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A well-appointed scullery

knit dishcloths and crochet scrubbiesMy last few days’ projects have been practical and mostly made from freebies or leftovers. Back to the hardworking theme!

I confess I’m not 100% pleased with this batch of scrubbies. I used a smaller crochet hook to compensate, but I don’t think these thinner worsted scraps worked out nearly as well as the thicker ones I’m more accustomed to. (Here‘s how dense the scrubbies should be.)

I’m also not sure I like how some of these colors pooled. Random usually works fine for me, but not this time around.

Some came out with no problems,

crochet scrubbies

while others are strange…or is it strangely appealing?

crochet scrubby

And a couple are just. not. right.

ugly scrubbies

Oh well. The handsome ones will go off to live with other families while the homely ones stay here with me. They still scrub. I can put them to work.

The dishcloths, though? Uniformly successful!

The first one’s from the old standard knitted dishcloth pattern everyone knows by heart. The yarn is what’s left of a large spool of cotton from Grandmother’s stash. Couldn’t tell you the brand or color–label’s been gone for years.

knit dishcloth

Next, one made from Lily Sugar ‘n Cream “sunshine.” The knit pattern (you’ll have to scroll down the page) is Sun Dishcloth from Designs by Emily. My pictures of this color wouldn’t come out, but the finished texture really does show the sun design plainly.

knitted dishcloth

Finally, a cloth made from some Peaches & Creme “gold” left over from a hat project several years ago. The knit pattern is Reversible Pips Dishcloth by Hannah Maier at KnitPicks.

knitted dishcloth

Don’t they make a nice bundle?

three knitted dishcloths

Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun to make, right? What are your favorite interesting, whimsical, or pretty patterns for kitchen items?

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2 replies

  1. In the past, I have always made the plain knitted washcloths that you mentioned were Grandma’s favorite. 🙂 My mother really enjoys using them. Once, though, I found a cute flower pattern that used a pink chenille yarn and knitted her a flower blossom washcloth to display in her bathroom with a bar of soap in the middle of the flower. She has it.

    1. Yep, can’t beat a dishcloth/washcloth for a satisfying project. It’s my fall-back craft when I need a quick yarn fix, plain or fancy pattern. 🙂 I’ve never tried chenille yarn, but that would be perfect for this!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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