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Old-Shale Tablecloth

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Sample cloth was knit with different yarn

Picture courtesy Catherine Hines

Note from Sarah: the sample cloth was knit with finer yarn than that in the pattern

I have made several changes, changing things like the size of the needles and using 4 ply Bernat cotton ... you will have a heavier tablecloth, but a beautiful one too.

Finished Size

Approximately 72 inches in diameter using yarn specified

Materials

8/218 yard balls of Bernat Cotton (or your choice) I just bought them as I was getting low, and when they were on sale.
1 set of No.5 double pointed needles
No. 5 circular needle 24" long
1 No. 6 circular needle 36" long

Pattern

Begin at center.

With No. 5 dp needles, cast on 12 sts. Distribute them evenly on the three needles.

First rnd knit.

2nd rnd: *yo, k1, rep from * to end (24 sts) . Note: Throughout pattern, each yo counts as 1 stitch.

3rd and 4th rnds: As 1st and 2nd rounds (48sts)

5th, 6th, and 7th rnds: Knit.

8th rnd: *yo, k2, rep from * to end (72sts)

9th, 10th, 11th rnds: knit

12th rnd: *yo, k3, repeat from * to end (96sts).

Continue in this way working 3 knit rounds between each pattern rnd and when stitches become too crowded on needles, change to No.5 circular needle 24" long.

16th: *yo, k4, repeat from * to end (120sts)

20th: *yo, k5, rep from * to end (144sts)

24th: *yo, k6, rep from * to end (168sts)

28th: *yo, k7, rep from * to end (192)

32th: *yo, k8, rep from * to end (216sts)

36th: *yo, k9, rep from * to end (240sts)

40th: * (yo, k1) twice, (k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) twice, rep from * to end (264sts)

44th: * (yo, k1) twice, (k2tog) 3 times, k1, (yo, k1) twice, rep from * to end (288sts)

48th: * (yo, k1) twice, yo, (k2 tog) 4 times, (yo, k1) twice, rep from * to end (312sts)

52nd: * (yo, k1) 3 times, (k2 tog) 4 times, (yo, k1) twice, rep from * to end (336sts)

56th: * (yo, k1) 3 times, (k2tog) 4 times, k1, (yo, k1) twice, rep from * to end (360sts)

60th: * (yo, k1) twice, yo, (k2 tog) 5 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (384)

64th: * (yo, k1) 3 times, (k2tog) 5 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (408sts)

68th: * (yo, k1) 3 times, (k2tog) 5 times, k1, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (432sts)

72nd: * (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (k2tog) 6 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (456sts)

76th: * (yo, k1) 4 times, (k2tog) 6 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (480sts)

80th: * (yo, k1) 4 times, (k2tog) 6 times, k1, (yo, k1) 3 times, rep from * to end (504sts)

84th: * (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (k2tog) 7 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (528sts)

88th: * (yo, k1) 4 times, (k2tog) 7 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (552sts)

92nd: * (yo, k1) 4 times, (k2tog) 7 times, k1, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (576sts)

96th: * (yo, k1) 4 times, yo, (k2tog) 8 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (600sts)

100th: * (yo, k1) 5 times, (k2tog) 8 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (624sts)

104th: * (yo, k1) 5 times, (k2tog) 8 times, k1, (yo, k1) 4 times, rep from * to end (648sts)

108th: * (yo, k1) 4 times, yo, (k2tog) 9 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (672sts)

112th: * (yo, k1) 5 times, (k2tog) 9 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (696sts)

CHANGE to No 6 circular needles 36" long.

116th: * (yo, k1) 5 times, (k2tog) 9 times, k1, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (720sts)

120th: * (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, (k2tog) 10 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (744sts)

124th: * (yo, k1)6 times, (k2tog) 10 times, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (768sts)

128th: * (yo, k1)6 times, (k2tog) 10 times, k1, (yo, k1) 5 times, rep from * to end (792sts)

132nd: * (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, (k2tog) 11 times, (yo, k1)6 times, rep from * to end (816sts)

136th: * (yo, k1)6 times, (k2tog) 11 times, (yo, k1)6 times, rep from * to end (840sts)

140th: * (yo, k1)6 times, (k2tog) 11 times, k1, (yo, k1)6 times, rep from * to end (864sts)

141st: knit

142nd: purl

143rd: *yo, k2tog, rep from * to end (864sts)

144th: knit

145th: purl

Turn and with wrong side facing, bind off in knit.

Making Up

Weave in all ends. Block out to a perfect circle, spray starch on wrong side.

Press lightly with warm iron over a dry cloth.


This pattern is Copyright © the McDougall family in Tracadie, Nova Scotia. All rights reserved. Image Copyright © Catherine Hines 2000