A couple of days ago, I got this booklet in the mail for review:
This is Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares by Lisa Carnahan. It is a collection of patterns for ten textured squares, and one slip-stitch colorwork square.
Each square in the book is knit using Tahki Cotton Classic, a DK weight 100% cotton yarn, but you could knit them using any smooth yarn, really. If you want to knit a washcloth, knit with a cotton or linen yarn. If you want to join the squares into a blanket of afghan, you could use wool, acrylic, cotton — any fiber that strikes your fancy. You don’t necessarily have to knit them at DK weight either — go up a needle size and use a worsted weight cotton or go down a needle size and use a sportweight. If you use the DK yarn called for, you will end up with an 8 by 8 inch square.
The pattern for each square is accompanied by a large clear photo. The instructions for each include a skill level needed and are clearly written.
The back of the book has the list of abbreviations and other general info, plus nicely illustrated step by step instructions for the techniques you need to know to knit the squares.
This is a very timely booklet — washcloths make for great quick holiday knitting. You could pair a washcloth with a nice bar of soap and make a lovely gift.
Who would like this handy booklet? To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by 11:00 am Eastern time this Sunday, October 27. At that time I’ll choose a comment at random.
My big pile o’ stitches is growing:
I ordered a 60″ cable from Signature Needle Arts. I had the stitches on a 47″ long needle and they were pretty smooshed. The 60″ needle is a big improvement! It’s much easier to knit and move the stitches now. Still, one row of 623 stitches takes approximately forever.
“I still need a tummy rub!”
Here’s an early morning photo: he likes to sit on top of his large scratching post and gaze out at the world.