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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Fair (Archived Post)

Here is another post from my old blog "A Yarn About Knitting."  This one was written on Sept, 26, 2009.

One of the items I submitted to the fair this year was a cotton hand towel, which I designed myself.  It is knit with two skeins of "I Love This Cotton" yarn, with two strands held together as you knit.  There is enough yarn in the skein to make a towel and a washcloth.  Here is the pattern for it:

Supplies:
size 5 (US) needles
2 skeins "I Love This Cotton" yarn

Main Body Pattern (Moss Stitch):
Row 1: K1, P1 to the end
Row 2: P1, K1 to end
Row 3: P1, K1 to end
Row 4: K1, P1 to end

Towel Pattern:
- cast on 70 stitches
- stocking stitch for 3 rows (knit one side, purl the other)
- knit the main body pattern for about 3 inches
- stocking stitch lace pattern (whichever one you want) for about 1.5"
- knit in main body pattern for 12"
- stocking stitch lace pattern for 1.5"
- knit in main body patter for 3"
- plain stocking stitch for 3 rows

It's a really simple pattern and it's written in the same manner in which I cook (a little bit of this and a little bit of that).  For the wash cloth, I cast on 30 stitches and knit in main body pattern until I had a square.  The towel received a blue ribbon and "reserve grand champion" at the fair.  This was my first time entering anything in the fair, so I was really surprised.

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