Favorite Thing Friday: So Many Dishcloths!

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My knitting needles have been very busy this summer! Not only am I working on a beautiful pair of socks and super cute pleated top, but I’m also casting on smaller projects for birthday gifts.

One of the easiest things to make for someone is a set of dishcloths or what I like to call Spa Cloths. Pair them with a beautiful bar of soap and you’ve got a thoughtful gift that is also practical.

I’ve made a total of nine Spa Cloths in the last two weeks, all of which have taught me new lace stitches. Part of the reason I love knitting spa cloths is the fact that I can learn new knitting techniques on a small project. If I make a mistake it’s not a big deal to start over again!

First up is the Baby Fern Stitch, a free pattern I found on Ravelry. It looks really difficult, but it only involves a few simple stitches. This is one I’ll have to eventually make for myself! I love the ridges that define a pattern that is both botanical and geometric.

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Baby Fern Stitch

Next up is the Leaf Lace Washcloth, which is another free pattern I found on Ravelry. Initially, I intended it as a gift, but I loved it so much I ended up keeping it for myself. What can I say, I’m a sucker for leaves.

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Leaf Lace Washcloth

After another search through Ravelry (the array of free patterns is truly astonishing), I found a pattern called Christmas Tree Lot Cloth. This is another one I really wanted to keep for myself, but it’s so perfect for the person receiving it I had to let it go!

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Christmas Tree Lot Cloth

I saved the best for last. When I saw the Elvish Leaf DishclothΒ pattern, I was instantly in love. While the stitches are relatively easy, keeping track of the pattern from row to row is difficult. I have no shame in admitting I ripped this project out three times before I finally got the pattern right. The end result, however, was worth all the frustration as it is just gorgeous.

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Elvish Leaf Dishcloth

While I usually don’t wet block spa cloths, I did block both the Christmas Tree Lot and Elvish Leaf cloths to get them to lay flat for gift presentation. Lace patterns in a thick gauge tend to pucker and that doesn’t look very nice in a gift box!

The other spa cloths I made were shipped before I could get a picture (I was running a little late for early July birthdays!). If I make them again, I’ll be sure to post pics!

The simplistic nature of spa cloths is a big reason why I love them so much. When in the middle of large or difficult project, they are nice break that offers a satisfying end result. Aside from that, I love giving handmade gifts.

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

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15 thoughts on “Favorite Thing Friday: So Many Dishcloths!

  1. Those are beautiful! Talk about the perfect birthday present (and way to relax while you’re making them : ) ). Perhaps it’s time for me to dust off my knitting needles and give one of them a shot.

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  2. I just can’t bring myself to use them as washcloths. They are just far too pretty and nice to get stained and stretched out cleaning up. The white one that is rather doily like I’m going to use as a coaster for my desk. I’m keeping the blue one in my purse to clean my glasses and the multi-colored brown one I’m giving to my Mink to use as a blanket.

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    • It’s totally okay to use them! They are made from a thick gauge cotton, so they are very sturdy. My stepmom uses hers and they still look brand new after a year. πŸ™‚

      Besides, I can always make you more. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Cindi

    These are so gorgeous and your post caught my eye as I still have washcloths that my foster mother made me years ago and they are in perfect shape and I hold them dear. This reminds me to use them more often and cherish the memories. Have fun with all of your creative pursuits!

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  4. I’ve kept up with your spa cloths on Ravelry. They are such a beautiful reminder of the time when all of our everyday textiles would have come from the hands of women caring for their families. My favorite dish towels are the ones I wove over twenty-years ago. Like your spa cloths, hand made towels really last. These a such beautiful patterns. I may have to try some out.

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