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I am becoming slightly obsessed with knitting facecloths (or washing up cloths - I suppose they could be either).
I began the venture because I had some cotton yarn left over and wanted to use it up but it has continued, and possibly got out of hand with me buying beautiful colours just to knit them into facecloths as gifts.
Of course partly it is because the pattern is easy and meditative and can be carted about on train and car journeys, and partly because I believe in the magic of hand made gifts. I believe that all the positive thoughts we think while making something for someone get incorporated into the gift and somehow transmitted on.
Partly it may simply being drawn to the whole simpler approach to kitchen and bathroom, the move towards more natural materials, more textured fabrics.
Anyway here is the pattern in case you want to knit some too - it is basically a square knitted on the diagonal. This keeps the edges flat and makes it extra stretchy. The pattern has a pretty eyelet detail around the edge.
50g double knitting cotton yarn.
Size 3.25mm needles
Cast on 4 stitches.
K1, bring yarn to front, K to end (the bringing the yarn to the front creates a loop which will increase the length of the row and make a lacy eyelet.
Repeat this two rows until you have 65 stitches on your needles.
K2 together, bring yarn to front, K 2 together, knit to end (the 2 K 2 togs means that you can still have the eyelet hole while decreasing the length of the rows)
Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches on your needles.
Sew in ends, carefully weaving them into the edge so they are invisible.