These adorable little garter stitch washcloths (my Ravelry project) are from the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 7: Ease. The design uses a sport weight linen yarn, Euroflax Sport Weight from Lofty Fiber. MDK has an exclusive collection of mini-skeins in delightful color combinations. I loved them so much I bought all 8 colorways! This is enough to make at least 40 washcloths.
These little beauties are quick to knit, with each one clocking in at about 45 minutes for me. Although there is a lot of shaping, the pattern is easy to memorize. I had it down pat by my third washcloth. It starts with an I-cord, then there is an increase section with a tiny bit of lace. Next you knit straight for several rows, and finally the tip of the leaf is shaped with decreases.
Finishing is easy, too – you attach the I-cord to make a little loop, weave in just two ends, and wet block to shape. The blocking step is key if you want the washcloth to lie flat. As it comes off the needles, it has a rounded part in the center that flattens out easily once it gets wet. The linen yarn starts out a little scratchy, but it’s supposed to soften up with use.
I gave these three sets away for Mother’s Day, along with some lovely hand soaps. I have five more colorways left in my Euroflax stash, and I’m debating which of them to make into more washcloths and which I will use to try other patterns. I’m sure I will be making more of these snack-size projects in between some of my larger projects!
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