I told you in my last post we would be moving on to the fun part and indeed we are!!
For this lesson, you’ll need every tool at your command. Pens, pencils, paper, rulers, ideas, and a stress ball wouldn’t hurt either….You may also want to find a quite space to complete this part. I know there is a noisy two year old in my house who is not always helpful when it comes to being both mathematically technical and creative (as some of this design will call for).
Now that we’ve gathered everything together, let’s start getting it all on paper. Before we do the fancy stuff, you may want to set up a working area like this:
The numbers running up the side and across the bottom allow me to see how many grid squares I’m working with so I can do some math easier. Knowing that I want this dishcloth to be 12 inches by 12 inches makes it easy enough to designate 2 by 2 grid squares as being one inch. If you’re going digital, here’s a grid you can work with, hopefully that saves you the time of having to make one yourself.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of scale, please take some time to read about it here. It may be something that you remember from Geometry class, but if you’re like me, that was a while ago and you may not remember it. Or if you’re like me in a different way, you barely passed geometry and need the refresher anyway. The short version for those of you who just need a quick glance is this: In real life the item measures an inch, on paper the item measures 1/2 an inch.
So, what’s the best way to start, now that we have our scale and grid set up? Well, we know that we’re making a standard 12×12 inch dishcloth, so let’s make a square.
That was easy enough, now I’m going to to add in a gauge line as well to make sure I don’t go too nuts with my pattern. My gauge swatch should be 4×4 inches, so I marked my grid out every 4 inches. This is not a required step, but I find it helpful.
The rest is up to you. Knitters, you know from our gauge that 18 sts x 24 rows will be 4 inches and Crocheters, you know that 13sc x 14 rows will be 4 inches. Use that knowledge to your advantage and if this is your first design, don’t go too crazy with it. You don’t need to have a ton of color or fancy stitching, just put something together that seems fun to you.
AHHH!! what do you mean no more instructions!? Ok, ok, here are a few ideas to get you started (also, bookmark this page. It’s basically amazing.):
Try out Crocodile Stitch
Row 1 sc Row2 dc repeat
Bobbles are always fun, how about the Aligned Puff Stitch (or do this every other row)
For the trendy, adventurous types, how about Broomstick Stitch ( Careful beginners, this is an intermediate-advance stitch. Also: I recommend a tongue depressor for this stitch)
Try out Moss Stitch
Ribbing (k1, p1 on RS p1,k1 WS)
Broken Ribbing (k1,p1 on RS k1,p1 WS)
If you’d like to try some color work, how about Vertical Stripes
Perhaps you like lace, try the German Honeycomb (careful beginners, this is an intermediate stitch)
Now that you have ALL these Ideas, HOP TO! Use your favorite stitch or try out a new one to fill in your square. If you’re ready to move on to something more advanced, check out the next lesson Adding Color for Knit or Adding Color for Crochet