Dishcloth Increase/Decrease

Noro Yarn

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.

Amaizing Yarn

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.

Dishcloth

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

Increasing Start

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.

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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.

Close up Dishcloth

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!

Weekend of Inspiration

Great Aunt Jean

We spent our weekend in Coeur D'Alene, ID with my sweet Great Aunt and Uncle. Now here is a master knitter! She's 86 years old so doesn't really do much knitting anymore, it makes her fingers go numb, but she's got a lot of experience under her belt so during our visit I asked questions and wished the entire time that she lived closer (not just for knitting assistance of course). Our visit was sweet, my little boys got to spend some time with who they called Grandpa and Grandma. "I want to go back to Grandpa and Grandma's house." I mean they are Grandma and Grandpa after all, just not ours...but we like to take as many as we can get our hands on.

So I've got a few different projects in my bag these days, Aunt Jean is holding one of them above. She was teaching me how to increase and yo (yarn over). I don't know how to do either of them and I wish I'd had a video camera...maybe I'll have to take a trip back soon for another "lesson." The project above is something - not sure what yet - I'm thinking a baby blanket. That is just a side project though, nothing too challenging just something to keep my hands busy when I want to turn my brain off.

sock start

This is the real project right now. I am attempting some socks for the first time. So here is the start on size 2 dpns (double pointed needles - look at that lingo!) or as Grandma refers to them "toothpicks". This sock yarn is so pretty though. Thanks Jan! It is Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Sock Weight. 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon and so soft.  The color on the label is Indigo and I'm just following the pattern inside the sock yarn label. I'll share when I'm done. It is just a tiny taste of my birthday present that I mentioned previously (40 ish skeins of yarn coming in about 3 weeks).

I wished I'd been to the heel so I could get some assistance, but this is about all the further I made it while we were visiting.  According to Great Aunt Jean the hardest part is the heel, that reinforcement. Hopefully I actually finish this pair of socks, I know now why people buy their socks, and don't knit them.

my first sock

Oh and I knit inside out for some reason? I don't know what the deal is? So the reverse of this sock looks much better, but I didn't take a photo of it for some reason? I'll flip it when I'm ready to do the heel. I'm hoping one day I'll have something that somewhat resembles Great Aunt Jean's socks.

GA Jean's Socks

These are some socks she knitted herself (just one pair of about a million) using variegated yarn. She's made argyles and all different kinds, she had a few examples to show me, along with probably 20 sweaters that she made for her grandchildren years ago (all of them amazingly beautiful)! So we had a really sweet visit and I was definitely inspired.

Oh and we stopped at several thrift shops, and at one hit the jackpot, tons of old knitting pattern books, 25 cents a piece! I am making a sweater next. Aunt Jean told me I should have probably started with a sweater...she thinks that would've been easier than socks.

Sock Close

Hopefully I'll have a photo like this, of a sock I've knitted myself, very soon! Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!