Cotton stash, that is. – I’m long overdue to use more of my worsted weight cottons.
Back in 2011, I crocheted a few cotton shopping bags. I soon realized that I really prefer using fabric totes, so I donated these two to a charity raffle
and unraveled the third. – Hey, the yarn is blue. I love blue. –
Last year I wove two cotton dishtowels.
Two more towels are waiting to be hemmed and fabric for yet another two is in progress on the loom. They’re all very nice towels, but as slow as I weave, I’d never make it through the rest of my cotton worsted stash and who needs dozens of towels anyway!
So. . . I decided to make washcloths.
You see, I read about a charity project sponsored by a local church. – They collect shoes, sandals and flip-flops for a mission in Haiti. What do shoes have to do with my cotton yarn? Well, when they fill a shipping barrel with shoes, they stuff the spaces in and around them with personal care items, mostly bars of soap and Washcloths!
At first I thought I would crochet them, – Crocheting is so Fast! – but then I found out that I could expect to get only one crocheted cloth out of a two-ounce ball of cotton yarn, leaving a substantial amount of scrap, – If there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s more scrap yarn! lol. – while if I knit the washcloths, I could probably get two from each ball! Although I spent very little money to build my cotton stash, I still want to squeeze every bit of goodness out of it that I can.
I headed to Ravelry to pick out a washcloth/dishcloth pattern, a free one, obviously. lol. The most popular, by far, is Grandmother’s Favorite (pattern) with over 10,000 projects, but it’s primarily garter stitch, which is sooooo boooooring, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, row after row after row. IMHO, the only thing it’s got going for it is that it’s done on the diagonal. Next up is the Ballband Dishcloth (pattern) with over 9000. It looks best when knit with two coordinating colors. I want to start with something simpler than that, so I kept looking.
- lovely texture, making it interesting both to look at and to knit
- a simple four-row pattern, which should be easy to remember
- reversible – looks Great from both sides
- lays flat even though it doesn’t have a border
- slip stitches enhance the look of variegated yarns of which I have quite a few!
For my first washcloth I’ve picked Sugar ‘n Cream ‘Landscape’ (circled) from among the oldest cottons in my stash, the eight balls shown in the middle of this donation of 2011.
The Double Bump pattern was as easy as I’d hoped.
Washcloth No. 1
I love this little thing! It’s just big enough to do the job, at about 8″ square, and the pattern stitch creates a very smooshy feeling fabric. – I think I’m going to have to knit at least a couple of these for DH and myself. –
After, I discovered that I’d used more than half of the two-ounce ball – groan – not leaving enough for a second cloth, so much for my ‘grand plan’. lol. But, wait, I happen to have a little scrap of lime ombre, part of this $4 thrift shop haul of cotton from last summer.
Combined with the ‘Landscape’ I have left, there’s enough for another washclothl Yay!
Washcloth No. 2
and it’s even a little bigger than the first one.
This scrap stripe thing worked so well, I did the same with Peaches & Creme ‘Orange Sherbt’, also from the above donation. – I have no idea why they spelled sherbet with no e, but that’s how it is on the label and I have no idea where the scrap of solid peach yarn came from, either. –
Washcloths 3 & 4
This is fun! Already I’ve used up two balls of cotton worsted
and finished four washcloths.