My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.


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. BarbaraS. says:

    Looks like a terrific book. Would love to have it.

  2. I’d love to be inspired by this book to knit different textured squares. Thanks for making it available : -)

  3. Teri Chambliss says:

    Planning on washcloths for Christmas gifts this year. The book would be a lot of fun.

  4. Deb Meyer says:

    Looks like a fun book of knitting!

  5. Just discovered the joys of washcloth knitting this year and would love to have this in my knitting library. Thanks for sharing your observations as well as the review copy.
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  6. Wow! Lots of comments on this one, and I’m adding one to the list.

  7. I’m looking forward the the pile of stitches being revealed! The wash cloth book looks like a good teaching tool for a new knitter.

  8. Shirley Gallagher says:

    This is a useful booklet for simple gift giving. I would love it.

  9. I just love stitch patterns.

  10. Could you show us that big ol’ cable needle?? 🙂 would love the booklet. Thanks! Jackie

  11. I’m ready to knit some wash cloths!

  12. Thank you for writing your blog. I enjoy reading your observations and viewing your knitting. Loki reminds me of my new family member….Luna. She is a shelter-rescue who is approximately a year old and an active adolescent. She is a noir-version of Loki. Oh, and I’d love to be the random recipient of the book. Thank you!

  13. Deb in NC says:

    What a great book, and who could not use another one like. I am crossing my fingers!!!

  14. Marion Morrison says:

    I love knitting washcloths…quick and easy project!

  15. I would love this book! I always do a couple of washcloths between larger projects. And I’d like to be first in line to give Loki his tummy rub!

  16. My, oh, my! That booklet is just what the doctor ordered! Please, Random Generator, would you please pick me? (I’m not selfish….I just really want that booklet! LOL)

  17. Sounds like it would indeed make good Christmas presents, and be a way to use up the extra cotton yarn I bought for my chair seat covers.

    I have a question about the signature arts needles — do other people find that they unscrew while you knit? I’m testing whether it’s just the one or if it’s both — I’m thinking there might be a manufacturing defect. It definitely was happening more often with the right hand needle, so I’ve now switched the positions to see if it stops happening or happens now with the left hand needle.
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  18. What a great and versatile book……love the Loki tummy!

  19. I would love to have this book. I could put it to very good use

  20. Just what I need! Baby wash cloths will be needed for a new baby coming in February.

  21. I too would like to sit and gaze out the window 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  22. I love Loki’s tower of power! We shoved our cats mountain of “Taller than the humans!” to the window and they love it. Of course they try to catch birds through it sometimes….

  23. Michelle Underhill says:

    Love knitting washcloths!! 🙂

  24. Love to do washcloths when I need a ‘quickie’ knit – y’know, instant gratification – ha. It looks like Loki (love the name btw) has settled in nicely – he just needs to relax a little more – ha.

  25. I like to knit small projects like dishcloths, but I also have not just one but two nieces that are new knitters — and this book would be a super gift from their doting auntie! Thanks for the offer.
    Loki is such a ham, always photogenic and adding his own little light to your (and our!) world.
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  26. What a beautiful book! I love little projects like this. I knit them in the middle of knitting other big projects to keep my sanity. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Kathleen W says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I knit washcloths when things get crazy and my concentration goes out the window. So, while I always have something challenging around to knit, I also collect cotton yarn and washcloth patterns. This book looks great. There is nothing like a bar of special soap and homemade washcloths as a gift.

  28. Looks like a great motivator for manageable Christmas knitting! Count me in!

  29. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I’m making cotton washcloths for little Christmas gifts and could really use some new patterns.

  30. Love knitting washcloths.

  31. I love motifs. It helps spark creativity.

  32. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I would love to win this book. I knit dish/wash cloths and afghan squares for charity all the time. I would love some new patterns. Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. A friend of mine calls them “art squares” instead of washcloths, dishcloths or dishrags. This is a nice collection. And I would love to rub Loki’s fluffy tummy. 🙂
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  34. Liz in Missouri says:

    Looks like a handy book to have – especially this time of year! Loving your cables – as always!

  35. 623 stitches x XRows = how many stitches in total project

    I shouldn’t do that. Similar calculating ended my first quilt project…

    I think a lot of knitters are thinking wash cloths/spa cloths for Christmas…paired with a specialty soap. So, include me in your Random Number Generator, please. And thank you for these periodic give-aways.

  36. That book looks like great fun. As for Loki, I want to rub his tummy, it looks so soft! I’m glad you found him, Wendy. He appears to be a most wonderful companion. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

  37. Jill McKibben says:

    I would love a chance at winning this book.

  38. This would be a great book to have – squares are a perfect take-along project and can be used for so much more than just wash cloths and afghans.

  39. Virginia Manganiello says:

    Looks like fast and easy knitting!! I’d love to have it!!

  40. I like to knit wash cloths and this book looks perfect.

  41. Christmas already! I definitely need some quick gift ideas!

  42. I would love to win the book of squares! I’m working on a year long dishcloth for gifts project.
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  43. This is timely. I’m making just such an afghan right now.

  44. Hi! I like the idea of the washcloth/bar of soap combo for Christmas gifts.

  45. This looks like a very interesting book of patterns. I’m hoping you pick me!

  46. Looks like a wonderful addition! I finished not too long ago a shawl that seemed like it took forever to cast off ~ not so much the number of stitches 200+ but the type of cast off that was used. But I persevered and finished. 🙂 Here’s hoping for a win.

  47. quiltercaroline says:

    This is such a cool idea – I made a load of washcloths last Christmas but got borded with the same old patterns- this would be a great resource. Love the photos of Loki, he looks like so much fun!

  48. I would love to have this book! I started Christmas knitting two weeks ago, I’m so proud of myself, now if I can only keep it up and not get distracted with something for me.

  49. Squares are my thing so this would be an awesome book for me. 🙂

  50. Kristine M. says:

    I love knitting dishcloths. They are so useful & colorful around the house. They also make wonderful housewarming gifts. I tailor them to different color schemes & hobbies for friends.

  51. What a great book, I bet its really helpful.
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  52. The book looks wonderful.

  53. Love the book, throw my name in the hat.

  54. Donna Jefferis says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this booklet, I have just knitted my first washcloth.

  55. What a great idea to try out new stitch patterns and end up with a blanket to boot.

  56. Washcloths/dishcloths are in the top 3 items I like to knit most. The other two being socks and shawls. This book would be a welcome addition to my library.

  57. Stardancer says:

    I love me some pretty, simple knitting!

  58. Stardancer says:

    (Er, referring to the washcloths, not to your cape 🙂

  59. The cape has captured my attention. I’m looking forward to seeing the completed garment.
    All the great pictures of Loki really makes me miss having a kitty in our house. Our new landlord is not a fan of the feline, just dogs! We’re trying to decide what type of smallish dog we’d enjoy (must be less than 40 lbs.)
    I enjoy the squares booklet also – thanks!

  60. Oh Wendy, that would be an awesome book to win! Thank you for the opportunity!

  61. felice rhiannon says:

    great ideas for gifts for all the direr ent winter holidays…channukah, solstice, kwanza and christmas.

    thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Good afternoon…I make dish(wash)cloths all the time…I keep some of my friends supplied with dishcloths. That makes them very happy. New patterns are always welcome.

  63. That looks like my kinda book!

  64. I would so love to have this. It is just great for gift’s.

  65. Precisely the kind of project I need while being a student!

  66. I could have a lot of fun with this book. Fingers crossed!

  67. This is perfect as, I have zero to little time to knit for Christmas this year!

  68. This looks like the perfect thing for the Knitters Emergency Kit we’re gathering to leave at our family cabin for the dreadful times when you finish a project before you finish your stay! We’re all donating leftover yarn and needles, and hoping to collaborate on an afghan for the cabin.
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  69. The book looks great.

  70. Love me some washcloths for those hectic weeks!

  71. Stephanie H. says:

    I would love to win this book. Knitting a dishcloth or two between larger projects keeps me sane.

  72. I do a lot of squares for charity afghans and this would give me some new ideas. Thanks for offering your book.

  73. Looks like a handy little book. Hope you pick me.!

  74. With this many entries maybe I’d do better buying a lottery ticket! But…I’d love to win the book and use up my supply of Tahki cotton.

  75. Love the pics of Loki!

  76. You are a glutton for punishment
    600+ sts
    Gad, Wendy.
    The right tool sure makes it easier
    Doesn’t it


  77. Great addition to my collection

  78. love the washline presentation – simple but very effective in showing off the finished project!
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  79. I would love to win this! My mother-in-law swears by hand-knit dishcloths, and it’s my job to keep ’em coming. I would love a new set of patterns – I’m pretty bored with the ones I have. And I agree that the dishcloths make a wonderful gift in a basket with pretty soap – that’s what I gave my MIL last year for Christmas!

  80. Barbara S. says:

    Those squares look like they might be good for a crib blanket too.

  81. Thanks for the push to start my Christmas knitting:) I’d love the booklet.

  82. I love knitting washcloths, great way to practice new stitches. And although I don’t give them away, I love having them because they make a nasty job like washing dishes just a little bit nicer. And besides, a woman with handwoven towels can’t use just any washcloth (I’m a weaver, too)

  83. What a fun book. Sending tummy rubs to Loki!

  84. MaryEllen says:

    Looks like a great portable knit! I’d really like this.

  85. I like to sit and gaze out the window too!

  86. Mom asked me for 30 years to knit… it never took. TILL 34 months ago when our church started making prayer shawls. Now I never quit – and always the next project must be different. So much to knit, so little time! Anyway – this book looks great – for both of us. Thanks for sharing Wendy!

  87. Loki looks like he passed out, maybe from counting all 628 bazillion stitches?

  88. I’d love that book! I’ve got a bunch of that yarn in my stash and Christmas is coming,

  89. I love seeing kitties sitting in windows and Loki is such a beautiful boy! One of my favorite quick knits are washcloths.

  90. What a nice collection of patterns! Would love to win this. Washcloths can make great gifts, especially when you wrap them around a favorite soap and tie with a pretty ribbon.

  91. I could use a few new ideas for washcloths…..I love to give them as holiday gifts! (My TillyCat sends her adoration to Loki.) 🙂
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  92. Would love to knit up a bunch of washcloths to use up my cotton stash. Thanks!

  93. That looks like a fun book to peruse and use. I’m putting my hat into the ring.

  94. 623 stitches? My Color Affection seems puny next to your creation! But a washcloth or a blanket block looks pretty good right about now.

  95. Robin May says:

    Would love a copy– washcloths make the best gifts!

  96. Holiday gifts….don’t scare me like that…..

  97. I am wondering whether you notice any difference in having a male cat other than the distinctive personality all cats have. I prefer female cats but have shared my life with, and loved, both. I find there is a basic difference in the temperament.

  98. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance

  99. Looks like a great book for a newbie like me! I’m into small patterns at the moment to help get my skills up.

  100. One of my boys is addicted to tummy rubs!