Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rhonda's Delight

Is there anyone who hasn't knitted Rhonda White's
Darrell Waltrip's Dishcloth ? It's a great cloth especially for showing off all those gorgeous variegated cottons. Plus, it's so much fun to knit! Since I always seem to pick up balls and balls of ombre, I thought it was time to come up with a design to actually use some of them. What better way than to combine my favorite dishcloth pattern with a bib. I originally did this for the 2009 Dishcloth Calendar, but since it's been a year, the design has been released back to me. This is a really quick bib to knit, as once you have the pattern established, you don't really need to look at the directions and it's easy to tell where you left off.

Copyright 2008 by Elaine Fitzpatrick. Permission is granted to make and sell items from this pattern provided that credit is given to me as the designer. Permission is not granted to reproduce the actual pattern, or post it, or distribute it, without my express permission. Please respect my copyright and play nice!

Size: approximately 8" from neck to bottom and 7.75" wide

Materials: One skein of worsted weight cotton. The pictured bibs were knitted in Peaches & Creme Lilac Ombre, Sea Mist and Shades of Spring.

Needles: U.S. Size 6 (4 mm)

Gauge: 4.5 sts. per inch, not critical

k = knit
p = purl
sts. = stitches
dec. = decrease
sl2 wyif = slip two with yarn in front. Bring yarn to the front as if to purl, slip the next two stitches, then bring yarn to the back. This forms a bar across the two slipped stitches.
garter stitch: knit every row

Pattern: Cast on 16 sts.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (19 sts.)
Row 3: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (22 sts.)
Row 4: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (25 sts.)
Row 5: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (28sts.)
Row 6: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (31 sts.)
Row 7: Cast on 3 sts., knit to end. (34 sts.)
Row 8: Cast on 2 sts., knit to end. (36 sts.)
Row 9: Cast on 2 sts., knit to end. (38 sts).
Rows 10-14 (five rows total): knit
Row 15: (right side) k12; (sl 2 wyif, k2) three times; sl2 wyif, k12.
Row 16: k12; p14; k12.
Row 17: k10; (sl 2 wyif, k2) four times; sl2 wyif; k10.
Row 18: k10; p18; k10
Row 19: k8; (sl2 wyif, k2) five times; sl2 wyif; k8.
Row 20: k8; p22; k8.
Row 21: k10; (sl2 wyif, k2) four times; sl2 wyif; k10.
Row 22: k8; p22; k8.
Repeat rows 19-22 for nine more times, except on the last repeat, end with row 21. In other words, the next row should be a wrong side row and you should have just finished working “k10; (sl2 wyif, k2) four times; sl2 wyif; k10.” If you count from the beginning of the pattern rows, you should have completed twelve bars from top to bottom.

Neck shaping:

Next row (wrong side): k8; p4; k14; p4; k8.
Next row: k8; sl2 wyif; k18; sl2 wyif; k8.
Next row: k8; p2; k18; p2; k8.
Knit four rows.

Shoulder shaping:

Knit 13 sts.; bind off next 12 sts. knitwise; knit remaining 12 sts. You should have 13 sts. on each side. Place first 13 stitches on a holder and work on remaining 13 sts. in garter stitch as follows:

Knit one row even.
(Right side) Dec. 1 st. at neck edge every other row 2 times. (11 sts.)
Knit six rows even.
Dec. 1 st. at shoulder edge every other row until 5 sts. remain.
Knit one row even.
(Right side) Dec. 1 st. at neck edge and 1 st. at shoulder edge. 3 sts.
Knit two rows even.
Slip these 3 sts. to a dpn and work an I-cord for approximately 12 inches. Fasten off and run end down through middle of I-cord.
Join yarn to neck edge and work remaining side to correspond to other side.

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