Friday, July 20, 2012

BUBBLE BOBBLE DISHCLOTH


This delightful stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of KnittingPatterns makes a charming and unconventional dishcloth. I have modified the pattern to close the large holes that result from making the bobbles. If you use a multicolored yarn the bobbles seem to enlarge and stretch out the colors like a magnifying glass!

I wrote this pattern for Knitpicks cotton yarn “Dishie”. If you prefer to use one of the thicker yarns such as Peaches & Crème I would go up to a #6 needle, and reduce the stitches to 33.

If you find it cumbersome to turn your work multiple times to make the bobbles, this dishcloth is the perfect vehicle to teach yourself the technique called “knitting back backwards”. You can find a good tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24jrEt7xX2s

SIZE:  About 8 inches diameter

MATERIALS:  One ball of Knitpicks Dishie cotton, and knitting needles #4

Cast on 43 stitches.

Rows 1-4: With yarn in front, slip one stitch to the right hand needle as if to purl (S1wyif), yarn back, knit across.
Rows 5 and 7: Slip one as before, k2, purl to last three stitches, k3.
Row 6: Same as rows 1-4.

Row 8: S1, k8, *(turn, p5, turn, k5) 3 times, pick up two stitches along the left side of the bobble and place them on the left hand needle, then k3tog, k9, repeat from * end k3.
Row 9: S1, k2, p6, *pick up two stitches along the side of the bobble and place them on the left hand needle, then p3tog, p 9, repeat from *, end k3.
Row 10: Repeat Row 1.
Row 11: Repeat Row 5.
Row 12: S1, k13, *(turn, p5, turn, k5 turn) 3 times, pick up two stitches along the left side of the bobble and place them on the left hand needle, then k3tog, k9, turn, repeat from * end k8.
Row 13: S1, k2, p11, *pick up two stitches along the side of the bobble and place them on the left hand needle, then p3tog, p 9, repeat from *, end p5, k3.
Row 14: Repeat Row 1.
Row 15: Repeat Row 5.

Repeat Rows 8-15 for pattern. End with Row 11, then repeat Rows 1-4 for border. Bind off.

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