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miccisue
11-25-2007, 09:19 AM
I know it's going to be different for different people, but I'm using really simple patterns....could I get one done in a couple of hours?
The reason I'm asking is because I got a request from a niece (on Thanksgiving, no less) for a blanket for Christmas. Last year I made lapghans - actually they were a little longer than lapghans, but not quite long enough to be called afghans - for the SILs. When we got to chatting at lunch, my older niece said she wanted a book to refresh her knitting skills, which caused the 12 year old to pipe up about the "blankets" I'd made last year, and how long did it take. Her mom added that she was constantly having to fight the girls for it, and it was so nice and cuddly that she loved curling up on the couch with it. Anyway, the 12 year old has decided she wants her own blanket. I figure using bulky or super bulky yarn I can get one whipped up (and probably one for her 11 year old sister), but am also planning on doing dishcloths for the SILs. Am I spreding myself too thin? Do I have to do more than 1 or 2 dishcloths per person?
Seems like no matter how good my intentions are, December always ends up being a month of meeting myself coming and going!!!!!!!!!!!:thud:

WandaT
11-25-2007, 09:27 AM
It takes me a couple of hours to do a dishcloth +/-. If I get a request this late in the year, I would tell them that's a great idea for next year and that I'm all booked up for this Xmas ... or you could tuck that idea away for a birthday or some other occasion.

Samsam
11-25-2007, 09:52 AM
Are they going to be facecloths or really used for dishes? because I know some people think they're too pretty to be used on dishes. So if they're facecloths you can include a bar of nice soap with one for each person. Simple design would be best so you can get more knitting time in for the blankets. I think you can do it just start knitting now!

dustinac
11-25-2007, 10:51 AM
I use the Grandmother's favorite dish (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html)rag pattern and it takes me about an hour for one of those if I just sit down and make it... most of the time I keep them in my car and work on them when we go up to wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons... if I do this it takes a week to finish cause I only work on it at that time....

Knitting_Guy
11-25-2007, 10:56 AM
I knit really fast so I can finish one in a couple of weeks. :whistle:

Miley384
11-25-2007, 11:06 AM
I am a fairly slow knitter, so it could take me up to 4 hours. It just depends on the difficulty of the pattern and the speed you knit.

lelvsdgs
11-25-2007, 11:15 AM
I've just started making these and I think it depends on how complicated the pattern is. It took me a couple of hours to do each one. They are fairly quick but you do have to pay attention to the pattern.
I agree with others, perhaps Thanksgiving is a little late in the game to be requesting a blanket! Perhaps you could say you'd do it but it won't be done in time for the holidays.

knitgal
11-25-2007, 12:32 PM
It depends how long I sit and just work on it for. Usually I can start one in an evening and finish it by the following evening. So....maybe 6 hours total? Maybe 4 depending on the pattern? I like complicated patterns for dishcloths though- they keep me interested and they scrub better than just garter stitch. Okay, that might be a lie, but I tell myself that!
I'm knitting a blanket sort of like the one you described. It's for my DBF's Nanny and I'm knitting it with Patons Shetland Chunky on size 13 needles. It's going pretty quickly, but I started it a couple of weeks ago and I'm only about half finished it. Better get started!

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
11-25-2007, 01:24 PM
depending upon the pattern, a couple of hours give or take....

as for special orders: if they're not paying, they can wait until next year.

miccisue
11-25-2007, 03:12 PM
I use the Grandmother's favorite dish (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html)rag pattern and it takes me about an hour for one of those if I just sit down and make it... most of the time I keep them in my car and work on them when we go up to wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons... if I do this it takes a week to finish cause I only work on it at that time....

That's one of the patterns I'm using. The other one I've started is Knit one row, purl one row, k1, p1, k1 ending with a knit stitch on the 3rd row, purl the 4th row, then start over. I started it at 2 yesterday, worked on it until 3, then did two more "sections" last night and it's 5 1/2 inches long so I figure it's roughly halfway done. This one comes out with kind of a nubby pattern, so I don't know if it would be good for a washcloth or not. Also, I am using Sugar 'n Cream and Peaches 'n Cream.....would those be soft enough for washcloths? If so, I could do the thing with a nice bar of soap.
Oh yeah, the blankets aren't going to be huge - they're more a cuddle on the couch type blanket, not a blanket made to cover a bed so hopefully with a bulky yarn and size 11 or 13 needles they'd knit up more quickly.
Whatcha think?

KnittingNana
11-25-2007, 04:17 PM
It isn't fancy, but you can do this one in an hour. I use size 7 or 8 needles for this dishcloth.



Simple Dishcloth

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1 - 36: K2, YO, K to end

Row 37 - finish: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end.

When you get down to only 4 stitches, bind off.


Blessings,
~KnittingNana~
:knitting:

oncegoneinsane
11-26-2007, 03:39 AM
it would take me a couple of hours to knit a dish cloth. i like knitting them:thumbsup:

Mirl56
11-26-2007, 07:38 AM
I would put my major focus on the dishcloths since they are small an easily finished, plus you'd already planned on them for this year.

For the afghans, I'd have no problem not giving them this year if it's too much to finish. If you do birthdya gifts for the girls, this could be an idea you save for those occassions, or Christmas next year.

But also, if you can get a decent start on the 2 of them, I'd also have no problem giving them to the girls unfinished. Then take them back and finish them up in January/Feburary. When done, you can wrap again in Christmas paper and give them to the girls.

LindaHLB
11-26-2007, 04:24 PM
I have been making the Mason Dixon Ballband Dishcloths (pattern available free at elmore-pisgah.com) each one takes me (and I am slow) about 3 to 4 hours. I have never worked with cotton yarn before, so I am sure it will get quicker when I am a little more familiar with it. You can do it! Two would be a really nice gift.

Linda H

The.Knitter
11-26-2007, 04:47 PM
It isn't fancy, but you can do this one in an hour. I use size 7 or 8 needles for this dishcloth.



Simple Dishcloth

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1 - 36: K2, YO, K to end

Row 37 - finish: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end.

When you get down to only 4 stitches, bind off.


Blessings,
~KnittingNana~
:knitting:

This is the pattern I use too. I takes about two hours (if not distracted). I also use this pattern for baby blankets. The little holes provide a spot to thread satin ribbon through. This one is a good mindless knit, great for car rides or watching TV. Make it 30" from CO to top, then start the decrease. When you have 4 stitches on the needles again, knit one row and then BO.

Good luck!

ConnieC
11-26-2007, 05:15 PM
:muah: There's alot of easy ones out there.But i bet you can get one done in an evening.Try this,sasw.blog.com There's a pattern she has,you start with CO 3.ConnieC

HollyP
11-26-2007, 05:26 PM
I can knit a dishcloth in about 2 night of tv watching. For face clothes I use softer yarn than the Peaches or Sugar and cream. Two of my favorite face cloth yarns are Lion cotton ease and paton's grace. I find the "and creams" a little rough for anything other than dishes.

miccisue
11-30-2007, 04:11 PM
I use the Grandmother's favorite dish (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html)rag pattern and it takes me about an hour for one of those if I just sit down and make it... most of the time I keep them in my car and work on them when we go up to wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons... if I do this it takes a week to finish cause I only work on it at that time....

OK, I'm working on one of these - does the decrease side seem to have larger "holes" than the original side (the one building up to the 44 stitches)? Mine seems to look that way, and I've followed the pattern to a T. It's no big deal, I was just curious why the decrease side holes seem to be larger than the starting holes. It's weird...........

suzeeq
11-30-2007, 10:54 PM
Probably because of the k2tog on the decrease side. They should even out when you wash it.