Valentine Dishcloth
© Designed by Rachel van Schie
February 14, 2007


Materials:
1 ball kitchen cotton yarn
Size US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles

Measurements:
8-1/2" x 8"

Instructions:
Cast on 41 sts.

{(k1, p1) to last st., k1} across for 5 rows.

Row 6: (k1, p1) x2, knit to last 4 sts., (p1, k1) x2.
Row 7: (k1, p1) x2, purl to last 4 sts., (p1, k1) x2.
Row 8 and all even rows repeat Row 6.
Row 9: (k1, p1) x2, p6, k1, p19, k1, p6, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 11: (k1, p1) x2, p5, k3, p17, k3, p5, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 13 : (k1, p1) x2, p4, k5, p15, k5, p4, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 15: (k1, p1) x2, p3, k7, p13, k7, p3, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 17: (k1, p1) x2, p2, k9, p11, k9, p2, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 19: (k1, p1) x2, p2, k4, p1, k4, p11, k4, p1, k4, p2, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 21: (k1, p1) x2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p6, k1, p6, k2, p3, k2, p3, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 23: (k1, p1) x2, p15, k3, p15, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 25: (k1, p1) x2, p14, k5, p14, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 27: (k1, p1) x2, p13, k7, p13, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 29: (k1, p1) x2, p12, k9, p12, (p1, k1) x2
Row 31: (k1, p1) x2, p11, k11, p11, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 33: (k1, p1) x2, p10, k13, p10, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 35: (k1, p1) x2, p10, k13, p10, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 37: (k1, p1) x2, p11, k5, p1, k5, p11, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 39: (k1, p1) x2, p6, k1, p5, k3, p3, k3, p5, k1, p6, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 41: (k1, p1) x2, p5, k3, p17, k3, p5, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 43: (k1, p1) x2, p4, k5, p15, k5, p4, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 45: (k1, p1) x2, p3, k7, p13, k7, p3, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 47: (k1, p1) x2, p2, k9, p11, k9, p2, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 49: (k1, p1) x2, p2, k4, p1, k4, p11, k4, p1, k4, p2, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 51: (k1, p1) x2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p13, k2, p3, k2, p3, (p1, k1) x2.
Row 53: repeat Row 7.
Row 55: repeat Row 7.

{(k1, p1) to last st., k1} across for 6 rows.

**You could do just 5 rows, but I like to do an extra border row so that my "cast off" stitches look nicer!

Cast off & Weave in your ends!

Copyright © 2007 Rachel van Schie

** Blocking Your Dishcloth **
You can view my online blocking tutorial by following this link:
http://rachelsknittingcorner.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-do-you-block-your-patterns.html

I put the finished Dishcloth on a folded bath towel on the counter (the reason for the folded bath towel is so that you have a thick "base" so that when you push the background stitches of your Dishcloth down...it kind of makes the picture/letter stitches of your Dishcloth embossed or puffed up).  After I put the Dishcloth on the bath towel on the counter, I spray it with a water spray bottle until it's nice and damp...don't worry about how wet it gets, when the stitches are wet, they are really easy to manipulate...then I like to use the back of my knitting needle or fingers to flatten the background stitches, in kind of a "stamping" motion...when you flatten the background stitches, you will notice the pictures or words on your Dishcloth "pop" up.  When working with the letters/pictures, I use the point of my needle to "poke" or "push" the background-stitches that are right beside the letter/picture-stitches, down. Then I gently lay the finished blocked Dishcloth on a flat surface to dry…I like to use my cooling racks for better airflow.

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