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ColourSpun in Stitches – Knit Aster Stitch

ColourSpun in Stitches - Knit Aster Stitch

Such a pretty, summery stitch that looks a lot more complicated than it is. Worked over a multiple of 6 stitches +1 and 9 rows, the stitch resembles flowers framed by garter stitch. Perfect for throws, scarves, shawls it also makes an interesting border on a plain cardigan or pullover.

Knit here in ColourSpun Pure Cotton DK on 4mm knitting needles, it works just as well with any weight yarn. Worked in one colour it creates interesting texture but using 2 will show up the flower pattern beautifully. I used a plain colour for the garter stitch rows and a multi-dyed Unique for the flowers.

You will need

ColourSpun yarn of your choice in at least 2 colours – background (1) and flowers (2) Needles to suit your yarn

Abbreviations

  • C/on cast on
  • C/off cast off
  • K knit
  • K2tog knit the next 2 stitches together
  • L left hand
  • P5tog purl the next 5 stitches together
  • R right hand
  • Sl Slip the next stitch/es
  • St/s stitch/es
  • WS wrong side
  • YO yarn over

Instructions

Using COLOUR 1, c/on a multiple of 6 sts + 1

Row 1: Knit (WS)

Row 2:  Join COLOUR 2: Sl1; [(wrapping yarn around needle twice, K1) x 5; Sl1] to end

Row 3: Sl1; (Sl5 to R needle, dropping extra wraps; Sl5 back to L needle; P5tog, keep on needle; YO;  P5tog, keep on needle; YO; P5tog; Sl1) to end

Row 4: COLOUR 1: K1; (K5; insert L needle under strand at back of work, K2tog) to last 6 sts; K6

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: COLOUR 2: Sl4; [(wrapping yarn around needle twice, K1) x 5; Sl1] to last 3 sts; Sl3

Row 7: SL4; (Sl5 to R needle, dropping extra wraps; Sl5 back to L needle; P5tog, keep on needle; YO; P5tog, keep on needle; YO; P5tog; Sl1) to last 3 sts; sl3

Row 8: COLOUR 1: K3; insert L needle under strand at back of work, K2tog; (K5; insert L needle under strand at back of work, K2tog) to last 3 sts; K3

Row 9: Knit

Repeat Rows 2-9 until you reach your required length. C/off

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