Neapolitan Valentine

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!

Ravel it!

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.

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