Friday, May 09, 2008

Let your yarn dictate the design!

I found a really fun (and easy) way knit a dishcloth:
The pattern comes from Creative Knitting Magazine as a freebie. I adjusted the number of stitches I cast on (38) to convert the Texture Painted Place Mat into a dishcloth. I love how the the yarn decides how the pattern and design will turn out. The knitting either in stockinette or reverse stockinette as determined by the color of the yarn is what developes the design. There will be areas of garter stitch where the colors overlap. This is fun not knowing how each cloth will develop...definitely a surprise...I like that.

Here are the individual cloths:

Perhaps I'll try a towel sometime.

For those of you who are mothers I hope you all have a very happy Mother's Day on Sunday :)

Happy Knitting :)


  1. That is so pretty! I'll definately have to try that. I like the blue one!

  2. Those cloths are VERY pretty and unique!

  3. That's a really cool idea! I'm usually a fan of the simple "grandmother's favorite", but those look easy as well as interesting!

  4. That is really cool! I love the colors

  5. How cool! I might have to try these! :)

  6. Wow! Those came out great!

  7. Now that is a really neat idea! I haven't seen those anywhere else.
    Have a nice Mother's Day! : )

  8. oooh, how cool! i may just have to try that! : )

  9. That's a neato mosquito effect!
    Happy Mother's Day to you too!

  10. Very cool - I'll have to try that! Hvae a great weekend (and Happy Mom's Day to you too!)

  11. That's a very interesting way to make a dishcloth. Thank you for the link. All of the cloths are nice, but I love the blue cloth especially! The pattern looks like a winding stream. Nifty!

    Happy Mother's Day!!

  12. You've unearthed a very interesting style to knit. I like it a lot. Thanks for the link. I have so much cotton, I would love a towel or two. Sigh, when to knit it though?
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  13. Aha! One of those things that is so simple, yet the thought of it never occurred to me :-)

    Looks like fun.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  14. Wow ! What yarn is that ? I really, really, really love these. Just when I thought I'd picked my favorites with the last variegated one you did !

  15. The blue and the green is millend cotton I got at AC Moore and the yellow is peaches & cream - daisy ombre. They really do make an interesting and fun knit. I love not knowing exactly what you'll end up with :)

  16. Those are really neat cloths, and you certainly wouldn't get bored knitting several of them since they each turn out different.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too.

  17. I love these. I like how each one is so different. I get that magazine so I need to go back through it and find this.


  18. I love the dishcloths but am confused regarding the pattern. Is it just freeform---knit one color, combine and purl, knit another color?
    Thanks for any help. I'd like to try them.

  19. Barbara C.,

    Don't know how to reach you so I am responding here. I'll be posting soon (hopefully) tips on knitting this way. I apologize for not responding sooner.
    Yes, it is pretty much freeform. whatever you do, you do have to be consistent for a design to emerge.
    Check back later and if you still have more questions please let me know :)


  20. I love this look, but don't understand. Do you pick a dominant color in an ombre or variegated yarn, and when that color comes up, change your stitching pattern?

  21. Debi,
    Have you seen my post on tip for the textured painted cloths?:

    Sorry for the delay in answering your question...hope you see this as I have no way of contacting you :(

    Hope this post answers you question.


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