So Loopy had a sale and I just bought all of this incredibly enticing Noro yarn because I never can resist it, and it was on sale! I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm going to knit a sweater for my sweet husband! In order to even begin something so huge though I needed to really work on my increasing and decreasing. Sure, I decrease all of the time when I knit my hats, but I haven't had much of a reason to increase.
This yarn was my inspiration, well this combined with a very simple dishcloth pattern. This yarn is called Amaizing because it is made from 100% corn fiber. What a perfect time to make your own dishcloths! *Earth Friendly Dishcloths* during earth month - how fitting. I will never buy another dishcloth as long as I live. I usually get dishcloths by the handful whenever I visit my Great Aunt Jean - so she's always been my "supplier" but she'll no longer have to stock my dishcloth drawer. I'll forewarn you - there isn't the element of perfection I usually require, but it is a dishcloth and my first one using this pattern, so be gentle.
So this simple pattern uses size 7 needles.
Cast on 3 stitches.
Increase Section: Row 1 - Knit 3
Row 2 - K1 M1 (increase or Make one stitch), K1, M1, K1
*Row 3 - Knit all stitches
Row 4 - K1, M1, K all stitches until one stitch before the end, M1, K1*
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 (between *) until you are half way
Decrease Section: Row 1 - Knit all stitches
**Row 2 - K1, K2tog (knit two together), K all stitches until 3 stitches before the end, K2tog, K1**
Row 3 - Knit all stitches **
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 (between **) until you have 3 stitches left.
Bind off loosely.
So pretty simple, and really really quick! Since I didn't really know how to Make One (m1) I used this book as a tool to teach me.
I was increasing like a madwoman in no time! You can be too, if you aren't already. If the book doesn't do the trick I always watch You Tube knitting videos. You Tube is a really good teacher! You can make one of these dishcloths in one evening, so you could gift them or build up your supply at home. I have another washcloth that I made when I was just learning to knit (all garter stitch) and supposedly this yarn gets softer with each wash, but I don't find it to be incredibly absorbent, so if you like your cloths to soak things up (in bulk) maybe this yarn won't be your cup of tea. It is really soft though and I found a pattern for a handkerchief headband and it calls for corn yarn, so I'm planning to use this yarn to make that really soon as well.
It looks very pleasing to me close up.
So watch for my sweater progress, I plan to start soon. I have two other smaller projects that will happen within the next few weeks. A birthday ribbed hat - why mess around - when you are good at something might as well give that as a gift, right? The new endeavors are for people like Shane who will hopefully love it even if it isn't perfect, since he's married to me. Sucka!
Happy Knitting! Happy Earth Month!