Sunday, July 30, 2006
Dishrags on the Web
If you still don't believe that knitted dishrags and washcloths are hot, here are some links to check out. There are literally TONS of patterns and pictures on the internet! All of these links will give you ideas. And there's no reason why you can't just make up your own design, using any stitch pattern you want to learn. What better way to make use of your swatches? Use cotton, terry-cloth, hemp, or linen.
This design, called Ms. Funky, is by Naomi Dagen Bloom, and is featured on her blog, A Little Red Hen. Made in stockinette stitch with natrural hemp, this washcloth has couple of garter ridges of red hemp here and there to spruce up the simple background pattern. The flower is 50/50 hemp/wool, knitted from Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments on page 21, "5 Scallop Garter-stitch Flower." A border of single crochet in a variegated hemp yarn finishes off the piece.
This mitered square design, called a Right Angles Dishcloth, was also knitted by Naomi. The dishcloth was designed by Dilys Sutherland and the pattern is on her Blossom Knitwear website, along with several other free patterns and some knitting lessons.
The Dishcloth Botique website has 5 pages of links to dishcloth patterns. Wow, that's amazing. They are made in all different kinds of stitch patterns. Some are rectangles, knit back and forth. Some are circles, knit in the round. There are texture patterns, lace, and colorwork. Whatever your skill level and tastes, you're sure to find something you'd like to knit here.
Knittingforcharity.org has a page with information about using cotton yarn for charity knitting, along with a brief discussion of how you can use your knitted dishcloths for charity. There's a lot more info on the site, too, so it's definitely worth checking out.
Page by Page of Maui is a site that sells handmade gifts from Hawaii. The site has a page with several free dishcloth patterns, including this cute lace heart design.
And last, but not least, there's a cool Yahoo! Group that has a monthly dishcloth pattern and knitalong. It sounds like a lot of fun. It's at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/monthlydishcloths/. The group also has a blog with photos of the dishcloths.