I’ve got a lot of balls -- a lot of little balls of yarn, that is! What knitter doesn’t? You know what I’m talking about -- that last bit of gorgeous fingering from socks made for a friend (the ones you almost couldn’t give away because they turned out so lovely). Several grams of luscious silk lace used for a beaded shawl you only wear on special occasions and a tiny skein from that first perfectly made baby sweater. Or perhaps it’s some precious handspun done from a roving so beautiful it took ages before you even considered splitting it.
While my favorite yarn remainders were on full display in a glass candy jar on my living room table, it seemed almost criminal not to put such beautiful yarn to a better, even more decorative use. Worked in Linen Stitch, these bracelets use scant grams of yarn and are a great way to show off one or more unique buttons (or necessitate a road trip, and/or web surfing expedition, to find the right ones).
Linen stitch seems to soften and tone down even the wildest colorways and bring out a yarn’s best. Try it with a few of your more crazy skeins (you know the ones that were so appealing at the time and were on sale but are now sitting in the bottom of your stash basket…).
Each of the three versions has slightly different design details – slipped st edging or not, worked horizontally or vertically, different types of attachment options – to produce different results, and to keep the knitting interesting. Cuffed is slightly more rustic looking. Retro was designed to be reminiscent of those 1970s vintage macramé bracelets, and I used a slipped st edge to replicate the over-stitched edgings typical to those styles. Framed is worked in the other direction, to change how the fabric lies.
Once you’ve tried the basic technique, experiment with your own variations!
To keep things simple, yarn requirements have been listed in
grams with a little extra added to accommodate differing knitting
styles. For these projects gauge isn’t very important as
all bracelets pictured here were worked on US 1 (2.25mm) needles
to achieve a woven, fabric-like, appearance. Given how firmly
these can knit up, metal needles are highly recommended. I don’t
want to be responsible for any broken Lantern Moons!
photos: Mary Story
Green version with carved wooden button:
Red and orange version with 2 square carved bone buttons:
shown in size M
Width: 1.25 inches
Length: 7.5 inches
Pink, purple, teal, gold green version with 3 diamond-shaped buttons:
Koigu Premium Merino [100% merino, 175yds/50g skein]; color: 117, 1 skein. Sample used about 12g of yarn.
Ella Rae Lace [100% Merino; 460 yds per 100g skein]; color: 106; 1 skein
Sample used about 9 grams of yarn.
shown in size M, 1.25 inch wide by 7.5 inches long
Note: matching exact gauge is unnecessary. Knit a firm fabric, using the needle size that works best with your chosen yarn.
To make a larger piece than specified, use a thicker yarn or cast on more stitches and work the piece longer. To make a smaller piece, use a finer yarn, or cast on fewer stitches and work the piece shorter. Remember that Linen St needs an odd number of stitches.
Linen Stitch (worked over an odd number of
Tip: Can’t remember which row you’re on? In Linen Stitch, the RS is smooth and the WS is bumpy.
Slipped Stitch Edge:
Using the cable cast-on method, cast on 25 stitches.
Row 1 [RS]: K.
Row 2 [WS]: Work Row 2 of the Linen Stitch pattern
Row 3: Work Row 1 of Linen Stitch.
Row 4: Work Row 2 of Linen Stitch.
Work Row 3 and 4 until piece measures .5 inch longer than wrist measurement, ending with Row 2 of the pattern.
K 1 row.
Sl 1 st over the other (1 st rem on right needle. 20 sts in total).
Bind off 6 sts. (14 sts rem). K next st onto right needle; work 3 inches of I-cord on these 2 sts. Sl 1 st over the other. (13 sts rem).
Bind off 6 sts. (7 sts) K next st onto right needle and work a 4-inch section of I-cord. Sl 1 st over the other (6 sts) and BO rem sts.
Using the cable cast-on method, cast on 11 sts.
Note: Linen stitch is worked on the 9 sts between slipped stitch edges, to create an elegant edge.
Setup row [RS]: Sl 1 knitwise, k9, p1.
Continuing with slipped stitch edge, work Rows 1 and 2 of Linen
Stitch until piece measures 1 inch longer
than wrist length, ending with
a Row 1.
Bind off 5 stitches.
st back onto left needle and bind
off all rem sts. (Pull the yarn
tight so that the 1-st strand forms a loop.)
Using straight needles, cast on 61[71, 81] stitches.
Work 5 rows in garter st.
Row 1 [WS]: K2, work row 1 of Linen Stitch to last
2 sts, k2.
Loop and buttonhole:
Work 5, [7, 9] more rows in patt as set, ending with a WS row.Work 5 rows in garter stitch. BO.
To wear: twist the loop multiple times and slip around button.
To wear: slip the loop through buttonhole and pull back towards buttons. Twist loop a few times and slip around button. If using multiple buttons, twist loop before each button.
|ABOUT THE DESIGNER|
Cat Wong lives a wonderfully
crazy life in British Columbia with her
husband and four kids. When she’s
not working on the family’s organic hazelnut farm, cooking
or cleaning something, she’s attempting to write the next
great Canadian novel. Knitting keeps her
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