RMT- May 2015

RMT- May 2015

May 1st has sneaked up on me!  Days like today I am even more thankful for lovely friends who help out designing these dishcloths!!  This on is one of Betty’s, she has worked very hard on it and her hard work has paid off in spades!  She loves to throw in a few new stitches with her cloth, but as always we will have full instructions at the bottom of the daily rows.  She will be knitting along as we go, and reading your comments.  I also think I’ll let her pick the winner this month, so be specific in your guesses.  Good Luck and have fun!


Come back to THIS post every day through May, and I’ll add two additional rows  to the pattern, listing the new rows under the date they are posted.  Don’t worry if you miss a day, I will just add the rows, never remove them.     **You may find it helpful to bookmark thedomesticdash.com, so you can find your way back!**

Use any worsted weight cotton yarn you like, (but a solid color will show up the design better).

Knit so that you create a ‘firm’ fabric, to really show off the relief stitches.  The tighter you knit the cloth, the more the design will POP!  For most of you, this will be a size 6 or 7 needle.  If you like a smaller dishcloth try using a dk weight cotton and a size 5 needle.

Just for fun, if/when you have a guess as to the design, leave a comment, the FIRST person to make an exact guess will win a prize from The Quarter Stitch in Wilmington, NC!  Good Luck!  (Hopefully the comment issues from last week are fixed!)

Cast on 45 stitches.

Row 1- Knit.

Row 2- Knit.

Row 3- Knit.

Row 4- Knit.

Row 5: k19, p7, k19

Row 6: k3, p16, k7, p16, k3

Row 7: Knit.

Row 8: k3, p39, k3

Row 9: k16, 3/1xRPC, k1b , 3/1xLPC, k16

Row 10: K3, p13 (p1, k1)x6, p14 k3

Row 11: K14, 2/1RPC, (p1, k1)x5, p1, 1/2LPC, k14        

Row 12: K3, p12, k3, (p1, k1b)x4, p1, k3, p12, k3

Row 13: k12, 2/1RPC, p1, 2/1RPC, 1/1RPC, p1, k1b, p1, 1/1LPC, 1/2LPC, p1,1/2LPC, k12

Row 14: k3, p10, k3, (p1, k2) x4, p1, k3, p10, k3

Row 15: k11, (1/1RPC, p2) x2, (k1b,p2) x3, 1/1LPC, p2, 1/1LPC, k11      

Row 16: k3, p8, (p1, k3)x2, (p1, k2)x2, (p1, k3)x2, p9, k3

Row 17: k10, (1/1RPC, p2) x3, k1b, p2, (1/1LPC, p2)x2, 1/1LPC, k10

Row 18: k3, p7, (p1, k3)x6, p8, k3

Row 19: k10 (k1b,p3)x6, k1b, k10

Row 20: k3, p7, (p1, k3)x6, p8, k3

Row 21: k10, (k1b, p3)x6, k1b, k10

Row 22: k3, p7, (p1, k3)x6, p8, k3

Row 23: k10, 1/1LC, p2, (1/1LPC, p2) x2, k1b, p2, (1/1RPC, p2)x2, 1/1RC, k10

Row 24: k3, p8, (p1, k3)x2, (p1, k2) x2, (p1, k3)x2, p9, k3

Row 25: k11, 1/1LC, p2, 1/1LPC, p2, (k1tbl, p2)x3, 1/1RPC, p2, 1/1RC, k11

Row 26: k3, p10, k3, (p1, k2) x4, p1, k3, p10, k3

Row 27: k12, 1/2LC, p1, 1/2LPC, 1/1LPC, p1, k1tbl, p1,1/1RPC, 2/1RPC, p1, 2/1RC, k12

Row 28: k3, p12, k3, (p1, k1)x4, p1, k3, p12, k3

Row 29: k14, 1/2LC, p1, (k1tbl, p1)x5, 2/1RC, k14

Row 30: k3, p13, (p1, k1)x6, p14, k3

Row 31: k16, 1/3LC, 1/1LC, k1, 1/1RC, 3/1RC, k16

Row 32: k3, p15, k9, p15, k3

Row 33: k18, p9, k18

Row 34: k3, p15, k9, p15, k3

Row 35: k17, p1, k3, M1, k6, p1, k17 (46 sts)

Row 36: k3, p14, k1, p10, k1, p14, k3

Row 37: k17, p1, k10, p1, k17

Row 38: k3, p14. k1, p10. k1, p14, k3

Row 39: k5, p2, k3, p2, k5, p1, k10, p1, k17

Row 40: k3, p14. k1, p10, k1, p7, k1, p1, k1, p4, k3

Row 41: k8, p1, k8, p1, k10, p1, k17

Row 42: k3, p14. k1, p10, k1, p14, k3

Row 43: k17, p1, k3, 1/1RPC, 1/1LPC, k3, p1, k5, p2, k3, p2, k5

Row 44: K3, p4, k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, p4, k2, p4, k1, p14, k3

Row 45: k17, (k1, YF, SP, YB) x6, k8, p1, k8    FYI  These 12 middle sts are using the linen st pattern: http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=how+to+knit+the+linen+stitch&v=_goQtWqXE3A&qsrc=472

        YF, bring yarn to front

        YB, bring yarn to back

        SP; slip next stitch as if to PURL

Row:46: k3, p14, (p1, YF, SP, YB) x 6, p14, k3

Row 47: k17, (k1, YF, SP, YB) x6, k17

Row 48: k3, p14, (p1, YB, SP, YF) x 6, p14, k3

Row 49: k17, (k1, YF, SP, YB) x6, k17

Row 50: k3, p14, (p1, YB, SP, YF) x 6, p14, k3

May 26, Reveal tomorrow!

Row 51: k17, (k1, YF, SP, YB) x6, k17

Row 52: k3, p14, (p1, YB, SP, YF) x 6, p14, k3

May 27, And the winner is Annbeth who guessed a hot air balloon on the 7th.  Betty wants you all to know she was inspired by a  Barbara Walker design from years ago.  Also the odd cable in the center of the basket is a little head peaking over the side!  Betty worked so hard on this one, as did all of you who worked through it.  Help me in wishing, Betty, Bon Voyage as she leaves Monday for a month in England, Have a wonderful trip my friend, you will be missed!  Next month we will be back to an easy,  ‘simple’ knit/purl design.  And before I forget Annbeth’s prize is a super bright ball of Plymouth’s Neon Now, congratulations! 

Image result for plymouth neon now

Row 53: k17, p12, k17

Row 54: k3, p19, p2tog, p19, k3 (45 sts)

Row 55: k45

Row 57: k3, p39, k3

Rows 58-61: knit 45

Bind off


3/1xRPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in back, k next st, p1 off cn, k next st, p1 off cn, k next st, p1 off cn. (4 st                     extended Right Purl Cross) 

3/1xLPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in front, (p1 next st, k1 off cn, p next st, k1 off cn, p next st, k last st off                      cn. (4 st extended Left Purl Cross)

1/2RPC: Slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold in back, k1, then p2 off cable needle (3 st Right Purl Cross)

2/1LPC: Slip 1 sts to cable needle, hold in front, p2, then k1 off cable needle (3 st Left Purl Cross)

2/1RPC: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k1, p2 off cn (3 st Right Purl Cross)

1/2LPC: Slip 1 sts to cn, hold in front, p2, k1 off cn (3 st Left Purl Cross)

1/1RPC: slip next st to cn, hold to back, k1, p1 off cn (2 st Right Purl Cross)

1/1 LPC: slip next st to cn, hold to front, p1, k1 off cn (2 st Left Purl Cross) 

k1b- knit the stitch through the back loop of the stitch.

1/1RC: slip next st to cn hold in back, k1 off left ndl, k1 off cn (2st Right Cross)

1/1LC: slip next st to cn, hold in front, k1 off left ndl, knit 1 off cn (2 st Left Cross)

1/2LC: slip next st to cn, hold in front,  k2, k st off cn

2/1RC: slip next 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k1, k2 off cn

1/3LC: slip next st to cn, hold in front, k3 off left ndl, k1 off cn

3/1RC: slip 3 sts on cn, hold in back, k1, k3 of cn.

M1- Make 1-  knit into the purl bump of the stitch in the row below making a new stitch.

YF, bring yarn to front

YB, bring yarn to back

SP; slip next stitch as if to PURL


164 Responses

  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm | | Reply

    Hooray! a new month! I am looking forward to Betty’s dishcloth.Maybe learning a new stitch. I would love to see May flowers or maybe a Maypole. But to go with the collection for my sister I hope for a butterfly! Thank you in advance Betty!

    1. Carol
      Carol May 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm | | Reply

      Hot air balloon.

      1. Carol
        Carol May 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm | | Reply

        Sorry I wrote in the wrong spot. This is my first time replying on a blog.

  2. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Betty, I am looking forward to the new design, you have already thrown us a curve making the edge garter stitch. How about a squirrel? The baby ones have arrived and are running all over our yard.

  3. Karen H.
    Karen H. May 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Betty! I’m going to guess a shovel and gardening tools with maybe a bucket and flowers. Maybe even a chipmunk like the ones that constantly dig up my plants!

  4. jonibee
    jonibee May 2, 2015 at 5:52 am | | Reply

    Will it be something sentimental for Mothers’ Day perhaps a basket of flowers, or something for Memorial Day like a wreath to remember loved ones that have passed..we also have Armed Forces Day ..perhaps a flag..what ever it will be I’m sure there will be alot of curves thrown to keep us in suspense..Happy May to All…

  5. Betty W
    Betty W May 2, 2015 at 8:40 am | | Reply

    Hi everyone… I hope that you all will enjoy this design. Claire is right about my knitting along with you this month. I want to be handy if someone needs some clarification and anyway, I so enjoy all your guesses and chats . Since Claire has given me the honor of choosing the winner this month I will be paying special attention to your comments. You are already reaching for the stars so I have no doubt I will enjoy my time – not to mention taking notes for possible designs in the future : ).

    Elizabeth… check out http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/papillon-cloth this is a very cute butterfly by a designer who blows me away. I’ve done several of her dish cloths for special occasions – the embossed heart and embossed turtle are wonderful !!

  6. Gail R
    Gail R May 2, 2015 at 8:51 am | | Reply

    Maybe a horse for the KY Derby, or the rose garland ?? or a Mint Julep 😉

  7. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson May 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm | | Reply

    Yay! Another cloth to knit. Started mine last night and am using avocado green cotton yarn. No idea what to motif is – perhaps a tribute to moms for Mother’s Day – a heart and basket of flowers with MOM across it. We shall see! Thanks to Betty for leading us on to a new knitting adventure!

  8. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 2, 2015 at 11:01 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Betty, I have already made several of the free butterfly dishcloths from Ravelry. I am looking forward to this month. You always keep us guessing and suprised!

  9. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 2, 2015 at 11:11 pm | | Reply

    How about a spaceship/rocket ship/space shuttle/shooting star in honor of Sally Ride. a Turtle for international turtle day.

  10. jonibee
    jonibee May 3, 2015 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    How about a Hersheys’ Kiss for Mom..chocolate always brings smiles..

  11. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson May 3, 2015 at 8:42 am | | Reply

    Maybe it is a vase with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers…

  12. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson May 3, 2015 at 8:44 am | | Reply

    …or a vase with a single flower (rose?) for Mother’s Day…

  13. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm | | Reply

    Perhaps we are making a tree trunk.

  14. Betty W
    Betty W May 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm | | Reply

    Whew – I lost my modem Sat morning and wasn’t sure just when I’d be up on the net again. Charter came through for us this time. Their tech showed up today and said we were so out dated it was a wonder anything worked : 0. But.. we’re back in the correct century now and he said we would be good for another 20 years !

    Love the guesses guys. Elizabeth, I had no idea there was an international turtle day ! I finished the turtle Barbara Walker designed a couple of weeks ago – I must have been linked with the calendar !

  15. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 3, 2015 at 11:22 pm | | Reply

    Well it isn’t a tree trunk. Are you leading us down a garden path? Hope the computer recovers soon.

  16. Sue Martin
    Sue Martin May 4, 2015 at 12:05 am | | Reply

    Maybe a Mayapple plant/flower

  17. Sue Martin
    Sue Martin May 4, 2015 at 12:09 am | | Reply

    A tussie mussie

  18. Rachel
    Rachel May 4, 2015 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    No guess yet but May the 4th be with you!

  19. Annbeth winters
    Annbeth winters May 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm | | Reply

    Dear Claire-So excited my beautiful yarn just arrived.What a lovely present .Today is my
    Birthday.I am 77 young.I have started the new cloth wondering what special stitches Betty
    Has in store for us? thank you all for making so many women happy..


  20. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm | | Reply

    Annbeth, Happy birthday! Also, congratulations on winner the last riddle. Have you any idea what you are going to do with the beautiful yarn?

  21. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 4, 2015 at 8:06 pm | | Reply

    Whoops, Don’t seem to be able to spell I should have written either winning or being the winner of.

  22. Betty W
    Betty W May 4, 2015 at 10:47 pm | | Reply

    Oh Man !! No matter how many times I go through these things there is always a bump in the road that I fail to catch. So sorry guys…
    Row 14 should read:
    : K14, 1/2RPC, (p1, k1)x5, p1, 2/1LPC, k14
    1/2RPC: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k1, p2 off cn (3 st Right Purl Cross)
    2/1LPC: Slip 1 sts to cn, hold in front, p2, k1 off cn (3 st Left Purl Cross)
    This is why I wanted to knit along with you but I think I’ll skip ahead about 4 days so I can maybe catch any other glitches if they exist.

  23. Betty W
    Betty W May 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm | | Reply

    Geeze… Row 11 on the correction not row 14. Sigh… it’s really a wonder at times that I can manage to find my knitting needles much less knit with them !!!

  24. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm | | Reply

    I hate to be a pain but what happened to row 9.

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 5, 2015 at 10:18 am | | Reply

      Oh pooh Marjorie… I never noticed 9 was missing… going to frog out the past several rows to make sure the knitting will be ok for 10 & 11 after 9… Row 9 will post at the end of the comments for today too.
      Row 9: k16, 3/1xRPC, k1b , 1/3xLPC, k16
      1/3xRPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in back, k next st, p1 off cn, k next st, p1 off cn, k
      next st, p1 off cn. (4 st extended Right Purl Cross)
      1/3xLPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in front, (p1 next st, k1 off cn, p next st, k1 off cn,
      p next st, k last st off cn. (4 st extended Left Purl Cross)

  25. Donna B.
    Donna B. May 5, 2015 at 3:39 am | | Reply

    I am just starting to learn to knit with the help of a friend, and some printed materials and You Tube. I know how to cast on, knit and purl. Is this dishcloth KAL project appropriate for a beginner like me? Or will it get too complicated for a neo-phyte knitter?
    Thank you.

    1. lyndell
      lyndell May 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm | | Reply

      i have been knitting for 55 years, also crochet, petite point, cross stitch, needle point, and embroidery all of it professionally at one time or another, and also framing everything for lys. i frogged row 9 three times and almost ditched the whole project. ungiving cotton yarn, cables one stitch at a time back and forth. i guarantee this is the most difficult project i have ever done. dishcloths should be fun knitting projects to do while watching tv. i am going to finish this bugger to spite the pattern and then delete it!!!

  26. annbeth
    annbeth May 5, 2015 at 7:28 am | | Reply

    Just noticed row 9 is missing.so Iwill stop and wait.No problem.better than frogging. I. Switched to #6 needle,looking really good.
    I am definitely going to knit something for myself and a shawl is just what I need.

  27. Judy
    Judy May 5, 2015 at 10:35 am | | Reply

    Row 9 is missing… I will stop and wait also. Thanks for catching this!

  28. Betty W
    Betty W May 5, 2015 at 10:40 am | | Reply

    Well, thanks to Marjorie I found out I was way too tired last night to be able to count. You know, I was sure this pattern would be a-ok – positive if fact. This is why I don’t gamble !
    i have frogged the knitting i did last night (which was ok btw) and am going to knit row 9, 10, 11 and then double check the pattern that’s been posted so far. I will post again with the result so… for those who went on without row 9, you will have to frog back with me. I hate this for you but here’s a hint you might want to do… when you knit a row and it comes out ok, run a length of dental floss through each stitch and make a note of which row it is. This way if you have to rip down the process will stop at the dental floss and all those sts will be waiting for you to pick them up again. it’s a bit of a pain to do but makes the knitting easier for you if you aren’t used to ripping.

    Donna… I think while this pattern will give you a great challenge, if you take the knitting slowly you will be able to do it. I can talk you through any problems you might be having most of the time. So, I’d say go for it and post any questions. BUT – don’t let it frustrate you. If you reach that point, just put the knitting down but stay with us. Most of the squares are more suited for beginners and are fun knits. I discovered doing cables isn’t as complicated as it looks a long time ago and like knitting them better and Claire has graciously allowed them but the last thing I want to do is discourage someone from knitting. You will reach the point to where cables are easy for you one day so just keep on moving your needles : ).

  29. Betty W
    Betty W May 5, 2015 at 11:27 am | | Reply

    ok …. row 9, 10 and 11 are:
    Row 9: k16, 3/1xRPC, k1b , 3/1xLPC, k16
    3/1xRPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in back, k next st, p1 off cn, k next st, p1 off cn, k
    next st, p1 off cn. (4 st extended Right Purl Cross)
    3/1xLPC: slip 3 sts to cn, hold in front, (p1 next st, k1 off cn, p next st, k1 off cn,
    p next st, k last st off cn. (4 st extended Left Purl Cross)
    Row 10: K3, p13 (p1, k1)x6, p14 k3
    Row 11: K14, 2/1RPC, (p1, k1)x5, p1, 1/2LPC, k14
    2/1RPC: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k1, p2 off cn (3 st Right Purl Cross)
    1/2LPC: Slip 1 sts to cn, hold in front, p2, k1 off cn (3 st Left Purl Cross)

    Please note: I think it’s a general rule that with fraction cable cross instructions, the left side of the fraction is the number of sts that go on the cable needle – this makes logical sense to me and why I gulped at row 11. The two parts of the fraction are the number of total sts used to create it. So, as you knit the cable crosses, follow the instructions for the knitting under the line and you will be ok. I’m sorry for the mix-up but if you are still with me the rest of the instructions should be ok (although I’m still going to knit two rows ahead of you to make triple sure !

  30. Kathleen
    Kathleen May 5, 2015 at 11:34 am | | Reply

    I have learned along the way that dental floss is not the best thing to use for a lifeline – it has the potential to cut through the yarn. A better thing to use is embroidery floss, crochet cotton thread, or perle cotton. Something that won’t cause harm to your work.

  31. Kathleen
    Kathleen May 5, 2015 at 11:51 am | | Reply

    Just checking to make sure – is k1b a knit one below?

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm | | Reply

      ah… i was so engrossed with the cables I forgot the other stuff ! k1b and p1b are, knit the next st in the back, and purl the next stitch in the back. the k1b is easy, just put the right hand needle into the back of the next stitch and knit it. With the p1b, you will have to reach to the the back side of the next stitch and put the right hand needle into it’s back from back toward you and purl it. Good catch Kathleen , thanks

  32. Sue Martin
    Sue Martin May 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm | | Reply

    A big heart

  33. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm | | Reply

    Betty, if it makes you feel any better I had started row 10 and was several stitches in before I realized there was a row missing.

  34. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 5, 2015 at 11:02 pm | | Reply

    I have knitted up through row 11 and am seeing a basket–maybe a flower basket.

  35. jonibee
    jonibee May 6, 2015 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    Betty..you are certainly keeping us on our toes or should I say points for this one..I have color coded each stitch key and have hi-lited each with the appropriate color on the row instruction line so I can understand which stitch I’m doing..

  36. Betty W
    Betty W May 6, 2015 at 7:23 am | | Reply

    Whew… ok, we are on a roll now. I actually held my breath when I opened the blog this morning. For those who are experienced knitters… “my” k1b normally reads k1tbl !! Don’t know why I couldn’t remember that ??? I’m not going to change the pattern again though – heaven knows if I did I would transpose something else !! So, the knit goes on and (knock knock) it’s going to end up a cute little dishcloth despite all : ). The one I’m knitting along with you is going to be for my granddaughter. She must have 20 or so by now but even at the wise old age of 16, she still gets tickled to get them. Annbeth – hope you had a wonderful birthday and an equally happy day today.

  37. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 6, 2015 at 7:26 am | | Reply

    Betty you said It’ only a dishcloth!
    I can’ imagine the time the work you have put into this cloth.To me you are a math genius& a great designer.
    Thank you so much,

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm | | Reply

      Thank you Annbeth. About now I’m wondering if I should order a second set of fingers and toes just so I can kept count of these sts but I do appreciate your thoughts. It certainly would help if I were a genius. I just like knitting dish cloths because I can try out ideas and see if they work within a reasonable amount of time. If an idea does work and the end result looks nice, then someone has a nice present, if not, well then I have something to wash dishes, mop the floor, scrub the bathroom etc. Either way it’s a win/win – and yes… just a dish cloth : ).

  38. Glynis Marsh
    Glynis Marsh May 6, 2015 at 8:09 am | | Reply

    A basket of May flowers is my guess.

  39. Heather
    Heather May 6, 2015 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    I’m just getting started, but wondered if row 9 (must be tricky) is correct – I looked at the latest comment in Betty’s post on May 5 and I still only get it adding up to 41 stitches instead of 45 (16 + 3/1 + k1b + 3/1 + 16 = 41) so I’m guessing that the two 16s should be 18s to keep it centered.
    I’m interested in seeing how this one goes, just have some catching up to do (at work and here!)

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm | | Reply

      Well son of a gun ! I really really think there is a gremlin who sneaks into cyber space each night and changes what I type – that HAS to be the only explanation !!

      Heather – you are a peach and you are absolutely right – there are 18 sts each side of the center design ! I hope this didn’t mess anyone up. If you did knit the row and came to the end correctly the next row would have worked out right. Another note: This pattern and it’s cable work always has the back side knitting into the knits and purling into the purls. If that doesn’t occur than something is wrong with the right side row. Thus … the odd rows are the right side of the cloth : )

      At this point the piece should have 18 knits, then a set of 3 knitted stitches leaning to the right, each one followed by a purl, then the center stitch, then 3 purls, each one followed by a knitted stitch leaning to the left and then 18 knits again. So, for those of you who copy the pattern’s lines each night, please change the 16 to an 18 as I did on my pattern.

    2. Betty W
      Betty W May 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm | | Reply

      Well… turns out I was correct after all Heather – the pattern should be 16 knitted sts on each side. I should have ripped down to 9 again before posting. Anyway, I did rip it out because it bothered me that 18 just didn’t sound correct. What actually happens when you do the cable crosses is you use up 6 sts of the row to make them. When you hold 3 on the cable needle, you knit 3 purls from the left needle between each sts on the cn. So, you end up with 13 sts in the center of the design and 16 sts on each side. um… I probably should have labeled it 3/3RPC !!! See… I did need more than one hand to count !

      1. Heather
        Heather May 7, 2015 at 8:20 am | | Reply

        I can’t count my imaginary stitches correctly – I’ll have to see what happens when I get there – sorry for adding to confusion, when I catch up (maybe tomorrow) I’ll keep quiet 🙂 (ok, maybe not, but i’ll start guessing at the image instead of the instructions!)
        thanks for bearing with me – yours are always a bit more tricky to follow in imagination and require more of a “just trust and go” approach!

  40. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm | | Reply

    Betty don’t give yourself such a hard time. I know that I wouldn’t be able to write out a pattern PERIOD never mind the beautiful ones that you and Claire work so hard to share with us each month.

  41. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 7, 2015 at 8:29 am | | Reply

    I am going to make an early guess,I think I see a hot air balloon. I am sure there is a lot more to come

  42. Judy
    Judy May 7, 2015 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Thank you, Betty! My design is starting to look like either a topiary tree or a bonsai tree in a pot. I’m using a plain wooden round toothpick instead of a cable needle, and it’s working pretty well so far!

  43. Heather
    Heather May 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm | | Reply

    ok, I caught up today – so far mine looks like a basket for something (I agree with the possibility of flowers or bonsai or hot air balloon to come) – but it’s accentuated by the brown color. So far it’s calming, and I lucked out that I had a sock project handy so I could use the tip of the needle for holding stitches for cabling – I started with my house key and it was not going so smoothly – although it did work for row 9!

  44. Betty W
    Betty W May 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm | | Reply

    LOL – you guys bring back memories of when i was machine knitting. I was in need of weights so raided my husband’s workshop for pliers, wrenches, you name it. I’ve used toothpicks too Judy and double pointed needles but – oh my Heather – a house key is really getting desperate : ). I can’t tell you how many cable needles I’ve lost through the years. The little stinkers have a way of sliding down when I turn my head and no amount of searching will produce them again. It was a happy day for me when someone showed me how to knit cables without using a needle : )

  45. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm | | Reply

    I had to use the handy hints for no cable needle until mine reappeared, I think it was afraid that it would end up in the back of a drawer if I could manage without it. Thank you Betty this one is fun and when I learn to read and not pull out rows it will be even more fun. Jonibee, if you don’t mind I will use your idea to color code the stitches maybe then I won’t end up pulling back.

  46. jonibee
    jonibee May 8, 2015 at 5:52 am | | Reply

    Marjorie..that’s fine with me..I find it alot easier, as each cable stch that is different is in different colors ..so by coloring the stitch on each line I can refer to the stitch key for correctness..

  47. jonibee
    jonibee May 8, 2015 at 7:28 am | | Reply

    I think Elizabeth’ guess on May 1st might be that of the Maypole ..looking at it upside down it looks like the ribbon extensions flowing out just need the pole now..but who really knows until the last days of this mystery…

  48. Latifa
    Latifa May 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    I’m behind just finished row 11 but it’s looking like the beginnings of a basket to me. Hopefully with a bouquet of flowers —— it’s fun wish I wasn’t behind!

  49. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm | | Reply

    I am caught up (again). I have frogged this one 4 times and almost gave up and tossed it aside. (That thought was when I was really tired. So… today after a good nights sleep and a day off work, I decided to tackle it again. I took the hint and color coded the cable stitches and took it one step at a time. I am glad I did because it wasn’t as hard as I thought (when I was tired) Thank you Betty for teaching us new cable stitches.

  50. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm | | Reply

    Happy Anniversary and have a good time!

  51. Mary
    Mary May 8, 2015 at 11:37 pm | | Reply

    Happy anniversary. Have a a great weekend. Does anyone but me see a a seashell here? I also see a basket. Really hard to tell.

  52. jonibee
    jonibee May 9, 2015 at 5:18 am | | Reply

    Happy MOMs Day to ALL …Happy Anniversary and Many More…

  53. Betty W
    Betty W May 9, 2015 at 6:02 am | | Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day for sure !! Jonibee… meant to comment color coding the instructions was a super hint. I think I’ll go back and add colors to the typing of the final pattern . Normally if I give a cloth to a knitter I also give the pattern and for a beginner, the color coding would certainly help.

    Elizabeth, I’m so happy you didn’t give up. I really think you will like the end result of this project. Actually for all who are still knitting – huge kudos to you. You have moved on past what I think was the hardest part of the cloth and learned to see how you can make a stitch shift and travel across the knitting. That ‘s a very cool thing to see (ha – in my opinion).

    For any who have decided this is too hard for them, please don’t feel too discouraged. Learning to knit is a matter of time and experience but should always be a fun thing. Ha – well, aside from the occasional having to rip. That will go on and on as you gain confidence – it’s just a part of the process no matter how experienced you are. If I were a betting person, i would put money down on the fact that sooner or later you will want to move to more challenging patterns and a great way to add to your experience is to knit the new stuff … in a dish cloth : )

  54. jonibee
    jonibee May 9, 2015 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    I’m now thinking of an umbrella over a flower cart as seen in France…or a beach umbrella…it’s coming to that beach weather…

  55. Carol
    Carol May 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm | | Reply

    Hot air balloon.

  56. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm | | Reply

    Happy Anniversary I hope you and your husband have a wonderful weekend and many more years together.

  57. June
    June May 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm | | Reply

    Love, love, love this pattern. Think it is going to be a hot air balloon.

  58. bjs29
    bjs29 May 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm | | Reply

    this is the 1st time I have done this with you and finding it to be a fun project..I won’t say I didn’t frog much cuz I did..also found it was late in the evening and was tired..I will be back next month to try another..may look at some of the past dishcloths and try some of them..Happy mother’s day ev1…

  59. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 10, 2015 at 3:57 am | | Reply

    Betty, I am glad I didn’t give up this time. I did on one of the earlier ones. IF this was the first time I had to rip something out or start over, I would no longer be knitting. As I was starting over for the 4th time, I stopped and thought about the very first thing I made and all the holes I somehow knitted into it. The wonderful friend that helped me get started gave me a great perspective on those silly holes. Instead of them being mistakes, she called them “purposeful holes”. That was about 7 years ago. I can’t wait to see what this dishcloth will be….

  60. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 10, 2015 at 3:58 am | | Reply

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY one and all!

  61. Betty W
    Betty W May 10, 2015 at 8:58 am | | Reply

    Whew – you guys are the best ! I stress just a tad over the patterns I give to Claire. If I just knew enough to make the patterns perfect…. But, I get really excited when what I imagine comes out pretty close to my idea in the knitted frame. I also believe if I can do a pattern, it can be done by anyone, even a beginner, as long as they take it slowly .

    Elizabeth – someone once told me the same thing, or close to it. Mistakes can turn into “unique pattern designs” if you want them too. When I knit for others, I will rip down to create something that is as close to the pattern as I can get. But… for myself – if I can “fix” an error so that a mistake disappears, I’ll do that instead of ripping every time. I know that will horrify some friends but, I could be 10 years old now and still think I don’t have enough knitting hours left to mess with perfection all of the time !

  62. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm | | Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you.

  63. jonibee
    jonibee May 11, 2015 at 8:40 am | | Reply

    Up-up and away..my guess a “Hot Air Baloon”

  64. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 11, 2015 at 10:58 am | | Reply

    Claire. I hope that Ana hasn’t given you any major problems and that you and all your family are safe and well.

  65. Kathleen
    Kathleen May 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm | | Reply

    Just wanted to check something – on 5/5 you said the number on the left side of the fraction is the number of stitches slipped to the cable needle. Would that mean that the 1/2 RPC should be 2/1 instead. And the 2/1 LPC would be 1/2. I keep looking at it and am not sure. Love knitting these dish cloths. Just gave 3 to my California sister.

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 12, 2015 at 2:03 am | | Reply

      Hi Kathleen.. You are correct about the 2/1RPC and 1/2LPC… I think the instructions might have been reversed under that row at one time. Can’t remember for sure but… great job at reading your stitches !! If you look at the stitch key – there is a 1/2RPC which should read slip 1 to the cn (not sl 2 to the cn) and a 2/1LPC that is reversed as well. I think these instructions might be been in the pattern line at first (can’t remember) but they are wrong. Under them the instructions for the 2/1RPC and 1/2 LPC are correct.

  66. EmJaye8
    EmJaye8 May 12, 2015 at 8:25 am | | Reply

    I’ve just cast on and am up to Row 11, but I’m having trouble with the numbers – The directions say K14 at the end, but I only have 11sts left.

    14 + 3 (2/1 cable) + 10 (p1k1x5) + 1 (p1) + 3 (1/2 cable) + 14 = 45sts

    Should I do fewer p1k1s? I really am quite excited to be cabling for the first time.

    Also, this pattern is being read around the world – I’m knitting from Seoul, Korea.

  67. Betty W
    Betty W May 12, 2015 at 3:09 pm | | Reply

    Hi EmJaye…

    The directions are correct so it would be best to try and discover where your extra sts are instead of knocking off a few at the end (that’s my trick and I can tell you with all certainty, it doesn’t work : ) So, the first thing I’d do is count the number of sts in your square. It’s possible to drop some by accident when knitting cables so make sure you do have 45 sts on the needle. Then, if you hold your square so that the last row you knitted (row 11) is facing you and start at the right side, walk your fingers across to the left side as you count off the 14 knit sts, then the 3 cable sts, and the purl etc across the row. If there is an error in the knitting, it should show up this way fairly easily. This is a great way to learn to read your sts too because it will teach you to recognize knits and purls at a glance. When you discover the missing 3 sts, rip back the row to remove them and proceed on with the knitting from there. Hope this helps you. Welcome to the group.

  68. EmJaye
    EmJaye May 12, 2015 at 8:36 pm | | Reply

    *Looks ashamed*

    I should have read more carefully. Because I didn’t double-check the CO, I thought it was supposed to be 42 sts. I’ll frog and re-do tonight.

  69. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm | | Reply

    EmJaye, no need to look ashamed I have pulled back more on this dishie than any thing that I have worked on in some time, most of it because I couldn’t read.

  70. Betty W
    Betty W May 13, 2015 at 6:29 am | | Reply

    EmJaye… If I had a nickle for every time I had to frog because I didn’t read…. nothing to feel ashamed or even silly about – it just happens. Translating these cables has gotten the best of me in this project. Because i don’t use a cable needle it was easy for my brain to twist the instructions and the errors weren’t found um … in a timely manner !! I for one am happy to see the end of this section coming up Claire and I LOVE doing cables : )

  71. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 13, 2015 at 6:48 am | | Reply

    I enjoy the new challenges.I think the newer knitters are lucky to have the opportunity to learn how to cable and read instructions. I am looking forward to more bobbles,they are great on the cloths. thanks for the fun.

  72. jonibee
    jonibee May 13, 2015 at 8:47 am | | Reply

    All’s well that ends well..EmJay, with all the help here you will succeed. Welcome aboard!

  73. Heather
    Heather May 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm | | Reply

    loving cables (was nice to take a short break on rows 19 and 21 though) still a bit behind but enjoying the fact that things will be changing and more picture should be showing up soon!

  74. bjs29
    bjs29 May 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm | | Reply

    I enjoy doing cables also..I am happy to see these are about over and looking forward to something new..I noticed most of my errors were in reading the directions..I would miss the 2x and would have to keep frogging the row..we should be seeing more of a pattern soon.

  75. Sue Martin
    Sue Martin May 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm | | Reply

    Definitely think it looks like a hot air balloon now with some words above perhaps.

  76. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm | | Reply

    Once again I have discovered that I can’t read. Betty, I am having so much fun with this one. I am thinking maybe it is a beach ball.

  77. lyndell
    lyndell May 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm | | Reply

    now i have an extra stitch. i have knit and tinked rows 9-11 now 4 times. is there any chance that the entire pattern will be corrected and in one place at the end of the month? if not i’m done. i haven’t the strength to stick this one out. i quit! do a lot of KALs and CALs go this way? this is my first try and it is not a good experience at all. unless someone tells me this pattern and constant corrections is an anomoly i will never attempt another. there are too many patterns i want to do before i die. ones that i know i will like before i cast on. i don’t think i have the patience to blunder about any more.
    sorry this is just too much wrong for kitting in the dark.

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm | | Reply

      Hi Lyndell… I’m so sorry you are having a tough time with this one. If you or anyone find this frustrating to the max, by all means frog the sts and don’t let it get you down. My goal was to offer a fun way of learning new stitches but, if a project is driving you nuts, then it is definitely not worth doing. Normally the patterns for this group are not as difficult and normally there are no corrections needed. Unfortunately, I discovered errors (yet again) as I knitting along with the group. If you are frustrated imagine how I felt to discover after 8 or so squares that my eyes didn’t catch errors ! My fingers knew what to do and my brain refused to see the typos. ARGHHH !

      Before giving up altogether, you might want to hang on for next month’s square. Part of the fun of this is ‘talking’ back and forth to the group and guessing what the picture will be. I think you will find, Claire and Eva’s patterns are both fun to knit and quick to master. The patterns are available to you in full if you click on the month under the RMT. Claire also has the patterns on her web site at Ravelry i think. I haven’t checked in awhile but there used to be pictures of the finished squares there. Hope you hang in there – you won’t regret it.

  78. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm | | Reply

    lyndell. Stick with it they are not usually this tough, and not only do you have the fun of guessing you make many friends. A couple of rows a day keep you knitting even when you don’t have time for a large garment or project.

  79. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 15, 2015 at 1:58 am | | Reply

    Lyndell, I totally understand your frustration. The first one of these I tried with cables or bobbles I gave up and quit. I came back the next month and it was an easier pattern. If this one is too frustrating, don’t force it, but come back next month and try another pattern.Claire’s patterns are usually easy and fun to follow. It’s fun talking to everyone here and the added bonus of a chance to win a beautiful skein of yarn. Hand in there.

  80. jonibee
    jonibee May 15, 2015 at 7:54 am | | Reply

    Lyndell…You haven’t lost the war..you have picked up some knowledge and will apply it again at a later time…I don’t strive for perfection it’s too frustrating..we all have met obstacles in life and it’s how we handle them that matters. Step back, tomorrow is a new day…don’t jump ship..I have had to constantly put down my knitting and go back to check whether or not I wrote down the new stitch correctly and I checked after recording it, but somehow I missed that extra line that was added …To whom it may concern: I think the stitch key should be at the beginning of the instructions and in numerical or alphabetical order..Ex : 1/1LC, 1/1Rc etc. Ktbl either before or after the cable inserts rather than lost in the middle of the cable directions. I found this so confusing and hope that future ones will be more unified. I realize it’s hard for the author and sometimes things go amuck in the translation so it’s just as hard on her as it is hard on us..

  81. Betty W
    Betty W May 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm | | Reply

    I think the reason Claire puts her st instructions at the end of the pattern is she doesn’t want to discourage anyone from at least giving the pattern a try. Ha – or maybe guessing what the picture will be ! She always puts a note in on my patterns though that there will be new stitches to learn. When I complete my patterns I normally put the instructions by numerical and alphabetical order at the top of the pattern but I found it’s handy to have them appear after the pattern line that includes them too – saves looking up and down for the instructions you need : ) I thought it would make designing easier to do things this way but… alas, it didn’t.

    Because in the designing part I’m concentrating on what the pattern should look like, it’s easy for me to transpose instruction lines and not catch the error right off. And.. once the deed is done, it’s not so easy to spot the mistake, even when I knit the pattern over and over again ! So, this time I waited months after finishing the writing before I knitted the square up again. You would think that would solve the issue but, apparently I find it nearly impossible to knit a pattern, ANY pattern as it’s written. There is always the thought… “I wonder if this would look better if …” so changes occur. In this case that happened a few times and compounded the issue. but… I still honestly think that if this square is knitted to the end, you will be pleased with the result. Ha – if not, well, I promise you this dish cloth will wash just as good as any other dish cloth : ).

    There are several great points to knitting with us… 1: you guys are fantastic and extremely supportive and the chatting is fun. 2: You create a dish/face cloth every month that can make a great present for someone, especially when coupled with some decorative soap. 3:
    Claire provides a wonderful prize (which I’ve never seen done before) for whomever guesses the picture first. Wow. Huge kudos to Claire for providing us with this experience !!!

  82. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm | | Reply

    Had a Granddaughter graduate from college today so I have just got around to doing my two rows. It was a good feeling to be able to knit and relax. Thank you Betty I have had fun with this one even though I have ripped out a few times. I may still have made mistakes but they don’t jump out at me so I can live with them.

  83. jonibee
    jonibee May 16, 2015 at 7:24 am | | Reply

    We learn by our experiences whether or not something was a good idea or not..All I can say is this has been an experience in patience..I believe all of us has had to frog along the way. I personally will be happy when it’s finished. I generally look forward to each days insertion and the results that it produces.

  84. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm | | Reply

    I am several days behind because of my crazy work schedule … Who schedules a night owl to be at work at 6am? My boss…. three days this week. After running on not enough sleep, early hours, and busy days in the bakery at a grocery store, I have been beat. I am off tomorrow (Sunday) and I plan to catch up on all my rows. I will have a good nights sleep and be refreshed to work on this .

    Even though there has been moments of frustration, and several frogs along the way, I am really glad I have stuck it out. I am slowly learning to like cables. Thank you betty for keeping me challenges. Since I moved last August, my “knit coach and good friend” is no longer close by and I sometimes still need a swift kick in the behind to get me to try new things. You have provided that “swift kick” this month and I am grateful. Please keep the challenges coming. (I might even go back and try the one I gave up on)

  85. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 16, 2015 at 10:37 pm | | Reply

    Elizabeth. I hope that Sunday is a good day for you and that you have a chance to catch up on your rows and also your sleep. I have enjoyed this challenge even though I have pull out more that I have in quite some time. Sometimes it is good to be pushed out of your comfort zone and this dishie did it.

  86. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson May 16, 2015 at 11:29 pm | | Reply

    May 17 lists rows 35 and 36 rather than 33 and 34. I will sit tight until rows 33 and 34 show up! 😉

  87. bjs29
    bjs29 May 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm | | Reply

    just did the last 6 rows thru todays..had no problem & found them easier..still looks like hot air balloon and looks like the start of the basket…

  88. Mary
    Mary May 17, 2015 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    Good catch, Deborah. I, of course, didn’t notice and did the two rows. Guess I will be taking back two rows.

  89. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm | | Reply

    I think the rows are right they are just numbered incorrectly. At least they look as they should, If I am wrong I see some ripping our in my future.

  90. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm | | Reply

    Today I am turning this upside down and seeing a punching bag. That’s probably because my electricity has gone out several times while in the middle of a row. LOL ! ! ! I have been sitting here in the quiet, hubby at work and son still in bed catching up. I was really excited and then………… Where did rows 33 and 34 go? I am going to wait and see on those two rows. But finally … no more power outages, I am caught up! YEA! ! ! !

  91. Betty W
    Betty W May 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    HI folks ! I thought I posted last night about the missing rows my fingers must now have punched the “post” as hard as it should have. Here they are but… they won’t make too much difference in the picture so if you don’t feel like frogging down, you really don’t have to… Good catch Deborah.
    Row 33: k18, p9, k18
    Row 34: k3, p15, k9, p15, k3

  92. Glynis Marsh
    Glynis Marsh May 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm | | Reply

    I hope the rows will appear up in the pattern where they belong to save us all tinking. Or is that “thinking”!

  93. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm | | Reply

    Pulled out my two rows and re did them and I must admit it looks a lot better. I think the person who said a hot air balloon was right. Thank you Betty this months riddle has been fun. I am up to date and am looking forward to 37 and 38.

  94. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 18, 2015 at 7:16 am | | Reply

    How about a Chinese lantern I remember as a child the Chinese lantern flower was very popular.

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 18, 2015 at 7:50 am | | Reply

      Wow… good guess Annbeth but not this time. That brings up a super idea for a bit of a river perhaps with little lanterns floating – oh oh, I’m getting itchy fingers again !

  95. EmJaye8
    EmJaye8 May 18, 2015 at 10:26 am | | Reply

    I’m getting close to being caught up! I think I’ll make faster progress when the cables are finished, but I’m wondering if the design is a bulb of some kind, like a flower bulb or a garlic bulb.

  96. Marge
    Marge May 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm | | Reply

    Ah, now that looks better. Love it. Great job, Betty. Wish I could see what it could be.

  97. Beckie
    Beckie May 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm | | Reply

    I was thinking hot air balloon..until now…a vase with flowers (yet to be knit…)

  98. Sue
    Sue May 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm | | Reply

    Or a crystal ball

  99. Sue
    Sue May 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm | | Reply

    Or a kite

  100. jonibee
    jonibee May 19, 2015 at 5:19 am | | Reply

    It does seem early for the design to be finished..it still looks like a hot air balloon to me at this stage. We became great grandparents for the fifth time..a baby girl named Quinn weighing 7lbs 6 oz …We can’t wait to see her.

  101. Heather
    Heather May 19, 2015 at 8:12 am | | Reply

    Jonibee – congratulations! That must be super exciting to have so many little blessings for you to spoil on. 🙂

  102. Betty W
    Betty W May 19, 2015 at 10:29 am | | Reply

    Jonibee… Congratulations from me too. Grand babies (and great grand babies) are so much fun. Little bundles of love. Their parents have the responsibility so I just get to enjoy !

  103. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 19, 2015 at 10:44 am | | Reply

    Jonibee—Congratulations!!! I am sure that you will have a great time spoiling her, I hope you get to see her soon and have all the fun that grand children and great grandchildren bring.

  104. bjs29
    bjs29 May 19, 2015 at 11:15 am | | Reply

    Jonibee..congrats, being G.G.(that is what they call me) of eight I can see why you are so happy..each one is a blessing..the oldest being 16 & youngest 3..my family lives close by so I see them often..I feel bad for those that have to travel..

  105. Kristine
    Kristine May 19, 2015 at 11:22 am | | Reply

    Finally!!! I’m caught up. I forced myself to finish a project (a throw pillow for my couch) before I allowed myself to join in the fun this month. I’m trying to cut down on my WIP’s. I still have a shawl and a blanket to get done. I want to get down to this KAL, my brioche weather scarf, and one other WIP.

    Claire…I recieved the yarn about 2 weeks ago, it’s so pretty and so very very soft. Thank you. I haven’t picked the pattern yet but I have it narrowed down to Skew, Waffle Stitch toe up socks, and Hermione’s everyday socks. Decisions, decisions but I have little bit of time to decide.

    Jonibee…Congratulations on the new edition

    I’m also thinking that it’s a hot air balloon.

  106. jonibee
    jonibee May 20, 2015 at 5:49 am | | Reply

    I’m going to be whimsical and through out an off hand guess..A Chinese Lantern…Thank you for all the congratulation wishes.. ..We were sent pictures and she has lots of hair ..I’m hoping Auburn like her Mom. I had a lot of fun knitting different items for her to wear..I might venture into another doll I previously made 4 dolls. We will visit after the excitement settles down right now they have had alot of visitors at the hospital and they’re coming home today. It certainly has changed alot since I gave birth to our children “a days stay and you’re out on your own ..where I was there for days…

  107. bjs29
    bjs29 May 20, 2015 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    I have been on about 5x since 10 am and their are no directions under the posts..is there a problem with the site or is it me?

  108. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm | | Reply

    I see a bird flying next to the hot air balloon.

  109. Heather
    Heather May 21, 2015 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    bjs29 – directions should be appearing at the top just above the stitch key
    posts are always below instructions so you don’t have to scroll down so far to get your info for the next two lines of the day.

    Marjorie – I do believe you are correct – I’m recognizing this cluster from our earlier lighthouse, and we are definitely upside down this month!

  110. Karen H.
    Karen H. May 21, 2015 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    Congrats Jonibee! You will have fun with a new little one.
    I’ve been so busy this month that I haven’t gotten very far on this one but every so often I get to read the comments. I will finish this one later. Hope you all are enjoying it. I’ve had lots to do for my daughter’s wedding which is in 2 weeks and then my son ended up having an accident while skydiving and landed in the hospital. He’s doing Ok now but it was scary since it was a back injury. I’ll be glad when I can finally get back to my normal routine and this KAL!

  111. bjs29
    bjs29 May 21, 2015 at 10:16 am | | Reply

    Heather, thank you for your reply..I have been very sick with a kidney infection and dehydration and think I was a little confused that day..I love doing this and want to stay with it..I am now on medication and hope to see an improvement..completed todays rows..I also saw a bird and noticed 2 long lines under the balloon which makes me think there will be a basket following.

  112. Glynis Marsh
    Glynis Marsh May 21, 2015 at 11:01 am | | Reply

    I also really think it is a hot air balloon with a bird – but since that has already been guessed and for the sake of saying something different it could also be a water tower with a bird or a minaret. The bird shape makes it a sky backdrop.

  113. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm | | Reply

    Karen H. Been there, done that. I will keep you in my prayers. We have three daughters and I planned their weddings so I know that you have your hands full. I hope that your son has a speedy recovery.
    bjs29. I hope that you are feeling better.

  114. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 22, 2015 at 6:34 am | | Reply

    I have a new idea maybe it is a structure of a hive or cocoon and the. Emergence of wasps or butterflies.My Preference would be butterflies.

  115. jonibee
    jonibee May 22, 2015 at 7:13 am | | Reply

    Karen..I’m sorry to hear about your sons’ mishap and hope his recovery is quick. Congratulations to you and your family on the upcoming wedding ..wishing them much happiness. …

    Bjs29 ..hoping for a quick recovery for you too..always drink plenty of H2O..it flushes the kidneys of impurities..

    I am eager to see what this design is ..it has its ups and downs but I know it will be worth it…I gave two of the wash cloths to Quinn. They were done up in pink…One was the bunny at the flower the other was a lacy tulip (a pattern that I have). Mom was please to receive them.

  116. Heather
    Heather May 22, 2015 at 8:42 am | | Reply

    well, mine won’t look too sky-like (working with an earthy brown) but, it’s still looking nice; and the brown asked to be used next anyway.

    I’m getting close to needing to work with varigated just to weed down my stash, but i heard of another co-worker having a baby, so perhaps I’ll have some colorful cotton scraps left over after making a toy soon!

    Everyone take care for the long weekend – lots of resting, plenty of water, and recovering from stress or ailments – I’ll catch up again on Tuesday!

  117. bjs29
    bjs29 May 22, 2015 at 11:45 am | | Reply

    I am now guessing it may be a humming bird feeder with the birds flying around it..

  118. Tabitha D. Bezalel
    Tabitha D. Bezalel May 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm | | Reply

    May has certainly been quite a month! Many congratulations and hoping for wellness.
    Very well written instructions and great with encouragement. Working with size 3 US needles and cotton DK/worsted weight, my two pearl lines disappear! Many great guesses! I am going to throw a couple odd guesses out; a portable beach changing room, or a sandcastle of the Taj Mahal.

  119. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 23, 2015 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    Having trouble with last line,with yarn back then to purl doesn’t work,only if I knit behind.Don’t know if I am doing something wrong! Will hold off..
    Anyway I am loving this cloth with all the different stitches.

  120. Latifa
    Latifa May 23, 2015 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    Line 46: I am wondering if it should read P 1, bring yarn to the back (aka right side or picture side) slip 1, bring yarn to front. that is what the video shows.

  121. Glynis Marsh
    Glynis Marsh May 23, 2015 at 9:36 am | | Reply

    I think Line 46 needs to checked for an error. It works best if the linen stitch reads (p1, YB, SP, YF) on this row. Since it is a purl row and the yarn is already in the front the first move can not be YF.

  122. jonibee
    jonibee May 23, 2015 at 10:01 am | | Reply

    This is what I just came across and checked it on You Tube. It should be P1,Yb,Sp,Yf..I had to frog the 46th row because of the descrepency…I had to check it out before putting in this post.

  123. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson May 23, 2015 at 11:19 am | | Reply

    I agree with Jonibee. It did not look right to me, as you reverse the process from the knit side to the purl side. P1, YB, SP, YF comes out correctly.

  124. June
    June May 24, 2015 at 12:00 am | | Reply

    Think we are working upside down and it is a hot air balloon. We are working on the basket now.

  125. Betty H
    Betty H May 24, 2015 at 12:09 am | | Reply

    upside down hot air balloon and birds but when done just turn it over for rightside, up very nice stitches I am enjoying it. thank you

  126. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 24, 2015 at 3:04 am | | Reply

    Happy day,thanks girls for YB.hummingbird came to feeder today.I am all smiles.June I think you are right on a ought basket.

  127. Gail L.
    Gail L. May 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the correction on line 46. This is a very fun pattern.

  128. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm | | Reply

    Happy Memorial Day everyone.

  129. jonibee
    jonibee May 25, 2015 at 5:43 am | | Reply

    Thank you Betty…even though we’ve had trials and tribulations..this months RPT was fun and frustrating but the end result is/was worth it..

  130. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm | | Reply

    Betty. I hope you enjoy your visit to England the country I was born in and lived for almost 20 years. Are you visiting a certain area or touring the whole Island? Thank you so much for the fun you have given us this month and have a wonderful holiday.

  131. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm | | Reply

    I was so interested in your trip that I didn’t realize that row 53 was missing until I went back to knit the next row.

  132. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm | | Reply

    Congrats Annbeth. I love the yarn you are getting!

    Betty, Thank you for the challenge this month. It has been fun! Have a safe and enjoyable trip to England. Have a Flake and Crunchie for me.

  133. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 27, 2015 at 3:29 am | | Reply

    my goodness I can’t believe my luck.Thank you Betty for this months challenge It was a fun cloth to do and and great fun to win.Enjoy your well deserved vacation.Thank you Claire for
    The wonderful enjoyment you supply to all of us. I love my prize.Thank you fellow knitters for all the pleasure reading your notes and stories.
    Happy knitter,

  134. jonibee
    jonibee May 27, 2015 at 5:58 am | | Reply

    What..no row 53..I have checked this post twice…Did you ever go on a vacation and felt that you forgot something…you have….I want to finish this not wait a month for Betty to come back..before you leave, please insert this much needed row, then have a great vacation..phew..this has really been a “zinger”…I thought finishing would be a breeze…Congratulations to AmyBeth…

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 27, 2015 at 6:25 am | | Reply

      What an ending to this month ! There is a row 53 and I’m tossing in the rows after it – which my fingers created one last dance. I’m putting my computer fingers into blackout for the next month ! Thanks to all of you who stuck with me through May. Congratulations Annbeth. I was very tickled you guessed so quickly – well, very impressed too !
      Row 53: k17, p12, k17
      Row 54: k3, p19, p2tog, p19, k3 (45 sts
      Row 55: k45
      Row 56: k3, p39, k3
      Rows 57-60: knit 45

      I’m going to see a great friend in England – we met 30 plus years ago when our men were serving in Germany. She’s arranged so many places for us to visit there won’t be time to knit – barely time to catch our breath but I’m going to love every second of it. It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime for me and a dream come true. Marjorie she lives in Northern England near the Scottish border so there will be a week each in Scotland and Ireland, then a few days in Yorkshire and London and heaven knows where else. I’m so excited I’ve packed and repacked at least a dozen times and will probably have to check the suitcase one last time before flying out !! Don’t know what a Flake and Crunchie is but I will find out and have one for sure. Looking forward to the fish & chips too : ). Hope you all have a wonderful summer.

  135. jonibee
    jonibee May 27, 2015 at 6:03 am | | Reply

    Row 56 is missing too..

  136. jonibee
    jonibee May 27, 2015 at 6:09 am | | Reply

    Excuse me for getting your name wrong..Annbeth..I was so intent on getting the directiions written down and got lost going back and forth to confirm that rows were missing…the yarn is beautiful….

    1. Betty W
      Betty W May 27, 2015 at 6:42 am | | Reply

      I know Jonibee – right to the last dog’s hunt ! Sigh… That little face in the basket is colored very red and I’m thankful I’m flying in a plane next week instead of that balloon !!

  137. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 27, 2015 at 7:29 am | | Reply

    Jonibee thanks for the nice words,don’t worry about my name I have been called so many combos in my life,I answer to all.I just am so happy to be a 2x winner.( I will try not to make it a habit) .Looking forward to June.
    your knitting friend,

  138. jonibee
    jonibee May 27, 2015 at 7:58 am | | Reply

    Up …Up …and Away ..my beautiful balloon…I am ready to give this one a good send-off!

  139. jonibee
    jonibee May 27, 2015 at 8:41 am | | Reply

    Make sure you take in those beaches and enjoy the beautiful scenery..I’ve never been outside of the USA..have lots of funs..Explore and Enjoy!

  140. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    Annbeth. Congratulations! Beautiful yarn. Have you any plans for it?

  141. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm | | Reply

    Betty, Flakes and Crunchies are candy bars. Try Jelly Babies and also English ice cream. I grew up in Yorkshire and you will enjoy the scenery there. I just had a visit from a friend from England. She also had trouble packing. I suggested that she make piles of the things she wanted to pack and put them into the case until close to the time she was ready to leave. I can recommend the fish and chips in Yorkshire. I am getting hungry just typing. Time to raid the fridge. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

  142. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm | | Reply

    Elizabeth. It sounds as if you have spent some time in England since you know about Flakes and Crunchies.

  143. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters May 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Marjorie,I know I want to make a shawl for myself with the beautiful pink yarn.I don’t know what else with the new yarn,I have a few projects going.. 2 sweaters for friends

  144. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm | | Reply

    Marjorie, I have never been to England. My ex-mother-in-law and an old boss and friend were both from England. They both treated me to Crunchies and Flakes. Another good candy is Rock (it’s a hard candy) I also love scones and clotted cream.

  145. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth May 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm | | Reply

    I was using a baby rainbow pastel for this month and I ran out of yarn. I decided to finish up with white yarn. Now it looks like my hot air balloon is floating above the clouds. I love it!

  146. Marjorie
    Marjorie May 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    Elizabeth,rock is good to and can usually be found at the sea side with the name of the town running through it. I haven’t made scones for a while so it may be time to turn on the stove.

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