Okay, have you signed up for Free Pattern Friday? I feel like I talk about this a lot, but I also want to be sure that you know about it. So, just in case: Free Pattern Friday is this glorious thing that happens when you sign up for the Leisure Arts weekly newsletter. When that happens, you get to click on some boxes about your interests and decide if you would like a free crochet pattern each week, or a free knitting pattern each week. So in addition to finding out about new titles, sales, promo codes, and a featured blog post, you also get a free pattern. It's a win-win-win-win-win situation.
And last Friday, the featured pattern was the Knit Dishcloth and Potholder pattern. Yes, I know that clicking that link takes to you the download page and you'll have to pay for it. It's only free through email. Which is how I got it.
I'm repeating myself a lot because I love Free Pattern Friday and I love dishcloths and I love garter stitch. So Friday's email was just full of happy surprises for me.
Also, I love mixing up pink and red and the Valentine season gives me free reign to do so. Fantastic! I used red dishcloth yarn as my main color and some scraps of pink and white variegated yarn for the contrast. There's a row of yarnovers and K2TOGs to give this dishcloth a little bit of pattern variety, but the rest of it is pure and simple garter stitch. My favorite.
I like the simplicity of the stitch, I like how well it cleans, and I honestly like how garter stitch looks.
The color changes in yarn are just carried up a bit, and they would barely show even if you didn't crochet single crochet stitches around the edges.
I liked that little detail, and I think it really tightened up the look of the dishcloth. Does that makes sense? I hope so. At the very least, I know it made the whole thing look a little more put-together than just a square of garter stitch rows. And chances are that even if you're mostly a knitter, you have a crochet around somewhere for something just like this.
This took about a half-skein of regular Sugarn' Cream yarn, and a negligible amount of the contrast color. I used Size 6 knitting needles and a G hook. I think this would look nice and summery in some more muted solids, and maybe I make this again in plainer colors--especially if I need a nice hostess gift this summer. But since I firmly believe anything can become a holiday pattern if you use the right colors, I love how this looks with the pink and red. Yes, love it.
Hey, can I mention Free Pattern Friday again? I'm going to mention Free Pattern Friday again. You should sign up and then you can have a free pattern on Friday. It will be like getting a Valentine from Leisure Arts. Let's be honest, if you're not getting yarn for Valentine's Day you may as well get a pattern. It's going to be a lovely holiday indeed.