Sunday, July 17

Loopy & Yo Yo Kitchen Set

You may remember these from a post earlier in the year. These projects are ones I made as Christmas gifts for friends and family last year. They made nice gifts, especially paired with a little something extra, and were easy on the budget.

Loopy is an easy-to-knit textured dish towel. The stitch repeat is very easy to remember and knit. The name comes from a corner loop you can use to hang it up to dry and keep it handy in the kitchen. You can add a button if you'd like to button it around a handle. Or there are instructions for adding a tie to the top that you can use to tie the towel up to dry. Instructions for the loop and the tie include both knit and crochet directions.

A 10" x 12" towel can be knit from one ball of Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn (about 95 yards) with a pair of size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles. For a dishcloth, knit a few less repeats.

Yo Yo's are very simple scrubbies to knit in garter stitch from scraps of leftover cotton or other worsted weight yarns. They measure about 3.75". Raid your scrap basket for 20-25 yards lengths of worsted weight yarn and grab a pair of size 8 knitting needles and cast on. I've included a photo tutorial on how to finish these so you don't get confused. They're constructed differently than any other round scrubby pattern that I've seen. An added bonus: If you knit these out of softer yarns, they will make nice facial scrubbies or makeup remover pads that you can wash and reuse.

Any of these items will make nice and inexpensive gifts. Pair them with a pump bottle of hand soap, a bar of soap, some lotion, etc. for an even more special gift.

The two page pattern sells for $2.00 through my Ravelry pattern store. All money from pattern sales is donated to the Mercy Corp.

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