Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Knit a Scrubbie



Who doesn't need a scrubbie (or scrubby)?  Making your own is quick and simple.

This isn't really a pattern - just how I like to knit scrubbies.  Very simple, you just need a few yards of nylon mesh netting (some people use tulle - I prefer the nylon net) and some needles.  I like to use size 10 wood or bamboo needles, you can use whatever type and size works for you.  These scrubbies are just worked in garter stitch.  Make them in one color or many, big or small.  You can even carry a strand of cotton yarn along with the nylon mesh; this will make the scrubbies a little bulkier and they will hold dish soap a bit better.  There is no right or wrong way to do these, so get yourself some nylon mesh netting and make some scrubbies!

A word of warning - you don't want to pull or tug on this too hard, because it will rip.  Firm but gentle.  I just cut strips about an inch wide - they don't have to be perfect.  Just eyeball it.

I got my nylon mesh at fabric.com, but you can also find this stuff at Jo-Ann's - they even have "Scrubbie Mesh".


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Easy Peasy Reversible Cowl



Here is my latest cowl design, the Easy Peasy Reversible Cowl!

If you can knit in the round, and make knits and purls, then you can make this cowl.  The cowl pictured was knit with Merino DK, but you can use any yarn you like.  It takes just 230 yards / 3.5 oz (100 gr) of DK weight yarn to make this cowl.  Gauge is 19 stitches over 4 inches in pattern on a circular swatch that has been blocked.

The stitch pattern creates a beautiful fabric on both sides, so you can just throw it on without worrying that the 'wrong' side is showing.

It is also very easy to make the cowl larger - as written it is appx. 30" x 7".  To make it larger in circumference, just cast on more stitches in multiples of four; to make it taller, just continue knitting until it is about half an inch shorter than you want it to be, work four rows of k2, p2 rib and bind off.  Keep in mind, the bigger you make it, the more yarn you will need.

This pattern is available as a free download from my Craftsy Store - click  HERE, or on the picture below.