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Nine Lines Washcloth

Hello again. How is everyone? It's going about the same here, Jerek's still in the same shape. I did have a nice weekend. It was the circuit assembly, which is a two day series of Bible talks that takes place every year, along with the District Convention (three days) and the Special Assembly Day (one day.) There were many upbuilding Bible-based talks, and it was good to see a lot of people I haven't seen in a while.

As you can tell by the title of the post, though, the assembly isn't the main point of my writing to you this time. I made a washcloth last week. I used a stitch pattern that I learned last fall from a afghan block. It was called Plowed Rows, but I didn't think that name fit the washcloth. Instead I am calling it Nine Lines, because it has nine lines. (I know, ain't I creative? (-:)

Here is the cloth. Not a great photo, but as good as I can do right now.

And on to the pattern.

I think this would be a great pattern to learn how to slip stitches with, since you do it a lot, but you don't have to remember a lot in the middle of a row. You also have to put the yarn forward and back, but if you can purl, you already know how to do that. If not, just follow the directions and try. Even if you make a mistake, you can either call it a design element, or you can frog and start over. (How many mistakes are that easy to fix??)

You need:

1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn. I used Lily Sugar and Cream.

Size 6 needles (I used one circular, because then you don't have to worry about keeping track of two needles. Great idea for the absent-minded, or those with kids who like to steal one of your needles, and since I have both those problems... :D)

Scissors, tapestry needle.

Cast on 39 stitches. I used German Twisted Cast-on, because I wanted it to be as stretchy as the rest of the cloth. You can find many good videos on YouTube, which is where I learned it!

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Knit 3, yarn forward, slip one stitch purlwise, yarn back. Repeat across the row until you have 3 stitches left on the lefthand needle. Knit the last three stitches.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the cloth is square. Cast off loosely.

**Special Instructions for slipping a stitch** Insert needle into stitch as if to purl, but instead of purling just slip if off the lefthand needle onto the righthand needle.

I hope you enjoy making this cloth. It is very easy, and I took it with me stuffed into my coat pocket as a travel project. (Another good reason to use one longer {24" or so} circular needle.) If you have any questions, comment or even better message me on Ravelry. I'm on there a lot. ;)


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's hard to find basic patterns that teach you new things without getting totally confused! This repeat was easy for me to follow and really helped me learn to read my knitting! It's really exciting for a beginning knitter to see her work starting to take shape and it is such a motivation to continue learning! Really appreciate you sharing this pattern!


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