Posted tagged ‘dishcloth’

I just need to catch my breath

December 31, 2013

Has everyone gotten their Christmas packages yet? Probably not; I know at least one went astray and might not be reunited with its recipients until the calendar flips over. Nevertheless, how can I let the year end without wrapping up what I made for the holidays?

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Pattern: Luxe Cowl by Margaux Hufnagel
Yarn: Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool (100% wool), colorways Snowdrift and Persimmon
Needles: U.S. 13 Harmony wood Options 16″ circular

I actually made two of these, the other in a winter white. This red one went to my mother-in-law Libby; the white one I hope will soon be in the hands of my niece.

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Pattern: Crocheted Square Washcloth by Stacey Trock
Yarn: Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend (75% cotton, 25% acrylic), colorway Vanilla
Hook: Tulip Etimo 5.0mm (H)

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Pattern: Waffle Knit Dishcloth by Debbie Andriulli
Yarn: Aslan Trends Pima Clasico Cotton (100% cotton), colorway White
Needles: U.S. 6 Sunstruck straights

Libby also requested some easy-care, throw-em-in-the-wash, bleach-the-heck-out-of-em dishcloths. I dug around in the stash, found some non-colorful cotton, whipped ’em up.

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Pattern: Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss DK (70% merino, 30% silk), colorway Robot
Needles: U.S. 4 (band) and 7 (body) Harmony wood 16″ circular (half-magic-loop style)

My lovely model is lovely, but I wish I’d gotten a picture of this hat on Noel. I made it for nephew Daniel, and it is a terrific style on a fashion-forward man.

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Pattern: Astronomer by Veronica O’Neil
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% merino), colorways Black and White (not sure what yarn the gray stripe is)
Needles: U.S. 8 Harmony wood Options 16″ circular (half-magic-loop style)

Boy, this turned out handsomely. I made Bowdoin College colors for nephew Sawyer, who runs cross-country there. The turned hem is a polished touch. And the yarn knit up crisp and even. A professional-looking effort, maybe my favorite of the season.

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Pattern: Mini Sweater Ornament With Cables by Emily5446
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (in Gypsy), Knit Picks Essential Kettle-Dyed (in Spruce), Knit Picks Felici (in Arugula), Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome (in Birches, not pictured)
Needles: U.S. 1.5 & 2 Nickel fixed Options 24″ circulars

I made a handful of mini sweaters to put in random stockings. The Birches one (made of leftovers from an as-yet-unblogged Sockhead Hat) managed to hop in a stocking before I had time to photograph it. In 2014 my leftovers are all devoted to hexipuffs, so I hope they enjoyed these last gasps of freedom.

I hope your holiday of giving was as warm as mine! See you next year!

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She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life somewhere else

September 29, 2012

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Pattern: Noro Scarf (two-tone diagonal garter stitch) by Suzanne Pietrzak
Yarn: Bernat Mosaic (100% acrylic), colorways Calypso and Spectrum
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights

Time to play catch-up! I have several finished objects going back to 2011 that have not yet been blogged. This simple, colorful slant on the classic Noro scarf was completed on the eve of our Craftin’ for CASA sale last year, and was purchased by Claire for her sister Marie.

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Pattern: Harris Tweed by Luise O’Neill
Yarn: Tuesday Morning Exquisite Chunky (57% merino, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere), colorway Cream
Needles: U.S. 10 Signature straights

This was also for the CASA sale. I loved knitting this one; this beautiful three-dimensional, fully reversible, unisex-appropriate stitch pattern deserves to be more widely known. I’d also love to get my hands on more of this yarn, which I picked up at Tuesday Morning; some people have said it’s relabeled Rowan Cashsoft.

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Pattern: Enjoyable-Rib Scarf by Anne K.
Yarn: Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (80% acrylic, 16% wool, 4% rayon), colorway Thunder
Needles: U.S. 10 Signature straights

By my count, I’ve knit this pattern five times. I often go looking for another simple but visually interesting rib pattern for chunky yarn, but I always come back to this one. So satisfying. This one hasn’t found a home yet.

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Pattern: Habit-Forming Scarf by Elizabeth Morrison (PDF link)
Yarn: Diakeito DiaFelice (50% wool, 28% nylon, 22% mohair), colorway 506
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights

I bought this yarn in Japan during my September 2011 visit, and knit it up over the Christmas break. It took me a lot of experimentation to find a stitch that showed off the colors, which are wool and mohair encased in a shimmery nylon casing. I was bedeviled by the fabric’s tendency to curl into a tube, though. If I recall correctly, I donated this to a silent auction to benefit Conway Cradle Care.

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Pattern: Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf by Saralyn Harvey
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk (55% alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino), colorway Scarlet
Needles: U.S. 7 Signature straights

Ah, brioche stitch. There is nothing like you for squooshy ribbing. Throw in big reversible cables and a luxury yarn, and you have the perfect scarf. Only fault I can find with it is that the complexity of the ribbed reversible cables incorporating yarn-over-heavy brioche made the use of a cable needle (or in my case, a DPN) imperative. I donated this one to the Conway Cradle Care silent auction too. I hope it brought in a good price.

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Pattern: JustRight Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Ella Rae Baby Cotton (88% cotton, 12% nylon), colorways Ecru and Ink
Hook: 5.5mm (I) Tulip Etimo

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Pattern: Squaring the Spiral Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Ella Rae Baby Cotton (88% cotton, 12% nylon), colorways Ecru and Ink
Hook: 3.5mm (E) Tulip Etimo

Two crochet dishcloths for CG’s second-grade teacher whose favorite fashion look is zebra print. These both come from a lovely e-book of crochet dishcloths, containing patterns both basic and quite striking. I love using this DK-weight cotton blend that I picked up at Tuesday Morning; it’s soft, smooth, and drapey.

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Pattern: A Beautifully Simple Coaster by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Louisa Harding Nautical Cotton (100% cotton), colorways Sage and Light Blue
Hook: 4mm (G) Tulip Etimo

And this was the teacher gift for AA’s fifth grade homeroom teacher. I was really itching to crochet up some cotton last December, clearly. More Tuesday Morning yarn; I like the sage green a lot better in combination with the bright blue than alone. Six coasters in the set, three of each color.

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Pattern: Sixty Cables by Gabi KrisztiƔn (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Solid (80% wool, 20% nylon), colorway Pond
Needles: U.S. 4 and 6 Zephyr Options 24″ circular needle (magic loop style)

I started this faux-cable hat for the Craftin’ for CASA sale, but didn’t finish it in time. Terrific textured hat pattern with just the amount of slouch I like. Still doesn’t have a home; might be part of this year’s upcoming sale for CASA.

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Pattern: Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen
Yarn: Inca Sportlace Hand-Painted (75% wool, 25% nylon), overdyed with Easter egg dye
Needles: U.S. 5 Zephyr Options 24″ circular (knit flat)

This is one of the two skeins I overdyed (full story here) in my first crockpot kettle dyeing experiment. I started with the colorway I liked less, the reds and pinks and yellows, just to see how the fabric looked knitted up. When I ran out of yarn, I added a purple corner in Knit Picks Palette (leftovers from my Endpaper Mitts). Although at the time I liked it as a homage to a very famous version by bluepeninsula (used as a guide and inspiration by many Ravelers), every time I put it on I worry that it just looks like a kludge. So I haven’t actually worn it yet, and might end up donating or selling it.

Dishcloth for Ellen

Pattern: Forked Cluster Stitch Washcloth by Oshinn Reid
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted (100% cotton), colorway Bermuda Heather
Hook: 5.5mm (I) Tulip Etimo

Practically Hyperbolic dishcloth for Ellen

Pattern: A Practically Hyperbolic Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted (100% cotton), colorway Bermuda Heather
Hook: 5.5mm (I) Tulip Etimo

Two quick crochet washcloths made as a housewarming gift for a new faculty member. The Practically Hyperbolic was already a favorite; the Forked Cluster Stitch was new to me and made a very handsome texture. I’ll definitely use it again. Excuse the horrible indoor Instagram photography — I only had to time to snap a quick pic after they were given.

Believe it or not, there’s still more … but that’s enough for one day and one post!

Summer’s here and the time is right

October 12, 2010

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Pattern: Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbie by Timary Peterson
Yarn: Pisgah Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), colorway Yellow
Hook: U.S. G/4.0 mm

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Pattern: A Practically Hyperbolic Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Pisgah Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), colorways Yellow and Red
Hook: U.S. G/4.0 mm

Every crafting assignment these days feels like an opportunity to learn something new. When the call went out from Cady Gray’s school for items for a spa basket to be auctioned, I immediately thought, “Let me try something different in crochet, then.”

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I read an article about hyperbolic geometry and the way some mathematicians had found a way to model them in crochet. And then I found a couple of patterns on Ravelry. Coincidentally, they could be seen through squinted eyesight as spa items. I made a circle and then I increased steadily as the work spiraled outward. And what occurred were these elegant, crenellated folds, the item not getting any bigger it seemed, but only getting more complexly layered.

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For the cloth, the increases are more gradual — making three stitches into four, rather than making one into two. What results is a floral ruffle of sorts, the shape made when a record is warped in the oven, expanding and curving away from itself at every point. In the hand it is surprisingly satisfying, conforming to your shape by tucking itself around your fingers and palm. I hope their users get a sudden flash of geometry as they wash or dry or exfoliate — a glimpse of a non-Euclidean space, a peek into a universe that almost exists.

Straight to my lover’s heart for me

June 16, 2010

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Pattern: Right Angles Dishcloth by Dilys Sutherland
Yarn: Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co. Peaches & Creme Ombres (100% cotton), colorway Pink Lemonade
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights

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Pattern: Little Tuffys by Adrienne Medrano
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Malted Milk and Ginger
Needles: U.S. 10.5 wood straights

How fast can yarn turn into fabric? Does the speed change if the needles are traveling through bright color or natural shades? What physical laws govern the transformation of plant fiber into tough, scrubby, irresistible texture itching to be held in the hands and used in daily tasks?

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The mitered square is knitting turned architecture. Start with any odd number of stitches, work a double-decrease on the middle 3 stitches every other row. Watch the fabric rotate itself around a diagonal axis into a perfect square. Add streaks of variegated color, and the ninety-degree angle of the garter ridges leaves an indelible impression.

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One ball each of four organic shades of Simply Cotton Worsted has lasted me through a huge market bag and four full-sized washcloths before finally petering it in this double-thick mini-cloth, knit in moss stitch with what was left of two of the colors held together. If you can cobble together 40 yards of yarn from whatever bits and pieces you have lying around, you can make a scrubber that fits perfectly in the hand and looks great on the counter.

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Craft takes time. We knitters think of an item that takes only five or six hours of work as lightning quick. But sometimes, our scale of time is the same as the outside worlds. Before you know it, yarn becomes more than it ever imagined. And you realize that creation is possible on anybody’s schedule.

Every time I think that I’m the only one who’s lonely

June 12, 2010

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Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth by PIsgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Ltd.
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Malted Milk and Toffee
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights

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Pattern: Long Beach Washcloth by Lion Brand Free Online Patterns
Yarn: Knit PIcks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Marshmallow, Malted Milk, Ginger, Toffee
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights

Dishcloths that use more than one color turn a simple ball of cotton yarn into a bottomless cup. Cloth after cloth comes from your needles, and yet the yarn never runs out.

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When you can’t decide what dishcloth to knit, the Ballband is always there for you. Looks great in any color combination, including this sepiatone version. Uses less than half a skein of each color. Not just retro — classic.

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The Long Beach Washcloth is a simple star stitch all-over pattern in alternating double-wide main color stripes and single-wide contrasting color stripes in three varieties. It would be a great way to experiment with color — maybe three related hues and one bold contrast, or three solids with a variegated main color. A lot of ends to weave in, but a really polished and highly textured result.

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My stash of perfect-for-any-occasion gift washcloths is growing. And I’m not nearly burned out. There’s a tote bag of gorgeous cotton in my stash, and if I have anything to say about it, it’s not going to have a chance to cool down to room temperature.

Now I know my life is giving me more than memories

June 8, 2010

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Pattern: Dots Within Stripes by Vicky R. Peterson
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Marshmallow and Ginger
Needles: U.S. 8 aluminum straights

One of my favorite desserts from my mother’s kitchen is an icebox pecan pie. It’s pecans crushed and mixed with graham crackers in the crust, a whipped cream filling, and the delicious crust crumbled over the top, all put in the freezer.

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The colors of this dishcloth, and the pattern of flecks within stripes, remind me of that pie. Like the pie, this is a luscious, rich, yet subdued cloth. It’s demonstrably handmade, as you can tell if you look for the flaw in the picture below. But it’s obviously also suitable for company and the good china.

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Dishcloths are such pedestrian, utilitarian objects that arguments regularly break out on Ravelry over whether they’re worth making by hand. What is more precious, though, than those kitchen creations? The taste of a favorite dessert, created from scratch, deserves a kitchen adorned with beautiful and useful linens. Even if none of us are the cooks our mothers are, we can evoke its memory and honor that spirit. Goodness is worth creating and savoring, in consumable and scrubbable forms alike.

And you see me, somebody new

June 6, 2010

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Pattern: slip stitch dishcloth by fourchette
Yarn: Ella Rae Baby Cotton (88% cotton, 12% nylon), colorways Ink and Spring
Needles: U.S. 6 Signature straights

My neutral period’s not over, not by a long shot. But every palette of earth tones needs a little jolt of dayglo zazz.

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This pattern is a riff on the Clover Tweed Dishcloth that I made awhile back. It’s garter stitch with slip-stitching forming the color pattern. That makes for a squishy texture. And since this is a thinner yarn than many used for dishcloths, the effect is almost delicate, drapey. It’s equally at home in a spa or on a sink.

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I made a half-baked single-crochet hanging loop, proving to myself that I can’t just sort of intuit crochet. It’s almost time for me to learn, though. And even if it’s ugly, it’ll hang. The cloth isn’t ugly at all, though. No, it’s eye-burningly gorgeous. It stands out in the stack of taupe and white and natural and black dishcloths I’ve made like a flamingo in a flock of crows. A splash of color. A highlight.