Handmade Gifts

One of my favorite things to make that work up really easy and fast are cotton washcloths.  They are great gifts and great to use around the house.  I need to make a few more for myself because they do after awhile need to be replaced (especially if you wash knives with it) and I thought I would share a few patterns I use.  You can buy a skein of cotton yarn at Micheals or Joanns for about $1.25 on sale or with a coupon and usually I get 2 dishcloths out of a skein.  I’ve always knitted mine (you can teach yourself how to knit just look on youtube that’s what I did) but am going to try and crochet a few since I seem to crochet faster than I knit (again self taught via youtube).

This is a knitting pattern that I’ve used with great success lots and lots of times.  I love this pattern and so have several people I’ve given them too.  The pattern says use a size 7 needle but you can use something close to it if you don’t have that size.  You can also keep repeating row 2 until it is a size that you would want.

WASHCLOTH
Cast on 5 stitches. Knit 1 row.
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Rep last row,  until you have a total of 37 stitches.
Next Row: Knit 2, yarn over, (k2tog) twice, knit to end of row.
Rep last row until 5 stitches remain. Knit 1 row. Bind off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

This is a crochet pattern that I’m going to try.  It sounds alot trickier but sometimes once you get started you see the repeat and it works up easy. This is a granny square pattern.

Note: Ch 5 at beg of rnd counts as dc and ch 2.

Ch 5. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 5. (3 dc. Ch 2) 3 times in ring. 2 dc in ring. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.
2nd rnd: Sl st in next ch-2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc). (2 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp. [Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times. Ch 1. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
3rd rnd: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc). (2 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp. [Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times. Ch 1. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
4th rnd: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc). (2 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp. [(Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice. Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times. Ch 1. Miss next 3 dc. 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. (Four 3-dc groups on each side of square, including corner groups).

Rep last rnd 4 times more, having 1 more 3-dc group on each side of square on next and every following rnd. Seven 3-dc groups on each side of square.
9th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each dc and 3 sc in corner ch-2 sp around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

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1 comments:

Precious said...

They sound wonderful. I just wish I didn't have 10 hands when I am trying to knit. I just have never been able to master it.

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