We have a new cotton yarn for Spring/Summer that I think you are really going to like. (If you follow us on Instagram you had a sneak peek of this yarn back in February.)
Knitting Fever brand “Painted Cotton” is 357 yards of 100% Cotton goodness. This DK weight yarn is not mercerized, so it has a lovely, soft, natural cotton feel.
When I got my hands on it I decided that I wanted to use it for a project I could touch often. We have a shawl pattern for it, but since I received my sample ball in February I wasn’t feeling a cotton shawl (despite my claims to cross-season knitting).
I’ve never been one for knitting dishcloths, but a tea towel was an idea I could get behind.
My kitchen sink is well placed between the stove and the fridge. We keep a hand towel hanging on the handle of the oven, but I’ve always struggled with a towel on the other side of the sink. There isn’t much room on the side of the fridge between the cupboards and the counter. I need a petite towel if it is going to hang there and not get in the way.
Did you know there are a TON of interesting dishcloth patterns on Ravelry? I suppose you do if you knit them regularly, but it isn’t a category I explore often. However, I wanted a traditional corner-to-corner pattern since I was planning to modify it.
I settled on the “Dishcloth with border of holes” pattern from this Livejournal page since it was exactly what I had in mind.
Isn’t knitting magical? A few well placed increases and decreases and you totally change the size and shape of the object you are knitting.
I used a size US6 knitting needle and didn’t sweat my gauge.
For my first towel, which ended up being roughly 11″ wide by 14″ tall, I increased until I had 66 stitches. Instead of immediately starting to decrease, as you would for a square cloth, I worked a short straight section of maybe 12 rows.
On right-side rows I knit the regular YO increase at the beginning of the row and decreased (k2tog) at the end of the row. On the wrong-side rows I knit the K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K across sequence described in the pattern. (I was making it up as I went along and didn’t write it down. The goal was to stay at 66 sts).
Once my long edge, on the left in the picture above, reached 14″ I began working the pattern decreases normally on both RS and WS rows.
I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I also seemed to have a ton of yarn left over.
Since there was plenty of yarn leftover, and having more then one little towel would be useful, I used my digital kitchen scale to divide the remaining yarn in half and cast on a second cloth.
For the second cloth, which wound up being about 9.5″ x 11.5″, I increased to 63 sts. I also did a better job of maintaining the eyelet boarder during my straight section by decrease the two stitches before the eyelet instead of using the YO as one of my decrease stitches.
I still have to knit the third towel, but I got distracted by other projects, as you do.
In the picture on the fridge and this last picture the clothes have been washed once in the washer with a load of towels. They held up nicely and are still soft and cuddly.
I think “Painted Cotton” will be a great yarn for knitting and crocheting projects for babies. It would make a lovely blanket and would probably be good for bibs. Of course it will also be a fun choice for summer tops.
How many dishcloths have you knit or crocheted? What is your favorite pattern to use?
I have “Painted Cotton” color 6-Copacabana. You can see knit swatches of the other colors on our main website. From there you can use the “buy locally” button to find local and online yarn shops that will be stocking “Painted Cotton” yarn.