52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado,

here’s the link

to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)


Pipsqueak Polar Bear Hat

imageThe most adorable hat pattern I’ve seen all year! Requires only one skein of Bernat’s Pipsqueak yarn, which is light and soft as a cloud. And it knits up fast on size  10 (US) needles. What a cool gift for any little person living where it gets cold in winter. Find the free pattern at Michaels.com .


Fall Knits: Apple and Pumpkin Hats for Kids

First day of Autumn’s coming, time for more cute baby hats. These patterns are all over the web, but I couldn’t resist posting mine. Also including a shot of the asters in our CT garden, abuzz with bees this warm, sunny afternoon. There’s said to be a sharp decline in honey bee numbers this summer, but we sure have plenty of bumble bees!

The Bumble Bee is the common name for any of a group of large, hairy, usually black-and- yellow, social bees. They are found primarily in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, often ranging farther north and higher in altitude than other bees. Fifty species of bumble bees are known in North America alone! Bumble bees are similar to their close relatives, the honey bees, in that their colonies are headed by a queen, who is the main egg-layer, and many workers, who are the daughters of the queen, and in that drones (males) are produced during the mating

season. However, the colonies of bumble bees, unlike those of honey bees, only survive during the warm season; new queens hibernate alone to begin another colony the following spring. In addition, there are usually fewer individuals in a bumble-bee colony than in a honey-bee colony, and bumble bees do not use a dance to communicate the location of food to other members of the colony, as honey bees do. Also, although bumble bees collect nectar and store it as honey, they do not hoard large amounts of it, as do honey bees. Bumble bees are sensitive to habitat disturbance. In England, several species are thought to have become extinct in past decades due to land clearing and agricultural practices.

Bee info from http://www.insectstings.co.uk/

apple hat

pumpkin hat

Worsted Weight Baby/Toddler Socks

Quick and easy pattern from Plymouth Yarn.  Size 4(US) needles, worsted weight yarn. Great for using up odds and ends.  The pattern as written makes socks to fit toddler-2 year olds, but it can easily be up-sized somewhat by lengthening the cuff middle of the foot and cuff. Or, add a few stitches when casting on.

“Tricorner” Hat for Kids

So cute! A pattern that I  discovered a couple of years back at Straw.com is this jester-like 3 peaked little honey. So far I’ve made 2. They knit up in a flash using bulky weight yarn and 10 1/2 size circular or double point needles. Self striping or print yarns work so well with this style. You can make the points as long or short as you like, and maybe even add some little bells.

The picture link is broken at the site where the pattern’s listed, but shown here are a couple of my own versions, modeled by 2 old friends