We were going to northern Vermont for a family get-together. Since this trip is not something we make frequently, I looked around to see if there were any yarn shops handy by that just had to visit. There were! The one I chose for our visit (because it had the Euroflax yarn called for in this pattern...) was Northeast Fiber Arts Center. It is a FABULOUS fiber arts center. ANYTHING you want to do, you can find the tools and materials there. Also the proprietor was so very helpful and took the time I needed to explain something else to me which I will discuss at another time. I was so tempted to lay down some of my dwindling play money supply, but at the last moment sanity prevailed. I cannot buy one more thing until I have finished more of my already-started projects! I cannot, cannot, cannot. If I say it enough times maybe I will hear it. And obey!
Anyway, I did not turn out to buy the Euroflax yarn. It was very very costly and is knit at a pretty fine gauge. It sounds like it would be wonderful but I have a LOT of nice cotton worsted weight yarn that I need to use up so...I just needed to re-engineer this pattern to work at a larger gauge.
This is what I have done. (Well, at least, this is how I have started...)
Cotton worsted weight yarn in two different colors: name one Color A and the other Color B. You might even want to write down in your knitting notebook for this project which is Color A and which is Color B.
US Size 7 knitting needles, or even US size 6 or 5. It just depends on what you like. I am going to use this for a washcloth so I am using size 7. (Plus there were two size 7 straight needles in the bottom of the basket where I found the yarn--two part balls of blue and one part ball of red, so I felt that was expedient, picked up the needles, and began knitting.)
There was a certain amount of mental energy spent to translate the finer gauge yarn at 75 stitches cast on to a larger gauge to knit a cloth that is a good size for a face cloth. I decided to try 39 stitches, and miracle of miracles, that number was right the first time. (The cast on number had to accommodate the pattern design. It did. Such a relief.)
|Cloth about half done.|
THREE-AND-ONE TWEED PATTERN
With Color A, cast on 39 stitches.
Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 2 (right side): With Color C, k3, *slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: With Color C, slip 1 wyib, k2, *slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4: With Color A, k1, *slip 1 wyib, k3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 wyib, k1.
Row 5: With Color A, slip 1 wyib, *slip 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 wyif, k1.
Repeat Rows 2 – 5 until piece measures the length you want your cloth, ending with a Row 3.
Since I am not there yet, this is what I will do: when I get to almost the place where I think the cloth will be square, I will fold the knitting diagonally and see if it is square, or almost square, then work to Row 3.
At that point I will knit one row of Color A, then turn work and cast off on the wrong side, purlwise. No, it will not look exactly like the cast on row but--it will work and be reasonable. If someone knows a better way to do this, please let me know and I will share it with others on this page.