Saturday, November 18, 2017
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One of the challenges I’ve had as a knitter is getting the pattern’s gauge to match my swatch. I have this problem with following patterns – usually when I get the stitches per inch to match the gauge, the rows per inch don’t.  Probably because I knit loosely.  The other day I realized the pattern I planned to use just wouldn’t work with my knitting.  I couldn’t knit the yarn tightly enough to get close enough to the gauge for the pattern to fit. I could have been frustrated, but instead decided to redo the pattern with my gauge. I knit a swatch in the pattern,... (Read More ...)

Do you like knitting scrubbies? They’re often a quick knit and practical.  Because they’re usually small projects, they make a great project for on-the-go.  Such as when you’re caregiving.  And a simple pattern like garter stitch is easy to work on, leave and then come back when needed. One of my favorite patterns is a knitted scrubby called Tribble or maybe it’s Tribble2.  Click here for a link to the original pattern. The knitted dishcloth pattern calls for knitting with worsted weight crochet yarn.  As I learned about eco Tawashi, I decided to try knitting one with... (Read More ...)

One of the nice things about a knitted dishcloth pattern is its gauge usually doesn’t matter. Which is a blessing for me, because I’ve been known to rewrite patterns to match my gauge. Yes, really!  I knit loosely, and use the pick or Continental method.  When I use the throw or English/American method, the gauge is much closer.  And my knitting is much tighter.  So I think most patterns are written by knitters using the throw method. Personally I find the pick method much easier, faster and smoother.  If you like a different method GREAT! What else makes knitted dishcloth patterns... (Read More ...)

Looking to knit a classic knitted dishcloth pattern? One that’s easy? How about one that only uses two different rows other than the cast on and bind off rows? Knitting doesn’t get any easier than that! 😉 Recently I was reminded how classic this pattern is. My friend Renee said she’d been looking for a dishcloth pattern her grandma used to knit.  Renee didn’t know the name, but described it as a simple dishcloth with a lace-like border.  Apparently her grandma didn’t share the pattern. Likely Renee’s grandma memorized the pattern, so didn’t write it... (Read More ...)

If scrubbies are a kind of dishcloth, tawashi are a kind of scrubbie. So yes, they are related. Traditional tawashi are Japanese scrub brushes.  Among knitters and crocheters, tawashi often means a special kind of scrubbie. Tawashi are usually made of acrylic yarn.  The combination of acrylic yarn and garter stitch ridges makes scrubbing easier.  Tawashi usually don’t scratch surfaces. Even though acrylic is manufactured, acrylic tawashi are also known as eco-tawashi.  Why? Well, because they need less soap — or even none — to work. They are too harsh for delicate skin, though! Tribble... (Read More ...)

I’m a fan of hand knit dishcloths. Every time I use one, I’m amazed at how long they last.  And how much better they are at scrubbing than manufactured dishcloths. Although they can be fancy with embossed-looking images, they don’t have to be.  A knitted dishcloth pattern can be as simple as garter stitch. I just finished knitting one in about three hours. Grandma's Favorite Knitted Dishcloth I used a dishcloth pattern that’s been around for years. It’s called Grandma’s or Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth. Its name suits. It’s a quick and easy knit. All you need to know is... (Read More ...)

While I prefer to let dishes air dry, sometimes I still need to dry them by hand. The other day, as I used a dish towel, it left the water untouched. Next I tried a second, then a third. All of them refused to wipe the dishes dry. The best drying towel seemed to be one that’s probably at least 15 years old. Unfortunately, it also has a large hole in its center. 😕 Have you noticed most if not all the dish towels lately in the stores are manufactured outside the USA? The ones I’ve had the most problems with are new. Perhaps it’s the yarn, the dyes, or even the manufacturing... (Read More ...)