Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Diagonal Bee Stitch Cloth

This pattern is an easy variation of Grandmother's Favorite by using the Bee Stitch instead of garter stitch. I must give Rhonda of Knitting Knonsense fame credit for the idea for this cloth after I saw her baby blanket in her ravelry notebook. She kindly gave me permission to post the directions for this super easy pattern! Thanks Rhonda :)

Note abbreviations:
YO = yarn over
K1SB = k1 in stitch below (directions found here)
K2tog = K2 together

With worsted weight yarn,
Cast on 4 stitches with size 7 (us) needles for cloth [10 1/2 (us) for blanket]
Row 2: K2, YO, K2
Row 3: K2, YO, K3
R0w 4: K2, YO, K4
Row 5: K2, YO, K5
Row 6: K2, YO, K1, K1SB, K4
Row 7: K2, YO, Knit across
Row 8: K2, YO, K1, K1SB, k1, K1SB, K4
Row 9: K2, YO, Knit across

Continue in this manner always starting every row with K2, YO, K1 and ending every row with K4.
Odd rows: Knit across
Even rows: *(K1SB, K1 ) repeat from *

Until there are 50 stitches on your needle. (more stitches if your are making a blanket...amount of stitches will depend on desired size)
Begin decreases:
R0w 1: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, *(K1SB, K1) repeat from * ending K4
Row 2: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit across

Repeat these two rows until there are 4 stitches on your needle, bind off and weave in ends.

For easier printing download PDF file.

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  1. Nice...looks nice than plain ole garter stitch.

    Thanks to you and Rhonda for sharing.


  2. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  3. You are such a sweetie!!! Thank you I am starting on it right now.


  4. And PRESTO she delivers the pattern!!
    I have to try this one soon! I just got home from Walmart with two balls of Fiesta. :)
    Thank you for sharing the pattern!!

  5. Thank you for taking the time to type up the pattern and share it with us. I love how it's a good pattern for both solid and variegated yarn; I always find it harder to find patterns for the variegateds.

  6. Thank you so much. I had tried to start it but I had a mess. I just needed a little help and I'm off and running. Thanks to Rhonda too!!

  7. Thanks to you and to Rhonda. I finally did a Bee stitch for the first time a few weeks ago. Soon, I'll have to give this one a whirl. Love it.

  8. thanks for sharing..your wonderful ;o)

  9. Both are pretty but I am really partial to the variegated diagonal one ! Very nice. Thanks.

  10. I really like the diagonal one, too!

  11. I really like that one. I will have to pick up some more dishcloth yarn on my next shopping trip. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Lovely - thank you for sharing.

  13. Very cute - and I was just thinking about making another dishcloth!

  14. What a lovely cloth. Thanks for posting the pattern!

  15. Thanks for another great pattern!

  16. Thanks for your diagonal bee stitch. i have attempted the bee stitch before,but this is the first time I have succeeded. Thank you again.

  17. I don't get it!!

    Instructions say to knit across odd rows, yet, (for example),row 3 says: K2,YO,K3.......

    Even rows : *(K1SB,K1) but yet again even rows such as row 4 says K2,YO,K4....not to mention every row, according to instructions, is to be
    started with K2, YO, K1 and ending every row with knit 4......?????!!!!!!!

    These are the most confusing instructions I've ever had to deal with.........

    1. Wow, this pattern has been available since 2008 and you are the first person to complain about how the pattern was written! You are reading much more into this easy pattern. This is a diagonal pattern with a built in eyelet border (based on Grandmother's Favorite), hence starting every row with K2, YO. The first 5 rows make the first corner and establish enough stitches to begin your bee stitch pattern. If you follow the pattern as written you should have no problem knitting this very easy dishcloth. Perhaps you should try knitting a Grandmother's Favorite (see link in beginning of my post) dishcloth first, so you will be able to understand how this dishcloth is constructed. Then incorporating the bee stitch into the pattern will make more sense to you.

      After you make the plain grandmother's favorite I definitely think you will find that this is not a confusing pattern at all :)

      Good luck and happy knitting :)

      P.S. Be sure and post another comment once you give it another try. Thanks.

  18. I have made so, so many of these but have never used the K1SB stitch before. Not really sure how to but love the design.


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