This charming stitch pattern is based on the Portcullis Stitch from Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It makes a cloth which is dense, nubby, sturdy, keeps its shape, and lies flat- in short, it resembles crochet.
I worked hard to find a knitted bind-off method that would resemble the cast on edge. It's rather fiddly, and wasn't entirely successful. Of course, you can always bind off in the usual way. I really think this cloth would look best with a crocheted bindoff. Anyone out there want to invent a good one?
SIZE: About 8 inches diameter
MATERIALS: Two balls of Knitpicks Dishie cotton in colors A and B, and knitting needles #4. If you prefer to use a thicker cotton yarn such as Peaches & Creme, I would go up to #6 needles and down to 41 stitches.
Cast on 53 stitches (or any multiple of 4 plus 1).
Row 1 with A: Purl
Row 2 with A: K2 tog, *(k1, yo, k1) in the same stitch, (slip1, k2tog, psso), repeat from *, end (k1, yo, k1) in the same stitch, ssk.
Row 3 with B: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4 with B: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat these four rows until cloth is square and you have just finished Row 2 with A.
Bindoff prep row (with A): P2tog, *Purl in the front, back, and front of next stitch, (P2 tog but return this stitch to the LH needle, slip the second stitch over the one you just returned, then slip the stitch back to the RH needle), repeat from *, end P2tog.
Bind off with A as follows: Knit 2, BO 1, k1, BO 1, *K2tog, BO1, (k1, BO1) twice, repeat from *end k1, BO 1, k2tog, BO 1.
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