Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diagonal Fluffy Brioche Stitch Cloth and some interesting new knitting needles!





This is a really fun stitch that I found in a stitch pattern library. It makes a nice cloth.


DIAGONAL FLUFFY BRIOCHE STITCH CLOTH
Here's a link to the .pdf file:
Size 7 knitting Needles
Worsted Weight Cotton


inc: knit into the front and back of same stitch
sl1: slip 1 stitch
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together


INCREASE HALF

Cast on 3 st.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K1, inc, k1
Row 3: knit
Row 4: K1, inc, inc, k1
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: K1, inc, k2, inc, k1
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: K4, yo, knit to end
Row 9: K4, yo, knit to end
Row 10: K4, yo, knit to end
Row 11: K4, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, knit to end
Row 12: K4, yo, k1, k2tog (the yo and the slipped stitch), knit to end
Row 13: K4, yo, k1, (yo, sl1, k1) to last 4 sts, knit 4
Row 14: K4, yo, (k1, k2tog) to last 6 st, knit to end

Repeat Rows 13 and 14 until cloth is desired size.


DECREASE HALF

Note: Rows 1 and 2 are the turning corners. I use short rows to make my corners more 'pronounced'

Another thing to mention, is depending on what row you begin your decrease with, your second decrease might be knitting 3 together instead of 2. You should not separate the sl1 and yo....they should always be knit together. I know this sounds complicated, but it is very simple, and once you get the rhythm, it goes very quickly and is a lot of fun to knit.

Row 1: K4, turn, sl1, k3, turn, k3, turn, sl1, k2, turn, k2, turn, sl1, k1, turn, k3, turn, sl1, k2, turn, k4, turn, sl1, k3, turn, k3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (yo, sl1, k1) to last 4 sts, knit.

Row 2: K4, turn, sl1, k3, turn, k3, turn, sl1, k2, turn, k2, turn, sl1, k1, turn, k3, turn, sl1, k2, turn, k4, turn, sl1, k3, turn, k3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (k2tog, k1) to last 5 or 6 sts (this will depend on what row you end on before you start decreasing), knit to end.

Row 3: K3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (yo, sl1, k1) to last 4 sts, knit to end
Row 4: K3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (k2tog, k1) to last 5 or 6 sts, knit to end

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 11 sts on needle:

Row 1: k3, K2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end
Row 2: K3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1
Row 5: Knit
row 6: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1
Row 7: Knit
Bind off, knitting last 2 sts tog before binding off.


Now! On to these great needles I found on eBay! They are gauged somewhere between a size 8 and 9 knitting needle, so picture dish cloths would be huge if you used these, but they are really fun to knit with and make a nice 'patterned' cloth. His website is http://www.ketlyo.com/ and his ebay ID is treasuresfromthetree.

These started out as hair sticks, and his wife mentioned that they would be fun to knit with, so he listed them as such on eBay, and, of course, I bought a pair! They are really fun to knit with! Any way, the pictures of the wooden ones and the aqua pearl ones are at the top of this post. They are really beautiful. The first picture is the wooden needles, and the second is a fluffy brioche I'm knitting on the aqua pearls. I couldn't tell you which set I liked better! The ends of each are large enough that my knitting does not fall off, and it takes a little getting used to sliding your work over the 'curls,' but once you do, the yarn slides great.
He is working on making them circular, which would be incredibly awesome. I can't wait!


3 comments:

Jannie Sue "Funster" said...

I'm sorry about your doggie. My Chancie died 3 years ago and I still miss him, tho the grief has eased.

BTW Those washcloths are great.

Connie said...

Very nice texture! Love your work!

Debbie said...

I love all your patterns. Thanks for sharing. These are my favorite cloths. Hope you share more.
And I know how you felt about your dog, we just lost our Snuggles last Sunday after 14 years. Hardest thing ever :-(
Thanks again for the patterns, they are wonderful
Debbie