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Old 01-12-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Knitting On Diagonal (my grandma's dishcloth)
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CO 4
K2, YO, knit, knit to end
Rep - 40 stitches

K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit to end

Rep to 5, Cast off.

The problem:

Three of my four corners are slightly rounded, aligned and perfectly acceptable. The corner on which I end is more pointed and overly long. The result is that my dishcloth is not square, but is instead some strange, awkward shape. The problem is obviously me and not the pattern, since my grandmother has made a bazillion of these dishcloths and I've used them for years.

I've no idea where I'm going wrong, though! Hints? Help? Suggestions?

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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Are you sure you're doing BOTH k2tog on the decrease rows?
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The end on these kinds of patterns can get a little odd. How does ending when you have 4 sts (like the CO) and then binding off work?
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Yes; I'm sure I'm doing both k2tog on decrease rows.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:51 PM   #5
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I've tried ending with 4 like the CO, but have the same problem. I've also tried using every needle size from 6 to 10.5. I'm INC/DEC at the rate the pattern calls, counting stitches to be doubly sure and have successfully made several other dishcloths with varying patterns, so I don't feel like quite such a failure

Is there a way to post a picture here? Could that help you identify my problem?
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:02 AM   #6
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I had this problem with one that I made.... I think it may be because the weight of the cloth is hanging down and it gets "stretched" out. Therefore making it pointy... What size needles are you using and what weight is your yarn?
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That's an idea. Just keep the BO loose, and stretch and pull in different directions to see if that fixes it.
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It's happened to me and I don't know why. If you put a crocheted or i-cord loop on the pointy corner it will disguise the uneven shape. And you'll be able to hang up your dishcloth. Or use it as a potholder.
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I'm using Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton and size 7 needles.
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I used to knit these dish cloths all the time and sometimes a corner would go wonky. I never worried about it because the thing is not knit tight enough to cause this to be a permanent condition. I found, once the ends were sewn in and the corner pulled a bit... it all came out well...
And once used... it really doesn't matter any more.
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