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European styling comfy and smart

European styling is evident in an updated, versatile cardigan you will be able to wear year-round. Roomy and easygoing, with the simplest of shapes, this bolero-look sweater features an easy cable and seed stitch pattern. Three-quarter-length sleeves, a wide, rounded neckline and ribbings bordering all edges add up to an unusual, stylish design.

A sport-weight, 100 percent cotton yarn is used with a gauge in seed stitch of 5{ stitches per inch. Easy-to-follow directions are written for small, medium and large sizes.

To obtain directions for making the Bolero Sweater, send your request for Leaflet No. Z-020292 with $2 and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Pat Trexler Crafts, Dept. 123200, P.O. Box 419148, Kansas City, Mo. 64141.

Or you may order Kit No. K-020292 by sending a check or money order for $44.95. Kit price includes shipping charges, full instructions and your choice of the following colors: periwinkle, off-white or sea-foam green.

Or call toll-free (800) 255-6734 to place your kit order.

Tip for "plain knitters'

Many people love to work in pattern stitches, while others prefer stockinette stitch or what they often refer to as "plain knitting."

Personally, I usually have at least two projects (often more) going at once. While I really enjoy the fascination and creativity of pattern stitchery more, there are times when I just want to relax and not think at all.

Today's pointer is really more for the "plain knitters" who often think they must follow the pattern row by row and stitch by stitch. Most who do a lot of pattern stitchery have learned instinctively to "read" the stitches. In other words, they can recognize from the next stitch or group of stitches what is to be done next.

This is not a difficult technique to learn. The first step is to learn what is meant by "working the stitches as they appear," a phrase used in some instructions in place of having every row written out fully.

A good example of this is the knitted basketweave stitch. I am using it because it is a good one to illustrate the point I am making.

In these instructions, when you are told to "work stitches as they appear," it means that you will purl when the next stitch on the left needle appears as a purl and you will knit when the next stitch appears as a knit stitch.

Once the pattern is established, it is very easy to do. To try it for yourself using worsted-weight yarn and size 9 needles, cast on 20 stitches or any multiple of 6 plus 2.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Row 3: (A) Knit 2, (B) purl 4, (C) knit 2. Repeat Steps B and C across row.

Rows 4, 5 and 6: Work all stitches as they appear.

To explain again, when you complete Row 3 and turn to the other side of your work for Row 4, you will see that the 2 stitches you knitted on Row 3 now appear as 2 purl stitches, so you will purl them; the next 4 appear as knit stitches, so knit them. Continue across the row in this way.

When you turn to start Row 5, you will see that it starts with 2 knit stitches and is exactly like Row 3 all the way across.

Rows 7 and 8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Row 9: (A) Purl 3; (B) knit 2; (C) purl 4. Repeat Steps B and C, ending last repeat with purl 3 instead of purl 4.

Rows 10, 11 and 12: Work all stitches as they appear. Repeat these 12 rows for the desired length or until you are comfortable with the pattern.

If every stitch on every row was listed, this would appear to be a more involved pattern than it is. Done as above, it is easy for you to see that only Rows 3 and 9 will require any counting of stitches, and you will probably find that even these will not require that after you have done a few repeats of the 12 rows. When this occurs, you will have learned how to "read" the stitches, too.