Monday, 2 October 2017

Dish Cloth with Selvedge Edge



I came up with this selvedge-edged dishcloth because the kitchen tap was catching in the holes of my cloths with the pretty (holey) border!  After much experimenting with designs and sizes, this cloth is now my personal favourite. It is just the right size for my hands (approx 25 x 25 cm), practical, does the job and looks pretty too!

Materials

8 ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills - (use two strands of cotton together)
Size 6.5 mm straight needles

Instructions

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: Slip 1; Knit 1; Purl 1
Row 2: Slip 1; Knit 1; Purl 1
Row 3: Slip 1; Knit into front and back of stitch; Purl 1
Row 4:  Slip 1; Knit into front and back of stitch; Knit to last stitch; Purl 1
Repeat row 4 until you have 45 stitches

Decrease Row:  Slip 1; Knit 2 together; Knit to last stitch; Purl 1
Repeat decrease row until there are 5 stitches left
Bind off in pattern (slip first and purl last stitch) and sew in ends







Friday, 3 February 2017

Super Absorbent Dish Cloth


NOTE: If you think those holes will catch on your kitchen tap - try this dishcloth with a selvedge edge.
This dish cloth is super absorbent and pretty!
I adapted it from this baby blanket pattern which has a simple and lovely border that adds interest.
I believe what makes this dish cloth work so well is: 1. good quality cotton; and 2. the open weave, achieved by using a large needle size. My dishcloths are around 25 cm square when washed.
Use either a good quality 10 ply cotton, or this beautiful, soft 8 ply 100% cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills. If using the latter I use two strands together as it is quite thin.

 


PATTERN

Materials

EITHER:
8 ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills - (use two strands of cotton together when knitting)
OR:
A good quality 10 ply cotton yarn - (use one strand)

Size 6.5 mm straight needles

Instructions

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1:  Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3:  Knit 2; yarn over; knit remaining stitch/es
Repeat row 2 until you have 45 stitches

Decrease Row:  Knit 1; knit 2 together; yarn over; knit 2 together; knit to end of row
Repeat decrease row until there are 3 stitches left
Next row: Knit
Bind off and sew in ends

NOTE: If you like a larger dish cloth, you can use 7.5 mm needles and/or increase the stitches to 50 stitches at the point just before decreasing. The size of the cloth is, of course, a matter of preference.




Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Soft & Squishy Cotton Wash Cloth


This soft and cuddly wash cloth is gentle on skin making it suitable for everyone, including babies. I adapted the pattern from this dish cloth pattern by Deb from Homespun Living.

The pattern is similar to my Soft & Squishy Wash Cloth with Crochet Border, but instead of the crochet I've added some garter stitch rows at the bottom and top of the cloth, also two garter stitches at the beginning and end of each row which keep the sides of the cloth nice and straight. It is a nice average sized wash cloth that feels lovely on the face.

I've used 2 strands of contrasting cotton for interest.

See here for a version with a crochet border.



MATERIALS

8ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills (Australia)
One pair size 4.5 mm straight needles.

INSTRUCTIONS

Using two strands of yarn together and 4.5 mm needles, cast on 41 stitches.

INSTRUCTIONS

Using 2 strands of yarn together, cast on 41 stitches

Knit 2 rows.

PATTERN

Each row begins with Slip 1, K2 and ends with K2, P1.  I find using a different colour to highlight these repeated stitches helps me distinguish them from the main pattern.


Row 1:  Slip 1, K2, (K1, P1) x2; *(K7, P1, K1, P1); Repeat from * 2 more times; K1, K2, P1
Row 2:  Slip 1; K2, *(P1, K1) x2, P1, K5; Repeat from * 2 more times; K5, K2, P1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times (3 times in total)
Row 7:  Slip 1; K2, *K5, (P1, K1) x2, P1; Repeat from * 2 more times; K5, K2, P1
Row 8:  Slip 1, K2, K6; *(P1, K1, P1, K7); Repeat from * 2 more times; K2, P1
Repeat rows 7 and 8 two more times (3 times in total)

Work these 12 rows a total of 4 times.

Knit one row.

Bind off (fairly tight) and sew in ends.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Soft & Squishy Wash Cloth with Crochet Border


(See here for a version without the crochet border).

I wanted to knit a soft and squishy wash cloth suitable to use on new baby skin. The result is this thick and cuddly one that I love so much it's become my go-to washcloth pattern for gifts for friends and family of all ages. And for myself of course.

I adapted the pattern from this dish cloth pattern byDeb from Homespun Living.  I re-wrote the pattern in a format I find easier to read. Also rather than binding off in the pattern as Deb does, I prefer to bind off using Knit stitch except for the first stitch which I slip, and the last which I purl. I find this makes it easier to get my crochet hook through the stitches for the border.

To acquire the level of beautiful soft squishy-ness I desired, I used two strands together of this gorgeous cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills on 4.5mm needles. BWM's cotton is superb!

I chose to use two different colours together for the cloth and two strands of the same colour for the border.

For the border I've tried one round of single crochet, and two rounds. Personally I prefer just the one as two tends to make the edges feel a bit stiff, whereas one is still soft and pliable. My washcloths measure approximately 21 x 21 cm.

MATERIALS

Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton yarn, 8ply.

One pair each size 4.5 and 5.5 mm straight needles.
Size 5 mm crochet hook.

INSTRUCTIONS

Using two strands of yarn together and 5.5 mm needles, cast on 37 stitches.
Now change to 4.5 mm needles on the first row.

PATTERN

Row 1:  Slip 1, (K1, P1) x2; *(K7, P1, K1, P1);  Repeat from * 2 more times, then end with K1, P1

Row 2:  Slip 1, *(P1, K1) x2, P1, K5;  Repeat from * 2 more times, then end with (P1, K1) x2, P2

Repeat these two rows 2 more times (3 times in total)

Row 7:  Slip 1, *K5, (P1, K1) x2, P1;  Repeat from * 2 more times, then end with K5, P1

Row 8:  Slip 1, K6; *(P1, K1, P1, K7);  Repeat from * to end of row but purl last stitch, don't knit it

Repeat these two rows 2 more times (3 times in total)

Work these 12 rows a total of 4 times (48 rows total)
NOTE: - On the last row of pattern, change to 5.5 mm needles and bind off in Knit stitch.

Using a 5mm crochet hook, join yarn to cloth and work 25 single crochet stitches along each side of cloth (this includes 2 single crochet stitches in each corner).
Do another round if desired and fasten off and weave in ends.












Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Checked Baby Blanket (Small Check, Reversible)

Check Baby Blanket

My blanket is approximately 85 x 65 cm after blocking.

MATERIALS
8 ply pure new wool
Size 4 mm circular needles
INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 132 stitches
Work in seed stitch for 4 rows:
1.       K1; *(P1, K1); Repeat from * to end
2.       P1; *(K1, P1); Repeat from * to end
8-ROW PATTERN
Begin and end each row with 4 seed stitches: (Knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches)
Optional - place stitch markers between these seed stitches and the main pattern.

In between the seed border, work the pattern as follows:

Row 1: K4; *(P4, K4); Repeat from * to end
Row 2: P4; *(K4, P4); Repeat from * to end
(Repeat these two rows once)
Row 5: P4; *(K4, P4); Repeat from * to end
Row 6: K4; *(P4, K4); Repeat from * to end
(Repeat these two rows once)
Continue 8-ROW PATTERN until blanket is desired length.
END
Work in seed stitch for 4 rows:
1.       K1; *(P1, K1); Repeat from * to end
2.       P1; *(K1, P1); Repeat from * to end
Bind off loosely in seed stitch pattern.
knitting pattern check baby blanket

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Basket Weave Cotton Baby Blanket (Reversible)

There are lots of different basket weave type patterns out there. I like this one because it is pretty and reversible. The back is slightly different from the front but still has the same, albeit slightly varied, pattern. When there is a yarn colour change it does show up on the "wrong side" of the blanket, but is still pretty.

I adapted this pattern from a dishcloth pattern by Debbie from Homespun living.

basket weave blanket

Yarn

Cotton yarn.  I used a discontinued line of Patons Stone Wash 8 ply Cotton in two colours. The cotton seemed quite thin (more like a 5 ply) so I used two strands.
I suggest trying the blanket using a 10 ply cotton yarn and using one strand.

Materials

Size 4.5 mm circular needle. The length of mine was 91cm which was plenty.
Two stitch markers (optional).

Instructions

Using two strands of 5 ply cotton, or one strand of 10 ply, cast on 133 stitches.
Work in seed stitch for four rows: K1, *(P1, K1); repeat from * to end.

PATTERN
Begin and end each row with four seed stitches, placing the two stitch markers where these seed stitches begin and end (to separate it from the main pattern). The stitch markers are optional.
At the beginning of the row (K1, P1) x2, and at the end of the row (P1, K1) x2.

The main pattern in between the stitch markers is as follows:

Row 1:  (K1, P1) x2; *(K7, P1, K1, P1); Repeat from * to last stitch; K1
Row 2:  (P1, K1) x2, P1; *(K5, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1); Repeat from * to end
Repeat these two rows 2 more times (3 times in total)
Row 7:  K6; *(P1, K1, P1, K7); Repeat from * to last 9 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K6
Row 8:  *(K5, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1); Repeat from * to last 5 stitches; K5
Repeat rows 7 and 8, 2 more times.
Continue with above pattern until blanket is desired length.

Work 4 rows in seed stitch:  K1, *(P1, K1), Repeat from * to end.
Bind off loosely in seed stitch pattern.

Colour change option

I chose to change colours every 36 rows.
This is the "wrong" side of the pattern. Where I have done a colour change it shows, but still looks nice.
basket weave blanket

basket weave blanket

Checked Baby Blanket (Large Check, Reversible)

check baby blanket

Yarn

Any 8 ply/DK weight yarn - I used approximately 250-300 grams of Cascade 220 Superwash 100% wool. This has a lovely drape.

Materials

4.5 mm circular needles (mine were 91cm in length which was plenty)

Instructions

Cast on 130 stitches.

PATTERN:

Row 1: *K10, P10; repeat from * to last ten stitches; K10
Row 2: *P10, K10; repeat from * to last ten stitches; P10
Repeat these two rows ten more times (twelve rows total)

Row 13: *P10, K10; repeat from * to last ten stitches; P10
Row 14: *K10, P10; repeat from * to last ten stitches; K10
Repeat these two rows ten more times (twelve rows total)

Repeat the above pattern until blanket is desired length.
I did 18 panels of 12 rows (216 rows total).

Knit a 3-stitch i-cord border around the blanket using the same or different coloured yarn.

Purl Soho has a good tutorial for making and attaching an i-cord here.

knitting pattern check baby blanket