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Dishcloth Knit Along

Knit-a-Long anyone?

Dishcloths are so easy and quick to knit up and make great gifts

I like knit a longs where everyone works on the same project at the same time opposed to those where forum members can just drop in.  Ravely has KAL groups–quite a few actually but when I ‘ve searched I haven’t found any projects I was interested in making.  It has been years since I searched thru Yahoo for groups but I happened to see the groups icon in my toolbar and was actually surprised that groups were still around.

A quick search for knitting brought me to a dishcloth knit along group that has been in existence for years.  What’s so great about the Monthly Dishcloth Knit Along group is that you create two dishcloths a month (that’s 24 gifts you make each year!!!) and the host provides you will 7 or so rows to knit per day.  Committing to that 30 minutes or so per evening means you have two dozen Christmas Gifts at the end of a year.  To me this is incredibly helpful and keeps me on track.  It also means I’m not spending hours every week searching for the next pattern to make.

You can join the group to at:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/

The first KAL I was involved in was for the cloth above.  It turned out to be a Giraffe which works out because it coordinates with the high chair our grandsons use here.

Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps

Double Stranded Earflap Hat in Parallelogram Knit Pattern
~Knit flat

I wanted a hat to go with the Parallelogram Scarf but didn’t know if it would have to be ‘converted’ to be knit in the round.  If so, that was way over my head and I decided knitting it flat would work just as well.  Also, I wanted earflaps and wanted them along with the rows around the bottom to be in garter stitch to coordinate with the edges of the scarf so I worked up this pattern.

The scarf took several days to knit….this hat only a day.

Here is the pattern

Size 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles
One skein of worsted weight yarn in the same color separated into 2 equal size balls
Crochet Hook or yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

*NOTE: This entire pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn
This hat is knitted flat and then seamed to finish*

Begin with Earflaps
Cast on 3
Knit 2 rows
Row 3 – increase 1 stitch at the end and beginning of row (5)
Row 4-Knit all
Odd rows- repeat row 3, adding two stitches each of these rows
Even rows- repeat row 4 until there are 19 stitches

Cut yarn leaving a 12-18″ tail and move stitches to a holder or an extra needle

Make second earflap using pattern above

Cast on 2 (this will be for the back of the hat which is divided but will be seamed when you are finished)
Knit across first earflap
Cast on 8 (this will be the front of your hat)
Knit across second ear flap
Cast on 2 stitches (to finish back of hat)
You should have 50 stitches total

Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows
Continue knitting using this pattern stitch until patterned area is approx 7″ long

Row 1: *P5, K5* repeat 4 more times
Row 2: *K1, P4, K4, P1* repeat 4 more times
Row 3: *K2, P3, K3, P2* repeat 4 more times
Row 4: *K3, P2, K2, P3* repeat 4 more times
Row 5: *K4, P1, K1, P4* repeat 4 more times
Row 6: *K5, P5* repeat 4 more times
Row 7: *P1, K4, P4, K1* repeat 4 more times
Row 8: *P2, K3, P3, K2* repeat 4 more times
Row 9: *P3, K2, P2, K3* repeat 4 more times
Row 10: *P4, K1, P1, K4* repeat 4 more times

Shaping Crown
Rows 1 and 2 Knit rows in garter stitch
Decrease evenly until only several stitches remain.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to gather top and seam up the back of the hat with a yarn needle.

Pick up 3 stitches from the inside of each ear flap and knit an icord for desired length.

Print a PDF of this pattern Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps

Double Stranded Reversible Parallelogram Scarf Knitting Pattern

Chunky Reversible Parallelogram Muffler type Scarf

Free EASY Knitting Pattern

This was the first item I knitted using a patterned stitch.

I wanted a muffler type scarf that was wide enough to wrap around my head but long enough to go around my neck and into my coat for when I was walking the dogs out in our windy fields.

reversible parallelogram stitch knit with two strands of yarn
This is a very easy to follow stitch pattern

The Reversible Parallelogram stitch pattern was something I found at Knitting On The Net and I liked it but by seeing the photo of the swatch wanted a cleaner edge so I chose to make garter stitches on each side for a border.

I used two skeins of Red Heart SS  Gray Heather for the scarf.

The add-on 11″ fringe took a third skein.


  • Size 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles
  • Two skeins of worsted weight yarn in the same color
  • Crochet Hook or yarn needle to weave in ends or attach fringe

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch (not important)

With 2 strands held together loosely cast on 30 stitches

Knit six rows in garter stitch

Continue in pattern below

Row 1: knit last 5 stitches * P5, K5* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 2: knit last 5 stitches * K1, P4, K4, P1* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 3: knit last 5 stitches * K2, P3, K3, P2* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 4: knit last 5 stitches * K3, P2, K2, P3* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 5: knit last 5 stitches * K4, P1, K1, P4* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 6: knit last 5 stitches * K5, P5* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 7: knit last 5 stitches * P1, K4, P4, K1* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 8: knit last 5 stitches * P2, K3, P3, K2* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 9: knit last 5 stitches * P3, K2, P2, K3* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 10: knit last 5 stitches * P4, K1, P1, K4 * repeat, knit last 5 stitches

Rep Rows 1 – 10 until desired length.  I knit 20 sets of the pattern for a scarf that was 62“ long

6 rows of garter stitch

BO loosely

Add fringe if desired.  I added 11” fringe to each end.

P- Purl
BO- Bind/Cast Off
CO- Cast on

Download a copy of this Pattern


Knit a coordinating chunky reversible parallelogram knit hat with earflaps

How to Knit a Throw Pillow

We got an inquiry about how to knit a loop stitch pillow instead of crochet one like the pattern here

If you haven’t found a pattern you want to use for knitting your pillow at either Knitting Pattern Central or Ravelry there is an explanation at this site:  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-knit-throw-pillows.html


Also, there are a couple videos you might want to check out.

The first, at this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssbkMawpE-M is demonstrated with Super Bulky Yarn

The second, from KnittingHelp.com shows how to make double looks with worsted weight yarn.  Just scroll down the page to find ‘Decorative Stitches’.


Indianapolis Colts Earflap Hat with checkerboard

Hand Knit Colts Earflap Hat 

Indianapolis Colts Knitted Earflap Hat
Checkerboard Earflap Hat with Indianapolis Colts Logo on Ears

My son wanted a knitted earflap hat/snow boarders hat with an Indianapolis Colts theme.

I found a chart for the Colts Horseshoe here: http://creativeramblings.blogspot.com/2008/03/indianapolis-colts-hat-with-charted.html and had originally planned on putting the Colts logo itself on the front of the hat but as I started the earflap I suddenly decided to use her Baby Colts Hat chart for the ear flaps and…..Since I had been wanting to do some knitted colorwork and make a checkboard pattern why not combine it with the blue and white for the colts?

Here is the pattern I use for Knitted Earflap Hats.  For this hat with the stranded colorwork I would take it up to 88 stitches with the size 8’s or 80 with size 9 needles

–On the increase row where you get up to 14 stitches place markers to show your inside 10 stitches.  Why?  Because the chart is a 10 stitch pattern so this way  you can still use Make One Right or Make One Left Increases (I use the M1R that I learned here because the increases are almost impossible to see http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases) outside of your pattern area opposed to inside it which would be too much mental work IMO

–The horse shoe pattern in 14 rows high so by time I got done with the earflaps they were 28 stitches each so instead of robbing from the front stitches (my boys like their entire face exposed and the earflaps coming down the side of their face just before their ears) cast on the normal amount of front stitches and take your back stitches down to only a few ( I did four st).  If you have too many stitches you can always K2tog evenly around in your first couple rows.

The hat itself was a little smaller than it should have been but that was due to the fact that I realized I knit too tight especially with two colors and I have rectified that.  The puckers are invisible to him (gotta love kids) he is simply too tickled to have this hat to wear and BONUS  it is so warm plus I lined the ears and he says none of the Lake Michigan winds get thru them.  :)