Saturday 18 April 2015

Free Mosaic Pattern for a scrummy cotton dish cloth

This is the first time I have tried knitting a cotton dish cloth but seeing as though I had a little spare cotton yarn and I wanted to try out my newest mosaic pattern , I decided to give it a go. I loved the finished result and because its an easy knit and I want all you knitters to love mosaic knitting as much as me here are the charted instructions. 


The finished dishcloth is 8" x 9". If you are wanting a larger cloth then increase the number of repeats (each repeat is 16 stitches x 32 rows).

Yarn: Rico Creative Cotton Aran in Mustard and Nature.
Needles : 4.5mm / US 7 / UK 7

1. Cast on 39 stitches in Nature using the cable cast on technique (gives a neater edge I think). 39 stitches is for 3 knit stitches + (16 stitches for the mosaic pattern x 2) +1 extra stitch to make the pattern neat + another 3 knit stitches.

2. Knit 3 rows.

3. Start Mosaic pattern. Knit 3 stitches at the beginning and end of each and every row. The mosaic pattern is worked in stocking stitch.

4. Knit the mosaic pattern twice (64 rows).

5. Knit 3 rows in Nature.

6. Bind off.

7. Weave in ends.

8. Block the work (this spreads out the mosaic, taking out all the kinks).

Mosaic pattern

The charts are fairly simple but different to other colourwork charts such as fairisle. 

If you have never used these charts then please read through the instructions below

1. You will only ever knit one colour at at a time.
2. You will work the mosaic in stocking stitch, knitting the right side and purling the wrong.
3. The chart legend at the right hand side, with black and white square, indicates which color yarn (MC or CC) you should be knitting with on the next 2 rows. Black indicates the mustard cotton yarn, white indicates the cream cotton yarn.
4. You will knit the stitches as charted , knitting the colour according to the legend and slipping the other stitches. The slipped stitches should be taken at the back of the row (the purl side).
5. You will repeat the same row once, this time in purl
The other yarn just sits quietly at the start, waiting for its turn, so you don’t need to carry it along, and there are no floats like in fairisle work. If you come to a stitch that has been slipped twice already (it will look stretched) and you think the chart says you need to slip it again, count and make sure you are following the chart correctly. You will never slip any stitch more than two rows at a time for mosaic stitches.

This pattern is great for border work

or for a full blown mosaic

so please use it as you wish , most of all have fun x

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