REVERSED OCTAGONAL FACECLOTH PATTERN
by Arlene Williams
Photo at the end of the pattern.
Size: about 8"
- Needles: 4.5mm (U.S. #6) 40 cm circular
- Needles: 4.5mm (U.S. #6) double pointed
- 2 ounces worsted weight cotton
- Marker of some sort (see note at the end)
This pattern was originally in Piecework but started from the centre, with 8 sts on dpn's. A friend of mine who was learning to knit, wanted to make one, but could not get it started. So I re-did the pattern, working from the outside, much easier. It also is a great pattern to learn to use a circular needle, and dpn's. Enjoy.
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Using the circular needles, cast on 136 sts. Try to cast on fairly loose. Join to make a circle, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a marker at the start of the row.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: *K2 tog, K15*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: *K2 tog, K14*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row.
Row 5: Purl.
You should now have 120 sts on the needles and the shape should be octagonal (eight sided).
Row 1: *YO, K2 tog, K11, K2 tog*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Knit.
Row 3: *YO, K2 tog, K10, K2 tog*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row.
Row 5: *YO, K2 tog, K9, K2 tog*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row.
There should be eight sections, which will decrease in size with every odd numbered row.
Continue to decrease in this manner until there is 3 sts in each section, a total of 24 sts.
Change to dpn's when the work becomes too small for the circulars.
Row 1: *K2 tog, K1*. Repeat * to * to the end of the row. Total of 16 sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: *K2 tog*. Repeat around to a total of 8 sts.
Work 1 row around, knitting into the back of all the sts.
Do not cast off. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread the yarn tail thru the 8 sts, pull tight, and close the opening. Darn in all the ends.
The face cloth I made is fairly tight and about 8-inches across. I also ended up with a slight bump in the centre, but I figure with use, this will lie flat.
Note: If you have never used circular needles before, you move the marker when you come to the end of the row by slipping it from the left hand needle to the right hand needle. Markers do not have to be fancy; you can use a paper clip, a tied piece of wool in a contrasting colour, the plastic closure tabs from milk or bread which you can trim to size.
Copyright Arlene Williams
This pattern was developed by Arlene Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may print out a copy for yourself, and make copies for your friends as long s no money is charged INCLUDING for the cost of reproduction or materials, and as long as this copyright notice is included. You may not reproduce this pattern for sale or put it on any internet site without my express permission.
Last updated February 14th, 2007
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