Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Crocheted Dishtowels

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Good grief, check out that wrinkly tablecloth.  I am such a slob.  Actually, I’m a slob who craves order, but I just can’t get it together to make it happen.  Please, housework?  Come on, I’m too busy crocheting!  Well, what does a lazy girl with extremely lax housekeeping inclinations do with a bunch of cotton yarn?  Why, she crochets herself some kitchen towels she can use to wipe up stuff!  Nobody guessed this was a towel, although you all did give me a whole bunch of good ideas for other things I can crochet instead of ironing the tablecloth.  Woot!

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Yes, I have crocheted a dishtowel.  Here it is, photographed in what will be its natural habitat.  Don’t look too closely at the dinged-up refrigerator; I raised baby animals and toddlers in this kitchen and I’ve got the teeth marks to prove it. 

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I loooove it, isn’t it pretty?  So stripey!  Here’s how it happened: I want to make blankets all the time.  Blankets are so much fun!  So cozy!  There are so many inspiring blankets out there, and I can hardly keep a lid on the temptation to keep starting new blankets and jeez, how many blankets can a girl have going at once, anyway?  I have two at the moment, and another one is all queued up—and that’s not to mention all the other countless piles of stuff in progress—so when my greedy eyes in wide-eyed perusal of this now-famous book landed on a photo of a crocheted dishtowel draped artfully on a stove handle, well, it just rang all my bells.  It’s like a blanket, only not.

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I got out my cotton yarns (this towel is all KnitPicks, either Comfy or Shine Sport) and made a mini blanket, using Lucy’s ripple pattern.  While I was at it, I made this, too:

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That’s the catherine wheel pattern from this book by Sasha Kagen, and the yarn is “I Love This Cotton!”  (that’s the best name—why beat around the bush, really, right?  No link for that one, though; it’s like crocheting with glue)  and Jo Sharp Soho Cotton DK (which has a weird, string-like quality.)   

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There will be more of these.  My mind is whirling with them.  They make my beat-up kitchen look so great!

40 comments:

  1. Lovely idea ,they are so colourfulxx

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  2. What a great idea!!!! I may have to do this because I am trying to not make a big ripple blanket, so this might be thee ripple fix I need.
    Great job on the colors.
    Meredith

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    1. Wow, I hear ya. I spend a lot of time trying not to make another big ripple blanket!

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  3. What a lovely idea...and nice to hear feedback on some cottons too..we should all do that more :)x

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  4. Yes! The picture on page 100 in that book? I am making a stripe one. Hahaha great minds think alike. I love your ripple one and the other is pattern I haven't tried yet..Catherine's wheel? Mine is only about 5 inches wide so far, but I keep bringing it into the kitchen to see how it looks hanging on something. Have you tried using yours yet? The whole time I'm making this, I keep wondering how good it will actually dry something. Or maybe we don't care because they are soooo cute, we will forgive their lack of absorbancy. Anyway, I would like a whole pile of them, like on page 90, which I'm sure you will have completed by this weekend, since you probably crochet as fast as you knit! Love your towels!

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    1. Yessss! That's the one! I know, right? I do want a whole pile of them. That's it, I'm clearing my schedule...

      I haven't used them yet--I have a feeling I'll be making everyone sign a sworn affadavit that they'll only use it for their damp, clean hands and that's it.

      I love that you thought the same thing! Can't wait to see. :)

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  5. Such cheery tea towels to brighten up your kitchen! I just love the combination of colours - like a everlasting sunburst in the middle of March.

    I just learned how to crochet and I think I'll add this to my list of projects to try! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Oh my goodness!! These are so incredible! I planned on making a towel or two to spring up my kitchen but they were going to be pretty dull, now I want a ripple one!

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  7. Love them! So happy! I made a big boo when I first started to crochet. I was inspired by Lucy's blog, and I loved those bright cheery colors. So off I went to find colors like hers and start an afghan. Boy, was I an idiot! I bought COTTON to make a blanket!!! Can you say heavy? I got about a third done and it just got too heavy to work with. I don't know what to do now? This was before I knew anything about what type yarn to use for what! Now, I know better. But I have this beautiful blanket, begging to be finished, but heavier than heavy! Don't know if I should finish it or frog it? Anyway, love your towels. So cheerful!

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    1. Kris, I would definitely finish it. Power through. Unless it will squash the breath out of you when you sleep under it, I think it will be okay. And then you can use the leftovers to make towels! :)

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  8. Very cheerful! I especially love the catherines wheel. I am making a big ripple out of I Love This Cotton, but I actually love how it feels. I'm just too far south to use wool. I think it's funny you have teeth marks on your refrigerator. I remember being a kid and my brother and I making our teeth impressions into the frame of the picture window :)

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    1. Your ripple-in-progress is so gorgeous! I think the hook I used is too small for the ILTC--I see you're using a G, which is probably making a big difference. I'm glad, because I have a big bag of that yarn, and I want to Love it! :)

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  9. Love these Kristen, especially the colourful ripple :0)what a great idea.
    Jacquie x

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  10. Oh they are fantastic!!!
    My experience with knitted cotton towels is really good, but yes, just to dry hands in the bathroom :) no wiping up coffee or tomatoe spots.... I change and wash them often (60°C laundry), they are still perfect, and hey, when they are torn and gone you MUST knit or crochet more, it's just perfect!
    Ooooh I can hear the postman! Will he bring me the new homespun style book today?!
    xo Hilde
    PS... he did! I'm off!

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  11. Dishtowels?!?! :-) :-) It was really hard to guess! :-) Lovely finished work! J.

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  12. They are so pretty and cheerful! Great way to spice up the kitchen!~Patti

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  13. Fabulous. Going to go straight to THAT book and look for the image. I'm thinking I might make something similar for my bathroom, just for the love of hooky ripples hanging on a hook in there.I will refer to it as the Bathroom Thingamajig.
    xxxxxxxx

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  14. Great idea! I'm now thinking whether I could knit some dishcloths instead as my crochet progress isn't going well!!

    Love cotton yarn, it's one of my yarns of choice, I'm currently using patons dk cotton, have a pop over to my blog if you want a peek at my latest cotton tadah!

    Now you've just got to do the dishes so you can use them!
    Fleur xx

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  15. What a good idea...I am on a pillow kick right now, and am thinking how many really do I need to have...I can feed the need with these. thanks

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  16. what a lovely blog you have - some many gorgeous projects! & these dish clothes are really so sweet
    kellyx

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  17. fabulous....such a posh dish towel! no wonder you want to make more :o)
    love jooles x

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  18. Awesome! LOVE the colors & the catherine wheel pattern, think that's two books I'm going to have to add to the wish list now! I'm part way through making a ripple blanket using Lucy's pattern & am totally addicted to it so you just gave me more ways to ripple round the house LOL! Happy dishcloth making :) Helen

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  19. I love your pretty little kitchen towels. :) Such gorgeous colors! So much quicker than a blanket. Happy day to you! Tammy

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  20. Kristen, they are gorgeous! Both the stripes and the catherine wheel one.
    You made me laugh, you are a girl after my own heart and sound just like me re: the housework! I too love a tidy house but I don't want to be the one who has to do it when I could be making the next cushion!!
    Off to do the housework as its a tip and I have 10 for lunch on Mothering Sunday.
    Gill xx

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  21. I just love your blog! Wrinkles, dings and all the projects! Oh my! I can't wait to make my own dish towel.

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  22. What a totally brilliant idea! I must have one hanging on my oven too. Any excuse to start yet another project ay!!!! Have a fab week hon.
    Leah
    xx

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  23. Just wanted to say hi to a fellow NYer,and I have a Dean too,but he doesn't make cupcakes-he does however make dinner,which is always a great thing,and I am learning to bake the cupcakes-have you seen the cupcakes cookies and pies-oh my book,so clever,the hi heels cupcakes are to die for!anyway,you are too funny,and I love your dishie...I am on quite the obcessive binge making stars,grannies,and all the others I am still drooling over in Blogland!
    Nice to meet you,and regards! I live on LI,how about you?

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  24. How could you not love these beauties?
    How could you not be wanting a whole staple of it? :)
    I'll be trying that soon!!!
    Your towels are fabulous!!

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  25. This is such a great idea! I have been wanting to try the ripple stitch but not enough time to do a whole afghan... I love this idea! And I love how cheery it looks in your kitchen! Brilliant! I had never heard of the book you mentioned either and I googled it and it is on my wish list!!! Woo too! Thanks for the fun inspiration!!! Can't wait to try out these new stitches on towels!!! Love love love this idea! Forget chores tomorrow! ha!

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  26. I love your towel and also the white round cloth with the green trim at the top of your blog. So pretty!

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  27. How many do you have to chain to make one of the ripple towels?

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  28. hi! I also have the same question,how many did you chain? (for the ripple)
    I would love it if you could give me that info!
    email-heidihillnyc@gmail.com
    thank you in advance

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  29. It looks like she made 5 hill/valleys across. The pattern is a multiple of 14+3 and cotton yarn is used. Might try 73 chains, depending on how tight you crochet and go from there. I use a H hook for cotton potholders.

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    1. Yes, that's right. Thank you! Happily, since it doesn't have to fit anybody, you can make it however wide and long you like, at a gauge that makes you happy. Have fun! :)

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  30. Thanks, Kristen for your reply. This is something I hope to make soon. Your towels rock!

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  31. Hey! I just found your blog on pinterest, looking at these beautiful kitchen towels! I made myself a couple of super easy dishcloths using cotton yarn. I have used them, washed them, dried them, hung them on the clothesline. I love them. And the more you wash/dry them, the more absorbant they become. I've considered making a bath towel. (New bath towels are just not absorbant at all, like drying off with wax paper LOL.) I did want to suggest and idea for these beauties, if you decide to put them into use. My mom had this idea. I gave her a dishcloth that she thought was too big. She decided to drain her handwashed dishes on it. Very pretty and works great to absorb the water from the dishes. I thought it was a great idea so I'm making her a couple more - a little bigger than a placemat.

    Happy crocheting!

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  32. What a fantastic idea!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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