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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Twist to the Left, Twist to the Right

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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.

This dishcloth was my "car" project. I kept it in the car to work on while I waiting for my 17 mos little girl to finish napping. She is the baby than never naps. We've been in a painful transition from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day. And she resists taking nap, and boy is she ultra cranky/fussy when she doesn't nap. I'm afraid I have been using the car as a prop, to get her to nap; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

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
Smariek Knits -=<>=-

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


5 stitch(es):

Deborah said...

i love that you post your patterns... very thoughtful. nice dishcloth!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the pattern, and not just the pic of your creation! I'm just learning to knit, so I don't know how to interpret how to do it myself based on how it looks- I need patterns!
Your pic looks just fine by the way, but if you want a sharper picture, try laying it on a surface near a window for sunlight, and have your flash on, I find that works better with my digital camera when I take pictures of clothing items I've finished knitting.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for asking what people actually *use* their knitted dishcloths for (on the MonthlyDishcloths list)! I'd been wondering the same thing. :)

Suzann said...

Oh Marie, I just saw this dishcloth. I did a pair of socks using this pattern

I am with you, I do prefer right twists to left twists. I thought I would never get through them.
All your patterns are so so lovely

Claudia said...

I just found this pattern and I LOVE it!!!!! But instead of making a cloth out of it, I'd love to make a towel for either the kitchen or bathroom. If you were going to elongate this one into a towel, how much yarn would you use? You can send me a reply either through my blog or knit-wit at cox dot com.

thanks so much!!!!!