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Autumnal Sun Coaster/Dishcloth

Posted by Jenn

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I recently survived an "I don't have enough cotton-based yarn" phase. I'm not sure if it was the plethora of dishcloth patterns I'd seen (combined with my need for instant gratification) or if I just couldn't get over all the overwhelmingly beautiful colors now available from Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

Whatever the reasons, I had stockpiled a full, ginormous box of Lily Sugar 'n Cream that I purchased from Blitsy during my cotton yarn gorge-fest. And I needed to do something with it.

So I dug into my new stash and got to town on a new technique I've become obsessed with: knitting wedges to create a circle. It's a simple technique and there's a lot you can do with it, and I wanted to see what I could design.

And so, this quick-and-easy dishcloth/coaster was born. The size can easily be adjusted to create a placemat that would look lovely as part of your holiday settings this year.

Although I used fall colors for my prototype, a red-and-white variegated cotton yarn would make for an amazing peppermint motif post-Thanksgiving (hint-hint!) Or choose solid colors to coordinate each circle with your home's decor. The options are endless, which makes this pattern versatile and customizable to your preferences!

Here's what you'll need:

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Notes:

Final size can be adjusted by casting on more or less stitches (ie: these would make cute placemats, too!) You can also make the bind-off picots larger or smaller by casting on more or less stitches to your left needle before binding them off. Just remember to bind off one more stitch than you cast on.

Pattern:

Using your Main Color (MC), CO 13 (If you’d like, you can work a provisional cast-on to make the Garter Kitchener Stitch easier when joining edges upon completion)

Wedge (turn work at the end of each row):

All slip stitches should be slipped as if to purl.
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One wedge made.

Why slip the first stitch? I’ve chosen to slip the first stitch of each row to make border creation easier. You’ll be picking up and knitting for the border, and slipping the first stitch creates a rather attractive “V” shape that helps you find where to insert the knitting needle.

Repeat wedge pattern until edges can be comfortably joined to create a circle. It’s important that the circle lies flat when joined. For me, it took a total of 9 repeats (10 wedges). Join edges using the Garter Kitchener Stitch.

Garter Kitchener (Grafting) Stitch:

If you’ve used the provisional cast-on, remove your placeholder yarn and insert a needle into your first row of stitches. Otherwise, you’ll work directly into the fabric.

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Repeat Steps 4-7 until no stitches remain.

At this point, you will probably have a small opening in the center of your circle. Cut yarn, leaving a fairly long tail and sew through the garter stitch bumps that surround your opening, then pull tight to close the gap.

Border and Picot Bind-Off:

Using your Contrasting Color (CC), select a Right Side (RS) of your work, then pick up and knit around the completed circle until all edge stitches have been knit. Use the slipped stitches at the beginning of each row to find where to pick up the stitch so that your edge is even and your circle doesn’t ruffle.

Create the Picot Edge:

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Repeat steps 1-3 until no stitches remain.

Finishing:

Using your tapestry needle, weave in ends.

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