Let’s Get Dressed Up – One Skein Shrug, Part 2

I mentioned before in the “One Skein Knit Shrug” post that my mom had already requested a second, fancier shrug for a gala she had for work. Like the first one I made, I had this one mostly finished before having to rip it out and start again. This time I had managed to get six stitches off on one sleeve, and I have absolutely no idea how I did that.

After starting over (using my new, semi-fancy row counter app – Knit Counter Lite. There’s a paid version, but I’m broke and this one works pretty well.) I managed to finish it just in time for the gala.

I used a combination of Vanna’s Glamour in Platinum (150) and Bernat Boa in Royal Blue (46208). I added the Boa every three rows to make the silver show through.

What do you think of how it turned out? What should I make next?

Late Summer Blooms

I took these pictures when our friends’ rose bush bloomed last September. I love the pink contrasting with the green.

*If these look familiar, I had actually posted them last September. I have about three projects on the needles/hook right now, and nothing ready to post today. Enjoy these intermission flowers.*

Keeping It Clean – Washcloth Pattern

I LOVE cotton knit washcloths. I love making them, and I love using them. To me, they get dishes cleaner than regular washcloths, plus they can pick up more messes around the kitchen. And I make plenty of messes around the kitchen.

I’ve made washcloths many different ways, but I think I like this straight knit version the best. It knits up quickly and works really well with self-striping yarns. Plus, you can create whatever pattern in the center you want, like this heart:

Want to make one? You’ll need a pair of size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.

*These instructions are for the plain cloth, but you can create your own chart for the inner pattern in whatever design. The inner part is about 38 stitches by 54 rows.*

Cast on 46 stitches. Knit 3 rows.

Row 4: Knit 3, yarn over, slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over,* yarn over, knit 2 together* repeat to last 6 stitches, yarn over, slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 3

Row 5: Knit 3, purl 19 stitches, increase 1, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Row 6: Knit 3, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to last 5 stitches, slip 2 stitches knit wise and knit together, yarn over, knit 3

Row 7: Knit 3, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat rows 6&7 until piece measures 1 inch less than desired length (for mine, I ended at 9 inches).

Repeat row 4.

Knit 3 rows, increasing 1 in the middle of the first row only. Bind off. Weave in ends.

If you just like using these washcloths but don’t want to make one yourself, I offer them in many colors on my Etsy site.

If you make one and post pictures, let me know! I would love to see other versions.

What kind of household items do you prefer to make yourself instead of using store-bought? What colors or patterns would you like to see in a washcloth?