Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dishcloth Dungarees/Bathtime Bloomers

Okay, if you read my post the other day, I mentioned a cute crochet pattern that I really wanted to do but since I don't crochet anything other than a chain...that wasn't happening. So, I have been working on doing it in a knitted version. It's really simple and pretty flexible...you could do any size you want and change it to suit your own taste. You just knit two identical cloths like these. And the cuteness happens when you put them together. And then you have this....

I love these little britches. They're just too darn cute. I don't know who originally came up with this idea and I sure don't take credit for the brilliance that these little buggers are. I'm posting my version...which is just me winging it so feel free to do it your way. I just wanted to share this with everyone since I haven't been able to find a knitted pair anywhere.

I used US Size 8 needles and a ball of Sugar & Cream cotton yarn in Cherry Swirl. I started by Casting On 36 stitches.

Rows 1-4: Knit
Row 5: K1, YO, K2tog to end of row
From here, just continue in garter stitch (knit every row) until you get the just a bit shy of your desired length.
Row of: K1, YO, K2tog to end of row
Knit 4 rows and bind off. Weave in your ends.
You will need some ribbon (your choice...you could also probably just use yarn leftover from the cloths)...using a long piece of ribbon, pull it through the eyelets on the top of the two cloths and tie them together(make a pretty bow)
I didn't have access to much ribbon...yours will most surely look better. It would also be helpful to use a shorter piece of ribbon to tie a little bow at the crotch area of the cloths to hold them together.
Then use two shorter pieces of ribbon through the eyelets on the bottom of each "leg" to give them that puffy look and tie a pretty bow. (Don't tie the bottom pieces together...these are your legs.)

I worked up a little poem to include with them if you wish...you won't hurt my feelings if you don't use it...I'll never know if you don't tell me. lol (Please don't tell me if you don't. :P)
I've named them Dishcloth Dungarees and Bathtime Bloomers depending on the recipient and what they will use them for...you can switch the names in the poem to suit the gift.

These are Dishcloth Dungarees (Bathtime Bloomers),
And here is a little clue...
When you remove the ribbons,
You'll find not one surprise, but two...
A pair of cotton dishcloths (washcloths),
That I hand knit just for you.

For any crocheters out there interested, here's the link to the crochet version...
http://www.jimsyldesign.com/dishbout/cpatterns/kitchenpants.html

Today was the last day of school before the Christmas holiday. Ms Thang gave me this cute little Gingerbread Man she made for me at school. He is so cute and special because he was hand made, too. I hope you're all warm and toasty (no fire going tonight but warm just the same).

9 comments:

Tea said...

They ARE too cute! Thank you for sharing the pattern! These would make nice doll bloomers, too.

I saw the crocheted version at someone's house when I was a child (a coon's age ago)and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

hakucho said...

The bloomers/dungarees idea is a very very cute gift idea! Never saw the crochet ones until now. Great job making up a knotted pattern. Thanks so much :)

Handmade gifts from your children are priceless!!
happy holidays :)

baby~amore' said...

very cute gingerbread man and the bloomers ...I would have used them for nappy /diaper covers -they are too cute to use for cleaning.

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

Too cute! Youu did a great job and the Ginger bread man is wonderful!

Lindy said...

Very cute!

Gammy aka Peggy said...

What a cute idea and poem!!!!! So glad you found our group and joined. :)

Chris in UK said...

HI There,
These are like the ones my mother and grandmother made. They used to join them with big cross stitches.

The poem that went with them was

Now don't be mistaken, now don't be misled,
These aren't for you but for your bath (dishes) instead,

Just take out the ribbons and pull out the stitches,

You've gained two dishcloths, but you lost your breeches.

It seems to be fairly well known as I got something very similar from a Canadian friend some years ago.

Lil Knitter said...

Thanks, Chris. I love that little poem, it's so cute. I have only seen crochet versions before so that's why I whipped up a knitted version.
Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Your an ACE in my knitters book. I was googling to try and find a knitters version of the "britches" and hit upon yours. Juts finished knitting the 2nd cloth and have put my 1st pair together. I did them in hot orange and chocolate brown ribbon. They're going to be a swap gift

Thanks from my knitters heart!
Trace