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  • Baby Washcloths Part Two

    Baby Washcloths to Knit

    Alright the knitting part of my baby washcloths is done. What am I going to do with all 9 of them? I am going to crochet them together and make a baby blanket. I got the pattern for the washcloths out of the book from Leisure Arts called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. It took me a few tries to get it all worked out and it to look how I wanted it to look. It only a couple hours to finish it once I sat still long enough. A lot of procrastination went into this project. I started this project back in May. Then my ADHD kicked in. I think that I was worried how it would turn out. I get ideas for projects some work out some do not. I am so happy that this one turned out so well.

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    After I tucked in all my ends on the washcloths, I placed all 9 washcloths out and into 3 rows. Again I used white Egyptian cotton for this project. Then I began crocheting the sides of the washcloths together with a single crochet until I had 3 panels. I then crocheted again using a single crochet a panel on the top and the bottom through the cast on row and cast/bind off row. Make sure before you crochet together that once not upside down or wrong sided. When all this was done I then used a yellow Egyptian cotton to do a simple border. I did a single crochet around the blanket and 3 single crochets on the corner turn and 3 single crochets into the first stitch. This gives it a nice rounded edge. This is for a boy so I didn’t want to do anything frilly.

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    There is another washcloth book that I want to make a blanket out of and that is Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A. Ray. I thought how cool it would be to make a baby’s first blanket. Do it in all different colors like a patchwork quilt. The important thing to remember is to make sure that you buy and use the same type of yarn but in different colors. Why? It is important because all your pieces will be the same size and easy to piece together.

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  • Getting Gauge

    When you are knitting, it is really important to get the correct gauge that the pattern calls for especially if you are knitting some sort of garment. I have a friend who once knitted a dress for someone and followed the pattern to every letter and it was 3 sizes too big. I have other friends that have knitted sweaters that were too small, too short in the waist or sleeves, or the pieces didn’t fit. So you want to do a gauge swatch and get your ruler out to measure your stitches. You want to know how many stitches you get within an inch.

    I used these Sailboat washcloths to show the difference in what I am talking about. I got the pattern for this adorable Sailboat out of a Leisure Arts book called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. I know with washcloths you don’t necessary need to worry about a gauge swatch. That said, the sailboat on the left is much smaller than the one on the right. I used two different yarns. The sailboat on the left was knitted in 100% Egyptian Cotton and the one on the left in regular Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream USA 100% Cotton. Both are cotton but totally different sizes of yarn. The sailboats were also knitted on different sized needles. The washcloth on the left was knitted using size 6 needles, and the one on the right was knitted using size 8. Why two different sized needles? I used the needles that the yarn specified. If I had used a size 8 with the Egyptian cotton, then it would have been really loose and you would not have been able to make out the pattern as well.  If I had knitted the Lily’s Cotton with size 6 needles, the washcloth would be really hard to have knit up because it would have been very tight.

    Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton

    Good Luck on your gauges. I feel your pain when you have to do a gauge swatch. I do not like doing them either. I like them like I like tucking in all my ends in at the end of projects.

  • Easter Egg Dishcloth

    Wow! Easter is a day away. I have finished crocheting a cute little Easter egg dishcloth just in time. I found the pattern for this in a Leisure Arts book called Crochet book called A Dishcloth a month. So if you are looking for a last minute project it didn't take much time at all. Continue reading

  • Praying Hands

    Easter is just a couple days away. I am still addicted to washcloths/dishcloths. I really liked the Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A Ray. I knitted the Praying Hands washcloth in just a couple hours. I used yellow Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream worsted cotton. Continue reading

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Cute as a Bug

    I knitted the Ladybug dishcloth from Garden Dishcloths.  It's cute as a bug!

    I've noticed that sometimes I want to make a craft of my own after seeing something my daughter has made.  There was the time I crocheted Dishcloth #46 from Big Book of Dishcloths in the same colors as a butterfly craft she made this summer.

    And then I remembered this pattern after seeing the little ladybug she made at a library activity last week.  Then I thought about how it's getting to be that time of year when ladybugs start coming inside and.... uh, napping.  Or so we tell our daughter.  We have a few days left of summery weather and I thought a cute little ladybug dishcloth would be fun.  And it was.

    I love how this turned out, and I love that I finally thought to wash and dry a knitted dishcloth before photographing it.  It looks so much better!  The purl stitches tightened up quite a bit, and the pattern is much more recognizable.  You can tell that the legs and antennae actually look like legs and antennae.  I feel so much better about some of the other dishcloths I've made with purl patterning now! 

    I'm definitely going to try the Cardinal pattern next.  I used a #6 needle and some regular worsted weight cotton yarn.  The pattern was easy to follow because the two halves mirror each other.  It was easy for me to fall into the pattern and follow along.  This was finished in about an hour or so, and like each of the other patterns in Garden Dishcloths, it's a fun little knit that gives you a sweetly outdoorsy dishcloth.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Pumpkin Party!

    Well, now I don't want to stop with the holiday crafts.  I've started decorating my home for fall and now I'm making Halloween crafts.  The first completed one? The Pumpkin dishcloth from Dishcloths for Special Days!

    This is a sweet little dishcloth.  And I do mean little.  You only cast on 35 stitches for each of these patterns, and you get a sweet little dishcloth that measures about 7" X 9" square. I like it. And I love these designs where you you draw a picture with purl stitches, and I love this grinning jack o'lantern. 

    If you make one for yourself, I suggest you use the orangest yarn you can find.  I tried a pumpkin dishcloth with yarn that was a little more peachy than orange once.  It looked like I made a dishcloth with some weird peach on it.  You know, if someone carved a face into a peach.  Go with orange.  Anything that looks like a hunter's vest or a traffic cone will do beautifully.  I used Sugar'n Cream yarn in the Hot Orange color.  It is bright.

    This dishcloth is fun and festive and cheerful.  I got a craving for 'fun-size' chocolate bars while I was knitting it.  And it's marked as an easy pattern.  Like all the patterns in Dishcloths for Special Days, the pattern has written instructions and a chart.  This is a great pattern for a beginning knitter, or a knitter who's new to charts, or someone who gets excited about holiday projects.  I think you can guess which one I am! 

    Happy weekend crafting!

  • Weekly Dishcloth: The Dishcloth was Hung by the Chimney with Care

    Christmas will be here before you know it! No, really: it's barely three and a half months away.  I thought I should make a dishcloth.  So I tried out the Stocking pattern from Dishcloths for Special Days.

    I have nearly a full cone of red cotton yarn and I do love Christmas stockings.  And I like these types of dishcloths where you make a picture with your purl stitches.  The pattern calls for #8 needles, and I figured I should jump down to a #6 because I have a loose gauge.  But my #6 needles were all occupied, so I used #5s.  That's why this is a bit skinny.  I bet this will loosen up with some use.  Cotton can shrink a bit when it's dried, but it's also less likely to snap back after it stretches in hot water.  I bet it will all even out.  Either way, you can tell that this is a stocking on this dishcloth and you'll probably still be able to tell even after this has been through a few washings.

    When I was growing up, my mom had a few Christmas dish towels and coffee cups.  Most of our seasonal things were purely decorative--wreaths, wallhangings, and whathaveyou--but the everyday items were really fun for me to use.  If you're going to dry off some dishes, you may as well use that dish towel with Santa on it and then enjoy that picture of his jolly face when you draped it over something.  Having even mundane, year-round types of items that celebrated the season made me happy.

    I'm the same way with dishcloths.  I like the idea of using my Christmas-y dishcloths during December.  Although, I have to say that I also love using my Christmas-y dishcloths when we're nowhere near December.  I crocheted a Christmas-y dishcloth last season that I sometimes pull out from the back of the drawer because I just want to see some Christmas cheer when I clean up a mess.  I'm hoping this brings a little bit of Christmas cheer to my gift stash, and to whomever eventually receives this as a gift.

    I had actually planned on knitting the Pumpkin dishcloth for this week, but I wasn't sure if I had enough orange yarn.  But now I'm glad I've knitted another little Christmas project.  It's never too early to get in the spirit, right?  Right?  Let's pretend like that's the case.

    Because I still have a lot of red cotton yarn and there's a candy cane pattern in here that's just waiting for me to try it out.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Knitting a Bee-autiful Dishcloth

    I knitted the Bee Skep dishcloth pattern from Garden Dishcloths and it's bee-autiful.

    I had to Google what a bee skep was, though, because I've only seen beehives.  Bees can build their own hives, obviously, but it's tricky to knit some little flying insects swarming around a hollow spot in a tree.  And people build beehives and those just look like boxes, although some people build them with little roofs on top and that's cute.  But again, not especially picturesque for a picture made up of purl stitches. 

    But a bee skep is a dome basket that houses a hive.  They're not very practical anymore (you have to pretty much destroy one and maybe kill your bees) to harvest your honey and having a standard hive where you can pull out frames lets growers keep their bees a lot safer because, well, a box is usually sturdier than a basket.  But bee skeps are awfully darn cute. 

    And they look nice on a dishcloth.

    This was a pretty quick knit, with worsted weight cotton yarn and #6 needles.  There are 56 rows to knit and none of them are very tricky.  I know something like this shouldn't be tricky, but sometimes I see things like "P 4, K 12, P 1, K 1, P 1, maybe P 1 again, are you sure you're where you're supposed to be" in the instructions and it all gets away from me.  I am willing to swear that I have totally seen instructions that say that, and I bet you have to.  But knits and purls in this pattern tend to stick to separate groups and the result is a nicely set out picture in knitting.

    Let's take a moment to talk about how irritated I am that I haven't managed to work a "busy bee" joke into any of the last three paragraphs.  I'm incredibly irritated, you guys.  Mad as a hornet, even. 

    I really enjoy the sweet nature-themed patterns in Garden Dishcloths.  I love flowers and being outside and the feeling you get from spending time with nature, whether it comes from working in your garden, taking care of your one potted plant, or just from remembering to bring in little bits of the outdoor world inside to enjoy. 

    I don't think I'll be tending any hives any time in the near future, which is a bummer because bees are so important, but I do like this cheerful little dishcloth.  I'll probably give it to my mom because my parents used to raise bees.  She likes bees a lot, and she's always appreciative of dishcloths. 


    I'm sure she'll be buzzing with excitement over it.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Knitting the Variegated Dishcloth

    I have made another fairly impractical-looking dishcloth because they're my favorite right now!  It's summertime and I am full of whimsy.  This time I made the Variegated pattern from Dishcloths by the Dozen.
    I don't think I'd ever seen a dishcloth with drop stitches before, and I remembered a few years ago when tons of scarves were made like this.  I didn't want to try it out because I like for scarves to be more solid, but when I saw the pattern I was intrigued.  In fact, I was even a little more intrigued after reading the less-than-glowing reviews of the dishcloth on Ravelry.  It's not that anyone had complaints with the pattern itself--they just didn't like how not-solid the knitted fabric of this dishcloth was.
    This is made with tons of yarnovers and then knitting (or purling) two stitches together on top of all the long stitches.  It's basically a lace dishcloth.  I don't care, okay?  I don't care!  I love when dishcloth patterns are written with variegated yarn specifically in mind, and I thought it would be fun to knit the Variegated pattern from Dishcloths by the Dozen with the same yarn I used to crochet the Variegated pattern from Dishcloths.  It's summertime and I'm full of silly ideas like that.
    I like my silly ideas.
    And I like this dishcloth!  I like the yarn, which is some I Love This Yarn! (a Hobby Lobby brand) cotton yarn that a friend gave me. I like these colors.  I like the construction of this dishcloth.  I liked knitting it because I went ahead and used #7 needles (I love #7 needles, but they give me a pretty loose gauge with cotton yarn) because I figured that it wouldn't matter if my stitches seemed loose when this was already so open.  And it didn't matter.  I think this will still be a fine dishcloth.  Not the scrubbiest or sturdiest, but still a good dishcloth.  And that's really what I like making: a dishcloth that's fun to work on and tough enough to use while still looking pretty.  I think this fits the bill just fine!

    I'm already scheming for next week's dishcloth.  I don't know if I can top this in terms of silliness, but I just don't feel up to making another salt-of-the-earth, super humble-looking dishcloth right now.  So I'm going to stay fancy for a couple more weeks.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Knitting a Flailing Frog!

    I knitted the Frog dishcloth pattern from Garden Dishcloths to Knit.  There are so many dishcloth patterns--especially in this book--that seem incredibly summery to me, and making a bright green dishcloth that features a froggy flying through the air felt like the perfect type of dishcloth to knit in June.

    On my mother-in-law's metal swing in her yard. There is so much summer in this picture!

    It's also my first pattern to knit out of Garden Dishcloths to Knit!  There are twelve sweet little patterns in here, and I do mean "little."  Each dishcloth is made to be around 7" X 7", which isn't super tiny.  But it's not overwhelmingly large, either.  This is an oddly tidy-looking dishcloth and I love it.

    The designs in the dishcloths are created with purl stitches. My purls tend to get a bit sloppy, which is why I think the frog's little hands and feet look a bit....indeterminate?  Still, most of the body stands out amongst the stockinette stitches, and I think you can tell by looking that this is a frog leaping.  Into what?  We'll never know.  He's suspended in my awkward purl stitches forever, flailing in a cottony eternity.

    Sorry.  I picked this because it seemed like a pattern that was full of summer whimsy and now I feel like I just made things weird.  I'm definitely rethinking my plans for the ladybug pattern!

    I used Sugar n' Cream yarn in Hot Green, and this took approximately 60 yards.  The pattern calls for #7 needles, but I used #5 to reach gauge.  I enjoy this garter stitch-bordered creation, and I like that each pattern gets its own page.  That feels like a ridiculously minor detail, but I wanted to mention it.  The instructions are written out, row by row, and there's no chance of you reading the wrong line and knitting the instructions from a pattern on the previous page.  Sometimes little things like that can make a tremendous difference, and that was a little thing that made knitting this dishcloth a much happier and clearer experience.

    I made this is in about an hour and I'm already getting excited about trying out another pattern from this.  There is a beehive dishcloth in here that looks incredibly adorable, and I have some dark yellow cotton yarn that would be perfect.  I love summer, and I love summer projects.  I hope you do, too!

    Happy crafting.

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