Eyelets and Ridges Cloth

Friday, September 21, 2007
I believe I have made it clear in other washcloth patterns how much I love a cloth with a bumpy side and a smooth side. This cloth fits that description very well - and it has some cute eyelets to add visual interest! The pattern is a modification of the Coral Knot Stitch from Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

Finished dimensions: approx. 8.5in (21cm) square
Gauge: Not important. I knit loosely, and like a bit of a drape. Remember that the cloth will shrink a bit in the first wash.

Materials:
1 skein Lily Sugar N Creme (100% Cotton) Colorway: Natural Ombre [2oz/56 g to 95yd/86m] - note, only about 1/2 the skein is used.
US 8 (5.0mm) needles
Darning needle

Instructions:
Cast on 34 stitches.
Knit all stitches for 4 rows.

Pattern row 1 (ws): K2 P30 K2
Pattern row 2: K3; K2tog 14 times; K3 (20 sts rem)
Pattern row 3: K3; (Lift and knit running thread between stitches on right and left needles WITHOUT twisting; K1) 14 times; K3
Pattern row 4: K34
Pattern row 5: K2 P30 K2
Pattern row 6: K2; K2tog 15times; K2 (19 sts rem)
Pattern row 7: K3; (lift and knit running thread between stitches on right & left needles WITHOUT twisting; K1) 15 times; K1
Pattern row 8: K34

Repeat these eight rows until square is just shy of square (approx .25in/.6cm), ending with either row 4 or row 8.

Knit all stitches for 4 rows.
Bind off all stitches.
Weave in ends.

4 comments:

  • Very nice pattern! It's "dense" enough to do the job yet the open stitches allow it to be rinsed out easily. Thank you!

  • Laura

    I'm a very inexperienced knitter, and maybe this stitch is too hard for me yet, but I love this look. Could you explain "lift and knit running thread between stitches on right & left needles WITHOUT twisting" for me?

  • KT

    Hi Laura -
    I think the easiest thing will be for you to take a look at the MIL (Make One Left) video at KnittingHelp.com: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases. However, you will knit through the front loop, not the back, so that the lifted strand isn't twisted. This makes your hole!

    If you're okay with a larger hole, a YO is acceptable - the eyelet created here makes a much firmer fabric.

  • Laura

    Thanks! It WAS much easier to watch it. I just finished my first dishcloth last night, so I'm going to try this one next. Thanks again.

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