The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern

The Knotted Dishcloth
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I have wanted to knit the knot stitch pattern ever since I came across it and also because the first post in my previous blogsite was titled “To knit or to knot”. Although this knot stitch pattern is not nålbinding/nålebinding, it is a lovely pattern that I’ve wanted to knit. Being more of a product knitter, a dishcloth with this stitch pattern seemed a perfect project for me to learn more about this knot stitch pattern.

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern is knit flat with a two row pillared knot stitch pattern. The knots are made by purling, knitting, and then purling the same three stitches together. The edge stitches around the Knotted Dishcloth are picked up with another yarn colorway and bound off using a two stitch I-cord bind off in the round method (several tutorials available on YouTube). I like the crochet look of this stitch pattern and the dense or open lacelike fabric it creates depending on the knitting needle size. Making these knots may cause some hand fatigue if the yarn is held too tightly. By pulling out more yarn while making these knots seemed to reduce some hand fatigue for me.

Yarn: Any cotton worsted yarn. I used Premier Home® Cotton Cone Yarn Colorway: Jelly Dots and a solid color for the I-cord edging
Knitting Needles: US #7 and US #9 (for cast on and bind off only)
Gauge: Not needed for this project
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • *makeknot: Purl three stitches together, then knit the same three stitches together and then purl the three stitches together again
  • ssk: slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip one stitch purlwise
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • […]: stitch pattern repeats

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern (text and images for personal use only):

Loosely cast on 47 stitches using the long tail cast on with US #9 knitting needles

With US #7 knitting needles knit the following pillared knot stich pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K1, sm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 twenty more times and then bind off loosely in pattern with US #9 knitting needles in the last row (WS)

2 stitch I-cord in the round bind off edging:

  • Starting from top left corner of the dishcloth, pick up stitches all around the dishcloth with US #7 knitting needles. Yarn over at each corner for a rounded corner edge.
  • Knit the first two stitches, return the two stitches to the left hand needle knitwise.
  • Knit the first stitch on the left needle, then ssk the next two stitches. Return the two stitches back to the left hand needle. Repeat this till 4 stitches remain on the left hand needle. This will be around the top left corner of the knitted piece.
  • For the hanging loop (optional) knit a 2 stitch I-cord fifteen times then ssk to the same bottom stitch and continue with I-cord in the round till last 2 stitches on the right hand needle.
  • Graft the two stitches to the beginning two I-cord stitches (several tutorials on this are available on YouTube)

Weave in ends, wash and block the dishcloth


Enjoy knitting this knot stitch pattern!
~coffeeteaknits

The Wistful Hat Pattern

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wistfulhat_top

I find knitting hats a great way to use up those single hanks of fingering weight sock yarn purchased at a yarn shop or at a craft festival. Although I could use these single hanks of sock yarn for knitting socks, I much prefer to knit hats, shawlettes or cowls with them. Hats are useful in keeping our heads warm, make wonderful gifts, are small enough projects to be knit quickly, and a great way to learn and explore the different knit stitch patterns and techniques.

I named this hat “The Wistful Hat” because I purchased the yarn a few years back from a yarn shop I had newly found but regrettably it is no longer there now. The Wistful Hat is knit bottom up and in the round. It’s knit holding two strands of the same yarn together with a simple textured knit stitch pattern for the body and crown shaping in stockinette stitch. The brim of the hat can be folded for extra warmth. 

Yarn:  Plymouth Yarn® Happy Feet 100 in color 0110 or any other colorway of choice
Knitting Needles: US #4 and US #5 circular needles for knitting the hat and US #6 knitting needles for the cable cast on 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge:  6 stitches /  8.75 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #4 knitting needles
Size: Adult M/L 
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
BOR: beginning of round
Ktbl: knit through the back loop
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
[ ]: stitch pattern repeats

The Wistful Hat Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

The brim of the hat:

  • Cast on 128 stitches with two strands of yarn held together using the cable cast on method and with US #6 knitting needles. 
  • Transfer the stitches to US #4 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round making sure the yarn is not twisted.
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  • Knit in 1 x 1 rib stitch pattern (K1,P1) for 32 rounds or about 4 inches.
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The body of the hat:

  • Change to US #5 circular needles and begin the textured stitch pattern as follows:
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
  • Repeat Rounds 1 to 4 six more times and then knit
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [K16, pm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K16, slip BOR marker

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The crown shaping of the hat:

  • Change to US #4 circular knitting needles and knit for the crown shaping
    • Round 1: [Knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

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  • Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 five more times (80 stitches) and then knit the following rounds
    • Round 1: [K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [K2, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 5: [K1, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K1, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 6: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 7: [K2tog, rm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 8: Knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker 
    • Round 9: K2tog till BOR marker, remove the BOR marker (8 stitches remaining)
    • Break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Pass the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn.

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  • Weave in the ends and wash the hat.

~coffeeteaknits

Winterland Cowl

Hello folks hope your new year has begun smoothly. My family and I had a rough start to the new year. The first couple weeks were spent with illness and the rest of the month trying to get better. During those weeks, knitting the Winterland Cowl gave me a sense of calm and rest. The soothing colors, the warmth and soft fuzziness of the yarn reminded me of the coziness of the winter season, the beauty of the snow covered trees, and the quietness of nature. It’s a time when nature slows down and rests. I am grateful knitting, crocheting and weaving helped me slow down and heal this month.

The yarn is a blend of acrylic and alpaca that I purchased several years ago. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued but recommendations for other yarns that can be substituted for it can be found on Yarn Sub. Winterland Cowl is knit flat and in a rectangle with 2 different strands of yarn held together. It’s knit mainly in the stockinette knit stitch pattern and can be knit longer or shorter to preferred length or width. The bind off edge is then joined to the left border of the cast on edge with a zig-zag crochet join method. The Winterland Cowl is then finished with a few rounds of single crochet border at the neck and bottom edge.

Yarn: Premier Yarn Alpaca Dance in the Soft White and Silver Fog colorways
Knitting Needles: US #8 and US #10 (for cast on and bind off) 
Gauge: 4.5 stitches / 6.5 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #8 knitting needles
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch purlwise

The Winterland Cowl Pattern*

With 2 strands of yarn held together (one in each colorway) cast on 32 stitches with US #10 knitting needles

With US #8 knitting needles knit:

  • Row 1 (RS): K2, pm, knit to 2 stitches before marker, pm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K2, sm, purl to marker, sm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K2, sm, knit to marker, sm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K2, sm, purl to marker, sm, K1 wyif S1

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 till length of the knitted piece is about 32 inches (or preferred length) ending with the WS row.

Bind off (RS row): Bind off using US #10 knitting needles

With 2 strands of the Silver Fog colorway held together join the bind off edge with a zig zag crochet join method (several tutorials available for this method on Youtube) to the left side of the cast on edge as shown in the image above. 

With 2 strands of the Silver Fog colorway held together, add 5 rounds of single crochet border to the neck and bottom edge of the cowl with a US size 7 crochet hook. 

Hand wash and dry flat. Weave in the ends to finish the Winterland Cowl.


* text and images for personal use only
~coffeeteaknits

2021

A few more of my 2021 makes

2021 has been a year of the covid vaccine, celebration of events that couldn’t take place in 2020, health issues, covid infection and symptoms in spite of the vaccine etc…. Thankful this year is over and looking forward to the new year.

Stay healthy in the New Year!
~coffeeteaknits

The Cozy Neckwarmer Pattern

The Cozy Neckwarmer

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The Cozy Neckwarmer is knit flat in the garter knit stitch and in sections. Stitches are picked up and knit for the different sections. The Cozy Neckwarmer also has a short rows section with wrap and turns. Since the neckwarmer is knit in the garter stitch pattern, the wraps don’t need to be picked up and knit. A single crochet border is added once all the sections are completed and the piece that goes around the neck is joined with the zigzag crochet method. The picture below shows how the Cozy Neckwarmer was knit:

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The Cozy Neckwarmer Pattern (pattern text and images for personal use only)

Yarn: Lion Brand® Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn in Chai Latte and Whipped Cream Colorways
Knitting Needles: circular or straight US #9 and US #7 
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook
Gauge: 20 stitches / 38 rows (or 19 garter ridges) = 4 inches in garter stitch with US #7 knitting needles
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
  • K2tog: Knit the first two stitches together on the left needle (1 stitch decrease)
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip the stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • w&t: wrap and turn – with yarn in back slip the next stitch purlwise, bring the yarn to front and place the slipped stitch back on the left needle and turn to the next row.

With the yarn colorway Chai Latte , cast on 5 stitches with US #9 knitting needles
With US #7 knitting needles knit as follows:

     One stitch increase section:

  • Row 1(RS): K1, pm, K2, Kfb, pm, wyif S1
  • Row 2(WS): K1, sm, K4, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K1, sm, knit till 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K1, sm, knit till marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Repeat rows 3 and 4 till 32 stitches (or more if preferred) ending with Row 4

    Additional stitch cast on section:

  • Row 1(RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1, cast on 18 stitches using the knitted cast on method with US #9 knitting needles. There is a total of 50 stitches for the Cozy Neckwarmer now (more stitches can be cast on if preferred).
  • Row 2(WS): (With US #7 knitting needles) K1, pm, K19, rm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 3(RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4(WS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Repeat Rows 3 and 4 till the additional section is wide enough to slip over the head and around the neck (I knit the Cozy Neckwarmer about 14.5 inches)

     Additional stitch bind off section:

  • Row RS: K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row WS: Bind off 18 stitches with US #9 knitting needles (removing the marker and switch back to US #7 knitting needles) K1, pm, knit to marker, wyif S1

     One stitch decrease section:

  • Row 1(RS): K1, sm, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 2(WS): K1, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Repeat these two rows till 5 stitches are left on the needle ending with Row 2
  • Row RS: With US #9, bind off all stitches and remove markers

     Short rows section:

  • Row 1(RS): With US #7 and starting from the cast on edge, pick up stitches all along the bottom of the knitted piece ending at the bind off edge. For the Cozy Neckwarmer, 122 stitches were picked up.
  • Row 2(WS): K1, pm, knit to 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Row 3(RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4(WS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 5(RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 6(WS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 7(RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 8 (WS): (Set up row for short row shaping) K1, sm, [K5, pm] repeat […] 7 more times, K20, pm, K20, [pm, K5] repeat […] 7 more times, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 9 (RS): K1, sm, [K5, sm] repeat […] 7 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 6 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 10 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 6 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 6 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 11(RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 6 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 5 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 12 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 5 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 5 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 13 (RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 5 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 4 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 14 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 4 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 4 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 15 (RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 4 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 3 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 16 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 3 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 3 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 17 (RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 3 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 2 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 18 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 2 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 2 more times, rm, w&t
  • Row 19 (RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 2 more times, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 1 more time, rm, w&t
  • Row 20 (WS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 1 more time, K20, sm, K20, [sm, K5] repeat […] 1 more time, rm, w&t
  • Row 21 (RS): [K5, sm] repeat […] 1 more time, K20, sm, K20, sm, K5, rm, w&t
  • Row 22 (WS): K5, sm, K20, sm, K20, sm, K5, rm, w&t
  • Row 23 (RS): K5, sm, K20, sm, K20, rm, w&t
  • Row 24 (WS): K20, sm, K20, rm, w&t 
  • Row 25 (RS): K20, rm, K60, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 26 (WS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 27 (RS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 28 (WS): K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 29 (RS): Bind off with US #9 removing all markers

    Last add on decrease section (left side of the knitted piece):

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  • With US #7 knitting needles, pick up 11 stitches from the cast on edge as shown in the image above
  • Row 1 (WS): K10, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Row 2 (RS): K1, K2tog, knit till the last stitch, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Row 3 (WS): Knit to last stitch, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Repeat rows 2 and 3 till 5 stitches left ending with the WS row
  • Row 4 (RS): Bind off with US #9 knitting needles

     Last add on decrease section (right side of the knitted piece):

  • With US #7 knitting needles, pick up 11 stitches from the bind off edge as shown in the image above
  • Row 1 (WS): K10, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Row 2 (RS): Knit till 3 stitches before last, K2tog, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Row 3 (WS): Knit to last stitch, wyif slip the last stitch
  • Repeat rows 2 and 3 till 5 stitches left ending with the WS row
  • Row 4 (RS): Bind off with US #9 knitting needles

With US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook, single crochet all around the piece with the Whipped Cream yarn colorway. 

Wash and block the knitted piece

Join the two sides of the additional cast on and bind off sections with the zig zag crochet method
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~coffeeteaknits
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The Comfy Hat Patterns

There are some knit stitch patterns that look just as good on the right side as they do on the wrong side. It is so with the twisted seed stitch knit pattern. So I knitted the Comfy Hats with this twisted seed stitch pattern, one with the right side on the outside and the other with the wrong side on the outside. The Lion Brand® Scarfie yarn is warm and comfortable making it the right hat to wear this time of the year. Both hats were knitted bottom up and in the round with a 1 x 1 rib knit stitch pattern folded cuff, a body with the twisted seed stitch pattern, and crown shaping. 

There are two patterns down below for the two hats. The patterns are mostly similar but with a few modifications. These patterns are only for an adult medium hat size. These hats have not been graded for different sizes but the pattern can be easily adapted to different sizes by increasing or decreasing the number of cast on stitches or by increasing or decreasing the number of the pattern repeats.

The Comfy Hat Patterns (text and images for personal use only)

Yarn: Lion Brand® Scarfie Yarn in the Cream/Silver colorway
Knitting Needles: US #7 and US #9 circular knitting needles
Gauge: 17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch before blocking and with US #7 knitting needles
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • P2tog: Purl two stitches together
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • K1B: knit below the stitch on the left hand needle 
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • BOR marker: beginning of round marker
Comfy Hat Pattern 1Comfy Hat Pattern 2
With US #9 cast on 88 stitches using the cable cast on method, slip stitches on to US #7 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round With US #9 cast on 88 stitches using the cable cast on method, slip stitches on to US #7 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round
Folded Cuff (1 x 1 rib stitch):
Round 1: [K1, P1] till the BOR marker, slip marker

Repeat Round 1 twenty-four more times (about 4 inches in length)
Folded Cuff (1 x 1 rib stitch):
Round 1: [K1, P1] till the BOR marker, slip marker

Repeat Round 1 twenty-four more times (about 4 inches in length)
Body (Twisted Seed Stitch Pattern):
Setup Round: [purl 10, K1, pm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 1: [purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker


Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 seven more times
Body (Twisted Seed Stitch Pattern):
Setup Round: [purl 11, pm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 1: [purl to marker, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Round 3: [purl to marker, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 seven more times


Crown Shaping:
Round 1: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 2 stitches before marker, K2, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 three more times


Round 17: [P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this seven more till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

Round 18: Knit all the stitches removing all markers till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 19: K2tog till the BOR marker, remove BOR marker, break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn


Weave in the ends and wash hat.
Crown Shaping:
Round 1: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 2 stitches before marker, K1, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 three more times


Round 17: [P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this seven more till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

Round 18: [K1, P1 till marker, rm] repeat till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 19: P2tog till the BOR marker, remove BOR marker, break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn

Turn the hat inside out, weave in the ends and wash hat.

Yarn and a loom

My interest in weaving started more as a way to reduce the amount of yarn I had but now it has grown into a genuine interest in this craft. Weaving dates back to the paleolithic era and is much older than knitting or other fiber related crafts. In 2019 when I got a rigid heddle loom, I found myself learning about warp and weft** and trying out various combinations of plain weaving first with whatever yarn I had on hand and then with yarn bought specifically for weaving. 

Since weaving has been around for so long, there are many different types of weaving patterns other than plain weaving. Other weaving patterns with a rigid heddle loom include soumak, leno, tapestry, and many more. The loom with two heddles and pick up sticks makes double width weaving as well as various twill weave patterns possible. I’ve just begun to discover all these various weaving patterns and combinations.

I find weaving to be much faster than knitting or crocheting. Large projects such as blankets or wraps can be woven in a matter of days rather than months. Weaving has also reduced my yarn stash. Although I still prefer knitting sweaters, hats etc., it is a relief to be able to weave the larger projects quickly. Since I have only one rigid heddle loom I can only weave one project at a time.

Weaving, however, requires more finishing afterwards than knitting or crocheting. For someone who likes seamless knits with minimal finishing, finding the motivation to finish the woven pieces can be quite a task. Also, unlike knitting or crocheting where most of the leftover yarn is left intact, discarding some of the warp yarn still bothers me. Even with these minor drawbacks, I find the craft of weaving very interesting and look forward to learning more about it.


** warp yarn runs lengthwise and is held under tension whereas the weft yarn runs side to side and is inserted by the weaver.

~coffeeteaknits

Summertime Dishcloths

Most summers my sweater knitting with wool or other yarn slows down. I usually weave more or try to knit with cotton yarns during this season. Although this season is more a time for yarn and a loom for me (more details in the next post), I have knitted a few dishcloths including these Summertime Dishcloths. Summertime dishcloths are knit flat from bottom up in a combination of garter stitch and twisted seed stitch pattern.

The Summertime Dishcloths Pattern*

Yarn: Loops & Threads Capri in Apricot colorway for the dishcloth 1
Yarn: Premier Home Cotton in Jelly dots colorway for the dishcloth 2
Knitting Needles: US #8,  and US #10 circular needle for the dishcloth 1
Knitting Needles: US #7,  and US #9 circular needle for the dishcloth 2
Crochet hook: 4.5 mm for the dishcloth 1; 4.0 mm for the dishcloth 2
Gauge: garter stitch pattern – 18 stitches/ 4 inches for the dishcloth 1; 17 stitches/ 4 inches for the dishcloth 2

Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch (in this pattern slip the last stitch)
  • K1B: Knit one stitch below the stitch that is on the left needle
  • [….]: repeat of stitch pattern within a row

Cast on 31 stitches with US #10 needles for the dishcloth 1 or US #9 for the dishcloth 2. Then with US#8 knitting needles for the dishcloth 1 or with US#7 knitting needles for the dishcloth 2 knit as follows: 

  • Row 1 (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (RS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (RS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 5 (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 6 (RS): K2, [K1B, K1] till 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 7 (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row 8 (RS): K1, K1B, [K1, K1B] till 1 stitch before last, wyif S1

Repeat Rows 1 to 8, 7 more times ending with Row 8

  • Row (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row (RS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row (WS): Knit all stitches to 1 stitch before last, wyif S1
  • Row (RS): Bind off loosely in knit stitch pattern with a US #10 knitting needle for the dishcloth 1 or US #9 knitting needles for the dishcloth 2 

Insert a 4.5 mm crochet hook for the dishcloth 1 (or 4.0 mm crochet hook for the dishcloth 2) in the last remaining stitch and single crochet all around the dishcloth.

(Optional) – For the hanging loop, chain 15 and slip stitch into the next single crocheted stitch on the crocheted border.
Finish the dishcloths by washing, blocking and weaving in the ends.


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~coffeeteaknits

The Unexpected Find Wrap

The many different shapes in which shawls or wraps are knitted can be a lesson in geometry. Shawls can be rectangular, squares, circular, triangular or several combinations and variations of these shapes. So, it was inevitable that after knitting several rectangle wraps, square blankets and dishcloths I would dabble in triangular shaped shawl design. Triangular shawls, similar to other shaped shawls, can be knit in several different ways. They can be knit sideways, top down (like the The Sheltering Tree Shawlette), or bottom up like this Unexpected Find Wrap.

The Unexpected Find Wrap pattern is a simple triangular shaped shawl knit bottom up with a two row repeat brioche honeycomb stitch pattern. I happened upon the yarn for this wrap at Joann Fabric and Craft Store. I wasn’t looking for this yarn but once I saw it, I just couldn’t walk away without purchasing it. After casting on a few stitches, the wrap is increased two stitches every other row till the preferred length is reached. This cotton blend wrap is great for those cool summer evenings and also for those overly air conditioned places.

Yarn: K + C  Element Yarn (50 grams each) in Colorway: Pink (Any other worsted weight cotton or cotton blend yarn can be substituted for this yarn)
Knitting Needles: US #8 circular needle
Gauge: 14 stitches/ 4 inches after blocking
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle) 
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together on the left needle 
  • K tbl: knit through the back loop
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • S1: slip yarn purlwise
  • yo: yarn over – bring the working yarn under and over the right needle clockwise and to the back before knitting the next stitch
  • yo backward: for bind off only – knit one stitch then wrap the working yarn anticlockwise over and under the right hand knitting needle bringing the yarn to the back before knitting the next stitch
  • BE: abbreviation for the Seed Stitch Border Edge Pattern* (see below)

The Unexpected Find Wrap Pattern**

*Seed Stitch Border Edge Pattern (BE):
Row 1 (RS): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 (7 stitches)
Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 (7 stitches)

Cast on 7 stitches with US #8 circular knitting needles

  • Row 1 (RS): Kfb, [P1,K1] 2x, P1, Kfb
  • Row 2 (WS): [P1,K1] 4x, P1    
  • Row 3: Kfb, [K1,P1] 3x, K1, Kfb
  • Row 4: [K1,P1] 5x, K1     
  • Row 5: Kfb, [P1,K1] 4x, P1, Kfb
  • Row 6: [P1,K1] 6x, P1 
  • Row 7: Kfb, [K1,P1] 5x, K1, Kfb
  • Row 8: [K1,P1] 7x, K1 
  • Row 9: Kfb, [P1,K1] 6x, K1, Kfb
  • Row 10: [P1,K1] 8x, P1 
  • Row 11: Kfb, [K1,P1] 7x, K1, Kfb
  • Row 12: [K1,P1] 9x, K1 
  • Row 13 (RS): BE, pm, yo, K5, yo, pm, BE
  • Row 14 (WS): BE, sm, K1, K tbl, [yo, S1, K1] 2x, K1, sm, BE
  • Row 15 (RS): BE, sm, yo, K1, [K1, K2tog] 2x, K2, yo, sm, BE 
  • Row 16 (WS): BE, sm, K1, K tbl, [yo, S1, K1] till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, BE
  • Row 17 (RS): BE, sm, yo, K1, [K1, K2tog] till 2 stitches before marker, K2, yo, sm, BE

[Repeat Rows 16 and 17] till 215 stitches (about 250 grams of yarn) ending with the RS side row 

Bind Off Row (WS): K1, yo backward, K1, pass the yo and first knit stitch on the right hand needle over the second knit stitch on the right hand needle. (Several video tutorials for other stretchy bind off are available on YouTube). I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off method in knit stitch pattern for binding off this wrap.

Weave in ends, wash and block the wrap.


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~coffeeteaknits

The Yarn Over Washcloth

The Yarn Over Washcloth

The Yarn Over Washcloth is knit corner to corner with a two row slip stitch pattern. Two stitches are increased every other row and then two stitches are decreased every other row. The washcloth has yarn overs all around between the stitch pattern and the border edge stitches. One stitch is cast on and through a series of increases and decreases this washcloth is worked in one piece ending with a two stitch I-cord hanging loop.

Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream in Colorways: Soft Ecru and Butter Cream Ombre
Knitting Needles: US #7 circular needle
Gauge: Not needed for this project
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle) – 1 stitch increase 
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together on the left needle – 1 stitch decrease
  • ssk (left-slanting decrease): slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together) – 1 stitch increase
  • rsd (right-slanting decrease): knit 1 stitch, slip one stitch knitwise, return the slipped stitch and the knitted stitch back to the left needle, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch and then return the knitted stitch back to the right needle – 1 stitch decrease
  • sk2p (left-slanting double decrease): slip the next stitch knitwise, k2tog the next two stitches, then pass the slipped stitch over the decreased stitch – 2 stitch decrease
  • rsdd (right-slanting double decrease): slip one stitch knitwise and knit the next stitch. Pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch. Return this decreased knit stitch back to the left needle and pass the second stitch on the left needle over the decreased stitch. Transfer the decreased stitch back to the right needle – 2 stitch decrease
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip one stitch purlwise, wrap the working yarn around the front of the slipped stitch and move the yarn to the back
  • yo: yarn over – knit one stitch and then bring the working yarn over the right needle before knitting the next stitch (1 stitch increase)

The Yarn Over Washcloth*

Cast on 1 stitch with US #7 circular needle

  • Row 1 (RS): Kfb
  • Row 2 (WS): K2
  • Row 3: Kfb, Kfb
  • Row 4: K4
  • Row 5: Kfb, K2, Kfb
  • Row 6: K6
  • Row 7: Kfb, K4, Kfb
  • Row 8: K8
  • Row 9: Kfb, K6, Kfb
  • Row 10: K4, pm, K2, pm, K4
  • Row 11: K4, sm, yo, K2, yo, sm, K4
  • Row 12: K4, sm, K1, p2, K1, sm, K4
  • Row 13: K4, sm, yo, K1, [K1, wyif S1 then move yarn to the back] to 1 stitch before marker, K1, yo, sm, K4
  • Row 14: K4, sm, K1, purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, K4

Repeat rows 13 and 14 [repeat section] till 48 stitches on the needle.

Double Decreases:

  • Row 1 (RS): K4, sm, yo, sk2p, [K1, wyif S1 then move yarn to the back] till 3 stitches before marker, rsdd, yo, sm, K4
  • Row 2 (WS): K4, sm, K1, purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, K4

Repeat these two rows till 14 stitches left on the needle.

  • Row (RS): K4, sm, yo, sk2p, rsdd, yo, sm, K4
  • Row (WS): K4, sm, K1, p2, K1, sm, K4          (12 stitches)

Single decreases:

  • Row 1 (RS):  ssk, knit to 2 stiches before end of the row removing markers, rsd
  • Row 2 (WS): K10

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 till 4 stitches left on the needle.

  • Row (RS): ssk, rsd     (2 stitches left on the needle)

Make an I-cord hanging loop (about 10 to 12 rows) with the 2 stitches on the needle (several tutorials on knitting I-cord are available on YouTube) and bind off.

Attach the I-cord bind off end to the wrong side of the washcloth and weave in ends.

Wash and block the washcloth.


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Enjoy!
~coffeeteaknits