Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Lace Dishcloth

Ahhhhhhhhh it's a 2 for 1 kind of day around here! Here's the companion Dishcloth to the Christmas Joy Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel that I just posted a few moments ago. Now, If Christmas isn't your thing, why not make it in another color? My youngest daughter loves browns, tans, and beige colors. I'll be making her one shortly in a chocolate brown to go with the KBB Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel set I gave her the other day. It's based on a pretty lace pattern that I found in a baby blanket pattern some years back. [ found the information! It came from Sweet Layettes to Knit by Carole Prior, specifically the Perfectly Pink sweater set] As soon as I remember the name of the book that it originated in, I'll post that name here as an update. I want to give proper credit! But, since this was for a Christmas set, I gave it my own name. Please feel free to pick your own colors and your own reasons for making this pattern. Don't feel limited by my choice of Holidays or by my choice of Lion Brand's Lion Cotton in Poppy Red. Now, all I need to do, is to make up a Tribble to go with this whole set. See? I told you they were addictive! and I've got just enough cotton left to do that. But, I wanted to get these patterns posted for you all to enjoy.

Christmas Lace Dishcloth
©Cathy Waldie, December 23, 2007

Lion Cotton, (US) 7 (4.5mm) needles
1.1 oz/32 g of cotton/ 58.8 yards/53.8 m in length to knit up.

C/O 34 sts

1-6) Knit for bottom border

Begin pattern

7) K3, *K3, K2 tog, YO * 5 times, K3, K3

8, 10) K3, P28, K3

9) K3, *K3, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO,* 5 times, K3, K3

11 – 50) repeat rows (7 – 10) for a total of 11 pattern repeats.

51-57) Knit for top border

58) B/O in P

Cut cotton, weave in ends, and steam block...and you're ready to pair it up for gift giving with the Christmas Joy Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel (pattern in previous post), or use it alone! (not to're now ready to do the dishes......)

Here's hoping that during these last few weeks of the year, you have the chance for a little time off with a whole lot of family and friends smothered in hugs! Hugs to you all!

Christmas Joy Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel


The other night when I was supposed to be packing my bags to head out to Boston to spend a few days with my daughter, I ended up charting and typing out 10 different patterns. This is the one that I worked out while flying from LAX to Logan. Now that it's all finished, blocked and has a cutie little snowflake (thank you Joann's for 50% off holiday buttons the other day!) stitched on, it's ready for it's grand entrance. Granted this might be a bit late for this year's gift giving, but we'll just say that it's early for next years patterns!

Once again, I've used the 5 oz skein of Lion Brand's Lion Cotton, in Poppy Red. I think it makes a great festive holiday red color. (OOOOOOOOOOOO, I'm now thinking as I type it would be a great color for that 'February' event as well. ) OK, back to the pattern. I have paired this towel with another Dishcloth called Christmas Lace, but I'll post that pattern separately, next.

Christmas Joy Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel

©Cathy Waldie, December 23, 2007

Lion Cotton, (US) 7, (4.5mm) needles

Sl 1 = Slip 1 stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
P = Purl
YO = Yarn Over
Sl 1, K1, PSSO = Slip 1 stitch, Knit 1 stitch, Pass the slipped stitch over the previously knit stitch
Kfb = knit into the front and the back of the next stitch
C/O = Cast On
* * = repeat directions between the asterisks the number of times given

C/O 58 sts.

1-6) Knit 6 rows for bottom border.

7) K3, *K4, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, * 8 times, K4, end K3

8 and even rows) K3, P52, K3

9) K3, *K4, K2tog, YO, * 8 times, K4, end K3

11-18) Repeat Rows 7-10, for a total of 3 times

19) K3, *K4, YO, Sl 1 K1, PSSO* 2 times, K28, *YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4* 2 times, K3

20, 22) K3, P34, K2, P16, K3

21) K3, *K4, K2tog, YO, *2 times, K28, *K2tog, YO, K4, * 2times, K3

23) repeat row 19

24, 26) K3, P33, K4, P15, K3

25) repeat row 21

27) repeat row 19

28) K3, P32, K2, P2, K2, P14, K3

29) repeat row 21

30) K3, P31, K3, P2, K3, P13, K3

31) repeat row 19

32) K3, P24, K3, P4, K3, P2, K3, P13, K3

33) repeat row 21

34) K3, P23, K5, P3, K3, P2, K3, P13, K3

35) repeat row 19

36) K3, P22, K7, P2, K3, P2, K3, P13, K3

37) repeat row 21

38) K3, P21, K3, P3, K3, P22, K3

39) repeat row 19

40) repeat row 38

41) repeat row 21

42) repeat row 38

43) repeat row 19

44) repeat row 38

45) repeat row 21

46) K3, P15, K4, P3, K7, P23, K3

47) repeat row 19

48) K3, P14, K6, P3, K5. P24, K3

49) repeat row 21

50) K3, P13, K8, P3, K3, P25, K3

51) repeat row 19

52) K3, P13, K3, P2, K3, P31, K3

53) repeat row 21

54) repeat row 52

55) repeat row 19

56) K3, P18, K3, P31, K3

57) repeat row 21

58) repeat row 56

59) repeat row 19

60) repeat row 56

61) repeat row 21

62) repeat row 56

63) repeat row 19

64) repeat row 8

65) repeat row 21

66) repeat row 8

67-74) repeat rows 7-10 for a total of 2 times

75) Sl 1, K28, M1, K29

76-78) Knit, slipping the first stitch

Begin decreases for the Towel Top.

79) Sl 1, K7, *(Sl 1, k2tog, PSSO), K7* 4 times, end, (Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO) K8. (49 sts.)

80, 82, 84, 86, 88, 90) Knit (slipping the first stitch)

81) Sl 1, K6, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K5* 4 times, last 10 sts: Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K7 (39 sts.)

83) Sl 1, K5, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K3* 4 times, last 9 sts: (SL1 K2tog, PSSO), K6. (29 sts.)

85) Sl 1, K4, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K1* 4 times, last 8 sts: (Sl 1, K2 tog, PSSO), K5. (19 sts)

87) Sl 1, K3, (K2tog) 6 times, K3 (13 sts.)

89) (K2tog) 3 times, K1, (K2tog) 3 times. (7 sts.)

Tab Section of Towel Top

90-91) Knit, slipping the first stitch

92) Sl 1, K1, P3, K2.

93-106) repeat rows 91 and 92 of the tab section.

107, 108) Knit, slipping the first stitch

109) Sl 1, K1, P3, K2

110-123) repeat rows 108 and 109 of the tab section

124) Sl 1, K1, Bind off center 3 sts, K to end (4 sts) (creates buttonhole)

125) Sl 1, Kfb next st, Kfb next st, K1 (6 sts)

126) K2tog, K2tog, K2tog

127) Knit 1, K2tog, pass first stitch over. Pull tail through last stitch. Weave in ends, wet/spray block. Sew button into center stitches on tab decrease row #90.

Up next, the Christmas Lace Dishcloth pattern that I like to pair with this towel. Hope you're all finding something special at this time of year to celebrate, no matter which celebration you and yours enjoy! From our house to yours....Happy Holidays...all of them!