Welcome to Facecloths, episode 55 of The Ordinary Knitter, the knitting podcast that’s (mostly) about the projects. Find it on iTunes through your podcast app or subscribe via the feed link on the right hand bar (https://www.theordinaryknitter.net/feed/podcast). My name is Heather and I’m @theordknitter on Twitter, @theordinaryknitter on Instagram and @ordinaryknitting on Ravelry.
This week: Facecloth success and failure (there’s too much failure at the moment – I’ll band that F-word from the next episode), looking for needle recommendations, and a couple of lovely-looking knitting books.
Ft knitting patterns
Ft knitting tutorials
Ft knitting books
- Knitting Comfortably, The Ergonomics of Handknitting by Carson Demers
- The Knitters Knowledge by Debbie Bliss
These make lovely gifts and are great stashbusters. Ideally they should be made in cotton as they’re made to get wet then dry out, get wet then dry out, get wet then dry out, and cotton stands up well to this. There’s a vast array of choice of ease or complexity of design, weight of yarn, size of finished article, shape of cloth and so on and so on. Whether you’re knitting for your granny, your granddaughter, a charity drive or for yourself, you’ll find a design you like.
As a stashbuster, you need to be guided by weight of yarn. This isn’t always vital – I talk in this episode about an aran pattern that knits up to 12″ x 12″ which I think is too big, so I’m making it in DK in the knowledge that it will come out smaller. Make a judgment depending on what’s most important to you. I went out and bought the DK as I had no cotton DK at all, but I was able to use up some cotton aran stash. I have two more cotton aran part-skeins left so may crack out a couple more facecloths if I find I have time.
I’ve chosen three very different patterns – four, if you count Honeycomb. Mamaw’s Choice was such a beautifully simple design I just had to knit it. It’s also a smaller piece so useful for smaller quantities of stash yarn. I might do another in pink for my mum. Feather and Fan was chosen as it’s a traditional style, and Candle Flames was a dramatic and sinuous design that I just loved.
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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