Dienstag, 18. April 2017

I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth

Want to show your affection for a special person with a small piece of knitting? Or to give your Mum a small but lovely washcloth for Mother's Day? Then this washcloth is perfect for you. It adds a special touch to your bathroom decorations or makes a great handmade gift for someone you love. This piece can be used as a potholder as well.
It's a fun project that can be finished within a few hours with a gorgeous heart effect. It's great if you want to learn a new technique, like short rows or intarsia.

Eine deutsche Version dieser Anleitung gibt es hier.
A german version of this pattern can be found here.

I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth - free knitting pattern

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Materials
  • about 30 - 40 grams of cotton yarn in two colors (called C1 and C2) - I used some old yarn that I think was Aran weight
  • needles that the yarn calls for - I used 4mm dpns

Size
The size depends on the yarn you use. The first I did (in Sport weight, with 3mm needles) measured 14 cm by 14 cm. The second one (Aran weight) measured 17 cm by 17 cm.
If you want to know beforehand, how big the piece is going to be cast on 32 sts and knit a few rows in garter stitch. The width you can measure now will be the finished piece's width and height.



Techniques and Notation
  • Intarsia: Changing colors with the intarsia technique - as shown in this YouTube video by knitwithpat; or this YouTube video by Francoise Danoy.
  • Short rows with wrap and turn (w+t) - as shown in this YouTube video by Very Pink Knits.
    Since this washcloth is knit in garter stitch, you don't have to pick up your wraps - except in two rows, i.e. the rows where the wrapping color is different from the color of the wrapped stitch. These rows are indicated in the pattern. Here's a YouTube video that shows how to pick up your wraps (also by Very Pink Knits).
  • Throughout the pattern, the following notation will be used: C1 (k4); C2 (k10, w+t, k10); C1 (k to end) means, knit 4 stitches in C1, change to C2 and knit 10 sts, do a wrap and turn, knit 10 stitches and then change back to C1 and k to end. I.e. color is indicated before the knitting instructions for that yarn. the knitting instructions for that yarn are given in brackets after the color and color changes are indicated by a semicolon.
  • Stranding yarn sideways and catching the secondary color - as shown in this YouTube Video by The Alpaca Yarn Company.
    From ridge 21 to ridge 44 you only use C1. To avoid a long yarn float on the piece's WS, you should catch the C2 yarn while knitting the RS of ridge 21. The pictures below show the difference - the important part is circled. While knitting the first washcloth (orange heart, left hand picture), I didn't catch the C2 yarn, that's why there is a long float on the WS, which is something to be avoided in pieces that are seen from both sides. When knitting the next one (red heart, right hand picture), I remembered to catch the C2 yarn over the three stitches with C1.  Here the WS looks much neater.

General Construction
First half: each row is one stitch shorter than the last one - until the last row is only 1 stitch long
Second half: starts with a row that's only one stitch long, each row is one stitch longer than the last one, until the last row is 32 stitches long.
The second half is knitted at a 90 degree angle to the first half. It's made up of the same rows than the first half, but with all rows knitted in reverse order.
The pattern is written in ridges - on the WS each stitch is always knitted in the color of the underlying RS stitch.

I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth - free knitting pattern

Instructions

CO32
Setup Row: k all
Ridge 1: C1 (k to 1 st bef end, w+t, k to end)
Ridge 2 to 5: C1 (k to 1 st bef last wrapped st, w+t, k to end)
Ridge 6: C1 (k12); C2 (k15, w+t, k15); C1 (k12)
Ridge 7: C1 (k9); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k9)
Ridge 8: C1 (k7); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k7)
Ridge 9: C1 (k6); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k6)
Ridge 10: C1 (k5); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k5)
Ridge 11: C1 (k5); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k5)
Ridge 12: C1 (k4); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k4)
Ridge 13: C1 (k4); C2 (k16, w+t, k16); C1 (k4)
Ridge 14: C1 (k4); C2 (k15, w+t, k15); C1 (k4)
Ridge 15: C1 (k4); C2 (k14, w+t, k14); C1 (k4)
Ridge 16: C1 (k5); C2 (k12, w+t, k12); C1 (k5)
Ridge 17: C1 (k5); C2 (k11, w+t, k11); C1 (k5)
Ridge 18: C1 (k6); C2 (k9, w+t, k9); C1 (k6)
Ridge 19: C1 (k7); C2 (k7, w+t, k7); C1 (k7)
Ridge 20: C1 (k9); C2 (k4, w+t, k4); C1 (k9)
Ridge 21: C1 (k to 1 st bef last wrapped st (stranding C2 over the last 3 sts), w+t, k to end)
Ridge 22 to 31: C1 (k to 1 st bef last wrapped st, w+t, k to end)
Ridge 32: C1 (k1, w+t, k to end)

I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth - free knitting pattern


Now you basically knit all the ridges you just knitted again, but in reverse order.
Ridge 33:  k1, w+t, k to end
Ridge 34 to 44: C1 (k to 1 the first wrapped st, knit this stitch, w+t, k to end)
Ridge 45: C1 (k9); C2 (k3, pick up wraps and k1, w+t, k4); C1 (k9)
Ridge 46: C1 (k7); C2 (k7, w+t, k7); C1 (k7)
Ridge 47: C1 (k6); C2 (k9, w+t, k9); C1 (k6)
Ridge 48: C1 (k5); C2 (k11, w+t, k11); C1 (k5)
Ridge 49: C1 (k5); C2 (k12, w+t, k12); C1 (k5)
Ridge 50: C1 (k4); C2 (k14, w+t, k14); C1 (k4)
Ridge 51: C1 (k4); C2 (k15, w+t, k15); C1 (k4)
Ridge 52: C1 (k4); C2 (k16, w+t, k16); C1 (k4)
Ridge 53: C1 (k4); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k4)
Ridge 54: C1 (k5); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k5)
Ridge 55: C1 (k5); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k5)
Ridge 56: C1 (k6); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k6)
Ridge 57: C1 (k7); C2 (k18, w+t, k18); C1 (k7)
Ridge 58: C1 (k9); C2 (k17, w+t, k17); C1 (k9)
Ridge 59: C1 (k12); C2 (k15, w+t, k15); C1 (k12)
Ridge 60:  C1 (k to 1 the first wrapped st, pick up wraps and knit this stitch, w+t, k to end)
Ridges 61 to 64: C1 (k to 1 the first wrapped st, knit this stitch, w+t, k to end)
Last Row: BO loosely


Chart
Here's a charted version of the pattern. The purple arrows indicated the knitting direction. The cloth is started at the lower triangle. The numbers next to the ridge numbers indicate how many stitches there are of colors 1 and 2 - written in black and red respectively.
I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth - free knitting pattern
Chart - click to enlarge




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Kommentare:

  1. oh I love this .. do you feel it would be okay for a beginner project? thank you also for the written pattern

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  2. would this be okay for a beginner intarsia

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    1. Thank you.
      I think it's doable, if you're already a knitter but haven't done any intarsia (or short rows) before. It's only a small project that you can try with some scrap yarn you've lying around.
      If you've never done any knitting (at all) before, I would start with something different.

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  3. Die sind ja sehr süss! Das ist eine gute Idee für Mutterstag!
    They are really cute! It is a very good idea for Mother's Day!

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  4. Upon first glance, I thought it was a mitered square. I've no problem with short-rows, but if/when I do this pattern, it'll probably be as a mitered square; I'm besotted with mitered squares!
    Thank you.

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    1. Sure :)
      It could be done as a mitred square. I guess you'd need two balls (or two bobbins) of color 1 - if you do it in intarsia.
      Happy knitting <3

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  5. how do you change the pattern to make it a mitered square?

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    1. From what I know about mitred squares:
      - Start with the double number of stitches and always do a double decrease in the middle of RS. -
      - Change the colors as indicated in the chart.
      - From R6 on you need a second ball (bobbin) of color 1.
      Hope this helps.

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  6. This is so sweet, I did some intarsia years and years ago but I've very rusty, this looks like a great little project to get me back into it. Pinning, thanks.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, small projects are great to try out (or again) fancy techniques. Happy Knitting!

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  7. very cute pattern! Would make a lovely gift for mom. Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for hosting your lovely link party!

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  8. These squares are so sweet! They would be perfect as coasters or potholders, or to put together to make a scarf or afghan, especially for Valentine's Day. Pinned.
    I am running a year long Granny-Spiration Challenge, and would love if you came and linked up with us :) It can be found here: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2017/05/two-grannies-headband-free-crochet.html
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

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    1. Thank you. It's a great idea to incorporate these squares into something bigger! Happy crafting!

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  9. Very pretty washcloths. The colored hearts really make it pop. And it can be used for so many things. Pinning.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks also for hosting the Sweet Inspiration Link Party <3

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  10. They're very beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Unfortunately I still can't figure it out how to make it. I have never done neither w+t nor mitered square :(
    For the Ridge 1, how many k I have to make before the w+t? Is it 32 or 31? Can it be done with a round needles?

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    1. Hi, in ridge 1 you knit 31 sts and do a wrap and turn around the last stitch and knit back. In ridge 2 you knit 1 stitch less than in ridge 1 ... and so on ...
      Yes, you can use circular needles to knit flat pieces.

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  11. I love it, and it does make a very nice little gift. Thank you for sharing the free pattern at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for hosting The Really Crafty Link Party <3

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  12. Thanks for the reply. I'll give it a try.

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  13. So cute! :) Thanks for sharing it at Sew It Cook It Craft It!

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    1. Thank you. And thanks for hosting your lovely link party <3

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