Hello friends, how have you been? Today I want to introduce you to a new monthly feature here on the Made with Loops blog.

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I am calling it #12monthsofhappy

Knit a square a month to use as a dish/facecloth. A simple stylish design every month for 2017 will make a beautiful stack of soft squares at the end of it. Use any soft DK cotton or linen yarn of your choice plus some 4mm knitting needles and you are good to go.

Why?…well, I ask you: “Is there anything nicer than a homemade dish/facecloth?”

Ever since I made my first one a few years ago, I have been totally smitten and have never wanted to use a shop bought one again.

Whether you are just learning to knit or you are a seasoned knitting pro wanting a quick project, a knitted dish/facecloth pattern is a perfect tool for many reasons. This is a perfect way to try out a new stitch, a bit like knitting up a swatch to determine gauge before beginning a larger project.

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Another reason for loving to knit these beauties is that they make wonderful homemade gifts. In no time at all, you can create a beautiful and practical gift to give to a friend or family member. Knitted dishcloths are both a practical and fun way to explore and expand your knitting skills. Finally, everyone can use a few extra dishcloths around the kitchen, and in the bathroom a pretty stack of facecloths looks fabulous too.

Please share your beauties with the rest of us by tagging your photos with #12monthsofhappy on social media – you can also tag me in your pictures (@madewithloops on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).

Can’t wait to see what fabulous colour and yarn combo’s you come up with!

Here is the first pattern:

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What you need:

Approx. 80m of soft DK yarn – I used Rowan Lenpur Linen 50g/115m

4mm Knitting Needles

Darning Needle to weave in ends

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

How to:

Cast on a multiple of 5 sts plus 2 – 47 sts for this cloth

Rows 1-5: *K1, p1; rep. from * – finish K1

Row 6 (RS): (K1, p1) twice, k4, *p1, k4; rep. from * to last 8 sts, k4, (p1, k1) twice

Row 7: (K1, p1) twice, k1, *p2, k3; rep. from * to last 7sts, p2, (k1, p1) twice, k1

Repeat rows 6 & 7 until piece measures 17cm and then work rows 1-5 once again.

Cast off and weave in all ends.

Enjoy! X.

If you prefer you can also download a PDF version of this pattern here!

 

Happy, healthy and creative New Year to you all!

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks here in North Wales and I have enjoyed some precious time with my little family. We spent a lot of time outdoors making the most of some fabulous weather going for walks enjoying the beautiful Welsh mountains and coastline, and I indulged in some long overdue selfish ‘Me’ knitting.

Back to work today and I want to introduce you to the long awaited English version of our latest book…

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I am so excited that we decided to have the second installment in our ‘little book’ series printed in English and I must admit a little happy dancing did take place on arrival of the books from the printers.

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Surely there is nothing more fabulous than draping a soft warm hug around your neck and shoulders. Who doesn’t like the feel of luxurious fibres enveloping your body, giving that extra bit of warmth or simply finishing off an outfit giving it that special little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

Just like A little book of Sox, this was another WoolyLoops production, and just like the first book, it was a labour of love and a lot of fun was had by Claudia and myself.

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In our first book, “A little book of Sox”, we dedicated each pattern to some of the world’s most dangerous mountains. In this second instalment in the “little book” series we decided to pay homage to some of history’s most notable and strong women. Each one of these women was a pioneer in her field and own right, and each one, we are sure, would have loved wearing one of our shawls. Shawls in all shapes and sizes – Some are knitted and some are crochet, there is a shawl for everyone.

Wirebound so it flips open and stays open whilst you work,full colour photographs and beautifully hand drawn pictures, this is not just a book, it also contains a section on Shawlology.

The English Book is available NOW – purchase directly via my Etsy Shop HERE

or at the following stores:

Black Sheep Wools and Yarn O’clock in the UK

Be Inspired in South Africa

A shawl on your needles or hook is the comfort food of knitting/crochet. A shawl lets you forget about the rigors of gauge and always fits its wearer, whether it ends up an inch shorter or wider than intended. Works of art can be created with a little effort and a few basic materials and of course nothing makes a better gift than a hand knitted or crochet shawl – a virtual hug to the recipient with our carefully constructed stitches.

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Happy knitting and crocheting!

Enjoy X.

 

 

This is my last post for 2016, and, as another year comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of my little business.

Thank you for reading my ramblings here on this blog…

…thank you for buying my books and patterns…

…for leaving comments and staying in touch, here and via my other social media…

…thank you for participating in my workshops here in the UK and in mainland Europe…

…making the knitting retreats we host so successful and so much fun.

I could not do this without all of you, as working mostly on my own can get a little lonely at times. Your contributions keep me smiling, even when things seem a little tough and frustrating at times.

Crochet wins the day again on Instagram

My #christmasevecaston2016

Me and my little family

Being so very grateful for all your kindness and support this year, I hope 2017 brings you happiness, good health and joy!

Here is to a creative year ahead for us all!

Enjoy!

X.

 

 

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