Thursday, May 25, 2006
Absorba, the Great Bathmat
It's a fairly quick knit, but this time of year is so busy for us that I haven't been able to just sit down and knock it out.
Because I was too impatient to order the double worsted, I used four strands of Sugar'n Cream worsted (2.5oz) held together - two strands of Ecru, one of Light Ecru, and one of Cream. I used US 15 circulars (plastic). The pattern's gauge is 9 sts + 17 rows = 4" and the finished dimensions are 18" x 27". My gauge is 9.5 sts + 17 rows = 4", and my finished dimensions are 18.5" x 24.5". If I do it with four strands again, I'll probably use US 13's to make things a little tighter. The plastic needles helped speed things along with the cotton, but they caused me to knit a little loosely. And I might make an extra round of strips to make it a bit bigger.
I used about 2.5 balls of each color to complete this variation of the pattern. At my craft store, each ball costs $1.27. Isn't it amazing how knitting can turn $13 worth of cotton into a special gift? I think this, plus some warshrags, could make for a great housewarming/wedding present. Hooray handknits!
I'm really happy with the finished product. The combination of neutrals creates a really warm texture. Oh, and it feels wonderful between the toes. Thanks Kay and Ann!