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Extract from Sweet Knits • By Catherine Graham-Evans • Published by Bloomsbury

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Sweet Knits
These family favourites have a distinctive heart-shaped window to give a peek at the jammy centre. On the knit rows, work all the increases into the front and then the back of the stitch, and on the purl rows work into the back then the front of the stitch, except where the pattern tells you to cast on using the needle method. This is done by working as if you are knitting a stitch, but instead of pulling the stitch off the left needle, you leave the new stitch on the left needle.

I used 4 mm (US #6) needles and a DK yarn.

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  • Step 1

    Biscuit top (biscuit colour)
    Cast on 7 sts
    Row 1 – K
    Row 2 – P, inc 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 3 – K, inc 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 4 – P
    Row 5 – K, inc 1 st ea end (13 sts)
    Row 6 – P
    Row 7 – K1, M1, K5, cast off 1 st, K4, M1, K1 (14 sts)
    Row 8 – P5, P2 tog tbl (6 sts)
    Turn and work on these 6 sts as follows:
    Row 9 – K
    Row 10 – P4, P2 tog (5 sts)
    Row 11 – K
    Row 12 – P4, M1, P1 (6 sts)
    Turn, and cast on 5 more sts using the needle method. Cut the yarn but leave these sts on the needle as you will use them later.

    Rejoin the yarn to the 7 sts waiting on the other needle. Rejoin to the stitch on the centre edge, not the outside edge, so that you are ready to purl the sts. Continue working on just these 7 sts as follows:
    Row 8a – P2 tog, P5 (6 sts)
    Row 9a – K
    Row 10a – P2 tog, P4 (5 sts)
    Row 11a – K
    Row 12a – P1, M1, P4 (6 sts)
    Row 13 – Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4, continuing on to the other sts waiting on the needle, tying off the loose end as you go: K1, K3tog, K to last 2 sts, K2 tog (13 sts)
    Row 14 – P
    Row 15 – K, dec 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 16 – P
    Row 17 – K, dec 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 18 – P, dec 1 st ea end (7 sts)
    Cast off.

  • Step 2

    Biscuit base (biscuit colour)
    Cast on 7 sts
    Row 1 – K
    Row 2 – P, inc 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 3 – K, inc 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 4 – P
    Row 5 – K, inc 1 st ea end (13 sts)
    Row 6 – P
    Row 7 – K, inc 1 st ea end (15 sts)
    Rows 8–12 – Work a further 5 rows in st st
    Row 13 – K, dec 1 st ea end (13 sts)
    Row 14 – P
    Row 15 – K, dec 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 16 – P
    Row 17 – K, dec 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 18 – P, dec 1 st ea end (7 sts)
    Cast off.

  • Step 3

    Jammy centre (bright red)
    Cast on 7 sts
    Row 1 – K
    Row 2 – K, inc 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 3 – K
    Row 4 – K, inc 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 5 – K
    Row 6 – K, inc 1 st ea end (13 sts)
    Row 7 – K
    Row 8 – K, inc 1 st ea end (15 sts)
    Row 9 – K 9 rows
    Row 16 – K, dec 1 st ea end (13 sts)
    Row 17 – K
    Row 18 – K, dec 1 st ea end (11 sts)
    Row 19 – K
    Row 20 – K, dec 1 st ea end (9 sts)
    Row 21 – K
    Row 22 – K, dec 1 st ea end (7 sts)
    Cast off.

  • Step 4

    To make up
    You may need to pull the rings into shape to make them good circles, then block them. Put all three layers together with the right sides on the outside. Using a length of biscuit-colour yarn, sew a circle just inside the edge with stem stitch, sewing through all three layers, creating a slightly raised edge around the biscuit.
    Using the same colour yarn, oversew the edges of the heart-shaped hole. There is no need to go through all three layers here, you can just sew it down to the red filling.

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