Mitered hanging towel
This pattern is a miter, but by making fewer decreases, you give it a wide, towelly shape. The hanging tab is knitted with a double strand of yarn for durability. We're not going to have a soggy hanging tab, now are we?
Approximately 18" x 15" (45.5cm x 38cm), measured at widest point with hanging loop buttoned
• 4 medium/worsted
• Peaches & Creme worsted weight, 100% cotton, 21⁄2 oz (70g), 122 yd (112m), 1 ball each in colors A and B (We used Yellow, Lemon, Baby Green, Silver Grey, and Ecru.)
• Size 7 (4.5mm) needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• One 1" button
• Stitch marker
• Tapestry needle
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch
Actually easier than pie.
The main section of the dishtowel is made with one strand of yarn; the hanging loop is made with the yarn used double.
Cast on 90 stitches, placing a stitch marker between the 45th and 46th stitch to mark the center of the row.
Rows 1 and 3 (RS) Knit to 2 stitches before the marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS) Knit.
Row 1 and all RS rows Knit to 2 stitches before the marker, ssk, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8 k1, purl to the last stitch, k1.
Rows 10, 12, and 14 Knit – 72 sts.
Repeat rows 1–14 twice more – 44 sts.
Repeat rows 1–8 – 36 sts.
Cut A. Join B and work in garter stitch (knit every row), decreasing 2 stitches at the center of each RS row as established, until 24 stitches remain. Knit one row.
Using a double strand of B but without changing the needle size, continue working in garter stitch, decreasing 2 stitches at the center of each RS row as established, until 8 stitches remain. Knit one row, ending with a WS row.
Starting with RS facing, knit 9 garter ridges (18 rows), ending with a WS row.
Form a folding line as follows
Row 1 (RS) Knit.
Row 2 k1, purl to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times more.
Knit 8 garter ridges (16 rows), ending with a WS row.
Buttonhole and end of hanging loop
Row 1 (RS) k2, bind off 4, k1.
Row 2 k2, turn, cast on 4 using the cable cast-on method, turn, k2.
Rows 3 and 4 Knit.
Row 5 ssk, k4, k2tog—6 sts.
Row 6 Knit.
Row 7 ssk, k2, k2tog—4 sts.
Row 8 Knit.
Bind off remaining 4 stitches in purl.
Weave in ends. Sew the button in place.
Excerpted from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines by Kay Gardiner and Ann Meador Shayne. Copyright © 2008 Kay Gardiner and Ann Meador Shayne. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.
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