Tuesday, April 07, 2009
What to do with those little balls of cotton left over from making dishcloths? This spa mitt only takes about one ounce of dishcloth cotton. I’ve made gift sets with a matching facecloth and spa mitt from a single skein. It is knit in the round on double-pointed needles and requires no seaming. It looks small as you’re making it, but the ribbing will stretch quite a bit. It should fit snugly enough not to fall off the hand when wet.
Size 8 double-pointed needles, set of 4
Yarn: Sugar ‘n’ Cream cotton (about 1 oz, 30-40 yards)
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in K2 , P2 ribbing, unstretched
Cast on 28. Join to work in the round. Arrange stitches on three needles as follows:
Needle 1: 8
Needle 2: 8
Needle 3: 12
Work K2 , P2 ribbing across all stitches for 11 rounds.
At the end of the 11th round, when you have worked all of the stitches on Needle 3, turn the work. At this point you will back and forth on the dpns, which leaves a gap on one side for the thumbhole. Beginning with a WS row, work 9 rows of K2 , P2 ribbing across all 28 stitches. Remember to turn the work at the end of each row to work back and forth.
On the next row, which is a RS row, work K2 ,p2 ribbing across all 28 stitches. When you reach the end of Needle 3, join to work in the round again. Work K2 , P2 ribbing for 22 rounds or until desired length.
Turn work inside out. Slip the first two stitches of Needle 2 to Needle 1. Slip remaining stitches from Needle 2 to Needle 3. You should have two needles with 14 stitches on each. Bind off all stitches using three needle bindoff. Break yarn. Weave in ends.