Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dishcloths galore

I have knitted some dishcloths for a friend and will be posting them in the New Year.
So I made these and hope that I have got it right the colours never show up as bright as they are in reality.

A Butterfly for Spring you can find the pattern here Butterfly
This is 8x8 inches

Halloween Cat the nearest I could get to Autumn Halloween Cat
This one is 10x9 inches.

This one is in Pink and can be found here Cat
This measures 9.75x9 inches

I called this one Kitten and in a  yellow Purrfect Cloth
Kitty is 7.5x7 inches

Another Spring themed cloth in Lilac Bloom
This one is 6.5x7 inches

Another cat that is tall and elegant Cat
This elegant cat cloth is 8x7.75 inches

All were knitted on 3.25mm needles in Cotton Yarn some in Lily Sugar and Cream and others in Cotton DK Classique by Stylecraft and Drops Paris.
All are easy to make and fun as well I enjoy knitting this sort of cloth as it is I love seeing how they grow and how the picture forms as you knit. So 6 dishcloths will be winging their way to America and a new home.
I added a loop to each cloth so they can be hung up on a hook to dry off, or they can be used as potholders.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Dish cloths/Potholders

I love making things for Christmas and this year decided to make Dish cloths / Potholders to add the festive touch to the kitchen.
I bought some 100% cotton yarn and hunted for some patterns that I liked and came up with these.

Santa cloth

I used 3.5mm needles for the yarn I have and the result was this

It is large at 10 x 10 inches so great for a dish cloth and I can always use it folded for a pot holder. The red is brighter than it looks here.
The pattern is nice and easy to do and I finished it in a day so a nice quick pattern for a last minute gift. This cloth used up the full 50g ball of yarn plus a little extra from the second ball. The yarn I used was DROPS PARIS 50g 82 yards ( 75metres)

So onto the next cloth and this time a smaller one.

Snowflake cloth

I used 3.5 needles for the yarn I had as I like a dense cloth and this is the result. Yarn used was DROPS PARIS 50g ball and I used 29g of yarn.

A nice easy pattern that knits up quick I finished this one in an evening so a definite quick present. You could easily knit up three of these in different colours, add a food related gift that is homemade and you have a lovely gift. This one is 7.5 inches square.

I added loops so the cloths can be hung up. I used a 3mm crochet hook. I created a slip knot and placed it on the hook, pushed the hook through the corner of the cloth put the yarn over the hook and drew it through then did a slip stitch to secure ( if your not sure how to slip stitch this video gives you the idea of what I did to secure the yarn in the corner )  Slip Stitch
After attaching the yarn to the corner I chained 10 stitches then slip stitched  the chain to the cloth to create the loop, cut the thread and pulled it through the stitch to secure. Sew in all yarn ends and your cloth is done. Nice and easy to do and creates a loop that is not too large.

Out of the two I like the Snowflake one the best as the pattern shows up better close too. With the Santa cloth you have to be at a distance to see the face.