When I saw some gorgeous knitted cloths on Retromummy a few weeks back, I just knew I had to make some.
I followed her link to the pattern "The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern" found here on the Simply Notable blog, ordered some worsted cotton yarn & when it arrived yesterday got straight to knitting. I have been knitting for just shy of 50 years, & found I wanted to clarify the pattern as it's quite brief. After reading through all the comments, which helped with my questions, I decided to write a more detailed pattern.
These cloths are quick to knit up & I'm finding it quite addictive watching the circular shape grow. If you are new to knitting, or like me, just "need to know" as much detail as possible, I hope you find the extended pattern helpful. I have included some pictures which I hope you find useful to clarify some of the terms & steps.
1 pair knitting needles 5mm (U.S. size 8 / Imperial size 6)
Cotton yarn - I used Lily Sugar n Cream (1 57g/20z ball enough for 2 cloths)
1 needle big enough for cotton thread to sew up cloth
Cast on 14 stitches
Knit 1 row
1. Knit 4 stitches, *yarn over * (see hint), knit 8 stitches, leaving 2 stitches at end of row unknitted
2. Turn & knit back (you now have 15 stitches in total)
3. Knit 4 stitches, yarn over, knit 7 stitches, leaving 4 stitches at end of row unknitted
4. Turn & knit back (you now have 16 stitches)
5. Knit 4 stitches, yarn over, knit 6 stitches, leaving 6 stitches at end of row unknitted
6. Turn & knit back (you now have 17 stitches)
7. Knit 4 stitches, yarn over, knit 5 stitches, leaving 8 stitches at end of row unknitted
8. Turn & knit back (you now have 18 stitches)
9. Cast off 4 stitches & knit to end of row (back to 14 stitches)
10. Turn & knit one row.
One point knitted (Steps 1-10) Knitting back leaving 2 stitches (step2)
Repeat Steps 1 - 10
Repeat these steps 13 times so in total you will end up with 14 points.
Note - on the 14th point, instead of step 10, turn & cast off the stitches.
When you cast off, leave a long enough piece of yarn to stitch circle together.
Stitch up the 'sides' together using ladder stitch.
Slip needle through loops of stitches around the circle in centre & draw up to close the circle. Finish with a double knot, weave thread back through some stitches then cut.
Weave thread trail where you cast on through stitches then cut.
Stitching up 'sides' - ladder stitch Closing the centre circle
*Yarn over* - bring your yarn to the front of your work so when you knit the next stitch, you will actually be forming an extra stitch.
Yarn over - bring yarn to front
I hope these instructions help you & you have as much fun as I have had making some of these cloths. Stocking up now for myself & for presents.
Look forward to seeing any cloths you make.