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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

I had seen this dishcloth called "Grandma's Favorite" and wanted to try it and just got the chance. It is knit corner to corner...
It is SO EASY! Honest!

Here are the instructions...
All you do is chain or cable cast on 3 pegs in the middle of your dishcloth rake. You will be doing a garter stitch or one purl row and one knit row throughout. I am right handed so I always purled going from left to right and knitted (e-wrap) going right to left. I don't think that really makes a difference anyway.

Once I had those 3 pegs cast on I purled my way back to the right. At this point you increase one peg on both ends. You take that last loop and place it on the next empty peg beside of it. Do the same thing on the left, by taking that far left loop and placing it on the next empty peg beside of it. You have a loop now on pegs 1, 3,4,5 and 7 and an empty peg on pegs 2 and 6. Now going in from the back of your work, pull up the far right back loop and place it on peg 6. Take the back far left loop and place it on peg 2.
    Once you have increased and now have loops on all NOW 7 pegs, e-wrap back to the left, knit off, then purl back to the right.
    Once back at the right, increase again on right and left ends, just like before. Always knitting to the left and purling to the right after each increase. You will just keep doing this until you have 39 pegs wrapped. Your work will come out the back and look like half of a triangle.

    Now to decrease is even easier.
    On that last row where you have loops on all 39 pegs and your working yarn is to the right. Take that last loop on the right and place it on the peg to the left of it. You now have 2 loops on the 38th peg. Do the same thing on the other end. Take the loop on peg 2 and place it on peg 3. (this is really your far left loop, I call it peg 2 because you never have yarn on peg 1 of your 40 peg dishcloth rake)

    Now e-wrap back to the left and when knitting off those pegs with 2 loops just knit them over as one. Remember to purl back to the right.
    Once you have finished that purl row, decrease again, just like before. Do this until you are down to the last 3 pegs and then bind off.
    That's it, you really will be surprised at how easy it is.

    Written Instructions in Word Format Here
    Video Instruction Here

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