Lacy Diamonds Dishcloth
One of my favorite lace cloths, this pattern is delicate in appearance, but still able to do the job. In my opinion, lace cloths dry quicker after use. An important consideration when your summers are humid.
After I came up with this dishcloth, I found that there are other Lacy Diamond Dishcloths available. I guess great minds think alike. In any event, this is my version.
Using the recommended needle size of 6, this pattern will make a cloth about 7 ½” by 7 ½”. You can have a larger cloth by using a larger needle. Note you will also require a bit more yardage.
Size 6 needles
45 yards of Worsted Weight Cotton
Cast on 31 stitches (Note: You can make a larger or smaller cloth by adding or subtracting stitches in multiples of 6.)
Knit 4 rows for bottom border.
Begin the Lacy Diamonds pattern. You will always be knitting the first 3 and last 3 stitches as a garter stitch border.
Lacy Diamonds Pattern:
Multiples of 6+1
1st row (right side): K3, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
2nd and every even row: K3, purl across to last 3 stitches, k3.
3rd row: K3, k2tog, *yo, k3, yo, [sl 1] twice, k1, p2sso; repeat from * to last 8 stitches, yo, k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k3.
5th row: K3, *k1, yo, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
7th row: K5, *yo, [sl 1] twice, k1, p2sso, yo, k3; repeat from * to last 8 sts, yo, [sl 1] twice, k1, p2sso, yo, k5.
8th row: K3, purl across to last 3 stitches, k3.
Repeat these 8 rows another 4 times.
Knit 5 rows and bind off loosely. (I used a size 10 needle to ensure this.)
Lightly block if desired.
A PDF file for this pattern can be downloaded here.
Copyright Nettie DiLorenzo 2009
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