I found this adorable idea for the "We WASH you a Merry Christmas" soap gifts from Darling Doodles. (Pinterest to the rescue!) I paired it with my handmade dishcloths for an extra special touch. And voila! Happy teacher gifts all ready to go. In fact, I've been a crazy knitting lady these past couple of weeks. Late nights of knitting + early mornings to get kids ready for school = what my 11 year old calls "a cranky mom". True. But the gifts are all done & made! In fact, the girls are delivering the last of the bunch at school today. Christmas break starts this afternoon. Woohoo! (Which means any more late nights of knitting can be met with a morning of sleeping in. I am loving life right now!)
I've had requests for these patterns, so I thought I'd share the trio that, so far, are my "go to" patterns.
The instructions are listed below. For a free printable version, click HERE.
This pattern, & the next, were given to me by my grandmother. They were typed out onto a piece of paper, complete with scribbles & notes & check-marks to keep track of rows.
SCALLOPED CIRCULAR DISHCLOTH
Cast on 15 sts.
ROW 2--- K3, YO, K11 (1 st left on needle) TURN
ROW 4---K3, YO, K11 (2 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 6---K3, YO, K11 (3 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 8---Bind off 3 sts. K2, YO, K8 (4 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 9 ---knit
ROW 10---K3, YO, K8 (5 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 12---K3, YO, K8 (6 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 14---Bind off 3 sts. K2, YO, K5 (7 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 16---K3, YO, K5 (8 sts left on needle) TURN
ROW 18---K3, YO, K5 (9 sts left on needl) TURN
ROW 20---Bind off 3 sts. Knit to end. Repeat ROW 1 thru 20 six more times. (Row 1 thru 20 forms one section of dishcloth. Complete dishcloth has 7 total sections.)
Once completed, bind off & sew ends together.
Cast on 17 sts.
Turn---Slip 1 st, K16
Turn---Slip 1 st, K14
Turn---Slip 1 st, K12
Turn---Slip 1 st, K10
Turn---Slip 1 st, K8
Turn---Slip 1 st, K6
Turn---Slip 1 st, K4
Turn---Slip 1 st, K2
Knit 17 sts & repeat
Makes a total of 12 sections
Bind off & stitch ends together
WAFFLE STITCH DISHCLOTH
I have found there are many different variations on the waffle stitch. This, of course, is just one of the many. This dishcloth looks quite cool in a solid color too.
I cast on 40 sts, & got a dishcloth approximately 9"x9". But make it whatever size you prefer.
ROW 1---*K1, P2* (repeat from * to *) K1
ROW 2---*P1, K2* (repeat from * to *) P1
Repeat ROWS 1-4 until you reach the desired size.