Friday, May 24, 2013
On The Needles–May 24, 2013
Since I started knitting wash clothes several months ago, I’ve accumulated lots of leftover bits and pieces of yarn.
Recently I stumbled upon a YouTube video on making a Magic Knot to join yarn ends. I know a lot of knitters don’t/won’t knit with knots in the yarn, but I thought this project would be a good test.
First, I got out all my scraps of 100% cotton yarn and cut lengths about 20” to 30” inches long and stacked them in piles. Then I began joining one color of yarn to another making sure to get a good mix. I used a couple different variegated yarns with solid colors….so I made my own variegated yarn. I wound it all into a ball as I added more strands until the ball was about 3 inches in diameter.
The pattern I used for this wash cloth was the “Infamous” Darrell Waltrip Cloth by Rhonda K. White based on a stitch pattern from the “365 Knit Stitches a Year: A Perpetual Calendar”. The stitch is actually called the “Double Woven Stitch” and it incorporates slipped stitches (“sl 2 wyif”), knit and purl.
The knot technique I used worked really well and even though the knots appeared as I knitted them, you can hardly tell they are there. The finished cloth looks and feels like it was made using a regular variegated yarn. I still have leftovers so I’m sure I will be making more “Thrifty Washcloths” in the future.