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Dishcloth / Washcloth,  FREE Knitting Pattern for "12 blocks for Xmas" Blanket (MKAL),  Free Patterns

BLOCK 1: TRIANGLES

UPDATE: due to popular demand (haha!!) I added a download link for a Printer-friendly PDF version at the end of the post. 

Good day to you all!!

The time has come to start our “12 Blocks for Xmas”, yay!!! 😀

If you missed the presentation for the Mystery KAL, you can find it here: Introduction.

I know some of you are a bit anxious (and so am I!) so, with no further ado, here’s the first block:

BLOCK 1: TRIANGLES

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ABBREVIATIONS

  • CO: cast on
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • st: stitch
  • k: knit
  • p: purl

INSTRUCTIONS

– CO 47 sts with US 8 (5 mm) needles.

I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.

– With US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, knit 3 rows.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a neat and sturdy border.

– Continue working as follows:

3 garter sts, Stockinette Triangles Stitch over 41 sts, 3 garter sts (see the stitch glossary below)​ until you have a total length of 9.25’’ (23.5 cm).

I knitted 8 times the Stockinette Triangles Stitch pattern + rows 1 to 5.

– Knit 3 rows.

– Bind off with US 8 (5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

STITCH GLOSSARY  

Garter Stitch  

k all sts, all rows.

Stockinette Triangles Stitch

(Over a multiple of 8 sts + 1)

Repeat instructions between brackets as many times as needed. For this block, repeat them a total of 5 times.

Row 1) k1, [p7, k1]

Row 2) [p2, k5, p1], p1

Row 3) k1, [k2, p3, k3]

Row 4) [p4, k1, p3], p1

Row 5) p1, [p3, k1, p4]

Row 6) [k3, p3, k2], k1

Row 7) p1, [p1, k5, p2]

Row 8) [k1, p7], k1

Close up 3

Stockinette Triangles Stitch – CHART

  • Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
  • Repeat the grey painted part as many times as the pattern calls for (5 times in the case of this block).

Chart - ENGLISH

 

Did you like the first block? Did you find it hard/easy/boring/marvellous? 😉 Please, comment below, I’d love some feedback!!

I’ll post the next block on Monday, but I hope to see some photos of this one before 🙂

Happy knitting!

Cecilia.-

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BLOCK 1 – TRIANGLES – Printer Friendly

BLOCK 1 – TRIANGLES ROW BY ROW – Printer Friendly

 

 

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32 Comments

  • sewwonderful

    Recipe blogs use a print recipe feature. It is nice to have a print copy without ads. I wish more knitting and craft blogs has a similar option. Thanks for the great pattern! It’s one I would use in a scarf, too.

    • OhLaLana!

      Thank you! It is a great pattern for a scarf, I believe so too 🙂
      I’m working on the PDF for the print-friendly version for each block.
      By the way, your quilt work is really wonderful!

  • Linette

    Just received the email for this marvelous pattern – I look forward to trying this out. Many thanks for the hard work – it cannot be all that easy writing patterns.

  • Sandra

    Thank you for this KAL! I, as a novice knitter, am excited to begin. I have one question, though. You say you knit the Stockinette Triangles Stitch 8 times – I’m assuming this is rows 1-8 – then you knit rows 1-5, repeating the bracket info 5 times. Correct? Could you also clarify the slipped stitches-is this just for the first and last 3 knit rows? Why don’t you slip stitch on the first row? Thank you!

    • OhLaLana!

      Hi Sandra! I’m glad you joined 🙂 I just wrote a post to answer your question about the slipped stitches, in my HOW TO section.
      I’ll explain the rest here. When I say I knitted 8 repeats of the Stockinette Triangles Stitch and then rows 1 to 5, I’m referring to rows. The stitch pattern has 8 rows, so 8 repeats = 8×8 = 64 rows. And then, 1 to 5, will give us a total of 69 rows of Stockinette Triangles St Pattern with 3 garter at each side. Now is clearer?
      The brackets refer to repeats of stitches, not rows. For instance, in Row 1, you work: k1, [p7, k1] and repeat the instruction INSIDE brackets. Let’s break down the entire first row: 3 garter sts, 41 sts in St Triangles St (k1, p7, k1, p7, k1, p7, k1, p7, k1, p7, k1), 3 garter sts.
      I hope this helps you!!

  • Yvonnemb3

    I’m not a novice, but I was getting confused. I knew it was adding up and now on row five, it was lining up either. I’m glad you clarified some things. Looking forward to my first KAL. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Like the jdea and first block fast knit, can you however reveal how you intend joining the blocks? by knitting or by seaming after.

    • OhLaLana!

      I’m happy you like it 😀
      I plan to give 2 options: simple seam, and crochet seam. I know some people decide to knit in stripes instead of blocks (3 stripes of 4 patterns each) to avoid some sewing. Of course, every idea is welcome!!

      • Claudia Attard

        perfect, just good to know for yarn planning, a very nice method is also three needle bind off. i am planning to add some simple purl squares to add to size

    • OhLaLana!

      Absolutely! I use them as dishcloths/washcloths and also can be made bigger and use them as kitchen towels (or just hand towels if you want to). BUT make sure to use 100% cotton yarn 🙂

  • Erin V

    Thank you for the row by row instructions. I’m a novice, so this may be a silly question: does the slip stitch count as the first stitch in the row leaving 2 garter stitches before the stockinette?

    Thanks!

  • Verginia

    Excited to try this and follow along with all the other 11 patterns. May I ask what do you mean by ( always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.) Do I only use needle no. 5 for the 3 stitches on each end? and 4.5 for the triangles. Sorry for the stilly question, I still have trouble reading patterns due to being a novice knitter.

    • OhLaLana!

      Hello Verginia, and welcome to the KAL!! 😀
      I mean that I cast on all 47 sts using a 5 mm needle, and then knit all sts and all rows in 4. on5 mm. I do this because I have a tendency to cast on and bind off stitches too tightly onto my needles. Each knitter has his or her own method to prevent differences on tension; that’s just mine. Maybe you don’t need it!
      Please, note that you have to knit all sts in each row with 4.5 needles for this project.
      I really really like receiving messages and questions, and being able to help novice knitters. It brings back pleasant memories of me asking the questions and my granny answering them 🙂 ❤ So ask again if you need to!

  • Lori Maki

    My triangle block is not coming out as a square. I did a 5 repeats of the 8 rows. I can’t figure out why it isn’t shaping up of a square.

    • OhLaLana!

      Hello Lori.
      Maybe you have a different tension than me. You can fix it by blocking the square, if you like. We still have not covered how to finish the blanket, but I recommend to block each square to the same final measures.

  • Susan

    You say to slip the first stitch without knitting it to give it a nice border. Will this make joining the squares together easier? I love your blocks! They are beautiful!

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