Mitered Hanging Towel

I still haven’t managed to get my hands on a copy of  Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines (my Jan. 8 ILL request through my local public library has yet to be fulfilled and is actually going to be automatically cancelled on April 8 — hopefully if I call them they can extend it). I was especially interested because I wanted to try knitting the Mitered Hanging Towel, which seemed just as easy, interesting, and addictive as the Ballband Dishcloth that their first book unleashed upon the world*. Lucky for me, Canadian Living featured the book and included the pattern on their website.

MItered Hanging Towel

As was the case with the Ballband Dishcloth, this pattern fits into that perfect middle ground between easy enough to knit while hanging out with friends (a related requirement is that it must also be a pattern that you can keep in your head and don’t need to count) and interesting enough that you don’t get bored. This also uses Peaches n Cream yarns, which I love for the huge selection of solids and ombres (I used yellow and Country Side Ombre here). This uses up more of the main color than a ballband dishcloth, though. (I have a tiny amount of the multi-colored yarn left over, but not enough that I could have done the hanging loop with it.) This is also a great pattern for beginning knitters, because you can practice your garter and stockinette stitches, and learn about decreasing. Continue reading

Ballband Dishcloths

I’ve knit a bunch of these in the last few months — I gave my Mom this group of six when I was home for Thanksgiving. (Click through for info on the colorways.) They’re such an easy knit! I like to keep a bunch of cotton around and whenever I am going somewhere and want to take knitting with me but need a project that is small and doesn’t require filddling with books and whatnot, I grab some cotton and a circular needle, and I’m all set.