I always loved doing crafts as a little girl, and since there weren’t video games or cable, we found ways to entertain ourselves. My Aunt Gloria taught me some basic knitting. My cousin Jenny and I would knit little blankets for our Barbies and these tiny little Christmas mouse figurines. I love knitting! Unfortunately, my skill set needs help.
My big issue is fixing my knitting mistakes. As a result, I re-started a shawl 9 times. Now that is tenacity. For my tenth attempt, I’m first going to take a class of fixing my knitting mess-ups. My mom got me a gift card to the local knitting store, and I’m signing up for a class soon. Until then, I’ll make cute ‘n handy dish clothes that even I can’t mess up!
First, you have to “cast on” stitches, meaning you have to get stitches on empty needles. This YouTube channel has instructions on casting on, beginning stitiches, and binding off.
This channel tells you how to yarn over.
Use size 6 or 7 needles. And, don’t just use any old yarn, use Sugar and Cream brand yarn – – it’s nice and sturdy to handle all the washing!
Follow this pattern:
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row
Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle
Row 3: knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row
Repeat row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle
These dish clothes are very durable, and make great gifts for new neighbors. You can even use these as a witnessing tool. Pray for someone while you knit the dishcloth, and give it to a neighbor. Include a note letting your neighbor know they were prayed for while you knitted this cloth. Include 1 John 1:7, “God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.”