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.

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3 Comments on “Hip to be square”

  1. The dishcloth looks great. Take your time with your race dishcloth, though. I’m on the winning team. 😉

  2. […] like 4 Corners is still my speedy dishcloth of choice.  But this is a beautiful cloth, with those bound-off […]

  3. […] students that evening, in order to get a head start and avoid, as much as possible, late-night short rows and grafting (which I can only expect would be experiences with seriously diminishing […]

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