Lily Sugar 'n Cream Birdhouse Dishcloth

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by Lily Sugar '’n ’Cream Design Team

Lily Sugar 'n Cream Birdhouse Dishcloth

Featuring a basket-weave pattern and applique bird, bring the outdoors inside without the dirt with this springtime addition to your kitchen!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st. to create an approximately 7-1/2" wide x 10" tall dishcloth.
  • 2
    To begin Birdhouse, with Tangerine, cast on 36 sts. Knit 4 rows (garter st), noting 1st row is WS. Next row: (WS). Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row. Next row: Cast off 2 sts. Break Tangerine. With Warm Brown, knit to end of row. 32 sts rem. Next row: Purl.
  • 3
    Proceed in Basket Weave Pat as follows: 1st row: (RS). K2. *P4. K2. Rep from * to end of row. 2nd row: P2. *K4. P2. Rep from * to end of row. 3rd and 4th rows: Tangerine s 1st and 2nd rows once more. 5th row: Knit. 6th row: Purl. 7th row: P3. *K2. P4. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K2. P3. 8th row: K3. *P2. K4. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P2. K3. 9th and 10th rows: Tangerine s 7th and 8th rows once more. 11th and 12th rows: Tangerine s 5th and 6th rows once more.
  • 4
    Rep these 12 rows for Basket Weave Pat once more, then rep 1st to 8th rows once.
  • 5
    Shape top: 1st row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. 30 sts. 2nd row: P1. P2tog. Purl to last 3 sts. P2togtbl. P1. 28 sts. 3rd row: K1. ssk. P1. (K2. P4) 3 times. K2. P1. K2tog. K1. 26 sts. 4th row: P1. P2tog. (P2. K4) twice. P2. P2togtbl. P1. 24 sts. 5th row: K1. ssk. K1. (P4. K2) twice. P4. K1. K2tog. K1. 22 sts. 6th row: P1. P2tog. (K4. P2) twice. K4. P2togtbl. P1. 20 sts. 7th and 8th rows: As 1st and 2nd rows. 16 sts. 9th row: K1. ssk. P4. K2. P4. K2tog. K1. 14 sts. 10th row: P1. P2tog. K3. P2. K3. P2togtbl. P1. 12 sts. 11th row: K1. ssk. P2. K2. P2. K2tog. K1. 10 sts. 12th row: P1. P2tog. K1. P2. K1. P2togtbl. P1. 8 sts. 13th row: K1. ssk. K2. K2tog. K1. 6 sts. 14th row: P1. P2tog. P2togtbl. P1. Leave rem 4 sts on a st holder.
  • 6
    Roof: 1st row: (RS). With Soft Violet, cast on 4 sts. Pick up and knit 14 sts up right side of shaped edge. (ssk. K2tog) across 4 sts from st holder. Pick up and knit 14 sts down left side of shaped edge. 2nd row: Cast on 4 sts. K18 (including 4 cast on sts). (K2tog. yo. K2tog) all into next 2 sts. Place marker on yo. K18. 3rd row: ssk. Knit to marked st. (K1. yo. K1) all in marked st. Place marker on yo. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 4th row: Knit.
  • 7
    Rep last 2 rows twice more, then 3rd row once. 39 sts. Cast off knitwise (WS).
  • 8
    Hanging loop: With Soft Violet, cast on 15 sts. Cast off. Fold in half and sew to top of Roof.
  • 9
    To create Bird, with Soft Violet, cast on 7 sts. 1st row: (WS). K7. 2nd row: K6. Turn. 3rd and alt rows: Sl1. Knit to end of row. 4th row: K5. Turn. 6th row: K4. Turn. 8th row: K3. Turn. 10th row: K2. Turn. 12th row: Knit all sts. Rep 1st to 12th rows 4 times more. Cast off all sts. Sew Bird in position, having cast on edge as ‘Head’ and cast off edge as ‘Tail’. With Tangerine, embroider beak using straight st, wings and tail using lazy-daisy st, and eye using French knot st.
  • 10
    To create Entry Hole, with Tangerine, cast on 25 sts. 1st row: (WS). Knit. 2nd row: *K1. yo. Rep from * to last st. K1. 49 sts. Cast off. Sew side edges tog. Shape into circle and sew in position as shown in photo.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Supplies

  • •A Skein of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Yarn in each of the following colors: Warm Brown, Tangerine & Soft Violet
  • •Clover Takumi Single Point 13 inch Size 7 Bamboo Knitting Needles
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