I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch. ¬†I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits. ¬†In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern. ¬†I was a permanent beginner.

The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try. ¬†I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30,¬†a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches. ¬†This project is small so not super intimidating for beginners, and would teach me how to purl and how to read a pattern.

The Target Knitting Project – Purrfect!

I chose this project as my dream dish cloth – the Purrfect Dishcloth by Elaine at Down Cloverlaine. You can download the pattern from her website.

Photo via Down Cloverlaine

Now, as an absolute beginner, I needed something easier to start with a more forgiving design. ¬†Something where my mistakes would be easier to cover up so my kitty wouldn’t end up with a dislocated leg or some other disaster!

The Gateway Knitting Project – Ramen Noodle!

Hoo boy, are there ever a lot of mistakes in this project of mine, but I eventually got the hang of counting my purls properly. ¬† ¬†This is my sloppy execution of Tomato Lady’s Ramen Noodle pattern. ¬†You can get the pattern here on Ravelry. ¬†I love the texture that this pattern makes. ¬†I made the bulk of this dish cloth on the train during my commute to work.

Ramen Noodle Dish Cloth by Craftcore

My Purrfect Dish Cloth

I chose a beige handicrafter yarn by Bernat that had little flecks of purple, blue, and pink.  I think next time I would choose something with less colour to keep the raised design from being buried.  But here is my extremely-difficult-to-photograph dish cloth featuring a cheerful kitty cat.  In the pictures following you can see the design a bit better in the shadows.

Purrfect Cat Dish Cloth - pattern by Down Cloverlaine, knit by Craftcore

Purrfect Cat Dish Cloth - pattern by Down Cloverlaine, knit by Craftcore. Details of the raised design.
Click through to the full size image to zoom in on the details!

Doing this project makes¬†me feel more confident about trying to find some other beginner patterns and practice my newly learnt purling skills. ¬†I¬†ordered a new set of knitting needles so I’ll have them on hand for when the desire to knit strikes. ¬†Darn, I guess I should have put more knitting on my 30-before-30 list.

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