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Falling Leaf Lace Dishcloth

May 5, 2008

What follows is my contribution to the vast dishcloth collection that already exists on the internet. I couldn’t help myself because the are so fun and quick and well I needed a little instant gratification.  PDF of this pattern is available here.

This dishcloth measures about 9.5 inches by 8.5 inches.

Materials: 1 ball of worsted weight dishcloth cotton. The sample is made with Sugar ‘n Cream.

Needles: Size 7

Cast on 39 stitches and work 3 rows in seed stitch (p1, K1). Start and end each row with a p1.

Each of the pattern rows that follow are written to begin and end with p1, k1, p1 to create the seed stitch border that runs up each side.

Falling Leaf Lace stitch pattern:

Multiple of 10 + 3 plus 6 stitches for border

1st row (right side): p1, k1, p1, K1, k2tog, k3, *yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3; rep from * to last 10 sts, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, p1, k1, p1.

2nd and every even row: p1, k1, Purl 35, k1, p1.

3rd row: p1, k1, p1, K1, k2tog, k2, *yo, k3, yo, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2; repeat from * to last 11 sts, yo, k3, yo, k2, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, p1, k1, p1.

5th row: p1, k1, p1, K1, k2tog, k1, *yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1; repeat from * to last 12 stitches, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, p1, k1, p1.

7th row: p1, k1, p1, K1, k2tog, yo, k7, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k7; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, p1, k1, p1.

____________This line is added to help you keep your place. ____________________________________

9th row: p1, k1, p1, K2, yo, k3, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k2, p1, k1, p1.

11th row: p1, k1, p1, K3, yo, k2, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k3, p1, k1, p1.

13th row: p1, k1, p1, K4, yo, k1, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k4, p1, k1, p1.

15th row: p1, k1, p1, K5, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k7; repeat from * to last 11 stitches, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k5, p1, k1, p1.

16th row: p1, k1, Purl 35, k1, p1.

Repeat these 16 rows.

For the purposes of this dish cloth you work the 16 rows twice . Work rows 1-8 of the lace pattern again. Work 3 rows p1, k1 (Seed stitch) for bottom border. Cast off and weave in ends.

Bind off and weave in ends.

As a variation, you can crochet a chain of about 12 stitches off of your last cast off stitch; fasten the end; and have a loop for hanging the cloth.

(A note about the stitch pattern. It is not mine but I did convert it a bit from one found in an old Harmony Guide published in England in 1983. )

Nettie

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