Knitted Dishtowel Tutorial

27 05 2014 DIY

Oh my - so far I owned only ugly kitchen towels!

I didn't even noticed that fact in my old kitchen but now I needed some pretty ones to hang up in my new kitchen.

I still love to use these crocheted chevron cotton dishcloths I made. They get even better and better every time after they have been in the washing machine so I thought I will make some dishtowels as well.

It's a very simple geometric knitted pattern which you can easily change to the size you need.

knitted dishtowel tutorial by lebenslustiger.com

Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

I used a 100% cotton yarn because I want to be able to wash it on a hot cycle.

For one towel you will need 100gr yarn with a length of about 170m and needle size 4.0 - 5.0 

I casted on 72 stitches.

That makes 7 times the geometrical pattern of 8 stitches plus the border of 8 stitches on each side. 9x8=72 stitches.

Before I started the pattern I knitted the bottom border.

My pattern drawing shows only the "right side" of the knitting.

~ means: knit on the right side and knit on the wrong side

V means: purl on the right side and knit on the wrong side

• means: knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side

I repeated the pattern 7 times and then did the top border. 

Then I used a natural undyed leather strap which I simply knotted through one of the stitches in the border.

Beforehand I washed the leather together with a piece of sample knitting to make sure it won't stain the knitting. 

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Lebenslustiger.com Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

The grey painted wooden hooks are from HKliving and come with a screw and a screw anchor.

The large one measures 12x12cm and the small one 6x6cm.

Please send me an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing a hook.

Happy Day,

Anette 

PS. Today is Creadienstag


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Little Ikea-Hack: Marble Table

23 05 2014

Recently I bought the little tray-table from the famous  Ikea Bråkig Collektion .

We use it often - it's a cute, lightweight little table around the sofa or just next to the kids who often play on the floor.

Sometimes I thought, it's a bit too lightweight because playing kids don't always watch out...

The other day I needed the tray from the table to get some things organized in my jewelry workshop.

I looked at the now bare frame and thought, that a marble top would look really nice. I have a little marble crush for a while now and really wanted a piece to prepare and photograph food on it.

So I immediately contacted two local stonemason places and asked for an estimate on a 2cm "Bianco" marble plate with a 56cm diameter.

One said  €80 - the other €250.

Ok - that was easy!

The plate was ready to be picked up after a few days and fitted perfectely onto the wooden table frame. It has a nice, heavy weight but I am still able to quickliy lift it up and place it on my counter.

Kneading dough works wonderful on it and the plate wipes easily clean. I tested it here .

Two things I wish I had payed attention to:

- I actually wanted a much whiter piece of marble with just a few light grey strands than the one I got. So, if you are picky you have to go to the stonemasonry and look at the piece of marble before they cut it into shape. Since it's a natural stone all pieces are different!

- Also take a good look at the surface of the plate before it is been cut. Mine has some matte spots which are only visible at an certain angle against back-light but if you want to photograph on it, it can be disturbing.

Ikea-Hack Marble table, Marmortisch DIY

Happy Weekend,

Anette