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Reverse-bloom flower washcloths.(luscious knits)(Reprint).

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The flower shape of the cushy cotton chenille washcloths shown here is achieved in what you could call a reverse-bloom style: First you knit the five petals (blooms) in garter stitch, then you attach them to each other by knitting them together in the round; to finish, you work in Stockinette stitch, with gradual decreases, to the center.

This project can be worked entirely on doublepointed needles, but you can see the flower come to life nicely, and you can leave the petals on the circular needle as you complete them, if you begin with the circular needle and change to double-pointed needles when necessary.


you'll need

* Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille (100%
cotton; 98 yards/50 grams): one skein for
each cloth. Shown in green (#6320), pink
(#2054), and orange (#2230).

* Circular (circ) 16" needle size US 6
(4mrn),

* Double-pointed needles (dpn) size US
6 (4mm), longer than 8" recommended.
(Note: Change size if necessary to obtain
the correct gauge.)

* Notions: Stitch marker; yarn needle;
stitch holders or waste yarn (optional).

Gauge; 16 sts and 26 rounds = 4" in
Stockinette stitch (St st)

what to do

Petals (make 5)

Using either circ or dpn, CO 11 sts.

Row 1 : Knit across all sts.
For Rows 2-20, slip the last st of every
row as if to purl with yarn in front, to
create a smooth edge for the petal.

Row 2: Insert the tip of the right-hand
needle between the first 2 sts on the
left-hand needle, draw up a loop, and
place it on the left-hand needle-1 st
increased. Knit across all sts, slipping
the last st of the row as given above.

Rows 3, 4, and 5: Repeat Row 2-15 sts
after completing Row 5.

Rows 6 and 7: Knit across all sts,
slipping last st as before.

Rows 8 and 9: Repeat Row 2-17 sts
after completing Row 9.

Rows 10 and 11 : Knit across all sts,
slipping last st as before.

Rows 12 and 13: Repeat Row 2-19 sts
after completing Row 13.

Rows 14 and 15: Knit across all sts,
slipping last st as before.

Rows 16 and 17: Repeat Row 2-21 sts
after completing Row 17.

Rows 18, 19, and 20: Knit across all sts,
slipping last st as before.

Row 21 : Knit across all sts.
Break yarn, leaving an 8" tail. Make 4
more petals for a total of 5 petals. If
using a circ needle, you can leave the
petals on the cable part of the needle
as you work the others. If using dpns, place petals on stitch
holders or waste yarn.


Flower Center

Place all petals on circ needle or dpns with the yarn tail
hanging at the same side of each petal. Join for working in
the rnd (round), and place marker to indicate the beginning
of rnd-105 sts. If beginning on circ needle, change to dpns
when there are too few sts to continue using the circ.

Rnds 1,2, and 3: Knit all sts.

Rnd 4: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * around to last st, end k1-79 sts.

Rnds 5 and 6: Knit all sts.

Rnd 7: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, end k3-60 sts.

Rnd 8 and 9: Knit all sts.

Rnd 10: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end-45 sts.

Rnds 11 and 12: Knit all sts.

Rnd 13: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to last st, end k1-34 sts.

Rnds 14 and 15: Knit all sts.

Rnd 16: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to last st, end k1-23 sts.

Rnd 17: Knit all sts.

Rnd 18: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2tog-15 sts.

Rnd 19: Knit all sts.

Rnd 20: K2tog around to last st, end kl-8 sts.

Rnd 21: BO all sts.

Weave in ends securely, weaving each end back on itself to
ensure that it does not work loose. To block, saturate with
water, pat gently into shape, and allow to air-dry.

Text and photo reprinted with permission from Weekend
Knitting: 50 Unique Pro'ects and Ideas-2009 by Melanie
Falick (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and imprint of Harry N.
Abrams, Inc.).




Source Citation
"Reverse-bloom flower washcloths." Crafts 'n Things Oct. 2009: 46+. InfoTrac Vocation, Careers & Technical Education eCollection. Web. 4 Dec. 2009. .


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