Thursday, May 26, 2011

Decreasing Cable Towel Toppers

After making the first towel toppers I did, I had the idea to make similar ones with cables. I love cables. And I really liked the idea of having a towel topper that had more going on for it.

These start out in a k6, p2 rib pattern which diminishes and cables as the pattern goes on. I also did 2 buttonholes with a wider strap than most patterns use.

These are done in regular, worsted - weight cotton, although you could use any weight and type of yarn. Keep in mind that cotton doesn't have much stretch, so be sure to knit loosely.

Abbreviations Used
k knit
p purl
ssk slip, slip knit
CL3, slip 3 stitches onto cable needle in front of work, knit 3, knit 3 off cable needle
CL2, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle in front of work, knit 2, knit 2 off cable needle
CL1, slip 1 stitches onto cable needle in front of work, knit 1, knit 1 off cable needle

I used 62 stitches, but as long as the number you cast on is divisible by 8 + 6 it will work.

To start, use a darning needle to create stitches down the middle of the towel. I found the instructions here to be helpful with this.

Rows from there:

1: Pick up stitches
2: p6, *k2, p6, repeat from * to end of round
3: k6, *p2, k6, repeat from * to end of round
4: and all even rows - purl all purled stitches and knit all knit stitches as they face you.
5-9: repeat row 1
11: CL3, *p2, CL3, repeat from * to end of round
13-15: k6, *p2,k6, repeat from * to end of round
17: k1, ssk, ssk, k1, *p2, k1, ssk, ssk, k1, repeat from * to end of round
19: CL2, *p2, CL2, repeat from * to end of round
21: k4, *p2, k4, repeat from * to end of round
23: ssk, ssk, *p2, ssk, ssk, repeat from * to end of round
25: CL1, *p2, CL1, repeat from * to end of round
27: k2, *p2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of round
29: ssk, *p, ssk, repeat from * to end of round
31-51: 61 k1,p1 rib
53: k1, p1, k1, cast off 2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, cast off 2, k1, p1, k1
54: p1, k1, p1, cast on 2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, cast on 2, p1, k1, p1
55-66: k1, p1 rib
57: k2tog across
58: k2tog beg & end of row
59: k2tog across
60: cast off remaining stitches

Weave in ends and sew on buttons.

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful work. I love cable too and will be looking for towels to use for this.

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  2. Can you explain row 31-51 ? I know the k1 p1 rib but what is the 61 ?

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    1. I think that it is just a Typo.and is most likely the same rib pattern as rows 55 - 66.

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  3. what is the explanation of row 31-51 and the instruction 61?

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    1. I think that it is just a Typo.and is most likely the same rib pattern as rows 55 - 66.

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  4. I am wondering if you can explain rows 5 - 9 to me...it says to "repeat Row 1" but Row 1 was the "Pick up stitches" row?? Do you mean repeating Row 2 or do a repeat of rows 3 & 4? Also in your description of the towel topper in the start of your blog you state that it "starts with a K6, P2 rib pattern but in the instructions you start with a *P6, K2* is that correct or should it be reversed? I love this pattern and this my first attempt at knitting a Towel Topper so any clarity you can provide me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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