Thursday, April 5, 2012

Waffle knit cotton dishtowel, a love affair

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I am disproportionately fond of this dishtowel.  Maybe it’s the fact that I finally finished something, or maybe it’s waffled, creamy white, cottony goodness is enough.  Actually, I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with the lime green edging.

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As you can see, I’m having a bit of a crush on lime green.

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It’s really more of a yellowish olive with undertones of mustard…

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Anyway, this color turns up a lot in my life.

I love this dishtowel so much.  So much!  It’s ridiculous.  I took fifty-two pictures of it.  I know, I’m going to go get a life in a minute.

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If you, too, would like to have an absurd love affair with a dishtowel, here’s how to make one: 

You’ll need about 350 yards of cotton worsted yarn (I used Lily Sugar ‘n Creme in Ecru)  and US 7 needles.  The edging is fingering weight cotton (I used Tahki Cotton Classic Lite in some kind of yellowish-olive with undertones of mustard) and a US E crochet hook.

Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches (I cast on 72) and work K4, P4 ribbing for four rows.  Then change to P4, K4 for four rows.  And so on, until it’s long enough, and looks like a towel.  Then work the edging as follows:  join yarn with a sl st, ch 2.  Work 2 sc in the same space.  *Skip 2 ch, work 3 sc in next ch.  Repeat from *, working 3 sc in each corner, until you get back where you started and can join with a sl st to the top of the first ch 2.  Notice that since you are working crochet edging on a knitted object, you aren’t really strictly looking for “chains” to work into.  Just observe that there is a pattern and if you stick the hook in at regular intervals, it’ll work out fine. 

I have to go do the dishes now.  I can’t wait!