As I mentioned in my last Happy thoughts, I love to to knit. Over the years, I've knitted a range of different things, including a big stack of kitchen cloths, using yarn bought in the sales or left-over thread from other knitting projects. I've kept the patterns really simple, using a combination of knit and purl stitches to create interesting textures.
While the cloths in the basket above don't have a crochet trim, I recommend adding this trim, as it keeps the cloths from getting stretched when you wring them out and in the washing machine. The trim also looks very pretty!
I knit on a circular needle whenever I can, as it's a lot lighter and easier to maneuver than straight needles.
Here's how to make your own cute and useful kitchen cloths:
Approx. 25 x 25 cm
Yarn - approx. 50 grams of 100 % cotton yarn (machine washable on 60 degrees celsius) with tension of 28 sts/10 cm on needles 2,5 mm
Alternatively, use a thicker yarn and cast on fewer sts
2,5 mm medium length circular knitting needle
2,5 mm crochet hook
Cast on 87 sts and k all sts for a total of 12 rows. Continue in pattern as follows:
Row 13: k6, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 6 sts, end k6.
Row 14: k6; k the knit sts and p the pearl sts to last 6 sts, end k6
Row 15: Repeat row 13.
Row 16: k6, *p3, k3; rep from * to last 6 sts, end k6.
Row 17: k6; k the knit sts and p the pearl sts to last 6 sts, end k6
Row 18: Repeat row 16.
Repeat these last six rows until your work measures as much in the height as in the width, when subtracting the initail 12 knit rows. End the pattern after the 3. or 6. row. K all sts on 12 rows. Cast off a bit loosely. Don't cut the thread! Use the last stitch as the starting point for making the crochet trim.
Round 1: Crochet one double crochet in each st at the top and the bottom of the square, and in every other row on each size. In each corner, crochet two double crochet in the corner stitch. End the row by joining the first st with 1 slip stitch.
Round 2: Crochet 3 chain sts, then 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch, jump over 1 double stitch in the work, and crochet 1 double crochet. In the corners, don't skip the double crochet.
Repeat around the cloth. Once you have made the scalloped edge all the way around, join the first st on the row with a chain stitch, cut the thread and pull the thread through the stitch. Sew in the end.
Experiment with different patterns, for instance smaller squares over 2 sts x 2 rows or bigger squares over 4 sts x 4 rows. In the cloth above, I'm knitting tall thin squares over 1 st and 3 rows.
These cloths make great gifts: Knit two in matching colours and tie together with a pretty ribbon.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the instructions! While I can easily follow an English knitting pattern (and have proofread quite a few English Dalegarn patterns back in the day), I'm not well versed in English crochet terminology.