Saturday, March 12, 2011

Irish Washerwoman and other squares

Since St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and in honor of my Celtic heritage, I decided to knit a square using Sugar 'n Cream Lime Stripes. The results is the Irish Washerwoman square, named after the traditional Irish jig. This is a fast-paced little melody that you will most likely recognize when you hear it played in the video below:

The Irish Washerwoman eight inch square was knit using two strands of yarn on eighteen pegs of the Knifty Knitter 24-peg blue loom and incorporating what I call the 2-peg stitch double flat knit stitch, which is a variation of the mock crochet stitch. Oddly enough, this square can be knit to the beat of its namesake, but I strongly advise a version with a little slower pace. The 2-peg stitch double flat knit stitch has become a favorite of mine over the past couple of years since it produces a nice stitch pattern with edges that don't roll. Since I use this stitch frequently, I also developed a special cast on and bind off that matches the stitch pattern. In addition to the Irish Washerwoman square, I used the same stitch pattern with one strand of Loops & Threads Charisma chunky yarn in Sunny Day. The square below is a 10 inch square made using all 24 pegs of the Knifty Knitter blue loom. This square will be part of my Caribbean Dreams afghan:

I had been on a "squares" kick for the past couple of weeks, prior to knitting the Irish Washerwoman cloth and the Caribbean Dreams square. This was triggered by Kelly Jones latest LoomClass offering, Andalusian Washcloth.  Although this pattern was recommended for a fine gauge loom, I had decided to try it out on a larger gauge loom, mainly because fine gauge knitting tends to cause numbness in my hands. The Andalusian results are pictured below:

The smaller sherbet colored cloth on the left was made on the CindWood 1/2" gauge loom with one strand of Sugar'n Cream Over-the-Rainbow yarn. Using one strand on the regular gauge loom probably accounts for it's distorted hour-glass shape. The larger cloth was made using all the pegs on the Knifty Knitter 24-peg blue loom and two strands of Sugar "n Cream. I added a one inch garter stitch border to the beginning and end of the cloth. I actually meant to do a garter stitch border along the sides, but I didn't think of it until I had knit about 10 rows, so it only has a slip stitch border on the sides.

I've thought of another little project I would like to do for St. Patrick's Day, but as the old Irish saying goes:

“You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind!”


Knitty Nina said...

Brenda, from one Irish lass to another...I like the green square. Where can I find the instructions for your two peg stitch and the accompanying cast on and bind off that you use? I would love to know how to do that.

And I see that we have another thing in common: Shelfari. I'm using mine mostly for the books I have on my Kindle. I'm Sandhills Bookworm on Shelfari, in case you are interested.


Brenda GA, Dome-Dweller said...

Thank you, Nina! I definitely want to share the pattern for the Irish Washerwoman cloth - I just didn't have time to write it up before blogging. However, I'll be adding it in the next few days. The stitch is really easy, but the bind off and cast on will take more time to explain. I'll send a notification as soon as I post the pattern.

jpirkle said...

I like the two stitch squares too Brenda since they don't roll and you really can just sew them to another square easier that way. Your squares and the cloth from loom class turned out nice. I'm working on the worm one right now, I wanted to do the brioche stitch first. That one is super fast and neat using two colors. I'm not done with that just yet but will be very soon.

Lilac Haven said...

This is one of the coolest blogs I have seen in a long time. I have never made anything on a peg loom but I knit, crochet and have a triangle loom. Love your blossom bunny. How can I find patterns and get started? Thanks.

My Heart Exposed Yarns said...

Hi Beautiful Brenda

I love the 2-peg stitch, it gives the effect of woven material almost. I am intrigued by your special cast on and bind off as well, cant wait to see those too :)

Thank you for many inspiring pages, you are just brill!

Huge hugs

Helen xx

miketorgler said...

I just got on here and listened to that fabulous "Irish Gig"... have goosebumps all over myself!!! I am 1/8 th Irish, so I guess that the Irish in me is going nuts!!! I would LOVE to make that green "Irish Washerwoman" cloth!!! Do you have a pattern for it, since I will need it... LOL! Thanks so much for everything you are doing on this fabulous blog :)

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Anonymous said...


Did you ever get the pattern worked up for this one so we could make our own? I am doing a more 'beachy' type of set up fp=or the apartment, so I would like to try this out for discloths and washclaoths as well as making some hotpads for the kitchen.

I am also VERY interested in the cast-on and bind-off for this as well.

If you could send me at least explanations on what to do, I might be able to figure it out on my own; I have been a KK knitter for soem time, and have worked thigns out on my own at times; for this, I need at least a base explantion to work from.

I follow your blog all the time; I am a member of several KK loom groups, so I also end to keep up with several others; and the Kitchen Essentials set is something I am looking to do over the next couple of months as well.

If you would not mind, you can send me an explanation email, or pattern link, to ; I would apprectiate it.

Happy looming, hun!

Erin said...

I would love to know how to do this stitch as well :)

April Linville said...

Hi Brenda,

I was surfing your site today (for the millionth time) and found this awesome square. I swear I find something new and incredible each time I surf through here. LOL Anyway, I was looking and can't find the instructions for your two peg stitch with the cast on and bind off. I would absolutely kill for this fantastic looking stitch. If you could point me in the right direction on where I can find it or post basic instructions on it, I'd be so grateful!

Thank you so much for taking the time to create this awesome blog and sharing all your creativity with us!

- April

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you ever worked out the pattern for this square; I'd love to try it out.