Saturday, 26 October 2013

On a washcloth trip

Busy procastinating again.

While there's a summer throw waiting to be completed, and a green cardi to tackle, I have been making  washcloths.

Yes, absolutely logical   What else to do with the little half balls of Vinnis lying around?

First one was to try out daisy stitch, and it went into the Santa Shoebox as the washcloth requirement.
I loved the stitch, the duck egg colour (looks a bit darker here), the hot pink edge.
(Have to really work on the edging technique...)

Daisy stitch will stay in my future

Then I went for linen stitch.  I worked with a larger hook as I wanted it very soft (gift for a baby)...and then I wasn't so sure if it would work.  Three rows of singles around in a light green perfectly matched the washed denim colour.

I kept it for myself.

Even added a loop!

Then I tried the stitch-without-a-proper-Afrikaans-name, which is now called "cellulite stitch" on my FB group... 1 sc 1 dc alternating. This provides a beautiful background and would work lovely as a gift, I think.  I love the denim tones.  Also tried out a crocheted blanket stitch edging, but think it would work better on the linen stitch example.

My boy claimed this one.

Two more has been made since!  

Another in a tight linen stitch in bamboo, which proved to be a bit stiff (the younger boy claimed that), then back to the cellulite (my sister requested one)...and still the baby has no washcloth.  Luckily, there's still a months or so before he arrives!

I never could understand the washcloth craze, until I started hooking these.  It's perfect to used up the last bits of yarn, to try out new stitches, combinations, edges, gauges, and you're left with something useful, not just a square that's going to hide in the corner.

So the washcloth project has now been relegated to my car and the school gate, and I' just took out lovely yarn for the baby boy.  But then there's my friend who wants one, and I thought my gran would like one, and maybe MIL, and SIL...mmm, I  think I'll use the supersoft Serina for them...


Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

I'm tempted now!!!!!
I think they are good and simple gifts to give and they can be very cute!!!
I love all your experiments!!!
xxxxx Ale

Handwerkjuffie said...

Wat een mooie steken en kleuren heb je gebruikt. Leuke cadeau's... daar zullen ze vast blij mee zijn!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Cellulite stitch ... what a great name! :)

Stel said...

Somebody suggested the stitch, without a name, and I was asking around. Then I got a link for " lemon", another made a joke about "lemoen" (die Afrikaans for orange)...and i was seconds before it was known as Cellulite Stitch on Ons Hekel :-D

Jodiebodie said...

I have seen your cellulite stitch described as either "griddle stitch" or "grit stitch" perhaps depending on which side of the Atlantic you live. "Cellulite stitch" got me laughing.

alessandra said...

Beautiful work!!!!!

Annette - MyRoseValley said...

You are so Swedish in your color choices. These colors brings me straight back to Swedish cottages, kurbits and washed out blue, red, yellow and green furnishings. A blue door. A red cupboard. A green chair. A yellow dresser. Like Carl Larsson. And maybe I should make a bunch of wash cloths out of that darn Drops Cotton Light yarn. Great idea actually!

Bren said...

I love the daisy stitch one. Soooo pretty.

maree said...

Love the Daisy Stitch! You did a wonderful job creating these washclothes!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

thank you for your lovely comment on my last post!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Heldasland said...

What a pretty stitch I love the colour of the washcloth

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I have made lots and lots and lots of dishcloths. I need to make new friends because I think all my old ones are tired of receiving them as gifts. Ha! My favorite stitch at the moment is the one you refer to as cellulite stitch. :) Tammy

Stel said...

Thanks ladies! Must say, I like the daisy stitch best - it grows quickly. But for a very neutral/male washcloth - linen stitch is the one to go with.