Have a Yarn

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


November 2011 - Spa Cloths

Is there a knitter out there that hasn't knit a dishcloth? Not many, I'm sure. But how many knitters have knit a face cloth or spa cloth? With Christmas right around the corner or when a special little gift is needed, why not have a few of these beautiful little cloths and some nice soap tucked away, ready to drop into a lovely little bag at a moments notice. Of course, not just any dishcloth cotton would do for such a special gift, now would it? I know you would want an especially soft cotton. Here at Have a Yarn we have Berroco's Pure Pima, a 100% cotton in almost any color of the rainbow. So soft and shimmering that you would think it's silk. Perfect!

And now I would like to share with you 3 of my favorite stitch patterns. These patterns are so quick and simple, you could easily knit a couple cloths in an evening and have them on hand for that unexpected emergency. Use these patterns to make a scarf, make a cowl, make place mats or to add interest to the cuffs and waist band of your next sweater. Be creative!

The Textured


CO an even # of sts.

Row 1: RS, *Slip 1, as to purl, K1, YO, pass slip stitch over the Knit stitch and the YO*. Repeat * to * to end of row.
Row 2: WS, Purl
Repeat these 2 rows to the desired length. Bind off.

The Chinese Wave


CO any uneven # of sts.

Row1: RS, Knit
Row2: WS, * K1, Slip1 purlwise*, repeat ending with K1
Row3: Knit
Row4: K2, *Slip1, K1* to last 3 sts. Slip1, K2
Repeat these 4 rows to the desired length.
Finish on WS. Bind off.

The Waffle


CO any uneven # of sts. Knit 3 rows.

Row1: RS, Knit
Row2: WS, Knit 3, purl to last 3 sts. K3
Row3: Knit 3, *(P2, K1)*, repeat to last 3 sts. K3
Row4: Knit 3, *(K2, P1)*, repeat to last 3 sts. K3
Repeat these 4 rows to desired length.
Knit 3 rows. Bind off.

--Karen Simmons