This fall I finished making a huge needlepoint stocking. After that, feeling stitched out, I decided to get back to knitting. Earlier this year I posted about learning to knit European style while on a long distance flight.
Before Christmas I made two scarves to give as presents. I challenged myself to try a lattice pattern, more complicated than I’m used to. Both were a success! And I loved returning to knitting.
My knitting sister gave me all kinds of terrific knitting related gifts. I’ve been devouring Ann Hood’s new collection of knitting essays called Knitting Pearls. Hood is a wonderful writer and an enthusiastic knitter. If you haven’t seen her Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, that book is also a winner.
My sister also gave me a most useful wooden spool for holding the wool while working on a project. It keeps the ball of yarn from hurdling off the table or sofa to careen under the furniture just as you are trying to make a complicated cable.
While in Maine for the holidays and I made two dishcloths (easy and quick) and one wool head warmer. Before heading home to Florida I bought wool to make a tunic requested by my daughter, as well as yarn to make matching sweaters for my two youngest grandsons. With this in hand, I believe I am no longer just an occasional knitter, but a real knitter, dreaming not only of the stories I plan to write, but of the projects I’m going to knit.
Here is the pattern for the dishcloth, given to me by a dear friend in North Carolina. Years ago, she knitted Christmas stockings for my two children. Now, can you imagine a more generous friend than that?
SIMPLE DISHCLOTH: easy enough for a beginning knitter and makes a great hostess gift.
I ball of cotton yarn (I bought Sugar’n Cream 2 oz.)
Needles in 6,7, or 8 (Smaller needles make a tighter weave. I used 6’s)
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit 2, yarn over, knit to end Repeat row 2 until you have 44 stitches or desired size
Next row: knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together and knit to end
Repeat until ending with 4 stitches on needle.
Bind off and weave ends.