Hello Spring Cleaning! DIY Crochet Or Knit Dish Cloths Out Of Dish Cloths

16 02 2016

Here is a super simple and quick idea to make spring cleaning more fun:

Cut some yarn out of simple store bought dish cloths (they just cost pennies - at least here in Germany) and crochet or knit your very own unique dish cloth with it.

Really a few minutes project! 

Of course your new dish cloths will be washable - I wash mine on a hot cycle and they come out perfectly clean and fine.

Here is a super simple and quick idea to make spring cleaning more fun:  Cut some yarn out of simple store bought dish cloths (they just cost pennies - at least here in Germany) and crochet or knit your very own unique dish cloth with it.  I love my pretty crocheted Harlekin dish cloths and Chevron dish cloths still very much and we use them every day - but in wintertime the cotton takes some time to dry.  Those cloths from the store are made of some fast drying, thin fabric but I like my dish cloths smaller and more compact instead of large and thin and so I decided to cut them up...  If you like to give it a try put several of the thin cloths exactly on top of each other and start cutting on the right outside.  Cut in rounds towards the middle (you can adjust the corners a bit if you like) of the cloths to get as much lenghts as possible.  Roll into balls - you can tie the yarn strips together.  I chain about 15 for the crochet dish cloths and worked with a hook size 10mm.  The finished cloths are about 18x18cm  For the knitted version I casted on 18 stitches and used a 10mm circular knitting needle.   But you can adjust all these to your liking - maybe cut wider strips for an even chunkier knit oder make the cloths smaller...  Happy Spring Cleaning!

I love my pretty tapestry crochet Harlekin dish cloths and my crocheted Chevron dish cloths still very much and we use them every day - but in wintertime the cotton takes some time to dry.

Those cloths from the store are made of some fast drying, thin fabric but I like my dish cloths smaller and more compact instead of large and thin and so I decided to cut them up...

If you like to give it a try put several of the thin cloths exactly on top of each other and start cutting on the right outside.

Cut in rounds towards the middle (you can adjust the corners a bit if you like) of the cloths to get as much lenghts as possible.

Roll into balls - you can tie the yarn strips together.

I chain about 15 for the crochet dish cloths and work single crochet with a hook size 10mm.

The finished cloths are about 18x18cm

For the knitted version I casted on 18 stitches, worked in garter stitch using a 10mm circular knitting needle. 

Here is a super simple and quick idea to make spring cleaning more fun:  Cut some yarn out of simple store bought dish cloths (they just cost pennies - at least here in Germany) and crochet or knit your very own unique dish cloth with it.  I love my pretty crocheted Harlekin dish cloths and Chevron dish cloths still very much and we use them every day - but in wintertime the cotton takes some time to dry.  Those cloths from the store are made of some fast drying, thin fabric but I like my dish cloths smaller and more compact instead of large and thin and so I decided to cut them up...  If you like to give it a try put several of the thin cloths exactly on top of each other and start cutting on the right outside.  Cut in rounds towards the middle (you can adjust the corners a bit if you like) of the cloths to get as much lenghts as possible.  Roll into balls - you can tie the yarn strips together.  I chain about 15 for the crochet dish cloths and worked with a hook size 10mm.  The finished cloths are about 18x18cm  For the knitted version I casted on 18 stitches and used a 10mm circular knitting needle.   But you can adjust all these to your liking - maybe cut wider strips for an even chunkier knit oder make the cloths smaller...  Happy Spring Cleaning!

But you can adjust all these to your liking - maybe cut wider strips for an even chunkier knit oder make the cloths smaller...

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


BIG LOVE: Happy Valentine's Day With A Chunky Knitted Heart Tutorial

13 02 2016

Hi Knitters - I brought you a sweet last minute Valentine's Day - or any other day! - idea:

A chunky knitted heart you can knit up in minutes. Great for decorating a pillow case or adding a lovely accent to a blanket for example.

OR...sew it onto the front or back of your favorite knitted sweater to show some extra BIG LOVE!

knitted heart pattern, Valentine's Day DIY idea made of extra chunky yarn wool, gestricktes Herz aus extra dicker Wolle, Anleitung

Thanks to LoveKnitting.com I could finally put my hands on some Tjockt Fat&Sassy Merino.

Oh my - what a wonderful yarn! So soft and luxurious. And I LOVE this Dusty Rose colour - super pretty!

Of course you can use any other chunky yarn - like Loopy Mango Big Loop for example ;-) or yarn leftover for this as well or multiply strands of thinner yarn to reach at least needle size 25mm.

The finished knitted heart has a size of about 36x36cm. You can easily adjust the size by adding more stitches and more rows or do less stitches and less rows. 

You need:

- About 200gr super chunky wool yarn 

- Straight or circular needles size 25-30mm

- Some embroidery floss and sewing needle

- scissors  

knitted heart pattern, Valentine's Day DIY idea made of extra chunky yarn wool, gestricktes Herz aus extra dicker Wolle, Anleitung

Here we go: Please note that you do a K1 and YO at the beginning of each row (not at the end!)

Cast on 3 sts

Row 1: knit

Row 2: K1, YO, K to end

Repeat Row 2 (7times) until you have 10 stitches on your needle

Next 7 rows: K1, YO, (K2tog), K to end (You could also just knit those 7 rows but the YO makes a nicer border...)

Now part the stitches equally - 5+5 - for the heart arches.

Right heart arch: K1, YO, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches.

Row 2 of the right heart arch: K1, YO, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches.

Row 3 of the right heart arch: K1, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches

Cast off: K1, (K2tog), K1

Left heart arch ( attention please: this row starts in the middle of the heart!): K1, YO, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches.

Row 2 of the left heart arch: K1, YO, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches.

Row 3 of the left heart arch: K1, (K2tog), K to end of the 5 stitches.

Cast off: K1, (K2tog), K1

Weave in the ends or partially leave them like I did and with large stitches of embroidering floss sew the chunky knitted heart onto a pillow case or any other place you like.

My pillow has a diameter of 60cm. 

knitted heart pattern, Valentine's Day DIY idea made of extra chunky yarn wool, gestricktes Herz aus extra dicker Wolle, Anleitung

HAPPY KNITTING and HAPPY VALENTNE'S DAY,

Anette 

P.S. I posted the tutorial for the cute knitted bunny here on my blog...