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Striped uventet strukturklut (washcloth)

 

img_20180908_160709Project 12 (2018): Summer striped uventet strukturklut
Pattern: Uventet strukturklut by Bittami
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 50g = 158 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: 0308 (olive-rust-yellow-pink)
Difficulty for me: easier this time
Needles: circular needles 3.5 mm
Stitches: 57
Knitted where: at home in Accra, September 2018
Final size: 20×30 cm
Final weight: 27 grammes

The pattern is a lot like the Silacruz sukkertøyklut, just with three vertical stripes not three. Uneven row: Three knit stitches for edge each side.  Then main pattern: * purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3*, repeating  * to *, and ending with knit 3. Even rows: knit all.

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Unblocked and a little uneven. Below, a sculpture I find quite cheerful, at the National Theatre here in Accra.

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Two striped summer Garbaklut washcloths

Garbaklut

Project 11 (2018): Striped summer Garbaklut washcloths
Pattern: See below, Garbaklut.
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 50
Knitted where:  at home in Accra, watching Alias season 2
Final size: 23 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 25 gr each

I had already knitted several similar washcloths in Drops Paris, last one in grey, and I like the structure. This time I tried seed stitch for the border, and used 50 stitches for the stitch count: three stitches for border, then the main pattern (44), then three stitches border again. Not yet blocked.

Garbaklut

50 stitches overall:
ROW 1: Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 2 Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated, ending on border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 3 and 4: Border: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then knit across. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.

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Downtown Accra: Oxford Street on a Friday.

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Summer Stripes White Birch washcloth

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Project 8 (2018): Summer Stripes White Birch washcloth
Pattern: Bittami White Birch
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 51
Knitted where: at home in Accra
Final size: 22 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 23 gr

This pattern is from Bittami, a Norwegian knitter, who has some lovely patterns and knitting books. Quite a few are free. I had knitted a similar one ages in green  (Goat Willow) which is also very nice. I’m trying to use some of the yarn I brought to Accra, and washcloths are very manageable.  This will be part of the simple summer series I was knitting as housewarming presents, all roughly the same size. Ten stitches fewer and larger needles than original pattern.

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A goat in Jamestown, Accra. It’s not all poverty and shacks, there are also very modern areas and fancy restaurants here (though knitting yarn, hmmm, I have only ever seen Chinese acrylic yarn here.) After almost three years in Accra, it feels like home but I am still hoping to move next year to be able to live with my husband again. So I am looking at my things and wondering what to ship, what to give away, what to use up: hard to know when I could be anywhere next year. I still have lots of knitting yarn I brought here, which has been very nice indeed. Cotton, wool, alpaca: I look at the three plastic bins of yarn and see months of potential projects, especially at my glacial knitting speed.

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A simple summer washcloth, #4 of 4

simple summer washcloth #4

Last of the set of four washcloths. They will be housewarming presents I think, but the size I do like. This will work well in a humid tropical climate, where bigger wet washcloths can dry slowly. I’ll look for a better picture of all four, here I was just measuring them all.  Clockwise from top right: #4, #1, #2, #3.

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Project 7 (2018): A simple summer washcloth, #4 of 4
Pattern: Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 50
Knitted where: on holidays in Italy
Final size: 24 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 27 gr

This pattern is from Garnstikka, a Norwegian knitter, who kindly collected four simple washcloths in variations of knit and purl on one place. I am knitting all four, to make some sets for housewarming presents.

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Street food vendor, Accra, near the US Embassy.

Translated from Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang  Cast on 50 stitches. Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1*,  repeat. Row 2: *knit 1, purl 1*, repeat (knit over knit, purl over purl.) Row 3: *purl 1, knit 1*,  repeat (purl over knit, knit over purl). Row 4: *purl 1, knit 1*,  repeat (purl over purl, knit over knit). Row 5: *knit 1, purl 1*,  repeat (knit over knit, purl over purl.)  Knit until desired length.

 

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A simple summer washcloth, #3 of 4

simple summer washcloth #3

Accra is still cool, it is the end of the rainy season and it is really nice. No A/C needed at night, and pleasant to be out daytime running errands on the weekend. I am still working my way through this set of four washcloths, and enjoying finishing something.

Project 6 (2018): A simple summer washcloth, #3 of 4
Pattern: Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 57
Knitted where: at home in Accra
Final size: 22 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 27 gr

This pattern is from Garnstikka, a Norwegian knitter, who kindly collected four simple washcloths in variations of knit and purl on one place. I am knitting all four, to make some sets for housewarming presents.

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Oxford Street, Accra. Translated from Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang Cast on 57 stitches. Pattern must resolve to 4+1 stitch. Row 1: *knit 3, purl one*, repeat. Repeat row 1 until desired size. 

 

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Simple summer washcloth #2 of 4

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Summer holiday knitting continued: after the island, we had a couple very sweaty days in Rome. Too hot to do much but slump under a fan after washing bags of holiday clothes, sheets and towels, emptying our bag after bag in the bathtub to shake the sand out.  Maybe a coffee and cornetto in the neighbourhood early in the morning, before windows and shutters came down against the blistering August heat. Then a stroll to the supermarket to get some watermelon and chinotto, before retreating to a shady room with a fan and knitting.

Project 5 (2018): A simple summer washcloth, #2 of 4
Pattern: Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 57
Knitted where: on holidays in Rome
Final size: 23 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 26 gr each

This pattern is also from Garnstikka, a Norwegian knitter, who kindly collected four simple washcloths in variations of knit and purl on one place. I am knitting all four, to make some sets for housewarming presents. Ravelry link here.

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Translated from Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang Cast on 57 stitches. Row 1: *knit 2, purl 1*, repeat. Repeat this on all rows.

I cast off too loosely at the end, my fault entirely. Not blocked yet. I do like the size though, 23×20 cm: nice size for a small washcloth or dishcloth. I’ve been trying various sizes, and knitted some in the same yarn Sirdar Summer Stripes earlier. Those are 30×26 cm or so, a little large for my preference.

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Simple summer washcloth #1 of 4

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Summer holiday knitting: what to pack? Nothing too bulky, and nothing that takes too much concentration. Every year we go to a small island in Italy with a big group of friends, and I spend a lot of time reading in the shady garden, looking at the sea. Or knitting, and chatting with whoever else is avoiding sun and the beach. This time I packed a couple different yarn options, and this was a good choice: compact and simple.

Project 4 (2018): A simple summer washcloth, #1 of 4
Pattern: Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes 60% cotton, 40 % acrylic 50gr = 158 metres
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: #1 50
Knitted where: on holidays in Italy
Final size: 23 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 26-27 gr each

This pattern is from Garnstikka, a Norwegian knitter, who kindly collected four simple washcloths in variations of knit and purl on one place. I plan to knit all four, to make some sets for housewarming presents.

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Knitting with a view. Translated from Garnstikka: 4 kluter med variasjoner over rett og vrang 

Cast on 50 stitches. Row 1: knit all. Row 2: *knit 1, purl one*, repeat. Row 1: knit all. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until as wide as high. 

Summer washcloth #1