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Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell (2.4 oz/70 g; 282 yds/258 m)
    • Main Color (MC) Spinning Jenny (85320) - 2 balls
    • Contrast A Cotton Gin (85315) - 1 ball
  • Size U.S. 6 (4 mm) knitting needles and size 4 mm U.S. 6 (4 mm) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 4 stitch markers



20 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter stitch



Approx 40" [101.5 cm] at widest point



Approx = approximately
K = knit
K1-f/b = (increase) Knit into the front and back loop of the stitch.
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
pm= place marker
psso = pass slipped stitch over
rep = repeat
RS = right side
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch)



With MC and pair of needles, cast on 3 sts.
1st row: (RS). Kfb. K1, Pm for center st. Kfb in last st. 5 sts.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: K1. yo. Knit to marked st. yo. K1. yo. Knit to last st. yo. K1. 4 sts increased.
4th row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows until there are 173 sts, changing to circular needle to accommodate all sts and ending with a WS row.

1st row: (RS). K1. Pm. Knit to center marked st. yo. K1. yo. Pm. Knit to end of row.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: With A, K1. yo. Knit to marker. Sl marker. K1. (yo. K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. yo. K1) 14 times. Knit to center marked st. yo. K1. yo. Knit to next marker. (K1. yo. K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. yo) 14 times. Knit to last st. yo. K1. (4 sts increased).
4th row: With A, purl.
5th and 6th rows: With MC, as 3rd and 4th rows.
Rep last 4 rows 3 times more.

Knit 5 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

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