Dear All Y’all,
Just when I was remarking on what a cool summer it’s been in these parts, wham! Heat wave! And I know it’s even hotter in other parts of the country and world. It all feels so perilous.
In knitting life, it’s been time to put down the oversized wool tunic sweater, and keep cranking out cool, cotton-y dishcloths. My dishcloth drawer has been restored to robust health at this point, but I’m not stopping.
I’m not alone, thank goodness. The response to our two-week dishcloth knitalong has been overwhelming. It seems like people are not only not deterred by the chance of winning a set of rubber gloves or a pack of Barkeeper’s Friend as a prize, they are highly motivated. Maybe it’s just the sheer fun of knitting dishcloths. It’s been very! hard! for Cristina and me to pick a daily prize winner, but somebody’s got to do it. (We announce winners on Instagram and in the MDK Lounge. Keep the photos coming; make our job hard!)
My Current Multiple Knit
You know me: highly susceptible to knitting multiples of any small, snacky pattern. These days, I’m alternating between my set-in-progress of Log Cabin Cloths in Creative Linen, and a new groove: the broken rib brioche stitch used in the Honeycomb Scarf.
I’m 2 dishcloths and 1 hand towel (center) into my streak of Honeycomb cloths, and have zero desire to stop knitting this oh-so-satisfying stitch pattern.
During our Honeycomb Scarf Zoom on Monday, a knitter mentioned in the chat that she is using the honeycomb rib pattern for a baby blanket, and I nearly expired. What a great idea! The supreme flatness, the reversibility, and the soothing texture of broken rib brioche is perfect for a baby blanket. Watch this space!
How to Make a Broken Rib Brioche Dishcloth
We made a video that will guide you through the simple steps of setting up broken-rib brioche stitch for a dishcloth (or swatch, if you swatch) version of the Honeycomb Scarf. Find it here, anytime you need it.
You’ll need a short-ish circular needle and two colors of a worsted-weight yarn suitable for dishcloths. Our favorites: Handknit Cotton and Creative Linen. They are both excellent—colorful and hardwearing, and smooth on the needles.
The honeycomb pattern plays well with log cabins and my prized vintage linen towel with a laundry mark of my initials. Thank you dear pal who keeps an eye out for her friends’ initials when she’s rummaging the brocantes of france.
Just cast on 33, or 27, or your odd number of choice, turn on the video, and go. The video even teaches you the two-color long-tail cast-on, which is blissfully easy for something with that many hyphens.
Join the Fun
There’s another full week and a day left in this sunshine-y knitalong, so grab some Handknit Cotton or Creative Linen from our dishcloth one-stop shop and your coolest, least-exerting dishcloth pattern, and join us in front of the box fan for the Kitchen Sink-along. I’ve started to see group photos of extended families of dishcloths, and I’m absolutely here for this content.
May the odds (of winning odd prizes) be ever in your favor! The odds of having a fantastic time are 100 percent, so we’re already all winners.