So glad to be back with my dishcloth cotton after the adventure in shawl making. This piece is too big to be a washrag; let’s call it a hand towel. It’s descended, in fact, from a shawl, Nina, by Phyllis Howe, from Mason Dixon Knitting. (Where else?) I love the original’s stripes and checks, and the color play – but had to do it quick and fun with my Sugar and Cream.
I have to admit that a comment Kay made on the Mason Dixon KAL (after I did the book’s Big Dotty cushion as a washcloth) is lingering with me – she planted the idea of “turning every pattern in the book into a washcloth.” Can it be done without degenerating into merely a gimmick? Don’t know; might have to try just to find out.
And getting to use something from Barbara Walker – what a blast. The instructions for the slipped stitch check are right at the back of Charted Knitting Designs, in the chapter titled “Uncharted Miscellany.” I’ve been looking around for things to do with slipped stitches, and there it was – and a perfect substitution for the Nina Shawl’s fair isle checkerboard. The slipped stitch check is worked on a circular needle and involves the same sort of sliding the work to the opposite end that the Scribble Scarf did.
And the color scheme? The kids said Halloween-ish; I was thinking more along the lines of this: