I gave my husband a few dishcloths last year, and I just now photographed them. The Simple Garter Stitch is the one I made years ago and was unhappy with. How do you go wrong with a dishcloth? But it doesn't have a great feel, is not terribly absorbent, and doesn't wipe as well as I had hoped.
Nellie is in a different yarn, Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme, and I love it. Ethel and Hazel are in the same yarn as Simple Garter Stitch (the discontinued Mission Falls 1824 Cotton) but seem to work better.
However, they still had problems. Ethel was supposed to be a square dishcloth, but it's too wide and too short. The slipped stitches along the side were supposed to form a neat line. But if you follow the instructions, the border slipped stitch has yarn in front of it half the time.
And although I chose Hazel for the interesting stitch pattern, it turned out to be a little too interesting, bordering on obscene. A drapier, variegated yarn disguised the lumps in the book photo. But I think it's hideous!
We're set for dishcloths for a while, but the next ones I plan to try are Opal, Virginia, and Elizabeth, with maybe another lovely Nellie in there....
Sometimes you knit a project and there's no Wrong Side showing. I'm not talking about reversible projects where there is no "wrong side." I mean projects like Double Knitting projects and I-Cord where the Wrong Side is inaccessible.
This is a wonderful feature . . . except when it comes time to weave in the ends!
Here's the way I tackle that problem:
1. Thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail.
2. Insert needle into knitting and bring from the Wrong Side through the middle of a stitch to the Right Side (photo a).
3. Take needle over the bar of that same stitch, up behind work to the right, and through the middle of the stitch two rows up and one column to the right (photo b).
4. Repeat Step 3 four or five times.
5. Take needle over bar of stitch, behind work, and through middle of next stitch to the right (photo c).
6. Turn work upside down and take needle over bar of same stitch (above the needle), up behind work to the left, and through middle of stitch two rows up and one column to the left, making sure to come up through the middle of the upside-down stitch: ^ on knit side, u on purl side (photo d).
7. Repeat Step 6 two or three times.
8. Take needle over bar of stitch and a long way behind work, coming up to the Right Side without piercing the knitting (photo e).
9. Pull tail firmly so knitting gathers slightly and cut tail close to work. Adjust work so tail doesn't show.
It's pretty easy once you understand the method---and it looks just as good as if you did it the usual way!
A few months ago I finished a cowl for a good friend of mine who had given me some yarn for this project years ago.
The cowl was inspired by George R. R. Martin's children of the forest. It features tree branches or loops of root which might be eyes.
I knit it flat. Then instead of sewing it together I sewed buttons on it. That way Melanie could put it on without messing up her hair (see below).
It also makes the cowl versatile and able to be worn several different ways, shown below.
She loves it!
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