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Four Patterns, for D’Oyleys, Toilet Covers, Baby’s Quilts, or Basket Napkins.

Two needles, No. 22 or 23, and very fine knitting cotton.

No. 1.

Original Instructions:

Cast on a number of stitches that will divide into an even number of threes. Knit and rib 3 stitches alternately for 3 rounds. In the next 3 rounds, rib and knit 3 stitches alternately.

Update: October, 2010 - No. 1 - Basketweave Pattern (Reversible)

Basketweave Chart:

Cast on a number of stitches that will divide into an even number of threes.

Row 1 RS): k3, p3

Row 2 (WS): k3, p3

Row 3 (RS): k3, p3

Row 4 (WS): p3, k3

Row 5 (RS): p3, k3

Row 6 (WS): p3, k3



No. 2.

Original Instructions:

Cast on a number of stitches as for the last pattern. Knit and rib 3 stitches alternately for 2 rows. The following rows begin so as to bring the first ribbed stitch over the last knitted: this is to make the ribbed and knitted ridges go in diagonal stripes.

Update: October, 2010 - No. 2 - Ribbing Pattern (Reversible)

Cast on a number of stitches that will divide into an even number of threes.

Row 1, *k3, p3 *until end of row

Row 2, *k3, p3* until end of row

Row 3: *p3, k3* until end of row

Continue to repeat row 3 until desired length. 

To make this end the same as the beginning:

Repeat Row 1 and Row 2.

Bind off.

Basically, this appears to be regular 3 x 3 ribbing (this creates the diagonal strips) after the first two rows of Knit and purl stitches

No. 3.

Original Instructions:

Cast on a number of stitches that will divide by 10. Knit 1 stitch, rib 9, repeat the same to the end of the row. 2nd row: rib 1 stitch, knit 7, rib 2. 3rd row: knit 3, rib 5, knit 2. 4th row: rib 3, knit 3, rib 4. 5th row: knit 5, rib 1, knit 4. 6th row: knit 4, rib 1, knit 5. 7th row: rib 4, knit 3, rib 3. 8th row: knit 2, rib 5, knit 3. 9th row: rib 2, knit 7, rib 1. 10th row: rib 9, knit 1. Begin again.

Update: October, 2010 - No. 3 - Diamond Pattern (Reversible)

Cast on a number of stitches that will divide by 10. Enough to make width of item.

Row 1 (RS): *k1, p9*
Row 2 (WS): *p1, k7, p2*
Row 3 (RS): *k3, p5, k2*
Row 4 (WS): *p3, k3, p4*
Row 5 (RS): *k5, p1, k4*
Row 6 (WS): *k4, p1, k5*
Row 7 (RS): *p4, k3, p3*
Row 8 (WS): *k2, p5, k3*
Row 9 (RS): *p2, k7, p1*
Row 10 (WS): *p9, k1*

* * indicates repeat until end of row

Repeat Rows 1 - 10 until desired height.

To make a D'oyley/Dish cloth/Wash cloth

Use cotton yarn
Size 7 needles

Cast on 34 stitches (this gives 2 knit stitch at both the beginning and the end of each row to give a border)

Knit 2 rows then begin pattern:

Row 1 : k3, p9, k1, p9, k1, p9, k2
Row 2 : k2, p1, k7, p3, k7, p3, k7, p2, k2
Row 3 : k5, p5, k5, p5, k5, p5, k4
Row 4 : k2, p3, k3, p7, k3, p7, k3, p4 k2
Row 5 : k7, p1, k9, p1, k9, p1, k6
Row 6 : k6, p1, k9, p1, k9, p1, k7
Row 7 : k2, p4, k3, p7, k3, p7, k3, p3, k2
Row 8 : k4, p5, k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
Row 9 : k2, p2, k7, p3, k7, p3, k7, p1, k2
Row10: k2, p9, k1, p9, k1, p9, k3

Work Rows 1 -10  five times to form the square shape.

Knit last 2 rows.

Bind off.


No. 4.

Original Instructions:

Cast on an even number of stitches. 1st row: knit every stitch with the cotton twice round the needle. 2nd row: begin by dropping one twist of the 1st stitch, knit the rest of this stitch with the 1st twist of the next, taking them together; finish the row, knitting 2 threads taken together, knit the last stitch. Begin again.

Update: November, 2010 - No. 4 - Ridge Row, Plaited Row Pattern (Reversible)

I cannot identify this stitch pattern.  I thought it looked like brioche but the instructions don't match other brioche stitch patterns that I looked at.  I also thought of the elongated

This is done in all knit stitches.  Is it a plaited/twisted stitch in between each row/ridge?

This effect is created by putting two loops (instead of one) when knitting in the first row and then k2tog (one of the yo, one with the knit stitch) on the next row. Repeat.

Instructions for Doyley No. 4

CO even number of stitches to create length or width of item (depending on which direction you want the diagonal knit ridge row to run)

Row 1:  Knit, wrapping the yarn twice around the needle, (instead of the regular 1 time around needle) in each stitch ** until last stitch.  Last stitch, knit1 (regular).

Row 2:  K2tog across row, until last stitch, then k1

(the 2 together consist of the yarn over and the knit stitch after it)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until desired size.  Bind off.

Depending on the yarn used, this could make for a fairly stretchy fabric.  Even though I only made a small coaster size swatch, I can picture this as a good pattern to make a basket napkin.

** an aside note, it appears to me that you could slip knitwise, yo2, pass slip stitch over (sl, yo2, psso) to create the same effect. (but I'm not sure!)


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