At the weekend I decided to knit another wash mitt using Dawn's simple pattern. The computer was switched off and I thought I would save energy by just knitting it from memory.....a brilliant idea in theory BUT my memory wasn't quite as good as I thought! I muddled on though and ended up with a finished mitt I rather liked, my own serendipitous variation on the original design. The rows travel up and down rather than side to side (mainly because I cast on too many stitches and couldn't be bothered to start again!) and I managed to create a new bobble edging using a technique I remembered from the valentine heart garland I made earlier in the year.
It knitted up really quickly and I am pleased I can send a homemade item with the gift. Just in case you are more organised than me and you would like a pattern to use, here are the details of what I did...
I used size 10 (6mm) needles and a ball of Debbie Bliss cotton aran yarn left over from my yellow scarf.
Cast on 30 stitches, I used a knitted cast on as that is the one I prefer but I guess it doesn't matter too much. Knit every row for approximately 60 rows or until it seems the right width for your hand when folded in half. Using your free needle pick up 30 stitches along the cast on edge with both needles in the same direction. Taking a third smaller needle, cast off using the three needle method. You now have a tube with two open ends. Choose which end looks neater and sew the other end up with your yarn ( I left a long tail when I finished casting off and then just used that to sew along the end.)
I then used a 3.5mm crochet hook to do 1dc 1tr 1 dc (US 1sc 1dc 1sc) into each gap formed by the last stitch in each row, or evenly around into which ever gap suits you best. Do one slip stitch to join when you return to the start, cut off your yarn and sew in your loose ends. To make a loop I used the same yarn doubled together and joining through a gap in the side seam I did 15 chain stitches and one slip stitch to join. Again, sew in all your ends and the mitt is complete.
I have to say that it was a lot easier to make than it sounds from those instructions, so please don't be put off and if anything needs explaining just email me, Good Luck!