King Charles Brocade Dishcloth
King Charles Brocade Dishcloth
Designer :Barbara Collins - List mom for the DishclothsRUs email group
Rating: Medium

Materials: Size 7 needles (I always use a 24-inch circular)
Cotton yarn - 1 skein


Directions:
Cast on 43 stitches (for a cloth that is 10x10 inches) or cast on 31 stitches for a cloth that is approximately 8x8 inches).

Keep three stitches on either side in garter stitch (I place markers to help me remember this -- it makes a frame for the pattern).
Knit 4 rows of garter stitch.

Begin pattern:
Row 1 (right side) - K1, *p1, k9, p1, k1; repeat from *.
Row 2 - K1, *p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k1; rep from *.
Row 3 - K1, *p1, k1, p1, k5, (p1, k1) twice; rep from *.
Row 4 - P1, *(p1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2; rep from *.
Row 5 - K1, *k2, (p1, k1) three times, p1, k3; rep from *.
Row 6 - P1, *p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p4; rep from *.
Row 7 - K1, *k4, p1, k1, p1, k5; rep from *.
Row 8 - Repeat row 6.
Row 9 - Repeat row 5.
Row 10 - Repeat row 4.
Row 11 - Repeat row 3.
Row 12 - Repeat row 2.

Repeat pattern rows 1 through 12 a total of 5 times for the cloth with 43 stitches (or a total of 4 times for the smaller cloth with 31 stitches).

Then knit four more rows of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.


And there you have it!! This pattern is a multiple of 12 plus 1 so you could use it for a bigger item (afghan maybe?) or any other place you wanted a pretty pattern. Another hint -- there is a lot of switching back and forth from knit to purl and back again. Make sure that you are pulling the yarn tight when you do the switches or you will leave tiny holes -- not good -- I found this from experience!! :-)

The name comes from the fact that I used a Barbara Walker pattern - "King Charles Brocade" from her first treasury, page 31. It has an interesting little story with it and I wanted to share that as well. Seems that this pattern stitch carries a historical footnote of a rather gruesome nature. It is one of the patterns in a vest worn by King Charles I of England on the day of his execution in 1649. This vest, a marvelous piece of master knitting for the period, was worked in blue silk. It was preserved in the London Museum.

I made it in Sage Green Sugar 'n Cream and it is lovely. I believe that it will show the pattern best if worked in a solid color. Anything variegated or multi-colored will hide the pattern.


Thank you so much Barbara for allowing me to share this lovely pattern.


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