Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The Swiffer Cover
I hate buying those expensive swiffer covers only to use them once and toss them, so I came up with a pattern on the loom you can wash and reuse. This took a couple of hours to figure out but now that I have somewhat of a pattern I think it will go much faster. If you spot an error or some way to improve the pattern please leave a comment so I can change it.
Blue Knifty Knitter
1 ball cotton wool (I used less than a 50 gram ball of Bernat)
Make sure your tail is at least 15 inches long. E-wrap 3 rows, 15 pegs. You will be knitting the 1 over 2 stitch. Pulling up the bottom loop over the top two loops. Use 1 and 15 as turning pegs. You should have 3 loops on every peg except for 2 loops on peg 1 and 15. Knit over every peg, you should now have 2 loops on every peg except for 1 and 15 will have only one loop.
*E-wrap 14-2, knit over, purl last peg. E-wrap 2-14, knit over, purl last peg.* Repeat between * for a total of 86 rows, or about 14 inches. I like to knit in the same direction I wrap because cotton is so loose and I can take up the slack over to the last peg. Adding the purl stitch and pulling it fairly tight at the end keeps the edge a lot tighter.
Knit over last row so you have only one loop on each peg. Remove with a crochet hook chaining one in between each stitch, cut working yarn at least 15 inches and pull through last loop.
You could probably do this on a small gauge loom (I would have done it on my Infinity loom but it's in use and probably will be for awhile if you read the previous post and I don't have another small gauge) It would be a tighter fit just make sure to adjust for size, width should be about 5 inches and length about 14 inches not stretched. I'm thinking this may shrink a bit when washed, as my cotton dishcloths usually do, but it's nice to throw them in the washer instead of the garbage can like store bought swiffer cloths :)
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