Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Pantry Staple Washcloths

June’s Year of Gifts is here! This month’s design is the perfect knit for hot summer days, and is perfect for gift giving. We hope this is a pattern you’ll knit again and again!

This pattern is really two patterns! The two texture stitch patterns are called Nut Stitch and Rice Stitch, hence the “Pantry Staple” name. Both are knit/purl patterns, and while the Rice Stich is a great beginner texture pattern, the Nut Stitch is a great pattern for those who are ready to tackle a slightly more complex stitch. Both create a textured bumpy side, and a smooth side – the perfect thing for an exfoliating face cloth for your beauty care routine! Pair the cloths with a bar of locally handmade soap and you have the perfect gift to give!

The washcloths are finished with an i-cord edging in the contrasting color. I’m not going to lie – knitting that the i-cord is a pain in the you-know-what, but it is sooooo worth the extra effort! And it really does go by pretty quickly. Maybe there is something about having four kids at home while trying to knit attached i-cord in a cotton and linen blend on size 3 needles that was folly… but hey, they look great and I’m super happy with them! I hope you enjoy knitting them as well, and I for one plan on coming back to knit these again and again. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how the i-cord is worked. I put together a video on how to do it, and I have a few tips to make it go smoothly, and I’ll be sharing that on the blog and IGTV soon.

As with previous months, we’ve assembled a kit for the Pantry Staple Washcloth, which includes:

• 1 skein of Mojave in Bright Yellow
• 1 skein of Mojave in Seafoam Green
• 3 oz. bottle of Soak in Pineapple Grove
• Postcard with code to download the pattern for free
• Screenprinted project bag

Head over to our online shop to purchase, or ask for one at your favorite local LYS!

Just want the pattern? You can purchase it on Ravelry.

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