Green cleaning

I don’t know about you, but I am fed up of all the plastic we use on a day to day basis, especially when it comes to cleaning either our homes or ourselves.

This is one of the reasons I started making my knitted wash cloths. Made from 100% cotton, they last for ages and can just be chucked in the washing machine and tumble dryer so can be re-used over and over. I make then in a range of colours and sell them on my website, on etsy and at craft fairs around the country. Initially when people look at them they are a bit quizzical, wondering why I would be making something their granny might have used. Once I explain the reasoning behind making them it all makes sense. They have loads of uses:

  • face cloths
  • dish cloth
  • burping cloth
  • floor cloth

Although I make them to sell, I decided one way to try and change the world (ok, maybe that is a little ambitious). I thought I would share my basic pattern with you so we can start a small revolution.

What you will need…

To make the basic dish cloth you will need the following materials:

  • 100% cotton double knitting or craft cotton (I use Drops Love You 8 and use 1 50g ball per cloth)
  • A pair of 4mm knitting needles

The Pattern…

The pattern is very simple. It only uses 2 stitches, knit & purl! They are however worked in what is sometimes called moss stitch.

To start, cast on 45 stitches.

Row 1: (k1, p1) 22 times, k1
Repeat row 1 until you have a square.
cast off.

There – I told you it was simple!