Pattern: Round Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Ombre (100% cotton worsted weight) Summer Splash
Needles: U.S. 8 (aluminum)
After reading Susan’s claim that she knitted this dishcloth in two hours (!), and discovering I had an extra ball of variegated Sugar ‘n Cream in my dishrag stash, I decided to cast on and see whether it was as fast a knit as advertised. After all, speed is everything in Dish Rag Tag. Once you get your team’s box, it’s your job to knit a 9″ square or round dishcloth from one of the balls of yarn in the box, pack it up, and get that box moving on the highways (or, one hopes, airways) to the next person as soon as possible. A one-evening dishcloth is a must; a two-hour dishcloth, one that allows you to get the box back in the mail the same day you got it (I hate Susan and her early morning mail delivery), is nothing short of a secret weapon.
I must conclude that I’m not as fast a knitter as Susan. (Heck, the only knitters I could beat in a race would be those still in the middle of their first lesson.) I cast on (that provisional cast-on again and did two wedges — that was one two-hour stretch at the coffeeshop on Saturday. Did four more wedges Saturday night, in about another two hours (those short rows get faster as you learn how to keep count without referring to the pattern). But there was still one more I needed to get done before I completed the circle, unfortunately. The pattern refers to 6 or 7 wedges, but my dishcloth turned out to be a huge 7-wedger. And there was still the garter-stitch grafting to be done (much better than my first attempt, but still time-consuming). Nope — not a one-day knit. Three nights, and with practice, I could cut it to two.
Looks like 4 Corners is still my speedy dishcloth of choice. But this is a beautiful cloth, with those bound-off points around the edges, and those cool short rows that make everything they touch into a magical exploration of curves. I’ll come back to it when alacrity is no longer a crucial factor.