Using 5.5mm knitting needles cast on 73 sts.
1st row; k2, *p1, k1, rep from * to last st, k1
2nd row: k1, *p1, k1, rep from 8 to end
Rep 1st and 2nd rows 6 times… 14 rows of rib in all.
Work in stocking st until work measures 14cm from beg, ending with a purl row.
1st row: k1, *k2tog, k10, rep from * to end…. 67sts
2nd row and every alt row: purl
3rd row: k1, *k2tog, k9, rep from * to end… 61 sts
5th row: k1, *k2tog, k8, rep from * to end… 55sts
Cont decreasing in this manner (working one st less between decrease each time) in alt rows until 25 sts remain.
Next row: p1, (p2tog) 12 times… 13sts.
Break off yarn, run the end through the remaining sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely. To make up Do not press… Using back st join seam.
Using 5.5mm needles, cast on 20sts.
Knit 3 rows of garter st (1st row is wrong side).
4th row: knit
5th row: k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep 4th and 5th rows until work measures 145 cm (or length required) from beg, ending with a 4th row. Knit 3 rows of garter st. Cast off loosely knit ways.