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Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth with Picot Edge

By: Lynn Spencer from nourishandnestle.com
Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth with Picot Edge
Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth with Picot Edge
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Adding different textures to your bathroom can easily make your space look spruced up in moments. Fabulous and fancy towels and dishcloths can make your wash room become a spa in just moments. If you are looking for spa-worthy wash cloth patterns, check out the Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth with Picot Edge.

Int the Designer's Words: "The knit-geek in me is flat-out swooning over my new favorite stitch pattern, so much so that I immediately used the stitch to knit this diagonal basket weave washcloth and I am all ready to knit a blanket out of the same stitch...like now! Isn't it lovely...the pattern really mimics a woven cloth. The mechanics of the diagonal basket weave stitch is truly like weaving as you skip stitches and work the front and backs of stitches. And while it looks complicated, it really is an easy stitch to master and actually quite fun to work. I've prepared a couple of videos that may help you visual learners make your own diagonal basket weave washcloth."

Check out the video below for a super helpful video tutorial to show you how easy it can be to master the Diagonal Basket Weave stitch!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • I skein worsted weight medium , 100% cotton. 200 yards made 2 washcloths. I use Lily Sugar’n Cream
  • Size 6 knitting needles, or to fit your gauge
  • 3.75 MM Crochet Hook

Instructions

Cast on 61 stitches (or a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1) N&N Hint: Try to keep your tension a little loose while working this stitch because your material will get a little tight. For the 1st row and every subsequent knit row; K1, with yarn in the back, skip next stitch (but leave the stitch on left-hand needle) and K tbl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then bring your right hand needle up front and knit the stitch that you initially skipped. Repeat this pattern until the last two stitches and K2. There is a little video on my site that should help show you what to do on the knit row. Then, for the 2nd row and every subsequent purl row; K1, Skip next stitch (but leave on the left-hand needle) and purl the subsequent stitch, leaving that stitch on the left-hand needle. Then purl the stitch you initially skipped. Repeat this pattern until the last two stitches remain and K2. The video on my site should help show you what to do on the purl row. Work until desired length (I worked mine until it measured 9.5″). You can’t just cast off as you normally would, because the tension on your cast off row will be much looser than that of the rest of the work. As a result, on your cast-off row, work a row in either knit or purl diagonal basket weave stitch. You’ll have 3 stitches on your right-hand needle (the initial K stitch and the 2 you just worked). Take the middle stitch and pass it over the stitch on the left side and then the far right stitch and pass it over the remaining stitch on the right-hand needle. There’s another video to illustrate that. Add a Crochet Edge to Your Diagonal Basket Weave Washcloth Bind off, but don’t cut yarn and switch to your crochet hook to add a crochet edge to finish the diagonal basket weave washcloth. Using crochet hook, SC into each Stitch. It’s pretty easy to see where to pick up on your cast on and cast off row, but a little harder on the sides. On this piece, I picked up approximately 30 stitches on each side. I also try to catch the yarn tails from my cast on so that they’re wrapped in the SCs because it makes it nice not to have loose tails. When you come to your corners, work 2 chain stitches into your corner stitch. I did a little illustration on how I put the crochet picot edge on a different washcloth on this post, http://www.nourishandnestle.com/knot-another-washcloth/. The only difference is that on this current washcloth I put 3 SCs between each picot as opposed to the one SC in the one I linked to. In addition, there’s a little video showing how to add the picot edging on this diagonal basket weave washcloth. But in a nutshell, I on the second row (after I put a row of SC all the way around), I did one picot, followed by 3 single crochets and repeated this pattern all the way around. It is possible that you may need to finagle a stitch or two on the picot row to make it all work.

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