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. 

Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

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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Good Bye And Welcome

23 08 2013

Last cherries...

First warmer knitting project...

sweet cherries, Süßkirschen

Madeline Tosh knitting sweet cherries, Süßkirschen

Madeline Tosh knitting

sweet cherry pit, Kirschkern und Stiel

Happy Weekend,

Anette 


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Easy Knit Summer Bracelets

18 07 2013 DIY

Here comes a fun and summery knit bracelet DIY.

Knit bangle DIY, Anleitung für einen gestrickten Armreif

Easy to knit in just minutes and a great way to use up scraps from a larger project.

Knit bangle DIY, Anleitung für einen gestrickten Armreif Knit bangle DIY, Anleitung für einen gestrickten Armreif

I used recycled cotton fabric yarn again which is one of my favorite materials to work with and which i have already used for many other projects.

Here we go...

(read on for the full tutorial) 


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8 Fabric Yarn DIY'S

25 04 2013 DIY

Yesterday I have been invited to share my view on yarn on the lovely blog "About crochet"

Well - if you have been reading along a bit here on lebenslustiger.com or have seen some of my DIY's, chances are, that you have noticed quite some yarn projects I made of recycled cotton yarn.

I discovered it last year when a friend of mine brought over a sample.

I was imediately hooked - though I love wool very much too - but this fabric yarn was so... different.

fabric yarn

It is thick and chunky yet often a bit stretchy and elastic depending on the fabric material mix. This thickness allows to crochet or knit sturdy projects like baskets, rugs or shapes like a heart, but I made bracelets and necklaces 1 and 2 from this material as well. I also braided a seat cushion and made pompoms and garlands with this yarn and it worked very well.

fabric yarn

Fabric yarn fascinates me because I feel there is a lot of creative potential in it and this is very inspiring to me.

It comes in georgous colors - plus I like the idea of using a recycled material. 

I placed a large order of beautiful soft tones last year and are still more than happy to work with the material and colors developing new projects and ideas.

fabric yarn

fabric yarn harlequin knit pattern

I really enjoyed making these little wall-hangings for Andrée's exposition because her idea was to focus mainly on the material and I wanted to create something which would truly show the beauty and esthetic of this yarn.

fabric yarn wall-hangings fabric yarn

fabric yarn fabric yarn

I took a beach wood stick and just knotted strands of yarn around it in different lengths and added a few pretty beads - that's it.

For the other wall-hanging I knitted a simple harlequin pattern. But I am using it horizontal now and casted on additional stitches into the side and threaded another stick thru the stitches. Then I took again some strands and beads and knotted them on the opposite side.

Happy Day,

Anette