Quick Projects

Sometimes I need a break from big projects like blankets and shawls, and even socks (socks take me a while to complete, so they count as big projects). In those times I like to cast on something small and manageable, something that I can see clear progress on in a matter of hours.

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This washcloth worked up super quickly. I love the size of it, the look of it, and the ease of it. I used leftovers of Peaches and Creme and US 8 5.0 mm needles.

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This yarn is a practice skein (the fiber is undyed Southdown wool), an etude in preparation for a symphony. It is a singles yarn, which is why it looks kinky. When you first start spinning you are trying to spin a finer and finer yarn. To the point where it becomes very difficult to spin a thick singles. In order to practice thick singles, teachers suggest that you spin an intentionally slubby yarn…which I don’t particularly love. I was prepared to do what needed to be done, though, for my symphony, but I was pleasantly surprised when I (fairly easily) started spinning thick singles. Tadah! 

And lastly, a quick-ish project would be my Raindrops and Wildflowers Cowl, available for 20% off until Wednesday (July 5). Get it while it’s hot!

Simple Washcloths: A Recipe

A week or two ago my husband told me that some friends of ours are having a housewarming party. I immediately decided to knit them some washcloths. I had some Peaches and Creme worsted cotton in my stash, and some US 9/5.5 mm needles were free, so I cast on. Here is my washcloth recipe:

Using a cotton yarn and corresponding needles (I like Peaches and Creme or Sugar and Cream Worsted and US 7-9/4.5-5.5 mm needles) CO 4 sts. K 1 row.

Increase row: Sl 1, K1, YO, K to end of row. Continue increasing in this way until you have as many stitches as you want. I like big washcloths, so I usually increase up to 60 or 65 stitches.

When you have the desired number of stitches begin decreases: Sl 1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end of row. Repeat until you have 4 stitches remaining. BO and weave in ends.

washcloths

I think that washcloths make a great gift. They are useful in the kitchen, bathroom, and generally in life. And they are quick to make. Work up a set of 2-4, tie them up with ribbon, and give them with a smile. You will be the star of the party!

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If (like my husband) you don’t like the holes on the edges, simply use a different increase:

     Increase row: Sl 1, K1, KFB, K to end of row.

          Decrease row: Sl 1, K1, K2tog, K to end of row.

Do you use handmade washcloths? Do you have a favourite pattern or recipe?

Artsy Fartsy Washcloth

Log Cabin Washcloth

The center is knit on the bias as follows:

CO 4 sts
K2 sts, YO, K to end of row.
Increase to 31 sts.
K1 st, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end of row.
Decrease to 4sts.
Cast Off

The outside stripes are knit in a log cabin pattern.

Yarn: Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Hot Blue and Robin’s Egg; Peaches & Creme stripes (blue, purple, green, white)