Sunday, September 14, 2008

Knit Washcloth ~ Easy One Night Project


When I was about 7 years old, my grandmother taught me to knit. She was a wonderfully talented woman who could do anything. She was legendary in our family. Sew, Knit, Decorate, Bake, Play Golf, work all day and still have an incredible home. I don't know how she did it! Anyway, one week of every summer (sometimes 2 weeks if I was lucky) I would get to go spend with her and my grandfather. Ma and Pa. It was a fabulous Little Girl Heaven! Chocolate sheet cake and playing house in a cool basement. These are cherished memories to me.

Anyway the point was, I love to knit and I was thinking of her when I decided that I would share this little project with you. I don't like huge drawn out projects though. I made a sweater once when I was in high school. I started my freshman year and finished the summer that I graduated. The sweater was out of style by then. But dang it! I finished it! So now I don't take on the big projects anymore. When the whole knitting craze started a couple of years ago, I was looking for simple projects that didn't require a long term commitment. When my daughter went to college I made her this outrageously wide and long scarf. I think that she still uses it to this day!

When my 2 Aunts were here from MO a couple of months ago they gave us a little gift. One of the items was a knitted washcloth. I thought "now that's something I can do in one night!"
So I went on line and found the pattern. Super Simple. After I made a couple I decided that it would be good if they were a little larger. So I knit to 48 stitches not the 44. I also crochet a loop at the end to make it more finished looking.


Finished cloth measures 6 inches square.

Supplies:

1 skein Cotton Classic yarn

Needles size 8

Directions:

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit 2 rows.

Knit 2 stitches, yarn over, knit to end of row.

Repeat until you have 44 stitches on the needles.

K1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

Repeat until you have 4 stitches on the needles.

Knit 2 rows. Cast off.


These are a couple of samples of my "handy" work. : )






If you all have any other simple projects like this let me know. I would love to see them!

8 comments:

Jill said...

Liz,
I love that teapot and teacup, the ruffled edge is so very cute!

My Aunt Barb makes crocheted dishcloths that look very similar. I have knitted and crocheted...I made a baby afghan for my cousin when she was expecting her first child. I haven't picked up the needles since, that was 14 years ago!

It is getting to be that cozy time of year to snuggle in...have fun knitting!
~Jill

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Liz this is TOO coinkidinky!

My grandmother taught me to crochet, and my first project was a dishcloth. Looked just like yours only not knitted, lol!

I would also spend a week or two every summer there. Very cherished memmories indeed. We were very lucky little girls, eh?

I love the teapot and cup too, reminds me of Mrs. Potts!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I saw that ruffled teapot and cup at Home Goods and was SO tempted!
My grandmother makes these washclothes and they are so great for scrubbing.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Liz! Very cute wash cloths! I would be afraid of using them they are so pretty. I never learned to knit, but would watch my grandmothers knit and crocet.

Have a great day!
Becky

Janna said...

I love mine- it's too cute! Thanks Mama!! :)

bj said...

first of all, the teapot and cup is the cutest thing!
i would love to know how to knit and could have learned from my mama if I had of had a lick of sense. she was just like your grandmother..could do anything. I was too busy raising my family to take the time to learn these things from her, I guess.
your dishcloths are just perfect. Do you sell them?
Have fun with your quick projects...
love, bj

Suzanne said...

Really LOVE the tea set. My favorite color and the scallops are beautiful. Wish I had a Home Goods store nearby. Crochet items are lovely, and brings back childhood memories. Love and Prayers,

Kim's Cottage said...

Wow! What a coincidence. I've been crochet'ing washcloths the past few weeks too. Gives me something to keep my hands busy at my son's football practice. Mine aren't nearly as decorative as yours though, as I only know a straight stitch. LOL


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