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Old 05-17-2007, 04:05 PM   #11
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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:

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

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I will use basketweave stitch, see the picture below.

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

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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

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.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:09 PM   #12
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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?
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:46 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Well, I don't take a bath in my kitchen , but I do like that mat!
I'm a dork. I didn't proof read before I hit submit.

Gonna go correct that right now...
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:50 PM   #14
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Here's 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.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:59 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:04 PM   #16
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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?

Yeah I know, questions.

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

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

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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.
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OK.....how do I insert that link to make it work?

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Originally Posted by michellebreton View Post
I've been wanting to make this mat from the Lion Brand website http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/...html?noImages=

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

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