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Ch. 21 Challenge - Seed Stitch Dishcloth

Challenge Project – Seed-Stitch Dishcloth Without a Pattern

Next, it’s time for another small challenge project. Of course this is optional, but if you are feeling adventurous and have some cotton dishcloth yarn left over, we’ll make a seed-stitch dishcloth as well.

Here, the challenge is going to be using knit-and-purl combinations and fitting them into the increases and decreases of the diamond dishcloth pattern. This will be great practice for reading your work.

Pattern Modification: Seed-Stitch Dishcloth

Seed Stitch BlueThe only difference between this dishcloth and the one we did earlier is that inside the border of yarnovers, we’ll be working in a textured pattern called “seed stitch.”

Seed stitch alternates knits and purls to make a flat-lying, reversible, textured fabric.

On a square piece of fabric, seed stitch is knitted like this:

Row 1: (K1, p1) across.
Row 2: (P1, k1) across.

This combination makes a lovely nubbly fabric.

Practice on a little swatch with me – let’s do some seed-stitch together in the next video, and we’ll take a close look at the fabric.

Here’s how to do seed stitch.


How To Put Seed Stitch Into Your Dishcloth

In order to incorporate this pattern into our dishcloth, we are going to just use our understanding of reading our work. Nothing else. I’m not going to write out the pattern for you.

This video will walk you through how to go about putting a textured pattern like seed stitch into a shaped pieced of knitting (when you use increases and decreases, it’s called shaping).


Decreasing on Seed Stitch Dishcloth

When you’ve got 44 stitches on your needle, it’s time to do the decreases. This video walks you through how we do those.

Keep going until you’ve got four stitches left on your dishcloth, and bind off normally. Well done. Great work – I’m proud of you for taking on this challenge – look how far you’ve come in your knitting knowledge and ability.


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