Friday, August 25, 2006
Ball Band Variations
I Hate the Runaway Bride but I love knitting.
The finished size depends on your gauge.
The previous commenters gave great instructions. I added a row of single crochet around mine.
Normal Warshrag (knit as the book calls for):
Cast on: 45 stitches
Ballband stripes: 11 (5.5 pattern repeats)
Finished Dimensions: 9.25" wide by 8" tall
Cast on: 33 stitches
Ballband stripes: 8 (4 pattern repeats)
Finished Dimensions: 6" wide by 7" tall
The two most popular warshrag sizes seem to be casting on 45 or 33 stitches, but you could do other sizes. The pattern is written for 9 stitches plus mulitples of 6 stitches (9 + 6x sts), so you could cast on more (51 sts, 57 sts, 63 sts) or less (39 sts, 33 sts, 27 sts) depending on the desired size on the warshrag. I find the normal warshrag is somewhat large for a kitchen washcloth but perfect for a facecloth, but the smaller version is great for washing dishes.
Like Lesliej I learned that you need to make the warshcloths TALLER than you think you do because they will shrink more vertically than horizontally when washed. (I'm a new knitter so maybe this wasn't a surprise to anyone else.)
I love the ballbands! I made a ton of them and now feel confident to branch out into other projects!