Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FLOATING BERRIES DISHCLOTH


This one is based on "Rasberries and Cream" from Barbara Walker's A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  My berries are floating in juice, not cream! The fabric tends to pull together, making a nice thick sturdy cloth. I have modified the original pattern to make a neater side edge. To prevent the top and bottom edges from flaring out I have used smaller-sized knitting needles and fewer stitches, but the berry stitch pattern can be worked on any multiple of 4 plus 1 stitches.

I used Knitpicks "Dishie" cotton yarn, but if you use a thicker yarn such as Peaches & Creme, go up in needle size to #6 and #8.


Cast 42 stitches on knitting needles #4.
Rows 1-4 with A: Slip 1 with yarn in front, yarn back, knit across.
Row 2 with A: Slip 1 with yarn in front, yarn back, knit 5, M1, *K6, M1. Repeat from *. Now you should have 49 stitches. 
Row 3 with A: Slip 1, purl to last stitch, slip 1.
Change to #6 knitting needles. 
Row 4 with B: K1, *slip 3 wyib, (k1, yo, k1) in next st; repeat from *, end slip 3 wyib, k1.
Row 5 with B: Slip1 wyif, *slip 3 wyif, k3, repeat from *, end slip 4. 
Row 6 with A: K1, *slip1-k2tog-psso, slip 3 wyib; repeat from *, end slip 1-k2tog-psso, k1. 
Row 7 with A: Slip 1 wyif, *(p1, yo, p1) in next st, slip 3 wyif; repeat from *, end (p1, yo, p1) in next st, slip1. 
Row 8 with B: K 1, *slip 3 wyib, p3; repeat from *, end slip 3 wyib, k1.
Row 9 with B: Slip 1 wyif, *slip 3 wyif, p3 tog; repeat from *, end slip 4 wyif.
Row 10 with A: Knit across.
Row 11 with A: Same as Row 3.
Row 12 with B:  K1, slip 1 wyib, k1, *slip 3 wyib, (k1, yo, k1) in next st; repeat from *, end slip 3 wyib, k1, slip 1 wyib, k1.
Row 13 with B: Slip 2 wyif, k1, *slip 3 wyif, k3, repeat from *, end k1, slip 2 wyif.
Row 14 with A:  K3, *slip1-k2tog-psso, slip 3 wyib; repeat from *, end slip 1-k2tog-psso, k3.
Row 15 with A: Slip 1 wyif, p2, *(p1, yo, p1) in next st, slip 3 wyif; repeat from *, end (p1, yo, p1) in next st, p2, slip1. 
Row 16 with B: K 1, slip 1 wyib, k1, *slip 3 wyib, p3; repeat from *, end slip 3 wyib, k1, slip 1 wyib, k1.
Row 17 with B: Slip 2 wyif, k1, *slip 3 wyif, p3 tog; repeat from *, end k1, slip 2 wyif.
Row 18 with A: Knit across.
Row 19 with A: Same as Row 3.
Repeat Rows 4-19 for pattern until cloth is square, and you have just finished Row 10. Change to #4 needles. Decrease row: Slip 1 wyif,* k5, k2tog, repeat from * (42 stitches). Repeat Rows 1-4 for border, bind off.


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