One of the best ways to learn new crochet and knit stitches is in making test squares. I do it all the time when I am learning a stitch - I make a square. After awhile if you are like me, you tend to end up with totes full of squares - of course with the intention of someday putting them together for a fabulous sampler afghan - or two - or three ...
Help is on the way! If you really want to make the afghan - or 2 or 3 - then by all means go ahead and use up your yarn stash in this way. Personally I favour the idea of making those test squares into something a bit more useful - like for instance - dishcloths!
Can you ever have enough dishcloths? I don't think so!
So if I see some Handicrafter Cotton on sale in the pound-sized balls I buy a couple. I love the variegated ones, but for my own kitchen I prefer the white or ivory because I tend to bleach my dishcloths to death - so no sense waisting all that pretty color.
I'm going to start the dishcloth series with a couple of fairly basic stitches. Today's will be a knit square using knit and purl stitches only- and creating a cute striped and checked pattern. If you don't want your dishcloth as large as mine ( 8"x 6.5") reduce the number of stitches you cast on in multiples of 2! This is a perfect beginner dishcloth, and when finished has some nice texture to scrub those dishes clean!
Worsted Weight Cotton
Size 7 (4.5mm) straight needles.
Cast on 42 stitches.
ROW 1 & 2 - Knit
ROW 3 (RS) - K2, *P2, K2; rep from * across
ROW 4 - P2 *K2,P2; rep from * across
ROW 5 & 6 - Knit
ROW 7 - Repeat ROW 4
ROW 8 - Repeat ROW3
Repeat ROWS 1-8 (5) times, and then ROWS 1-6 once more. Bind off.
Next week I will have a pattern for a very pretty round dishcloth in Knit.