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#12monthsofhappy – february 2017

Hello friends, how are you? Well I hope and keeping warm.

Time has certainly flown by these past few weeks and it’s hard to believe we are already half way through February. I must admit though that I am not crying about it as January is my most disliked month of them all. So flat after Christmas, and so long dark and wet here in Wales. Half way through February, days are getting longer and friendly snow drops are cheerfully dancing in the wind in my garden. Altogether a happier month!

It’s also that time again for our monthly installment of dishcloth pattern…

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…and after a friendly reader from Germany suggested that I should write the pattern out in both English and German I thought; “What a good idea!”…so here goes:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 50m of soft cotton yarn – I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m

Ungefähr 50m weiches Baumwollgarn – Ich nahm Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m

4mm Knitting Needles – 4mm Stricknadeln

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

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

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 x 20 cm etwas gedehnt

How to – So gehts

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts plus 10 – 50 sts for this cloth

Ein vielfaches von 8M plus 10 anschlagen – 50M für dieses Tuch

Rows 1 + 3 (WS): K4, *p2, k6; rep. from *, end p2, k4

Reihe 1 + 3 (RR): 4Mre, *2Mli, 6Mre; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mli, 4Mre

Row 2: P4, *k2, p6; rep. from *, end k2, p4

Reihe 2: 4Mli, *2Mre, 6Mli; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mre, 4Mli

Row 4: Knit

Reihe 4: Alle M re

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Rows 5 + 7: K8, *p2, k6; rep. from *, end p2, k8

Reihe 5 + 7: 8Mre, *2Mli, 6Mre; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mli, 8Mre

Row 6: P8, *k2, p6; rep. from *, end k2, p8

Reihe 6: 8Mli, *2Mre, 6Mli; von * wiederholen, enden 2Mre, 8Mli

Row 8: Knit

Reihe 8: Alle M re

Repeat rows 1-8 six more times.

Reihen 1-8 noch sechs mal wiederholen.

Cast off and weave in all ends.

Alle Maschen abketteln und Fäden vernähen.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

As before, a PDF of the pattern (in both languages) can be downloaded by clicking HERE

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!

 

dear diary,

Pile 1

log cabin dish cloths

To make a quilt has been a long ambition of mine, but somehow I never seem to find the time to start a new venture and persevere with it long enough before knitting or crochet calls.

merican Log Cabin Quilt

traditional log cabin quilt

Log Cabin quilts in particular have held a long fascination. Always worked from the middle out using strips of fabric resembling logs, these quilts have a very long history, especially in America. Some people even claim they represent the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, the log cabin President, and the simple pioneering values of frontier America: honesty, hard work, humility and liberty. True or not, the simplicity of these quilts certainly make them very appealing and there are many beautiful photo examples to see on the internet.

Sennybridge Quilt

sennybridge quilt made near brecon in wales – early 20th century – brecknock museum

Never finding time to sew a quilt made me think that it must surely be possible to achieve this with knitting. I set forth and gave it a go, and what better way to work it out than by making a humble, yet very useful dishcloth, simply worked in garter stitch throughout.

Here is what you do…

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First you knit the inner square (left), cast off and then turn the work 90 degrees clockwise and pick up stitches (one for each ridge) and knit as many rows as you like. Cast off to last stitch, turn 90 degrees and do same on each side.

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When you have done all four sides of the middle square you do the same again for the outer square. If you want this to become a huge dish cloth, a towel or even a blanket just keep going this way until you are satisfied with your result.

Here are two I made earlier…

finished 2 squares

For those of you who want to try their hands on this because, like me, you like small quick little projects that are very useful and make great gifts, here is the link to the FREE pattern.

Enjoy! xx

 

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