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!