Ta-dah! I have a pattern for you today.
The Lacy Twigs Dishcloth includes a 4-row lace pattern repeat. It results in lacy columns that reminded me of woven twigs or climbing ivy. On either side of the lace columns are stockinette (stocking stitch) columns. It has enough going on to make it fun to watch it develop; but it’s still easy.
There are a couple things to pay attention to in this pattern.
I have you starting the pattern immediately after the cast-on. Most often you would either knit or purl a row first. I did this purposely so you can see how that affects the outcome. I think it’s pretty. (Besides, I was getting bored of the seed stitch border routine.) Knitting the first row of any project can be a little troublesome, even when you are just knitting it or purling it. It’s tricky to knit into the cast on stitches. Don’t get discouraged if you feel frustrated establishing the first row. Yes, it does kind of suck. But once you get that done, you’ll be fine.
Be patient and just take your time with it.
Rather than knitting or purling the first stitch in each row, you will be slipping them. This gives a different look to the edge of the work. On the right side rows you simply slip the first stitch as if you were going to knit. On the wrong side, with the yarn to the back, you slip the first stitch purlwise. Easy squeezy!
The decreases this time include K2tog-TBL (knit two together through the back loop). This awesome and easy little stitch results in a left leaning decrease without doing a SSK (slip, slip knit) or a SKP (slip, knit pass). It is a perfect compliment to the K2Tog (knit 2 together) on the mirror side of the pattern repeat. It lays nicely and looks sharp.
I included a wee chart with only the lace pattern repeat. Once you get your foundation done (your first 4-row pattern repeat), you will be able to see easily how those stockinette stitch columns sit between the lace. You won’t need the full chart to follow along once you have that in place. However, I did include the full chart so that you can have an overview of the entire project.
Remember that the symbols have 2 meanings:
- one for the right side of the work;
- one for the wrong side of the work.
This will likely only potentially confuse you on your foundation rows. Once you see the pattern develop you will be able to tell what you need to do on the wrong side rows at a glance. (Yes, honest, you will. 🙂 )
I hope you have fun with this project. I have some ideas for some other fast and easy projects that I want to create patterns for over the summer. I can’t promise that they will appear predictably regular or anything. My life is pretty full these days and I do have to sleep and eat from time to time. LOL 😀 My hope is to offer some projects that would make quick but nice and useful gifts. I want them to be interesting and fun to make without making your head hurt. Sound like a plan?
And hey, feel free to leave me a comment if you’d like. (Well, as long as it’s a nice comment.)
Happy Victoria Day weekend
to my fellow British Columbians! And for everybody else:
happy long weekend
of whatever sort it is wherever you are. Cheers!