Normally, I am not a ‘home dec’ kind of knitter. But last winter, friends from long ago came to visit and Mrs. K. gave me a great, hand-knit, stove towel.
When I asked for the pattern, Mrs. K. frowned and said she had re-written it into her own words which was at best, she thought, a language all it’s own, and at worst, simply scribbles. Hmmm, she seemed to think this was unusual. I suggested she take a look at some of my knitting pattern notes. Assured I wouldn’t make fun of her scribbles and that I would be able to decipher their meaning, she shared her pattern.
I had great fun making my first stove towel.
Knit with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton and a 4.5mm needle, it was a quick knit. The pattern is a simple 12 row repeat, I am sharing here.
Cast on 61 stitches,
Rows 1 – 8, Knit.
Rows 9 – 12, K6, YO, K2tog to last 5 stitches, K5.
Repeat the 12 row pattern a total of 6 times, then work several rows of decreases as follows.
Next row Knit 29, k2tog, Knit 30. (This leaves an even number of stitches)
Next row, K10, K2tog across.
Next row – K9, K2tog across, next row, K8, K2tog across, next row, K7, K2tog across.
Repeat, working one less stitch before the K2tog each row until there are 5 or 6 stitches remaining.
Knit those few stitches until tab is 4 inches long.
Next row, Knit across, working a YO K2tog buttonhole in the centre of the row. Knit one more row, Cast off.
Sew on a button and fasten on your stove handle.
Mine, I think, I will gift to my next-door, trailer neighbour when I leave for home at summer’s end. She has been accompanying me on my daily, morning walk. This is a great comfort to me as I think bears less likely to attack if there are two of us. Perhaps I’m naive. Her husband says – two walkers make a bigger meal for the bear.