NEEDLES & KNITS
Tove was reading one of her Norwegian magazines and discovered this free pattern from a pattern booklet entitled TEMA 44 Kluter by Sandnes Garn. We thought we would share it with you as this pattern would make a nice hostess gift for all those Christmas parties and get togethers that happen in December.
This pattern was knit on 3 ¾ mm needles using 2 strands of Mandarin Petit. Use smaller needles for tighter weave if desired. The beauty of it is that it knits up in a few hours and you can watch tv while knitting it! There are just 4 simple rows. Add a nice bar of soap or liquid hand soap, tie with a pretty ribbon or put it in a nice gift bag, and you have a really nice hostess gift.
Size is approximately 25 X 25 cm or 10” X10”
19 sts = 10 cm
Cast on 47 sts with double strand or single strand cotton.
Row 1: k1, *p1 k1* repeat to 1 left, k1
Row 2: k1, * k over k, p over p* repeat to 1 st left, k1
Row 3 and 4: knit
Repeat these rows until dishcloth measures approx 25 cm (10”)
Cast off but leave 3 sts to do an i-cord for approx 10 cm . Cast of and fasten i-cord to dishcloth. Or just cast off all sts.
For matching tea towel, cast on 95 sts and follow the pattern for the dishcloth until approx 50 – 60 cm long.
Here is an idea that everyone loves! Homemade knitted dishcloths. With Christmas just around the corner we thought you might need a teacher's gift or a hostess gift...Just add ribbon and a nice smelling soap and you have a really thoughtful and useful gift.
Needles and Knits has some lovely colourful cotton yarns that can be used to knit dishcloths. There is Cascade Ultra Pima, Bamboo cotton and Berroco.
You can use a basketweave pattern or seed stitch pattern for the dishcloth or try one of these dishcloth patterns we made up. The beauty of knitting a dishcloth is that you can do it while watching tv and you can knit one up in an evening.
Cast on uneven number of stitches ie. we used 47 stitches
Row 1 - 3: Knit
Row 4: K 3 *K2, P2; repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, K4
Repeat row 4 until dishcloth measures 8 - 9 inches or is desired size.
Knit 3 rows.
Cast on uneven number of stitches. (we used 45 stitches)
Row 1: wrong side - K1, *P1, K5; repeat from* across to last 2 stitches. P1, K1.
Row 2: right side - K across
Repeat these 2 rows until dishcloth is approximately 10 X 10 or whatever size you desire.
End with Row 1.
P. S. Be sure to check out next month's blog as you are going to want to knit it for your special "little" someone. "Adorable" would be one word to describe it.
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