My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



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.

Current Knitting

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.


Loki Sez


“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.



  1. Margo White says:

    This looks like a very good book for a newer knitter.

  2. What a great book to teach new knitters. Might even learn a new stitch or two. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I love this book and would love to have it. I’m just starting my knitting for Christmas. Thanks!

  4. Hee! I’m with you on the rows that take approximately forever! My current WIP (lace shawl) ended up with 1,272 stitches/row. Which, yes, took forever, but was manageable. I have now hit the bind off and the crochet chain bind off (with beads!) may just kill me.
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  5. Love how clean the layout is of this book.

  6. HeatherWB says:

    I just picked up the electronic book version of this title for the library I work at! I’d love to have my own copy. 🙂

  7. Beth Gray says:

    I would love this book! I’m always looking for new patterns for wash/dish cloths. Thanks for offering it up!

  8. Being the designated dishcloth knitter in my family, this could come in handy!

  9. I have knit up some washcloths for gifts just this season and now I have to find cute little soaps. They are all the same pattern so clearly I need some inspiration.

  10. I am in the middle of my first sweater and have decided that smaller projects suit me more! Washcloths would give me a nice break from the sweater.

  11. I love knitting dishcloths and would put the book to good use:) Love Loki.
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  12. Denise in Ohio says:

    Here’s my entry. It’s my turn. I think that my mom won your last giveaway.

  13. Savannagal says:

    We are always looking for nice items for giveaways at my knitting guild’s “Knit Outs” at our local library, where we teach new people to knit. This would make a perfect gift for a newby.

  14. Christienne L Stewen says:

    Hey Wendy – what an awesome photo of Loki with that beautiful morning light behind him. Sure is a lucky feline!
    The book looks awesome too – I recently thought about the washcloth / soap gift idea but didn’t have any fun patterns to make it work!! Crossing ankles while I knit away in hopes of being randomly selected. 🙂

  15. I’m currently knitting washcloths using 100% linen and pairing them with handmade soap from Tessa’s Essentials. I would love to learn more stitches for washcloth squares. I usually gift my knitting but sometimes it’s nice to have my own knitted things around the house. =)

  16. The book looks like it has some great patterns: thanks for the chance to win a copy. Loki looks like he is settling in and ruling his kingdom in style!

  17. cecilia david says:

    The most stitches I ever knitted was for your Pi Shawl. Good Luck with your current project and those very long rows.
    Loki is really beautiful. How did you find him?

  18. Cool book. My cat likes to sit on her scratching post looking out the window, too. She’s not facing where the bird feeders are so I haven’t figured out what she’s looking at.

  19. That’s a neat book! I’d love to have it. 😛

  20. I’ve got a cone of cotton yarn just waiting for this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. Janet White says:

    Great looking book. My Fifi likes looking at pics of Loki:-)

  22. As he should, he’s surveying his kingdom!
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  23. Susan Taylor says:

    What a cute idea for a little book, and timely as well.

  24. I would love to have the book , increase my knitting patterns for wash cloths and such, kinda limited. My Archie loves to have his belly rubbed too!
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  25. Karina Bates says:

    Hey, I was just thinking of some washcloths for some Christmas gifts. This is indeed timely. Thank you for offering it!

  26. I’d love to have the book. I’m on a washcloth knitting binge right now.

  27. Booklet looks like fun! Glad you got the new needle but that’s a lot of stitches!

  28. And I thought my baby blanket had a lot of stitches! Maybe I could try a washcloth from that new book I would love to win!

  29. Kim Deceder says:

    Love the book – lots of people in my life hacing babies!!

  30. The book looks amazing and I would love some new discloth patterns and something I could turn into a blanket.

  31. Squares! I love squares! I would love a chance to win this booklet.

  32. Cool book. Hope being back at work has left time to knit.

  33. Susan murphy says:

    Oh I would love that book…..Great idea for afghan squares or dishcloths. I would love this book!

  34. My sister loves dishcloths and just became a grandma two months ago! This would make a great gift idea for her.

  35. Dish cloths are always timely. Thanks for offering the book up.

  36. sharon massena says:

    This looks like a perfect book for those take along pieces. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  37. Have four skeins of cotton yarn as a holiday gift for my daughter. This book would make a lovely companion! Thanks for giving your readers another great chance to win something fun and useful!

  38. Maureen H says:

    Love to knit dishcloths. I would love this book.

  39. I love to knit dishcloths for gifts. This books looks great.

  40. Kathy Green says:

    I would love to win this. We have so many babies coming in the next few months.

  41. The book looks really neat!

  42. I would love this booklet!

  43. What a great book and thanks for the giveaway! Just love your kitty.

  44. What t timely booklet indeed, I just bought a cone of cotton for washcloths. I would love the book, i have been surfing Ravelry for patterns and it would be nice to just throw the booklet in the bag with the cone and GO!
    Thanks for the offer.

  45. Love the book and new kitty Loki

  46. Please pick me. I love discolored.

  47. It looks like a very nice book! Washcloths and ideas for a blanket–something for everyone!

  48. What a great giveaway! The book sounds like so much fun! I’ve been looking for new dishcloth patterns!

  49. How did you know I was looking at my dishcloth cotton and thinking of quick Christmas gifts? I’ve mastered crocheting one sort of pot holder but I’m tired of those so have branched out to knitting (and crocheting) dishcloths. Anything to keep me from having to face up to all the math I need to do to work up a cardigan pattern for my gauge on the yarn I want to use.

    I love Loki’s tummy and his big scratching post. In this house I’ve a center post up to the second floor loft and have stapled 3 cheap area rugs around it. Tux loves it dearly and occasionally climbs almost up to the loft! I’ve changed that middle section a couple of times already in the year we’ve lived here. We have to keep the fur kids happy!

  50. Love the book and was just thinking about doing a square blanket. would make a great birthday gift too.

  51. Tbird0123 says:

    As a knitter not so many years ago I thought washcloths were beneath me but now they are thee best way to teach a new knitter. Also great KAL for a group.

  52. Washcloths are the perfect last minute gift. This would be a great time of year to have a few new patterns in my repertoire!

  53. I would really like the booklet.

  54. I would love to own a copy of this book. I’ve been making afghans for the family and for the girls in my daughter’s platoon and this would be a great resource.

  55. Cool idea to make washcloths and pair them with fun soaps for holiday gifts! I’ll have to try it!

  56. I enjoy knitting washcloths and would love to add some more patterns to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. What a wonderful resource for washcloths! Great idea for pairing them with soaps and give as gifts.

    It looks like Loki is daydreaming about all the things he could do outside 🙂

  58. Interesting book. I read your posts and I love them! Being a cat owner , I also like looking at your new cat, Loki. I loved your Siamese and grateful for each day that I still have my Siamese, Thor. He sits next to me as I knit.

  59. Sounds like a versatile book. It would even work as a bed for cats…

  60. Pam Chamberlain says:

    Would love to have this book.

  61. I love hand knit dishcloths! Would love to win this book!

  62. Nessa Norton says:

    I’m knitting a circular hood/scarf. I cast on until nothing fit on the needles… Now round and round and round for ever…
    I think the rest of the gift knitting is gonna have to be wash cloths. This booklet would be fantastic.

  63. Oh I would love this book. I’m a wash cloth fanatic and my grandchildren love them!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  64. Loki’s belly is adorable.

    Thanks for sharing.

  65. Holly Dambaugh says:

    Looks like a good book for gifts.

  66. Thanks for doing a giveaway! I love doing dishcloths. My cat drags the same toy around the house!

  67. This book looks great. I felt like reaching through screen and rubbing Loki’s tummy!

  68. Kimberly Fawn says:

    What a cute booklet!

  69. I love to knit dishcloths! always looking for new patterns and different ways to connect them!!!

  70. Oh I love making washcloths! I also do hot press soaps and would really enjoy making sets for Christmas presents! Thank you!

  71. Gillian V says:

    looks interesting

  72. Loki is such a beautiful boy; I’m so glad he has you!!! Love that someone has finally figured out that squares/washcloths are pretty interchangeable!

  73. That would be a great book for some Christmas knitting!

  74. I love doing dishcloths. This would be a fun booklet to have.

  75. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book in time for holiday gifting!

  76. Perfect and just in time. Helping mom learn to knit so this might be perfect for her.

  77. I already bought soaps to give for Christmas; the book would be great!

    Rubbing the Loki belly from here.
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  78. Ohh, that would be fun!

  79. Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. This book looks really interesting. Thanks.

  81. What a neat booklet. Knitting washcloths/afghan squares can be very relaxing.

    Love the photo of Loki watching the world. He is such a handsome boy!

  82. I’ve been looking at knitting wash cloths. This would be perfect! 🙂
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  83. Oh, I do love the look of Loki in the morning! The book looks great too – in a totally different way. Thanks for the chance to win it! Wishing you blessings! Pat

  84. Washcloths! I could make washcloths for people! This would be awesome. =D
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  85. The book itself and some yarn would make a great gift for my favorite new knitter!

  86. 60″? WoW!
    This booklet looks really cool. Thanks!
    Kisses to Loki XOXO
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  87. This book looks perfect! I keep collecting bits of skeins for “something”. This might be the book to use finally use them up!

  88. I love to make dishcloths for gifts. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Deborah Keeo says:

    I have been thinking of making squares for an Afghan so this would be lovely to get. Hope I win 🙂

  90. Oh my….I am binding off a shawlette with about 430 stitches….623 sounds entirely daunting! Oh, and please enter me in your drawing. These is a perfect resource for my charity knitting group. Thanks fo the chance to win.

  91. I have a lot of Cotton Classic that I got at a clearance sale in lots of different colors. I’d love to have this book to use various colorways of CC.

  92. Martina Norelli says:

    Knitting kitchen cloths or wash cloths was how I started knitting. It’s fun and a good way to try out new stitch patterns. Sounds like a fun book…

  93. This looks like a great source of new, fun patterns. I would love to have it.

  94. I do not have many booklets on knitted dishcloths and this one looks very promising. Thanks for offering, hope I win.

  95. Thanks for the chance to win … It IS that time of year again!

  96. Book looks like so much fun.

  97. Sandra Kerr says:

    I’d love a copy of the book.

  98. I would love to have this book.

  99. Lookslike a lovely book.

  100. Those squares look fun and easy!