Tuesday, December 30, 2008
springtime dish cloth
Springtime DishCloth Pattern
Fireflys Spring Time Hand Knit Dish ClothI made this pretty hand knit washcloth / dishcloth from a sturdy worsted weight cotton in a pretty and bright early spring green color.
The primary pattern stitch is the twisted purl from Barbara Walker's "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns". I love the twisted purl stitch, because it is a truly reversible pattern. It doesn't look the same on both sides, but the reverse side is quite attractive; it is a perfect stitch for scarfs and dish cloths for that reason. It is a very enjoyable stitch to work, so I recommend it for all of these reasons.
The finished size is 10 1/4"; the guage is 4 1/2 stitches to the inch; I used approximately 120 yards on this cloth.
* 1 hank Fantasy Naturale, 100% Mercerized Cotton from Plymouth Yarn in color number 8011 (or similar worsted weight cotton yarn)
* U.S. Size 8 16" or 29" circular needle (or straight needles if you prefer)
* Tapestry needle
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Cast on 60 stitches.
Knit first four rows.
Rows 1 and 3: Knit across row, turn.
Row 2: K3, *P2 tog without slipping stitches from needle, then purl the first stitch again, then slip both stitches from the needle together*; repeat from * to * across row to within last three stitches; K3; turn.
Row 4: K3, P1, *repeat from * to * as per Row 2 across row to within last 4 stitches*; P1, K3, turn.
Repeat Pattern Rows 1 through 4 until entire piece measures 9 3/4".
Knit last four rows.
Cast off; break off leaving a few inches to weave tail into fabric.
Using tapestry needle, weave tails of yarn at beginning and end of piece carefully into the fabric. Trim.
You might want to block this cloth, because the pattern stitch rows tend to be looser than the border stitches on both sides, and might tend to be tighter than the border rows at the top and bottom.
If you can't bear to use this cloth to wash dishes with, you might consider using it as a pillow top. I most likely will