Lion Brand« Lion® Cotton
12 sts x 22 rows (11 ridges) = 4 in [10 cm] in garter stitch When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size
specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be
sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what
the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person.
If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller
size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch
Potholder is worked with 3 strands of yarn held together throughout. To use one ball, re-roll yarn into three separate balls. (If you hare making more than one potholder, you may find it easier to use three balls of Lion Cotton and eliminate the need for re-rolling.) Two balls will make at least 3 potholders.
With three strands of yarn held together, cast on 1 stitch.
Row 1 K
Row 2 Knit in front and back of both stitches. You now have
2 stitches on your needle!
Note: Knitting twice into a stitch (once in front and once in
back) of a stitch is a way to do an increase.
- Knit into the front loop of the next stitch on your
left-hand needle as you would normally, pull the loop of the
new stitch through but don't remove the stitch from the left
- Then knit into the back loop of the same stitch so you have
- Finally, slide the original stitch off the left needle.
Row 3 K
Row 4 Knit in front and back of first stitch, knit to last
stitch, knit in front and back of last stitch. You now have 4
stitches on your needle!
Rows 5-28 Odd numbered Rows, knit
Rows 5-28 Even-numbered rows rep row 4. On rows 28,
there are 28 stitches on the needle
Rows 29-35 K
Row 36 Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the
slipped stitch over. This is a decrease and is abbreviated
'sl1, k1, psso'. Knit to the end of the row -- you now have
27 stitches on your needle.
Row 37 Rep row 36 -- 26 sts
Row 38 sl1, k1, psso, K until there are 12 stitches on your
needle. Slide these stitches onto a stitch holder.
TOP LEFT SIDE
Knit the remaining 13 stitches.
Row 39-43 sl1, k1, psso, K to end of row. On
row 43, you'll have 8 stitches. Bind off, weave in the end
of the yarn.
TOP RIGHT SIDE
Slide the 12 stitches that are on the holder onto your
Row 39 K (12 sts)
40-43 sl1, k1, psso, K to end of row. On row 43, you'll have
8 stitches. Bind off, weave in the ends of the yarn.