I have a personal preference for the Lion Cotton when using 100% cotton worsted weight yarns. I think the fibers are a bit longer and when the cloths are all knitted up, there isn't as much splitting and piling as I've had with other brands. My own wish is that Lion Brand would make more colors like the other companies produce. I like a bigger variety to pick from. When knitting up for gifts, especially for kitchen sets, I try to match that person's kitchen, dish, or favorite colors. Or for a face/baby cloth, to the blanket or that person's favorite colors. When my kids went away to college, I did their initials in their school colors, my parents got their favorite colors, for bridal showers I tried to match the brides' dishes. Therefore, Lion Cotton is not always the brand I use. And I'm ok with that.
Puffy Basketweave Cloth
© Cathy Waldie, November 28, 2006
(US) 5 (3.75mm) and (US) 7 (4.5mm) needles
100% cotton yarn
With smaller needles, cast on 36 stitches and knit 4 rows for the bottom border, slipping the first stitch of all rows in cloth as if to knit.
Change to larger needles and begin the pattern.
1: K4, (K4, P4) 3 times, K8
2: K4, (P4, K4) 4 times
3: K4, (K4, P4) 3 times, K8
4: K4, (P4, K4) 4 times
6: K4, P28, K4
7: K4, (P4, K4) 4 times
8: K4, (K4, P4) 3 times, K8
9: K4, (P4, K4) 4 times
10: K4 (K4, P4) 3 times, K8
12: K4, P28, K4
Repeat rows (1-12) 2 more times for a total of 3 pattern repeats. Then repeat rows (1-10) once more.
Change back to smaller needles and knit 5 rows for the top border. Bind off in Purl. Weave ends.