Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Knit a Round Purple Dish Cloth


Over 10 years ago a friend brought me a pattern for a round, knitted dish cloth, and challenged me to figure it out.  I was already love to the idea of knitted dish clothes so I accepted the challenge.  It took me a while to figure out what the pattern was trying to get me to do.  When the first one was done, it was lovely and I started to make them exclusively.  This pattern is an easy pattern, that works from the center to the outer edge and a seam is sewn to close the circle. Since I already had purple 100% cotton worsted weight yarn, this one will be purple.    So onward to knitting a lovely purple dish cloth.


Supplies:
30 gr. 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
Size 7 knitting needles
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k – knit
co – cast on
bo – bind off
T – turn
k1f&b – knit one front and back (a form or increase, you end up with 2 stitches from the one stitch)
R – right needle
L– left needle
st – stitch

 
Co 15 st, T, leave a 3 inch tail.

*Row 1 – k15 (from now on all odd numbered rows will be knitting all stitches to the end of the needle), T
Row 2 – k1, k1f&b, k12 (R15, L1 or in other words, your left needle will have 1 st on it and, your right needle will have 15 st on it) T
Row 3 – k15, T

Row4 – k1, k1f&b, k12 (L2, R15) T
Row 5 – k15, T

Row 6 – k1, k1f&b, k12 (L3, R15) T
Row 7 – k15, T
Row 8 – bo3, k1f&b, k9 (L4, R12) T
Row 9 – k12, T
Row 10 – k1, k1f&b, k9 (L5, R12) T
Row 11 – k 12, T
Row 12 – k1, k1f&b, k9 (L6, R12) T
Row 13 – k12, T
Row 14 – bo3, k1f&b, k6 (L7, R 9)T
Row 15 – k9, T
Row 16 – k1, k1f&b, k6 (L8, R 9) T
Row 17 – K9, T
Row 18 – k1, k1f&b, k6 (L9, R 9) T
Row 19 – k9, T
Row 20 – bo3, k14, T*
This is the end of the first section.  Repeat from *-* 6 more times (a total of 7 sections).

Last row – Instead of knitting back the last row, bind off all 15 stitches and leave a long tail.

Thread the long tail into the yarn needle and whip stitch the open edges together, closing up the circle.  Weave the yarn tail in and out around the hole in the center and pull it tight to close the hole.  Tie, what is left of the long tail, to the little tail left from the casting on.  Weave the ends into the knitting to hide them.  Cut off any extra. 

These dish cloths wear well and make great gifts.  Some people have found them so lovely that they treated them like a doily.  Enjoy