern. You could even change yarn or colour for the entrelac portion of the glove and then return to the main colour.

Use this glove as an opportunity to learn how to knit back backwards, but it’s not necessary to follow the pattern. The entrelac rows are so short that it won’t be too taxing.

The pattern includes suggestions for fit and row by row instructions for working the entrelac panel.

Woven Knuckles designed by Holli Yeoh
$6.00 CAD
Sizes: S (M, L, XL)
Finished hand circumference: 7 (7 ½, 8, 9)” [18 (19, 20.5, 23) cm]
Yarn: 1 hank of Noro Silk Garden Sock
Needles: 2.5 mm and 2.75 mm (US 1 ½ and US 2) set of five double-pointed needles
Gauge: 28 sts and 42 rows = 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch with larger needles, worked in the round.

 

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