Hurdle Stitch Coasters

 

Perfect project for a lazy weekend, these pretty coasters knit up in no time, and what’s more, you can make two sets of six, in just one ball of Vardhman Bling. A great project for beginners, though experienced knitters find it equally refreshing! Steam blocking the finished coasters gives them the perfect finish.

Make these as quick gifts for friends and family, and don’t forget to share pictures of your coasters with us. Tag us to your facebook/Instagram post as @vardhmanknitworld or use the hashtag #vardhmanknittingyarn

Find this pattern on Ravelry here

Materials required –

Vardhman Bling – 50g for a set of six coasters
Needles – 3.50mm/Indian Size 10
Ring stitch markers – 2 no.

 

 

Finished measurement

Each coaster measures 4” X 4”

Abbreviations Used

CO – cast on
BO – bind off
sts – stitches
k – knit
p – purl
pm – place marker
sm – slip marker
WS – Wrong Side
RS – Right Side

 

Instructions

With 3.5mm needles, CO 23 sts

Set up row (WS) – k2, pm, k till 2 sts remain, pm, k2

Begin Hurdle Stitch:
Row 1 (RS) – knit all sts
Row 2 – knit all sts
Row 3 – k2, sm, *k1p1, repeat from * till one st before the next marker, k1, sm, k2.

Row 4 – k2, sm, *p1k1, repeat from * till one stitch before the next marker, p1, sm, k2.

Repeat rows 1-4 six more times

Next row – removing markers, knit all sts
Next row – knit all sts
next row – knit all sts
Next row – BO all sts knitwise.

Steam block the finished coasters after weaving in the yarn tails.

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01. Read the whole pattern before you start
Just like anything else knowing what you’re doing is essential for everyone. Even the most skilled knitters can make mistakes. Even though you might just want to skim through the pattern take your time and go through the whole thing. This will ensure you have everything ready before you can start your knit or is the knit requires skills you may not have come across before.

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03. Practice. Practice. Practice!
Keeping your practice up is key when it comes to knitting. Keeping your skills brushes up with loads of practice will pay huge dividends as time goes on. This ensures you never lose touch of your skills and knit the best you can every time.

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It is good practice to carry your knits wherever you go. Take advantage of any opportunity that you get to complete you r project or just practice as you go. Travelling to places or sitting in public gives you plenty of time and opportunity to polish your skills and keep your hands busy.

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Like all things in life even knitters need their fuel to keep them going. So, never forget to prepare yourself a cup of tea before you’re ready to pick up your needles and create your wonderful designs into reality!

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Orange Cable Sweater

Yarn: Vardhman Microshine Knitting Yarn
Needle No.: 9
Quantity: 450 g

Front: Cast on 130 sts and knit 1X1 border of 2”. Then start with purl knit and cable in the middle of the panel after every 6th row decrease 1-1 sts from both the sides till 9”. Knit a mesh design of 2-2 sts till 17”. Later, start shaping the armhole in 3-2-1 manner. Knit for 3” and shape the neckline in V-shape along with the cable in 4” and keep 28-28 sts for shoulder.

Back: Knit same as front but the shape for the neckline to be round in 1” only.

Sleeves: Cast on 56 sts and knit 1X1 rib border for 2”. Then start with purl knit and in every 6th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till its 17.5”. Decrease 3-3-3 sts for armhole shape and cast off all the sts in 3”. Knit the other sleeve likewise.

Neck: Pick the back neck sts and increase 32 sts in front to knit 1X1 rib border for 1” and cast off.

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These days, sweaters are available in all sorts of styles, with buttons down the front, called a “cardigan” sweater, or as a pullover, and with a variety of necklines. Few of the flattering necklines are:

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The mock turtleneck is a popular style, classic and beautiful. In the sweater above you can see how the neckline is narrow enough to lie flat against the neck, while still maintaining a comfortable fit. The mock turtleneck is a double-thick neckline, so that there are actually two layers of knitted fabric against the neck, folded over and stitched down.

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The stand-up collar, also called the “Jackie Kennedy collar”, is a modified version of a mock turtleneck neckline. It is higher, wider and shallower than a mock turtleneck, and instead of hugging the neck the way a mock turtleneck will do, it stands up and is away from the neck.

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The turtleneck is also a popular style. A true turtleneck is a single layer which can be worn folded over once, or twice, against the backdrop of the sweater. A standard turtleneck will be 4-6 inches long, depending on the size of the sweater, or can be custom knitted to be up to 11 inches long.

ROUND CREW NECK

The standard round crew neck, shown in the above photo, is designed to be wide enough to be non-constricting and deep enough to fit easily over the head. This is the type of round neckline found on most pullover sweaters.

V NECK

Anyone can look great in this universal neckline. The key to nailing the perfect V neck sweater ? Depth. A classic style, it also draws the eye in, balancing out broad shoulders and thick torsos, and lengthening short necks.

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Beige & Green Mix Sweater

With its natural colors, here is introducing a sweater ideal for an outdoor picnic or a trekking expedition.

Yarn: Microshine knitting yarn
Needle No.: 9
Quantity: 450 g

Front :- Cast on 110 sts and knit 1X1 border of 2.5”. Then start with plain knit after every 6th row decrease 1-1 sts from both the sides till 8.5”.
Knit for 1” then in every 6th row decrease 1-1 sts from both the sides till 7”. Later, start shaping the armhole in 3-2-1 manner. Knit for 3.5” and shape the neckline round in 4”.
Knit the pattern as per the graph measuring 8.5” above the border and Keep 26-26 sts for shoulder.

Back:- Knit same as front but the shape of the neckline is to be round in 1” only.

Sleeves:- Cast on 46 sts and knit 1X1 rib border for 2.5”. Then start with plain knit and in every 6th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till its 16”.
After knitting 10” implement the design of the picture of the pullover then decrease 3-3-3 sts for armhole shape and cast off all the sts in 3”.
Knit the other sleeve likewise.

Neck :- Pick neck sts and knit 1X1 rib border for 1.5” and cast off.

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