Sunday, June 25, 2006

Modular Knits Dishcloths

In Iris Schreier's Modular Knits, I practiced the first lesson by making these dishcloths. Unlike entrelac, this technique looks the same from both sides. It seems complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, multidirectional knitting becomes (almost) mindless.

Multidirectional Dishcloth with Peaches-n-Cream in Yankee Doodle

I wasn't completely satisfied with the look of the increases, decreases, and slipped stitches, so I experimented on this second one. I tried different combos on each row, using K2tog instead of SKP, the lifted increase on the right side of the first stitch instead of Kf&b, M1 after the 1st st, and knitting instead of slipping the 1st st on return rows.

Multidirectional Dishcloth with Sugar-n-Creme in Desert Ombre

In summary, I prefer the lifted increase instead of the Kf&b, and K2tog instead of SKP, leaving everything else as is. You'd have to get the book to know what I'm talking about here.

If you're in need of a challenge or just something new, I highly recommend you go out and buy this revolutionary knitting book, but check the website for errata, as the book is full of errors. I even submitted the corrections for the garter squares tutorial, and one of the projects!


  1. Nice dishcloths!
    I agree that if you're looking for a challenge - get her Modular Knits book. I got mine from the library. When I knit the square exercises on page 20 for a scarf I was a teeny bit disappointed that the squares looked 'crooked.'
    Happy knitting,

  2. Hi, I am from Australia, and I need to know do you really use these dishcloths for dish washing. This seems like a lot of work to wash dishes to me. I have even noticed books of dishcloths. Wouldn't it be better to sew them altogether and make bedspreads out of them, whatever happened to chux and the little foam sponges I use to wash dishes? A waste of pretty crochet I think. lol Kind regards, Lesley.

  3. It's not a waste. And it's not crochet either. It's KNITTING! Since you obviously don't know the difference, you probably don't understand that we don't do this solely for the end product. It's the process that we enjoy. Just ask anybody who handcrafts.

    In today's world, practically anything can be obtained through mass-production. But some of us like to slow down and make things by hand.

    Ask an artists why he paints, when he could just buy a poster. Ask a sculptor why she throws her own bowls, when she could just go to the discount store and buy a set. Ask a seamstress why she sews, when she could just go to the resale shop and buy hand-me-downs for a few bucks.

    Just because YOU don't understand, doesn't mean it's irrelevant. I think sitting at a computer criticizing other people's crafts & hobbies IS a waste of a precious time.

  4. Awww...those are sooo cute!!! I want to learn how to make those :)


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