Hip to be square
Pattern: 4 Corners Dishcloth by Abigail
Yarn: Sugar ‘n’ Cream 100% cotton worsted weight, “Swimming Pool”
Needles: U.S. 8 (aluminum)
I love the construction on this — using short rows, you knit four triangular corner sections from straight edge out to corner and then back to the opposite edge. It’s inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman’s 4 Corners Baby Blanket, and I’m resigning myself to the fact that I’ll need to start an EZ immersion program soon.
Although my wonderful mother-in-law gave me a huge tapestry-roll full of vintage aluminum (and even stainless steel!) knitting needles last weekend, when I was there, we forgot to pack it in the car for the trip home. I was resigned to knitting this on plastic (which, as I found out with my first dishcloth, doesn’t work well with sticky cotton) until I remembered the suitcase full of knitting odds and ends that one of my students bequeathed me when she was cleaning house in preparation for a semester abroad. Sure enough, there were some aluminum 8’s in there. Ahhhhhhh. The click of the metal, the smooth sliding of the yarn … it was a joy.
I plan to knit this pattern for my Dish Rag Tag dishcloth because I think I can really move on it (and it’s not boring), but it does have a fussy provisional cast-on and grafted finishing. That will probably take me longer than if I picked a row-by-row square pattern.
By the way, that’s CG’s fold-up Melissa & Doug kitchen propping up the dishcloth, a toy-store retirement-sale purchase earlier this summer.