Have you ever received a knitted dishcloth as a gift? I did, and at the time had only ever experienced fabric dishcloths, I didn't even know what it was until it was explained to me. I thought it would not be very absorbent and would stay went and stinky, but this is not the case.
I used to help a friend out with a catering business and when it came time to do the dishes she always had a stack of these knitted ones, so I thought why not. What got me was just how well they worked. The knitting bumps on the cloth acted like little scrubbers to help wash dishes and then when done they rinsed out very well and dried quickly as they were somewhat porous.
Not only are they useful but they are super easy to make. Yes you could simply knit a square but it won't always lay flat, so I found this pattern that starts in a corner and creates the dishcloth on a bias or angle which also creates some interest.
The most complicated part of this pattern is increasing and decreasing stitches and that is not hard. I found this video that really shows just how easy it is.
They Clean and Dry Fast
If you knit in a slightly looser fashion as above, you can see just how useful these are and are a perfect way to use up leftover yarns. The pattern around the outside also adds to it, and they can look good hanging on your faucet or side of sink. They can be thrown in the washer or simply run some dish soap and warm water through them after use and rinse and then hang over the faucet to dry.
They simply don't get stinky! I find now that most people tend to have a dishwasher that the dishcloth has to be washed more often as it is not getting that exposure to the sink full of hot suds when you do dishes by hand. But these are really easy to clean and absorb spills on the counter and you can make them quickly.
Great use for Leftover Yarn Projects
If you are looking for something to use your leftover yarns for, this is a great project. It fits into the EASY category, and can be done simply relaxing to music or watching TV. This also is a great way to get your practice in if you have been away from knitting for a long time as I was.
So, if you are looking for some easy projects, then get rid of those old beater cloths and replace them with brightly knitted dishcloths and put your leftover yarn to good use!
If you are like me, and love easier to knit patterns, but want to up your game just a little bit, I found this awesome video on knitting a poncho.
I have already done my share of scarves, and slippers and shawls, but ponchos are fun. I used to wear one all the time in the 60s as a kid (now I am dating myself). They were easy to throw on and kept your arms free to do whatever while at the same time they could be cozy and warm when you wrapped yourself in one.
A poncho is also the next step from a shawl or scarf but maybe you are not quite ready for that complicated sweater, so some of these look like sweaters, but are basically two large knitted squares with a neck attached, so you simply slip this over your head, no sleeves to worry about. They are very fashionable especially for the fall months. A knitted shawl is nice, but sometimes you want something that will stay on by itself i.e.: slip over the head.
I love the neck on this one. It makes it look like a full sweater but you don't have to fit it to your body the same way you would with a top. This simply slips over your head for those cooler days, but I feel the looseness of it adds to the style as you can see above.
You can still spend your evenings creating the simply squares but might have to concentrate a little bit when it comes to the neck. She has a free pattern online for this pattern which I think I will try myself. Let me know what you think?
I love tutorials, especially videos because they are so visual. I don't do well with just a written pattern I love to be able to see just how to do a particular stitch. I am getting back into knitting after many years away from it, but want simply stress free patterns to create while I relax and wind down in my evenings. Since a lot of the knitting is 2 x large rectangles I will enjoy many evenings working on this, and then take an afternoon and watch how to do the neck. I am going to choose some softer yet cozy yarns for this project.
If you have ever read any of my posts, you will see that I am always on the look out for easy knitting patterns I can do without too much intricate counting, patterns or concentration! I love things that grow from the needles fast and I came across this easy knit shawl pattern.
Shawls are a huge fashion accessory now, as they keep that coolness off the shoulders while out, you can knit them as heavy or as light as you want, and they are a great accessory to have on the couch to take off that chill on those winter evenings. I found the video below and thought I would share it with you. In the video she uses a very lightweight yarn and slightly larger needles. You could practice to see what works best for you.
Simply yarn over for the first stitch on each row. That is basically all you have to remember to do, and this will grow very quickly into the traditional triangle that shawls have. You could then add a really cool fringe, or if you are really energetic you could add a knitted border. I love the idea of lots of soft fringe.
Fringe is easy to make, and I think it would look awesome using the same yarn. You would want to put a few strands of fringe in each stitch. Or you could simply leave it plain. The yarn over does create a nice pattern edge.
Also see my page on HOW TO MAKE FRINGE THE LAZY WAY
There are so many varieties of yarns online now too that are worth checking out. I find the variety to be greater, and it is nice having it delivered right to you. Of course if you have a favourite yarn shop stick with them, but since I love to knit simple patterns I like the yarn to be more expressive, so have found different ones online that I like.
If you are trying to find different knitting projects that follow simple patterns, then you should check out this video on how to knit slippers. These are fast and a great way to use up leftover yarn.
You use the simple garter stitch and all you need to do is measure your feet. You create a knitted piece long enough so that they will comfortably stretch over your feet. Don't make them too big or they will get floppy. Using the garter stitch (or plain knitting) will create a stretch to the piece as it grows, so allow a little bit of stretch so they will stay on your feet.
You may also want to consider different yarns depending on whether you want to wear these slippers over bare feet or socks. As I line of my fall knitting, I am going to include these for my own projects. They are great gifts too. Many charities also like knitted slippers, so check around your home town to see if there are homes for these slippers if you want to create a few or for your charity project.
In the video she uses size 4mm needles and some worsted yarns, but you could experiment. She casted on 28 stitches and then simply knit garter stitch style until approximately 9.5 inches. But measure your foot first to see what would work best. You can then add any kind of bling from the dollar store, or knit a flower or something to add some pizzazz to your slippers.
I love knitted slippers and how cozy they can be especially on those cold evenings, but we have hardwood floors so they can be slippery. But there are ways around that. You can get "slipper grippers". These are grips you simply sew to the bottom of your freshly knitted project so that you don't go for a slip and fall. It is one of the biggest reasons seniors won't wear these.
Just click on the picture to find out more. You can also attach these to pajama feet and your favourite socks, but also knitted a crocheted slippers. This keeps you safe as well as cozy. I always find my feet get super cold especially in the winter, and once my feet are cold, so is the rest of me.
I am always looking for super easy knitting projects to do that will keep me busy during the evening hours when I made the decision to stay away from my computer as a Doctor informed me it was the main ingredient into my insomnia. I hate to admit it, but he was right. I am on the computer enough during the day, so I close the office after dinner. I am trying to close the refrigerator after dinner as well to stop late night snacking but that is another blog!
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If you are a seasoned knitter, you could create pairs of these very quickly depending on the weight of yarn you use. Thicker would be softer but be careful you don't want them to be bulky. These worsted weight could easily fit in your purse or pocket for when you visit people and want something on your feet once you have taken your shoes off. You could keep them simple and plain or you could also use patterned yarn. The sky is your limit.
Get started and have fun!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.