Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows = 1” in stockinette in larger needles
Tools: #9 – 5.5 mm DPNs and #10 – 6 mm circular needles 20-24” , #10 straight needles 9-14”
Stitch Markers: 1-3 removable markers
Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Super Size 100% Cotton #4 Weight – 2 balls (about 250 yds)
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Size: One size (25 1/2″ x 14″)
Instructions: (Starting from bottom of bag)
Round 1: With one DPN in left hand, thumb cast on 12 sts. With 2nd DPN K4, with 3rd DPN K4, with 4th DPN K4, join in the round and place marker on 1st st. Move up marker every few rounds. (12 sts)
Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit only (12 sts)
Round 3: *K1, YO* for a total of 12 times (24 sts)
Round 5: *K2, YO* for a total of 12 times (36 sts)
Round 7: *K3, YO* for a total of 12 times (48 sts)
Round 9: *K4, YO* for a total of 12 times (60 sts)
Round 11: *K5, YO* for a total of 12 times (72 sts)
Round 13: *K6, YO* for a total of 12 times (84sts)
Round 15: *K7, YO* for a total of 12 times (96 sts)
Switch to Circular Needles
Round 17: *SSK, K6, YO* for a total of 12 times (96 sts)
Round 18: Knit only (96 sts)
Repeat Round 17 and 18 for 12” from cast on
Next 3 Rounds: Stockinette, Knit only
Set up Round: K48 sts, Leave on Circular Needles to just sit there until the handle is finished.
Knit side (RS): Use the straight needles Sl, K47, turn
Put stitch marker at st #24 to help you know where strap started.
On purl side Row (WS): Sl 1, P to end, turn
Next Row (RS): *Sl 1, SSK twice, K to last 5 sts, K2tog twice, K1, turn (You have decreased 4 sts)
Next Row (WS): Sl 1, P to end, turn
Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 16 sts remaining.
Next Round (RS): Sl 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1, turn
Purl Round (WS): Sl 1, P to end.
Repeat the last 2 rows 2 more times until you have 10 sts
Continue the length of the strap until you reach about 23-24” of strap.
Use stitch marker or a little bit after last eyelet to measure.
Increase Row: Sl 1, Kfb, K to last 3 sts. Kfb, K2, turn. (You have increased 2 sts)
Next Row: Sl 1, P to end, turn
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 16 sts.
Next Row (RS): Sl 1, Kfb twice, K to last 4 sts, Kfb twice, K2, turn. (You have increased 4 sts)
Next Row (WS): Sl 1, Purl to end
Repeat the last 2 rows until you are back to 48 sts.
Kitchener sts together with live sts on circular needles. Secure with a good knot. Cinch up the bottom from the inside securing ends with a knot. Weave in ends.
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