19 August 2013

The Noughts and Crosses Dishcloth


This is a lovely dishcloth to knit and to use. The in and out cable pattern looks complicated but it is very simple and a good project for a new knitter to learn how to make cables.

I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton to knit this one, on 4mm needles.

This design also makes a lovely face washer. To use them as face washers I like to use bamboo yarn, it is so very soft, and just beautiful to knit with.

Noughts and Crosses Dishcloth


You will need:
4mm knitting needles
1 cable needle
Cotton knitting yarn (example is Bernat Handicrafter cotton)

Notes:
MB:  Begin and end each row of the pattern block with 4 knit stitches. This will give you a garter stitch border around the pattern.

C4B: Slip two stitches onto the cable needle and hold it at the back of your work. Knit two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.

C4F: Slip two stitches onto the cable needle and hold it to the front of your work. Knit two stitches and then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.

Bernat Handicrafter cotton is available online (I buy mine from Yarn Over).

Spotlight and Lincraft both stock bamboo yarns, as do most independent wool stores, or it is available online.

Instructions:
Cast on 35 stitches.

Knit six rows.

Pattern:
Row 1.   MB, K11, P1, K3, P1, K11, MB
Row 2.   MB, P8, K1, P1 (K3, P1) x 2, K1, P8, MB
Row 3.   MB, C4B, C4F, (K3, P1) x 2, K3, C4B, C4F, MB
Row 4.   As row 2.
Row 5.   As row 3.
Row 6.   As row 2.
Row 7.   As row 3.
Row 8.   As row 2.
Row 9.   As row 1.
Row 10. As row 2.
Row 11.  MB, C4F, C4B, (K3, P1) x 2, K3, C4F, C4B, MB.
Row 12.  As row 2.
Row 13.  As row 1.
Row 14.  As row 2.
Row 15.  As row 11.
Row 16.  As row 2.

Repeat these 16 rows once.

Knit 6 rows.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.

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