Introduction: Two Trees Knit Washcloth

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I'm going to go ahead and call this a washcloth because that was its original purpose, although when I finished I decided that what with the fancy design (my very first project using cables!) I didn't dare actually use it for anything. Yet, anyway.

The trees were knit on Susan Bates 14" knitting needles in US size 6 (4mm) with a medium/worsted weight white cotton yarn pulled from my stash (I think it was either Lion Cotton (link: or Lily Sugar n' Cream.) I was chomping at the bit to try a cabling project, but didn't have a cable needle or even a double-pointed needle. I used a large plastic tapestry needle instead. I wouldn't recommend it.

The pattern I used was an adaptation of the Tree of Life Sweater pattern at the Lion Brand Yarn website. To make the tree design a washcloth (or whatever) I used a garter stitch edging on the sides and alternated garter and stockinette stitch on the top and bottom.

I am toying with including the cloth (and maybe this poem) with a wedding gift for some friends who are getting married in April. For now, it is in limbo.

Edit: I ended up giving the washcloth to my newlywed friends as part of a bath stuff gift basket. They don't use it either, just keep it displayed in the bathroom of their home. I am honored.


merritt231 made it! (author)2017-02-03

you go girl

blag1 (author)2014-03-14

Je ne l'ai même pas downloder encore pas capable.

jaevairny (author)blag12014-03-14

My French is terrible, but I think you're saying the link doesn't work anymore. You have to create a profile on Lion Yarn's website, which is free, to get to the pattern. Sorry about not mentioning that!

reB57 (author)2010-01-07

I knitted this pattern from Lion Brand in chocolate colored cotton yarn.  it turned out great.  Now I am going to attempt to do the trees in brown, blue background and probably some green for the the trees to "root' up from.  This is a pattern you must pay attention to while knitting, but is fun to watch the trees emerging.

jaevairny (author)reB572010-01-07

Wowee! It was a huge challenge for me to get this pattern right in one color (and the slides don't show how many times I had to rip out stitches, hehe) - it would never have occurred to me to try more than one. Kudos!

crackjr (author)2009-06-08

kinda looks like something from oblivion

crackjr (author)crackjr2009-08-19


nancy1948 (author)2008-07-31

where are the instructions to the "two trees" pattern, please? thank you! Nancy1948

jaevairny (author)nancy19482008-08-20

I actually took a pattern for the "Two Trees Sweater" on and isolated the tree design. I surrounded the design with alternating knit and purl stitches to make a border. You can get the pattern for free at if you register your info. There's a link to the sweater pattern in the slideshow text, it is: Tree of Life Sweater Pattern
Good luck.

jaevairny (author)2008-02-23

Just so everyone knows, this pattern is not my own design. I just knitted a piece of a pattern that I am pretty sure was created by Nicky Epstein, a luminary in the world of knitting. (How geeky am I that I know that?) However, I am intrigued by this technique and hope to create some similar patterns of my own soon!

stinkymum (author)2008-02-20

What a clever idea. I also love the poem.

jrc0610 (author)2008-02-18

I like that pattern! I have my eyes on the tree of life afghan to make for my mom for Christmas!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-18

Nice. That looks really cool, how it sticks out and stuff. The pattern is great, I hope to see more cool stuff! +1 rating.

jaevairny (author)2008-02-18

Thank you for your nice comments! Michele, good luck on your afghan. Three sets of trees! Wow! The pattern is hard, but fun.

Michelej7 (author)2008-02-18

I love this pattern. I bought the afghan pattern awhile back and I have only gotten past the first trees section. It is triple the intertwined trees across. Its a beautiful pattern however the blanket is very time consuming and alot of counting so I put it down for awhile but I do plan to finish it b/4 the year is out! You did a lovely job! I thought that the pattern would make a very nice wedding gift as well.

jessyratfink (author)2008-02-17

This is gorgeous! I love anything involving trees. :D

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