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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

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Green-striped washcloths: Husmor Marias kopptue

husmor Marias kopptue

Eid Mubarak! Yes, that was yesterday, but I am enjoying the long weekend. It was a public holiday here in Ghana. I am packing for an upcoming trip, starting a couple travel knitting projects (more dishcloths) rather than finishing the WIPs in my knitting basket. A few projects did get finished last year: These are the classic Norwegian Husmor Marias kopptue, also on Ravelry.

Project 4 (2017): Green-striped washcloths: Husmor Marias kopptue
Pattern: Husmor Marias kopptue
Yarn: Drops Loves You 5, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres (110 cream, 125 mint green)
Yarn: Drops Paris, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres.   (pale yellow 35)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: Drops Loves You 5: 110 cream, 125 mint green, Drops Paris pale yellow 35
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 45
Knitted where: home in Accra
Final size: 22×24 each
Final weight: 52-53 gr each

I alternated stripes after each six rows of green.

In Norwegian: “Husmor Marias kopptue: Legg opp 49m på pinner 4.
1. Strikk 3r,1vr,3r,1vr osv avslutt med 1r. snu
2. strikk 3r,1vr,3r,1vr osv avslutt med 1r. snu
Fortsett slik til garnet er brukt opp.
Nå har du fått ei god og tykk tue, som er strikket helt lik på begge sider.”

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