Pattern: French Braid

Hat1

A sweet baby knit that you could whip up in a weekend, this little hat is ideal for last-minute gifts.
The slip-stitch design is worked over just two rows, so it’s easy to memorise for knitting on the go.

Download the PDF at French Braid or follow the instructions below. Happy knitting!

MATERIALS
1 (2: 2) 50g/100m balls of Rooster Yarns Baby Rooster (shade 405)
3.25mm (US 3) knitting needles
Tapestry needle

TENSION
25 sts x 34 rows measures 10x10cm in stocking stitch

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
30 (36: 42)cm circumference

ABBREVIATIONS
K Knit
P Purl
Psso Pass slipped stitch over knitted and increased sts
Rep Repeat
RS Right side
Sl Slip
St(s) Stitch(es)
WS Wrong side
Wyib With yarn at back
Yrn Yarn round needle

PATTERN

HAT (MAKE 2)
Cast on 42 (50: 58) sts using 3.25mm needles.
Row 1 *K2, P2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 2 *P2, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Rows 1 and 2 set K2, P2 rib.
Work in K2, P2 rib for 8 more rows, ending with a WS row.

Row 1 (RS) K1, *K1, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K1; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2 (WS) Purl.
Rows 1 and 2 set slip-stitch pattern.
Work in slip-stitch pattern until hat measures 15 (17.5: 20)cm from cast-on edge, or desired length, ending on a row 2.

WORK TIES
Next row K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2, turn work.
Next row Purl to end.
Continue working these two rows over the first 6 sts of the row only until tie measures 4cm.
Cast off and break yarn.

Rejoin yarn to sts on needle.
Cast off 30 (38: 46) sts, K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2.
Next row Purl.
Next row K2, sl1 purlwise wyib, K1, yrn, psso, K2.
Next row Purl.
Continue working the last two rows until tie measures 4cm, ending with a purl row.
Cast off.

Make second hat piece the same.

MAKING UP
Join side seams using mattress stitch. A one-stitch seam edge has been provided for this.
Join cast-off top edges using mattress stitch, then knot ties together. Weave in ends and block gently.

Hat2

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Pattern: Full of Beans

Full of beans 4

It’s coffee time! This cable cosy is designed for those giant drink-your-bodyweight-in-caffeine mugs that you find in coffee shops, but it can easily be resized for smaller ones too.

Grab some leftover chunky yarn, a couple of buttons from your stash and a pair of 5mm needles, and you can whip one up in an evening. It’s a perfect quick knit.

Download the PDF at Full of Beans, or follow the instructions below. Happy knitting!

MATERIALS
1 x 100g / 105m ball of chunky / bulky weight yarn (the cosy pictured uses Artesano British Wool) A pair of 5mm / US 8 needles
A cable needle
2 x 2cm diameter buttons
A tapestry needle

TENSION
15 sts x 20 rows measures 10x10cm in stocking stitch

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
33cm wide x 9cm high

ABBREVIATIONS
C6F slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work. Knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then 3 sts from cable needle
C6B slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work. Knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then 3 sts from cable needle
K knit
k2tog knit two stitches together
P purl
sts stitches
yo yarn over

PATTERN
Cast on 20 sts using 5mm needles.
Row 1 K2, P2, K12, P2, K2.
Row 2 and all even rows K4, P12, K4.
Row 3 K2, P2, C6F twice, P2, K2.
Row 5 K2, P2, K12, P2, K2.
Row 7 K2, P2, K3, C6B, K3, P2, K2.
Row 8 As row 2.

Repeat rows 1–8 until work measures 27cm or long enough to fit around mug, leaving a gap of about 1cm for the handle and ending on row 8 of pattern.

Row 1 Cast off 4 sts, K12, P2, K2.
Row 2 Cast off 4 sts, P12.
Row 3 C6F twice.
Row 4 P12.
Row 5 K12.
Row 6 P12.
Row 7 K3, C6B, K3.
Row 8 P12.
Buttonhole row K2tog, yo, K8, yo, k2tog.
Next row P12.
Cast off.

Attach two buttons to match buttonholes. Weave in all ends and block to measurements given.

Full of Beans mug cosy