I was flipping through some old knitting books this morning, and stumbled across a collection of stitch patterns I bought when I first learned how to knit. At the time, I had grand plans of making a sampler afghan out of a pile of Red Heart yarn. Alas, all of my squares were different sizes, and nothing would fit together right. I still have the pile of squarish knitted patterns and for years I thought it was a huge waste of my time, energy, and money. But looking back, I realize how much I learned about knitting by making all of those patterns! Those sampler “squares” taught me over a dozen common stitch patterns that I use all the time, and now when I read patterns I have a little library in my mind that helps me understand what the pattern will look like.
Anyway, after flipping through the book of patterns, I was inspired by a heart pattern to whip up this little Valentine’s themed wash cloth. The rows of hearts are surrounded by a seed stitch border. As the cloth came together, the yarn colors reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream, thus the name. Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!
Neapolitan Valentine Wash Cloth
Gauge: 5 stitches per 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needles: U.S. size 7 or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: worsted weight, 100% cotton. Lily’s Sugar’n Cream used here.
Cast on: 43 stitches with a long-tail cast on
Row 1-4: k1, p1 across (seed stitch)
Row 5: k1, p1, k1, p6, (k1, p11) 2 times, k1, p6, k1, p1, k1
Row 6: K1, p1, k6, (p3, k9) 2 times, p3, k6, p1, k1
Row 7: k1, p1, k1, p5, (k3, p9) 2 times, k3, p5, k1, p1, k1
Row 8: k1, p1, k5, (p5, k7) 2 times, p5, k5, k1, p1
Row 9: k1, p1, k1, p3, (k7, p5) 2 times, k7, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 10: k1, p1, (k3, p9) 3 times, k3, p1, k1
Row 11: k1, p1, k1, p2, (k9, p3) 2 times, k9, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 12: repeat row 10
Row 13: k1, p1, k1, p2, (k4, p1, k4, p3) 2 times, k4, p1, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 14: k1, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2) 3 times, k2, p1, k1
Row 15: k1, p1, k2, (p11, k1,) 2 times, p11, k2, p1, k1
Row 16: repeat row 11
Row 17: repeat row 10
Row 18: repeat row 9
Row 19: repeat row 8
Row 20: repeat row 7
Row 21: repeat row 6
Row 22: repeat row 7
Row 23: k1, p1, k1, (p1, k4, p3, k4) 3 times, (p1, k1) 2 times
Row 24: k1, p1, k3, (p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k3) 3 times, p1, k1
repeat rows 5-24 1 time
repeat rows 5-14 1 time
Repeat rows 1-4 1 time and bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in loose ends.