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Shell-Work Wristlets

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Shellwork wristlet stitch pattern from Home Work, published in 1891

In Words

Abbreviations

K = knit
P = purl
Yo = yarn over
K2tog = knit two together

Pattern

The wristlets are knit in the round.

Cast on a number of stitches that can be evenly divided by 9. The number you use will depend on your chosen yarn, needles and the size of your wrists. The original pattern calls for 81 sts with very fine thread/yarn on small needles.

Join for knitting in the round.

R1 (RS): *p2, k1, yo, k4, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round
R2: *p2, k2, yo, k3, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round
R3: *p2, k3, yo, k2, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round
R4: *p2, k4, yo, k1, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round
R5: *p2, k5, yo, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round

Repeat these 5 rounds until your wristlets are the desired length. Cast off and darn in the ends.

Charted

The wristlets are knit in the round

Cast on a number of stitches that can be evenly divided by 9. The number you use will depend on your chosen yarn, needles and the size of your wrists. The original pattern calls for 81 sts with very fine thread/yarn on small needles.

Join for knitting in the round.

Chart for knitting shell work wristlets

Repeat these 5 rounds until your wristlets are the desired length. Cast off and darn in the ends.

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