Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pebble dishcloth

Pebble-Stitch Cloth
Designed by: Cindy Bartorillo -
Rating: Easy ( Read the whole pattern before you begin and try the small sample if the directions seem unclear)

Materials: 1 ball of cotton yarn, 4.5mm needles

Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *K2tog. Repeat from * across to last stitch, K1.
Row 4: K1, *K1 in bar between this stitch and the next, k next stitch. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
Repeat these 4 rows for pattern.

This is a very easy pattern that makes a nice pebbly texture.
An interesting (and also very easy) variation is to do stripes of two different colors, working rows 1 & 2 with one and rows 3 & 4 with the other color. If the bar between this stitch and the next is unclear, here's an easy way to learn this stitch: make a Barbie-sized cloth in two colors ( I'll assume you've also never done 2 colors):

Cast on 6 stitches in a darkish color. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.
Starting the 3rd row, stick your right needle into the first stitch to knit it, but wrap a second, lighter color around the needle instead of the yarn you were using on the first two rows. Let the end of the darker color just hang there on the edge, as well as the short end of the new color. Finish that first stitch with the new lighter color. Continuing across with this color, knit the next 2 sts together, and the next 2. Then knit the last stitch and turn.
4th pattern row: Knit the first stitch. Now, hold the two needles slightly apart and you'll see the bar going across the top of the fabric between the stitch on the right needle and the next stitch on the left. It'll jump right out at you because it's in the light color. Stick your right needle under that stitch from the front to the back and wrap the yarn around it, just as if you were knitting normally. Pull the loop through as usual, but nothing, of course, gets removed from the left needle. Now you can knit the next stitch and start the whole process again.

When you finish the 4th row of the pattern, you'll be back at the edge where you started the new color. Drop the new color and pick the first color back up. When you're all done you can weave in the loose ends, and neaten the edge.

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