What is it that’s so addictive about kitchen linens? I have a collection that brightens up my baking rack. Most were handmade by friends and family, so just having them displayed makes me happy and I wash, iron and fold them carefully after each use so they’ll stay nice. The round knit dishcloth stack is my latest addition.
I really like the clean, modern sensibility of them. They look great in solids or variegated cottons and lend themselves well to random scrap use. Like the Almost Lost Washcloth, they’re shaped with short rows – but don’t worry! No wrapping and turning or confusing counts. Just a simple eight count keeps you on track. Eight shaping rows in each wedge and eight wedges per cloth. When working out the pattern, once I’d made one – I could easily make them without the pattern. They’re that easy!
Materials/Supplies: US 7 knitting needles and worsted weight cotton
cast on 16 stitches
knit one row
Begin Shaping: (to help keep your place, notice that the odd rows in which you leave stitches happen when the beginning tail is on your left side so that you’re knitting toward it)
row 1: knit to last stitch, (leave stitch unworked), turn
row 2 and all even rows: knit
row 3: knit to last 2 stitches, turn
row 5: knit to last 3 stitches, turn
row 7: knit to last 4 stitches, turn
row 9: knit to last 5 stitches, turn
row 11: knit to last 6 stitches, turn
row 13: knit to last 7 stitches, turn
row 15: knit to last 8 stitches, turn
row 17: knit
row 18: knit (except on row 18 of the final (8th) wedge, which you’ll bind off instead)
repeat rows 1 – 18 seven more times.
join with mattress stitch from outside of circle to inside. Cinch up inner circle and knot. Weave in ends.
A pretty and practical summer project – they’re a great reason to shop for some pretty new cottons, too!