‘Tis the heat and humidity season in our part of the world. We call it “air you can wear”. The ferns we hang optimistically around the front porch each summer are thriving this year but it comes at the cost of sweaty, clinging clothing, and surrendering my hairstyle to the natural curls no amount of product or flat ironing will tame. I’m listening to the radio as I type these words and the announcer just reported the temperature as “98 degrees with a heat index of 115.” I’m not even kidding. Before the week is out I will once again make Steve pinky swear that we will not retire to a hot climate like I do every summer.
Warm weather influences us knitters. We tuck away big projects in lieu of small things. I know one person working on an afghan but she’s really hard core. Me? I’m finishing things and looking for the “next big thing” to tackle when it gets cooler so I’m digging through books and websites looking for a little inspiration. The website “New Stitch A Day” (newstitchaday.com) always has a treasure trove of stitch patterns to dive into. I happened on the Bee Stitch a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. Color work, lots of texture, easy set up and execution – - – what’s not to love?
A great way to experiment with a new stitch pattern is to try it on a dish cloth. I sent the last dishcloth in my stash off with visiting friends earlier this month so it was time to replenish. I grabbed my stash of 2nd Time Cotton (from Knit One Crochet Too) and cast on 41 stitches on a US #8 needle. It was clear after six rows this was going to be waaaay big. I ripped it off of the needles, started over with 35 stitches and it started to sail off of the needles . . .
I loved the look but it was a little on the loose side for my taste so I started a second experiment. I went down a needle size and combined another 2nd Time Cotton (Color A) with a hand painted cotton (Color B) from our LYS – yarn (yarnthestore.com). I cast on 37 stitches and found I like this gauge much better.
It’s a heavier dishcloth, but in my interpretation, still a little on the big side. For the next experiment I cast on 33 stitches on a US #7 and used the same hand painted cotton as Color A and a different color 2nd Time Cotton for Color B.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! It’s hits all my dishcloth buttons for texture, gauge, and size. Oh, and I like the way the color plays, too! However, by this time, I couldn’t leave the Bee Stitch alone. I was obsessed. I had to see how it looked as a solid color so I grabbed yet ANOTHER color of 2nd Time Cotton (yep, I’m a little obsessed with this yarn, too) and cast 35 stitches on the US #7 needles. It turned out like this . . . I still like the texture and overall pattern but I think using the second color really makes the stitch pop. Each of these Bee-utiful Dishcloths have their own special look and they’re lovely grouped together.
And since you’ve been patient enough to read through this entire post, here’s a link to the two color pattern for the Bee-utiful Dishcloth (click on the title to open and print the pdf). Here’s hoping it’s a cool little project to add to your summer knitting basket!