Friday, October 16, 2009
Summer craft - waffle dishcloth
I always know when summer is approaching, as I do more undercover projects to get out of the sun. It wasn't long before I put my new basket to work either, to hold my waffle dishcloth knitting. It was sprawled all over the table before and very messy. Now I can move it to the table (or from it) very quickly.
The waffle dishcloth must be the most done to death knitted cloth project around - and why not - it's a great design!
I found the original pattern on Deb's Homespun Living page didn't work with 4 ply cotton very well. I could only find 4 ply at my local Spotlight store, so I set to work experimenting with the original pattern.
I did a very minute change, which I will bold, but it just requires a few extra stitches and a change in needle sizes. Trying to do the original pattern with 4 ply and the 4.25 needles, gave my wrists terrible cramps. Save your wrists and use smaller needles if you're going to be using smaller than 8 ply cotton.
I loved the avocado coloured cotton and have other colours to experiment with also. These are my first two dishcloths which I hope to add to.
Waffle Knit Dishcloth
from Homespun Living
Materials: 1 ball 4ply cotton yarn; additional yarn for colored stripe, if desired.
Size 9 needles
Cast on 44 stitches.
Knit 3 rows for border.
Row 1: (right side): Knit.
Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3.
Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 12 times, p 2, k 3.
Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 12 times, k 5.
Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color.
Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times.
Knit last 4 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.