Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dishcloths



Just before we left for our vacation I saw on some blogs knitted dishcloths. Lynn gave me one as a present and I do like it very much. Especially the very nice vintage look :-) Knitting dishclothes would be perfect to do on our vacation.

I read that they are made from very absorbing cotton, and I decided to buy the cotton in the US. Before leaving I printed out two patterns and lucky me on our first grocery shopping I found the Lion Cotton, worsted weight which is highly recommended for dishcloths.

My knitting experience was from almost 20 years ago. I knitted a scarf for my brother (which I never finished.....). Never mind, I started knitting the first dishcloth and it was just like riding a bike you never forget how to do it.

I never thought that knitting these dishcloths could become so addictive!! I love this pattern very much. I found it on Deb's beautiful blog: Homespun Living. Thank you Deb!

Only I made them with a smaller red strip as on the pattern.... by mistake. I lost the pattern somewhere during our trip. I thought to remember the pattern was with one strip :-)

How do I like the result!


And what to think about a blue strip?



Look, as you see I was in a knitting mood. This version has a red, natural, and blue strip. :-)

Knitting along I thought a red and blue could be also very nice ;-)


See, I got the dishcloth knitting fever and I tried a different pattern.


This is the traditional pattern: on the diagonal...



I have to admit that they are not only fun to make; they are also very great to use!!


Lucy

27 comments:

robin said...

I like it also. I started knitting dishcloth recently. I think I'l going to make some red placemats for Christmas.

Willeke said...

Gebruik je deze dan echt voor het afdrogen, of alleen als handdoek?
Eerlijk gezegd had ik nog nooit van gebreide vaatdoeken gehoord.
Zo zie je maar weer, nooit te oud om te leren, grinnik

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the link to the stripey dishcloth. I've made the diagonal ones and love them, now I think I need some stripes!

Laura said...

Lucy I am glad to see you all are safely home and that you were able to keep your hands busy while traveling around our beautiful country. Blessings to you and your family! Laura

Libby said...

My knitting skills are poor on the very best day . . . but I would love to try these cloths. The look so nice and I only hear nice things about using them.

La Tea Dah said...

I love these dishrags, Lucy! I bought some from a blogger last spring and have them at the cabin. They are most loved! Recently I found a stack of new ones at a thrift shop. They were 95 cents each, so I bought them all! I wish my knitting skills were good, as I'd make some too, but for now --- I'm just happy that I've been able to find them that others have crafted.

So nice to have you blogging again!

LaTeaDah

Heidi said...

Hallo Lucy! Welkom terug. Wat leuk want ik gebruik deze vatdoekjes al jaren. Mijn tante maakte ze voor mij maar zij is overleden en nou is het aan mijn moeder om ze af en toe te maken. Moet nog je vorige post lezen want ik zie dat je weer een spannende vakantie heb gehad. Bedankt voor je bezoek aan mijn blog.

Hugs en groetjes ~
Heidi

Michelle said...

Love the dishcloths! They are so pretty. I have made some that are crocheted but I haven't been brave enough yet to try knitting. I tried to knit years ago and it didn't turn out so well. I am also very slow especially when comparing it how quickly I can crochet.

Love your blog- You always have great things on here.

Annette said...

Welcome back Lucy! When you visited you were only one state away. sigh. This summer my 10 yr old daughter and I learned how to crochet granny squares. We bought a bunch of coordinating cotton yarn and have been building a stack of them. One day it will be a blanket and we will have many fun memories of this summer too! I agree, it is addicting! I have a quilt in the hoop and many other wisps, but it's gratifying to sit down and finish a square in 30 minutes!

Marilyn R said...

I haven't knitted in years, but now I want to make some dish cloths!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

These are so beautiful. Don't you find it difficult to use them? I think I would want to hang them on my Christmas tree as ornaments (just kidding). You could make them and sew them together for a coverlet. I can knit, but I have a difficult time relaxing when I do. I usually feel as if someone had a gun to my head and was saying, "faster, faster". I need to work on this!

Janet said...

Hi Lucy,
I'm so glad you are back to blogging - I missed you. Your dishcloths look very nice but what I like best is how you photographed them in the last picture. Beauty from simple things :)

bingo~bonnie said...

Welcome back Lucy :) I love your dishclothes. Someone gave one to me as a hostess gift last year but my 4 year old snatched it as "hers" and uses it as a blanket for one of her smaller dolls.... so I've never used one for washing dishes -yet. ;)

Your photos look great. Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Judy said...

Oh I must try knitting again! Just lovely!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Lucy, you make it look so easy. Are you planning one in Amish colors?

Nana's Quilts said...

Lieve Lucy-
You were nice enough to invite me to visit you when I was last in Haarlem and I did not have any extra time. And now I find that you were in my town of Seattle and I didn't get to visit with you. Boo Hoo!

Perhaps one time, either here or there, we will get to meet in person. Nice to have you back online.
Groetjes,
Marne

bunches of yarn said...

Glad you are back. Knitting is my favorite thing to do, unless it's summer and then I crochet, or quilt, or read.
Your pictures are so nice. Hope you had a restful vacation. ^__^

Moorea said...

These are beautiful. Being able to complete a useful project is so satisfying.

Carolien said...

Nice dishcloths! Lovely picture, the last one.

Have a nice weekend & groetjes, Carolien

Gumbo Lily said...

I really like your dish cloths Lucy! I've had a few knitted/crocheted dish cloths before and I LOVED them!
Good job! I like the natural with blue/red stripe best.

Jody

Karen said...

How long does it take to knit one of the cloths? They do have a homey look and I mean that in a very good way.

La Tea Dah said...

Just saying HI, Lucy --- and letting you know I'm thinking of you! Life is busy right now --- will write soon!

siteseer said...

I make the ones on the diagonal. We just got back from a great vacation to Alaska for 3 months. I knitted about a dozen of those along the way and 2 baby afghans. Oh yeah, one baby elephant. I too give the dish cloths away as gifts. I think the kids look forward to receiving them. I know my sister always wants more.

Bonnie said...

I love seeing them folded up on your top shelf by your old teacups! It has such a wonderful feeling. I love the dishcloth you made for me,and it is in my kitchen too, right next to the purple dutch tile you sent!

It's fun having each other's things in our kitchens across the world :c)

Bonnie

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I wish I could knit! I LOVE those! They are so wonderful! Love your redwork too! Wait till you see the redwork quilt pattern my mom bought me! It will take me quite a while to get it done!

sue said...

Knitting dishcloths is my favourite! Also they are easy to finish. Here are some of mine:

http://anythingforsue.blogspot.com/search?q=parade

I knit one for each family member for Christmas - even the little ones. I think my family thinks I'm strange :)

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