Because life has been more busy than normal in the past few weeks, I have not had much time to knit.
This first dishcloth is a Hole-less ( Reverse Miter Cloth ). The Cream yarn used in it was the last bit of one of the first cones I bought of the Original Peaches and Creme yarn . The blue is Hot Blue made by the makers of Sugar’n’Cream. This is one of may favorite patterns to use because it can be made with scraps if desired.
The item below is made from the same pattern as the dishcloth above. There was not enough yarn on the cone to make a regular size dishcloth so I decided to make it into a Small Mat. It is the first of what will be a set of mats in an assortment of sizes and colors. It will serve as a large coaster for cups or glasses and as a place mat for plates and bowls. It is made from the last yarn on one of the first cones of Peaches and Creme Passion that I purchased. There are twenty four stitches on either side of the center stitch. I could have added more yarn of the same color and dye lot or used a coordinating color but chose not to do so.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
A couple of weeks ago I started looking online again for patterns that were either inexpensive or free. I found and made two I have never seen before.
This first one is a Ravelry download called : My Six Row Dishcloth.
I made it using the large cone of Yellow cotton in my stash:
This was an easy pattern to crochet. I think the fact that it does not lie straight is because I pulled the center yarn too tight.
This next one I found thanks to a Google Alert. The pattern is Dashed Stripe and can be found here on Georgina Giles site.
I made this using a cone of Potpourri Ombre made by Lily Sugar’n’Cream. It was easy to knit and has great texture.
The next two cloths are from Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham. The book is available from bookstores, amazon.com or as a Ravelry download.
They were both easy and pleasant to knit. These are larger cloths and used 1.7 and 1.5 ounces of yarn. I want to make the In Style cloth again using a solid color to show off the pattern.
The last two cloths to show are both made using the pattern My Fave Dishcloth by Kathy North:
The pooling of the cloth made from the Sea Mist is interesting. It just happened that way.
I will be posting more about my Cotton project on the weekend.
May all of you be safe and warm.
You will notice that I normally use the original Peaches & Creme yarn or Sugar and Cream yarn. That is because it is primarily what is in my stash. There are a lot of other good brands of cotton yarns available such as : I Love this Cotton by Hobby Lobby, Sugar and Cream, Knit Picks yarns, Brown Sheep yarns and many others.
Yarn comes in different weights such as Aran, DK, Sport and Fingering Weight. If you want more information about yarn weights take a look at the Craft Yarn Council‘s page about Yarn Standards . I am sure most of you know that yarn weight; hook or needle size and other factors affect gauge. Gauge affects the size of an item you make. Please keep these factors in mind if you use a different yarn than the one recommended by a designer or if you are making something where size is important.
I hope you are having a wonderful day!
As I mentioned before, one of the goals of my Cotton Projects is that I use at least one “new to me” pattern a week. The few days in January were busy. I made four dishcloths and three of the them were from patterns I have never used before.
Here are the cloths I made from patterns I have never tried before.
Cloth #1 from Joan Hamer’s Book
They were all fun to make and uniquely gorgeous.
The link to Joan Hamer’s e-book is here: Dozen Dishcloths to Knit I made it from a cone of original White Peaches and Creme yarn. I am delighted with this pattern and will be making the remaining eleven from this book. If you are on Ravelry you might consider taking a look at the other patterns she has designed.
Variable Star is from Leisure Arts #5568 Knit Dishcloths by Julie Ray. I used Baby Green from the original Peaches and Creme. In person it is a delicate looking square.
Simple is from Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham. I used the original Peaches and Creme Dark Purple Ombre for this cloth. The pattern is lost in the color of the yarn.
I like the amount of texture in each of these patterns and will be using them again.
The one dishcloth I made from a familiar pattern is below:
I used Hills and Valleys which can be found on this blog. It is a favorite of my husband because it is soft. I like it because it holds its shape and is squishy. It is also made on the diagonal which allows the size to be changed easily. The yarn, OD Spice is also one of the softest feeling colorways made by the makers of the original Peaches and Creme.
Please come back as I share my journey of using my cotton yarn stash.
It was brought to my attention in the past day or two that there was an error in the Melinda Cloth pattern on Row 2. The error has been corrected.
Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may have caused.
My latest project has been consuming almost of my free time for past few weeks. I am the person behind Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. I realized one day when looking at the site that it had a lot of dead links. I knew it had been neglected for a few months, but had no idea how desperately it needed my attention. I was so ashamed of it that at one point I considered making it private until there was time to make the necessary changes. Since that was not the best decision, my next choice was to jump in and work on it as hard as I do any other major project in life.
In the past two and half weeks all of the dead links have been removed. New links are being added everyday. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I anticipate because of my habit of cross referencing patterns . For example, a round, lacy crocheted cloth will be added to each page where it fits. My motivation is to make it easier and more efficient to use the site.
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These are pictures of some of my favorite projects I have done over the years.
My original motivation for having a blog was to talk about my adventures in knitting and crocheting. I was just starting to knit dishcloths. since i wasn't working outside the home, I relied on patterns from library books and books from my own collection. I learned very quickly that the internet is a very rich source of free patterns for all manner of dish and wash cloths. Rather than saving all the links in the Bookmark folder of my browser, I decided to list them on a side bar of my blog. Little did I know, how many were and are available. After a very short time my list had grown to the extent that it seemed most practical to devote an entire blog to this topic. Thus was born Dish and Wash Cloth Mania.
What started as a very small blog, has grown over the years to have more than forty pages and more links than I can imagine. I continue to be fascinated not only making dish and wash cloths, but by searching for them on the internet.
There are some amazingly creative designers and artists who share the
fruit of their love and labor with the rest of the world by turning
their patterns into dish or wash cloths, They are all beautiful! Due to piracy and copyright issues, some designers have begun making
free patterns available only through Ravelry. I respect this.
Over the years, web hosts have gone out of business; designers have died or moved on to other activities; and others have quit offering free patterns in favor of selling them.In spite of these things the availability of free patterns remains astounding.
If you never tried making one, please do so. You might find you like them.
All of a sudden it is the first week of June. The question that is looms on my mind is : Where did Spring go? The answer to that for me is a bit long. It was spent finding and settling in to a new job. That took an enormous amount of energy.
Some of the time was spent learning a new spin on an old hobby. I have learned to crochet food and dishes, ranging from bacon and eggs to a complete turkey dinner, with lots of trimmings. I have tried my hand at crocheting a variety of fruits and vegetables; glasses and cups of beverages. In the middle of this,my sewing skills have improved.
In order to do all of these things,some internet searches have been necessary. New techniques have been studied. Patterns new to me have been found, some free and some not free. Places like ArtFire and Etsy have been discovered. I have learned to use tags with my bookmarks on my browser. I have learned to use a size E or F hook with worsted wt. yarn.
My Dish and Wash Cloth Mania blog has taken considerable amount of time. Most of the pages have been checked and dead links removed. Many new links have been added. It is a wonderful labor of love. My amazement at the number and marvelous quality of designers. Working on this blog is always an adventure.
It is no wonder i have gone to sleep and waken with thoughts of fibers on my mind.
The past couple of weeks have been busy, especially on the knitting front. I have been involved in making Ballband Cloths as part of a contest for a Ravelry group to which I belong. This has been taking as much time as I could spare. I did not get as many cloths made as I wanted to,but still had a lot of fun. One of my goals, which I met, was to play around with color combinations and to try out shades of yarn I might not normally use. That was fun. There are still some color combinations I want to try, but they are on hold for now. It is time to turn my attention to other projects.
One of the things needing my attention is a baby blanket as a gift for an acquaintance. The blanket is found here . It is being made with Shades of Spring. I have not decided if it going to have the crocheted border or not. It is an easy knit which is progressing fairly quickly. I started off using a 32 inch circular needle but have moved up to a 60 inch one to allow enough space for the growing number of stitches. This was a wise decision. I will post pictures once it is completed.
I finally got around to posting pictures of a Comfortghan I made for a friend who lost her son more than a year ago. The afghan is made from Red Heartv yarn in Paddy Dreen and Aran. The square is of my own design. It was a very special gift for a very special lady.
Have a fantastic week!