It’s time for another installment of the Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop. This week I have a fun, simple lace pattern for you that should definitely encourage you to try lace knitting if you’ve never done it before.
Vine Lace looks a little complex, but really, it’s not at all. In fact, it’s almost a one-row pattern. All the wrong-side rows are purled, and the two alternating pattern rows on the right side are just one stitch off from each other. Once you get the rhythm of it, it’s really easy.
Part of what makes this pattern so interesting is the pairing of ssk and k2tog decreases. And because the increases and decreases aren’t right next to each other, the edge will scallop, though the Garter Stitch border I put on mine helps with that a little.
- about 72 yards or most of a skein of Lion Brand Yarns Kitchen Cotton (I used color 108, Blue Ice)
- pair of size 7 US/4.5 mm knitting needles
Gauge is not critical but I got 19 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches/10 cm or almost 5 stitches and 5.5 rows per inch/2.5 cm in pattern.
Finished dishcloth is about 10 inches/25 cm square. If you want to change size, the pattern works on a multiple of 9 plus 4 stitches. Note: pattern begins on a wrong-side row.
How to Knit the Vine Lace Dishcloth
Cast on 48 stitches.
K 4 rows.
Leaving the first 4 and last 4 stitches of each row in Garter Stitch, begin Vine Lace pattern as follows:
Rows 1 and 3: Purl
Row 2: K3, *yarn over, k2, slip slip knit, knit 2 together, k2, yarn over, k1. Repeat from * across, end k1.
Row 4: K2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1. Repeat from * across, end k2.
Work in pattern until piece is almost square (the border takes about .25 inch/.5 cm).
Knit 4 rows.
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