Linked Bullion Photo Tutorial

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Abbreviations & Special Stitches

By Donna Kay Lacey

This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of working and joining a linked bullion. First, I will give you the written description. Then, I will break it down in steps. Feel free to message me on Ravlery (donkyl06) with any questions you may have.

Supplies: Yarn (I used worsted cotton) Hook that is appropriate to your yarn choice (I used an “I”) Yarn needle Scissors

Abbreviations and Special Stitches:

Bullion (BN#) – Yo amount indicated by number following “BN” insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through all but last loop on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops to close.

Linked Bullion (LBN) – Yo 4 times, insert hook in the 5th wrap from the base of the previous BN, pulling it over in line with the wraps you are currently making , yo 5 times, insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 11 loops on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops to close.

Joining Linked Bullion (JLBN) – Yo 4 times, insert hook in the 5th wrap from the base of the previous BN, yo 5 times, insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 6 loops, carefully remove last loop from hook, insert hook into the 6th loop (from the base) of the first BN, place loop back on hook, pull through loop and through next 5 loops on hook, yo, pull through final 2 loops to close.

Let’s begin~

Form an adjustable loop, ch 1, work 10 sc in loop, sl st to be sc to join, pull tail to tighten.

Now, you will ch 3 and work a BN10. NOTE – when you draw through all the loops on your hook, do not draw through the last one. Instead, leave it on the hook, yo, and then draw through the final 2 loops. This forms a nicer edge on the top of your bullions.

This photo shows that last loop still on the hook.

Now we have made the yo and pulled through those 2 remaining loops on hook. First BN10 completed.

Now, we are ready to start our first linked bullion.

yo 4 times

insert hook in the 5th wrap from the base of the previous BN, pulling it over in line with the wraps you are currently making

yo 5 more times, insert hook into stitch indicated. You will be working this linked bullion into the same st as the beginning BN10.

yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 11 loops on hook (this will be all the loops except the last one)

yo, pull through 2 loops to close.

Now you are ready to start your next linked bullion. Since you have 2 bullions in the first st of your base round, this LBN will be worked into the next st on your base rnd.

Yo 4 times, insert hook in the 5th wrap from the base of the previous BN, pulling it over in line with the wraps you are currently making.

NOTE – the 5th wrap of the previous bullion is the loop just below the last ‘linked’ stitch. These ‘links’ are what will form the line that you see going around the middle of the bullions in the beginning photo so you want them to be consistent. For ease of counting those loops each time, just remember, if you look at the previous LBN, and insert your hook through the next wrap under the link, you will be in the right loop each time.

yo 5 times, insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 11 loops on hook

yo, pull through 2 loops to close. You now have your beginning bullion and 2 linked bullions.

Continue around in this fashion, working 2 LBN in each st of the base rnd. STOP when you get to the 19th LBN (includes the beginning BN10 in this count) so that we can prepare to join.

Now, you should have 19 LBNs on your base (including the beginning BN10)

We are ready to begin our linked bullion join.

You will start out the same as the linked bullion…

Yo 4 times, insert hook in the 5th wrap from the base of the previous BN, yo 5 times, insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop

yo, pull through 6 loops,

As you begin your draw through, you will only be pulling through the first 6 loops on your hook. These 6 loops end just before the previous ‘linked’ stitch.

carefully remove last loop from hook,

insert hook into the 6th loop (from the base) of the first BN, This is the loop just above the linked stitch of the first bullion. Insert your hook into this loop from top to bottom… in other words from the outer edge of the work, down toward the base.

place loop back on hook

Pull the loop you just place back on your hook under the loop you picked up from the first BN10 NOTE – I have to use my finger to ‘flick’ this stich over.

Then (in the next photo) it will continue on through all but the last loop on your hook.

and through next 5 loops on hook,

yo, pull through final 2 loops to close JLBN.

Sl st to beg BN10 to complete (see 1st photo)

© Copyright August 2012, by Donna Kay Lacey, all rights reserved. This pattern may not be reproduced – mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying — without the written permission of Donna Kay Lacey. Projects made from this pattern may be gifted, swapped or sold. If you use this pattern to sell items on the internet, kindly credit Donna Kay Lacey as the designer.

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