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There are some things I prefer to do than others. I prefer to knit than to purl. I prefer Cable cast-on to Long-tail cast-on. I prefer to cable front than cable back. I prefer to knit through back loop than purl through back loop. And I prefer Right Twists to Left Twists. However we can't always do the things we prefer. This little dishcloth pattern has a few Right Twists and Left Twists scattered about. But I love the texture of the cloth, and think it shows up well with this variegated yarn. This is also the first time I've used Peaches & Creme yarn. My impression is that it is a smidgen softer than Sugar & Cream.
I wish the photo above was sharper; I'm not very good at taking photos of my knitting. I will admit that the cloth you see above is a bit sloppy. I will admit to intentionally knitting more loosely on the rows before a RT/LT row, because I know how unyielding cotton yarn is. But I got my act together after the first repeat and tried to knit with a relatively consistent tighter hand.
Stitches used in this cloth include:
Garter Stitch, BW1 pg 10
Wickerwork Pattern, BW2 pg 146
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Twist to the Left, Twist to the Right Dishcloth
© Pattern designed by S.M. Kahn, August 2006
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Using WW cotton yarn, and US7 (4.5mm) needles , CO 38 stitches.
Knit 5 rows border.
Row 1 (WS) : K3, P1, (K2, P2) 7 times, K2, P1, K3
Row 2 : K3, (K1, P1, RT, LT, P1, K1) 4 times, K3
Row 3 : K3, (P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1) 4 times, K3
Row 4 : K3, (K1, RT, P2, LT, K1) 4 times, K3
Row 5 : K3, P2, (K4, P4) 3 times, K4, P2, K3
Row 6 : K3, Knit across, K3
Row 7 : K3, P1, (K2, P2) 7 times, K2, P1, K3
Row 8 : K3, (LT, P1, K2, P1, RT) 4 times, K3
Row 9 : K3, (K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1) 4 times, K3
Row 10 : K3, (P1, Lt, K2, RT, P1) 4 times, K3
Row 11 : K3, K2, (P4, K4) 3 times, P4, K2, K3
Row 12 : K3, Knit across, K3
Repeat Rows 1-12 twice more.
Knit 4 rows border.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Bold sections indicate the main part of the pattern. Non-Bold parts are the border; you can substitute any other border you like.
RT (Right Twist) = K2Tog, leaving stitches on left-hand needle. Then insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted, and knit the first stitch again. Then slip both stitches from the needle.
LT (Left Twist) = With right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop (viz K1-B or K TBL). Then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches (the skipped stitch and the second stitch) and K2Tog-B.
Slip the first stitch of each row purlwise with yarn in front for a nice edge.
Yarn: Peaches & Creme, Peppercorn Ombre
Needles: 4.5mm - US7