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Krautie
05-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Hi :D

I want to knit a bathmat and was thinking about a knitalong :??

Choose the yarn and the stitch pattern you prefer and start to knit a rectangle with garter or seed stitch border. No specific pattern required and no specific yarn.

Is anybody interested to join?

Last friday I bought 6 lbs of cotton blend yarn (50/50 cotton and polyamide) at ebay and I think I'm going to knit more than only one bathmat :lol:

6 lbs :doh:
But it really was a bargain :oops:

For my first one I will choose a nice textured knit/purl pattern and I will make a seed stitch border around the bathmat. The size will be about 20" x 30".

I'm impatiently waiting for my yarn....and for your answers :teehee:

ADAllen
05-15-2007, 01:55 PM
That sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately, on Monday I'm headed to Europe for three weeks, so I'm actually trying to wrap things up around here. Starting a new project probably isn't the best idea. :oops:

mintdee
05-15-2007, 02:37 PM
I am in the process of knitting sock for my mamma's birthday but my next project is a rug for my kitchen. So if you are still knitting by then I will post here my progress :) (It will be like two weeks must finish these socks. :teehee: )

Jan in CA
05-15-2007, 05:00 PM
Oooo I would like to do it, but I can't buy the yarn quite yet. :shrug:

Krautie
05-15-2007, 06:46 PM
:cheering:

@ADAllen
Enjoy your trip to Europe! And be sure: when you are back, I will be still here knitting bathmats :teehee: Remember, I've bought 6 lbs of yarn :rofl:

@mintdee
Yes, I think in two weeks I'm still knitting bathmats :teehee:
Do you have a pattern for your rug yet?

@Jan in CA
There is no hurry and there is no deadline. I think this knitalong will be alive a long time.....with 6 lbs of yarn I can do a lot of bathmats :D

I'm still waiting for my yarn :wall:

I will show you a picture of it.....that's called yarn porn, am I right? :teehee:

This is my first knitalong (as well as my first bathmat :D ) and I'm really excited :lol:

bailsmom
05-16-2007, 01:21 PM
There's a pattern for a bathmat in the Mason Dixon book. Just thought I'd let you know!

mintdee
05-16-2007, 02:11 PM
Actually I was thinking of using the chevron pattern with a garter stitch border. :thumbsup:

auburnchick
05-16-2007, 04:37 PM
There's a pattern for a bathmat in the Mason Dixon book. Just thought I'd let you know!

I completed the Absorba Bathmat from the Mason Dixon book a few weeks ago. It was difficult because of the three strands used together.

I found this (http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=2204) pattern for a kitchen mat. I'm going to make it one of these days...

misha rf
05-16-2007, 06:42 PM
I'm slooooooowly working on one. I was going to do the M/D log cabin one, but I was having such difficulty with the three strands of double worsted P&C that I switched it to straight garter stitch. It's coming along...maybe I can have it finished by the end of the summer!!:rofl:

So maybe what I'm trying to do is ask if I can play along, even though it's already started! :mrgreen:

Jan in CA
05-17-2007, 11:25 AM
I found this (http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=2204) pattern for a kitchen bathmat. I'm going to make it one of these days...

Well, I don't take a bath in my kitchen :??, but I do like that mat! :lol:

Krautie
05-17-2007, 04:05 PM
I have renamed the thread - it's now a bath mat and kitchen rug KAL! And everybody is welcome - even though knitters with kitchen bathmats :grin:

@bailsmom
thanks - but if I buy another knitting book my husband will kill me, I'm afraid so :lol:

@mintdee
I will use basketweave stitch, see the picture below.

@auburnchick
I've read your Absorba-thread :wink:
Three strands :rollseyes:
I was thinking about taking two strands but this depends on the yarn and it's not here yet......

@misha rf
You are welcome! Of course you can play along! Do you like to show us your project?


I'm thinking about the borders of my bathmat :??
I don't like wonky edges and I want a perfect rectangular....if I do garter or seed stitch I'm not sure if I will be satisfied with the look :think:

Perhaps I will make a double seam all around and sew one half to the backside....or I will use bias tape...I don't know yet.

Arielluria
05-17-2007, 04:09 PM
Great idea! I'm always needing new mats and I like to be able to throw them in the wash!

I hope that cotton from Walmart will work.........what's it called?

What size needles is everyone using?

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 04:46 PM
Well, I don't take a bath in my kitchen :??, but I do like that mat! :lol:

I'm a dork. I didn't proof read before I hit submit. :roflhard:

Gonna go correct that right now...:wink:

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 04:50 PM
Here's (http://www.elmore-pisgah.com/) the site for Peaches & Creme. They deliver pretty fast too. If you make anything like the Absorba Bathmat, you'll need one cone for each color. You'll have some leftover, but not a lot.

Krautie
05-17-2007, 04:59 PM
What needle size? I don't know yet :??

The yarn I've bought has approx. 393 yd. per 3,5 oz. (360 m per 100 g). Your system with the different weights like fingering, DK, worsted etc. is not used in Germany, we use the yarn length per 100 g or 50 g to classify the yarns.

I have to try which needle size makes the best result....if I knit with two strands perhaps I will take a 5 mm needle = US size 8.

mare-nitt
05-17-2007, 05:04 PM
I would like to do a KAL, I was going to try a sweater, but I think that may be above my head right now.
So a bath mat might be the perfect thing.
Now here come the new knitter questions, what type of yarn do I use, to make it machine washable and some what soft and asorbent, and some nice larger needles for an easy pattern.
And what pattern do I use? Can I use a circular needle?:oo:

Yeah I know, questions.

Marilynn

michellebreton
05-17-2007, 05:22 PM
I've been wanting to make this mat from the Lion Brand website http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/yp-bathMat.html?noImages=

I got two cones of Peaches and Cream from Walmart, though.

Michelle

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 05:23 PM
Why don't you do a search for patterns? Read a few of them to give you an idea of what kind of yarn seems typical.

You'll want something that is thick and can take a lot of wear and tear. You may want to consider double or triple-stranding.

I enjoyed working with the Peaches and Creme because it was soft. Triple-stranding was very hard on the hands, though. BUT, with two kids using the mat I made, it is holding up quite nicely. It's thick and soft to step on too.

And yes, you can use circular needles. In fact, this may be your best bet since you'll probably have quite a few stitches. It's the best way to prevent losing some, and the cable will help carry the weight.

michellebreton
05-17-2007, 05:23 PM
OK.....how do I insert that link to make it work?

Michelle

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 05:24 PM
I've been wanting to make this mat from the Lion Brand website http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/yp-bathMat.html?noImages=

I got two cones of Peaches and Cream from Walmart, though.

Michelle

I think the link is incomplete. Can you repost it?

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 05:27 PM
OK.....how do I insert that link to make it work?

Michelle

I'm sorry, your link worked. I should have tried to click on the link first instead of cutting and pasting. :oops:

SO sorry!!

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 05:28 PM
I've been wanting to make this mat from the Lion Brand website http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/yp-bathMat.html?noImages=

I got two cones of Peaches and Cream from Walmart, though.

Michelle

What you need to do is add up the yardage of the cones that you purchased. Then compare it to the yardage required in the pattern. Also take into account if it's the same weight (worsted, etc.). If they are they same weight, then just compare the yardage to see if you have enough.

Oh, and I like the mat. It's basic, but cute! I like the edging. Plus, it looks much easier on the hands than the one I made!

Krautie
05-17-2007, 05:29 PM
mare-nitt, I would prefer cotton or a cotton blend yarn for a bathmat. But you can use whatever you prefer :grin:

For me it's important that the mat is machine-washable, durable, sturdy and that it does not take days for drying. And for this project I prefer a smooth yarn, nothing hairy.

Of course you can use circs. They are great for nearly every project.

What about an easy basketweave pattern like the one on my picture above? Or another knit/purl pattern.....there are lots of them on the net (and I bet in your knitting books too ;))

But you can use every pattern you want....why not knit a mat with cables or lace pattern? Ooooh, I have to stop thinking about that :fingerwag: :lol:

michellebreton
05-17-2007, 05:30 PM
I'm sorry, your link worked. I should have tried to click on the link first instead of cutting and pasting. :oops:

SO sorry!!


That's OK..I'm just glad it worked. I actually posted my question before you posted yours since I couldn't get it to work myself.

Michelle

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 05:34 PM
But you can use every pattern you want....why not knit a mat with cables or lace pattern? Ooooh, I have to stop thinking about that :fingerwag: :lol:

Oh my...lace bathmat...now you're getting fancy!!!

I cannot imagine doing lace for something that big!!! Of course, I've been working on my fan lace socks forever, it seems. :lol:

Krautie
05-17-2007, 05:39 PM
Oh my...lace bathmat...now you're getting fancy!!!

:lol: But it will dry very fast :lol:

Lace for a big project is very easy to knit: there are almost only holes to do :whistle:

auburnchick
05-17-2007, 06:48 PM
yo, ssk, yo, k2tog...:ick:

Oh, it's pretty, but actually, I have gotten to where I can't stand ssk. My current project has so many of these things!

But you're right about the quick dry...hmmm...

misha rf
05-17-2007, 08:10 PM
Thanks, Krautie!! :muah:

I'll try to get a pic up soon. It got pushed to the side with the move. I haven't even brought it out to my knitting chair yet!

jcmom
05-17-2007, 09:19 PM
I'm curious about knitted bath mats. I'm wondering if they would slide around on the floor too easily. How well do they dry out if you hang them up after use?

heykaren
05-18-2007, 09:28 AM
OK, IĻm in!!!! Last summer, after just learning how to knit, I made a boat-neck sweater in Sugar-n-cream varigated cotton. :ick: is all I can say about it..... IĻve been wondering what I could do with the yarn if I undid the sweater, and this ought to be PERFECT for a project like that!

I won`t be able to start till sometime next week - have to figure out how to un-do the sweater first.... :think:

I found in some spots in the sweater the yarn formed "balls" of one color or the other ( I didn`t know I should change yarn balls every few rows with varigated ). I shouldn`t have the same problem with the mat because itīs being knit with 2 strands, right?

Yeah, another project......

Karen

charmy
05-18-2007, 09:39 AM
I am SO in on this. I have a ton of Sugar n Cream saved up to make dishcloths and mats. Would a larger, rug-sized version of the ballband dishcloth be fun to stand on?

misha rf
05-19-2007, 10:07 PM
I am SO in on this. I have a ton of Sugar n Cream saved up to make dishcloths and mats. Would a larger, rug-sized version of the ballband dishcloth be fun to stand on?

I'd think so, particularly if you double-strand it. It should have a nice texture. :)

mintdee
05-19-2007, 10:50 PM
I'm curious about knitted bath mats. I'm wondering if they would slide around on the floor too easily. How well do they dry out if you hang them up after use?

Honestly they might slide around on the floor. More than likely. What you could do to keep that from happening is go out and buy some of thoes non-slip mats that they have at the dollar store (you know you put them in drawers and the stuff doesn't slide back and forth when you open the door?) cut circles/squares out of them and sew them to each corner of the mat. That helps the sliding a lot. (I put one in the middle of the one I made as well so that the center didn't slide)
:thumbsup:

Krautie
05-20-2007, 04:37 PM
I'm still waiting for my yarn :tap:

I hope it will arrive tomorrow!

My husband has promised me that I will have a big problem if he comes out of the shower, steps on the mat and slides with the mat through the whole bathroom :lol:

So I have to find a good solution :teehee:

I thought about these color pens which will fluff up when treated with a hairdryer; some lines with it on the back of the mat.....I don't like the idea of a second mat under my knitted mat. Wait and see........

@heykaren
Knitting with two strands should avoid your color problem very well. No need to hurry un-do your sweater, this KAL has no specific date to start :wink:

@charmy
I like the ballband dishcloth pattern and I think this pattern would be very nice for a bathmat!

Jan in CA
05-20-2007, 05:13 PM
My husband has promised me that I will have a big problem if he comes out of the shower, steps on the mat and slides with the mat through the whole bathroom :lol:

So I have to find a good solution :teehee:



I was thinking of finding something like this..might work on slippers, too.
http://www.plastidip.com/industrial/supergrip.html (http://www.plastidip.com/industrial/supergrip.html)
http://www.quiltershusband.com/catalog/product.aspx?productID=744

ETA: I had another one linked, but I don't think you can use that one on fabrics or yarn. :thinking:

kristinw
05-20-2007, 05:24 PM
I was thinking of finding something like this..might work on slippers, too.
http://www.plastidip.com/industrial/supergrip.html (http://www.plastidip.com/industrial/supergrip.html)

ETA: I had another one linked, but I don't think you can use that one on fabrics or yarn. :thinking:

That Super Grip spray looks like it would work great!

I have a ton of Peaches nCream cotton that I could use up for something like this.

Krautie
05-20-2007, 05:25 PM
Thanks Jan! Super Grip sounds very good to me - but I've never seen something like that here :think:

But now I know what I have to search :cheering:

heykaren
05-21-2007, 08:53 AM
OK, my icky sweater is no longer (:happydancing:) and my yarn is balled up and ready to go!!!!! Now I might have to wait till some needles are freed up to start - will have to try some swatches.

The ballband idea looks cool, but unfortunately, I only have one color, so for now itīll be Nanaīs bathmat!

Krautie, did you get your yarn yet?

Karen

Krautie
05-21-2007, 02:58 PM
No, I'm still waiting :wall:

I've sent an email to the seller and I hope she will answer soon :shrug:

Krautie
05-21-2007, 06:38 PM
:woohoo:She answered that my yarn is on the way :grin:

And though I can't buy the Supergrip Spray here in Germany I found something else I will try....it's a rubber latex fluid which will be applied with a brush :happydance:

I will try nearly everything to avoid my husband sliding on my knitted bathmat through the bathroom :lol:

Krautie
05-22-2007, 04:18 AM
While waiting for my yarn I made a swatch to see if my idea with the doubled borders will work. And I think it will....the picture shows the stockinette borders all around. Now I have to seam them neatly to the backside. I don't like seaming :rollseyes: but I hope the result will be fine.

mintdee
05-22-2007, 09:06 AM
Thats cool looking! :cheering:

heykaren
05-22-2007, 09:33 AM
Very interesting........ :think:

Hope it works! :thumbsup:

Karen

feministmama
05-22-2007, 11:20 AM
Here's a couple of mats I made. i just kinda made them up from other patterns and used lily sugar and cream

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=47223

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=43854

auburnchick
05-22-2007, 01:39 PM
Those are colorful!

Krautie
05-22-2007, 04:19 PM
feministmama, your mats are beautiful! :inlove:

Yes, my idea with the doubled seam worked fine - but I figured out that I don't have to do it for my bathmat.

Today I received the yarn :cheering:and made a swatch. The yarn (two strands) is thick enough so the seed stitch border will not be wonky.

The yarn is absolutely soft and though it is slightly uncomfortable to knit with two strands and a 6 mm needle (US size 10) I'm very in love with my project :inlove:

And here is my WIP:

heykaren
05-23-2007, 08:56 AM
Krautie, thatīs going to be really pretty!!!! Maybe we will both be able to find something here in Europe to stop our rugs from slipping!

FeministMama - for some reason, eveytime I go to try to see your mats, I am disconnected from the KH and have to go log in again. Is there any other place I can go to see your rugs?

Karen

mintdee
05-23-2007, 09:16 AM
I love that color K :):cheering:

mare-nitt
05-23-2007, 04:31 PM
Is it too late to join this knit along? I have never done one yet and want to.

This is what I have, 5 skeins each of a cotton and acrylic blend yarn. Each skein has 250 yards on it. I bought a 5 cream tweed and 5 dark brown tweed and want to knit two strands together. It says it is 3.5 oz/100 grams. (so that means I have 750 yards of double strand yarn to knit with):happydancing:

They suggest a size 5 needle for one strand = 5.5 stitches to the inch.

Now the questions, I want to use two strands, so what size needle do I want to use to make a bath matt. And do I have enough yarn to make one and should it just be a garter stitch matt or can I do a basket weave.:??

Can you tell I need help? Any ideas.
Marilynn

auburnchick
05-23-2007, 05:05 PM
Krautie, that mat is going to be gorgeous!!! The color is so pretty, and I think your pattern is perfect!

heykaren
05-23-2007, 05:39 PM
Come join the party Mare!!!!

Sorry, but youīll have to wait for one of the more experienced knitters to answer your questions. :doh:

Iīm wondering if you don`t have more than 750 yard though, each skein has 250 yards, and you have 5 skeins of each color? :think:

Karen

Krautie
05-23-2007, 06:15 PM
@heykaren
I think I've found something but I don't know if it's available in Spain. It's rubber latex, a fluid which has to be applied with a brush. When dry it will avoid slipping. But I'm not sure if this fluid will cause damage on the knitted fabric or the tiles. And it's also important that the rubber coating (layer?) will survive washing by machine. I've sent an email to the seller with this questions and I'm waiting for the reply....

@mintdee & auburnchick
Thanks :happydance:

@mare-nitt
It's never too late, you are welcome :)
About the needles: I would try with which size you get a result that is satisfying you. Not too airy/holey and not so dense that you can't poke your needle into the stitches ;)

I have 3.5 stitches per inch and I use a 6 mm needle (US size 10), perhaps this is helpful for you for comparing.

Are 750 yards enough? I don't know :shrug:

But you can find it out pretty easy: weigh your yarn, then cast on for the desired width and knit 1 or 2 inches. Weigh your yarn again and then you can figure out how much yarn you have used. Then you can figure out how much you will need for the whole project. That's what I did yesterday and I've found out, that I can knit 2 green bathmats because I've bought too much yarn :lol:

Garter stitch or basketweave? It's your personal decision, do what you prefer ;)

Krautie
05-31-2007, 05:01 PM
We had a computer crash and our system was down for 6 days :ick:

But now I'm back and I hope I will finish my bathmat in the next days. Only 8 inches to go :cheering:

Doodknitwit
05-31-2007, 05:39 PM
:blooby::heart:it is awesome!!! but then so is the entire book!!!

Krautie
06-04-2007, 05:26 AM
I have finished my first bathmat :cheering:and I'm totally in love with it :inlove:

19 x 30 inches and very very soft :inlove:

mare-nitt
06-04-2007, 06:47 AM
Krautie, it is indeed beautiful. How much yarn did it take to complete and what size needle?

It looks very comfy.

Marilynn

heykaren
06-04-2007, 06:59 AM
Hey Krautie! Good job!!!! yeah, someoneīs finished!!!! That really came out nice - now you will have to tell us if your husband goes slipping all over the bathroom.....

Karen

Krautie
06-04-2007, 07:06 AM
Thanks, mare-nitt! Yes it is very comfy :inlove:

The mat weight is 0,91 lbs and the yarn has 393 yards per 3,52 ounces. I've knit with two strands with 6mm needles (US size 10).

I'm not sure the yardage s right....because I have another yarn from the seller where I've bought this green yarn, same quality, same yardage - and it's thinner :shock:

So I do not know, if my informations are helpful for you :shrug:

Krautie
06-04-2007, 07:16 AM
heykaren, thanks! No, I have nothing to tell about husband slipping through the bathroom. Not yet :lol:

Before using the mat I want to wash it. And I have to order the liquid rubber thing to treat the back side to avoid all possible accidents :wink:

misha rf
06-05-2007, 12:18 PM
Krautie, the bathmat is beautiful!!! Such a pretty color, too!! :inlove:

charmy
06-06-2007, 11:45 PM
I am also smitten by that mat, Krautie!

my own bathmat is going slowly. I've designated it the "TV Project" and will work on a it a couple rows at a time, otherwise my patience goes down and crankiness goes up!

Quiltlady
06-21-2007, 09:00 PM
Yes, your mat did come out beautiful. I love the color and the pattern is perfect.

I have the Mason Dixon book and saw a mat that I liked recently in one of my other knitting books. I have some cotton yarn here too so I may have to knit one of them.:??