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Free Pattern · Chunky Cotton Face Wipes

Want to get back to basics? This simple knitting pattern for sustainable chunky cotton face wipes is a great way of using up scraps of chunky cotton yarn in a flash. Make a stack for yourself or as a gift for a beauty-product loving friend! This pattern is fun for both beginners and more advanced knitters who want a quick afternoon project.

Staying inspired is hard when you’re a creative person. As a crafter, I have weeks where I can’t stop the ideas and inspiration from flooding into my head and sometimes get pretty overwhelmed, but the next week I find it hard to conjour up even the slightest bit of motivation. What hasn’t helped has been the fact that between work and illnesses, finding the time to sit down and think about projects has been nearly impossible, and when I do have time to work on projects (normally at after bedtime when little one is asleep) I am so tired that I simply can’t be arsed to pick any kind of hook or needle! The horror…
In a moment of frustration whilst in bed with gastroenteritis I decided to strip things back.

Why did I start knitting? What is the ethos behind Emmaknitty? Why do I spend so much time knitting and crafting? Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of these things and forget why these things are so important. The main reason why I started knitting was to find a way of relaxing and being creative at the same time. The ethos behind Emmaknitty was and is to create simple, colourful patterns that don’t intimidate beginner knitters. I spend so much time crafting because it makes me happy.

So, I decided to create a small, easy-as-heck pattern designed to represent all those things I believe in as a maker. These chunky cotton wipes are reusable, perfect for removing makeup and look very pretty all stacked up on a dressing table! They also make a beautiful gift and minimise wastage (yay for eco-friendliness) which is something we should all be mindful of.

One ball of DMC Natura XL Cotton (thanks to LoveKnitting for sending me this yarn to try) makes a whole load of these wipes, or you can use any super chunky yarn left over in your stash.

You will need:

  • 100g of DMC Natura XL (I used colours 83 and 41) or another Super Chunky 100% cotton yarn;
  • A pair of 5.5mm knitting needles:
  • Scissors and a yarn/darning needle to weave in ends.

You will need to know how to cast on using the magic loop method, slip stitch, knit and purl stitches, casting/binding off.

Method:

VERSION ONE · SEED STITCH: Cast on 11 stitches using the magic loop method. Slip the first stitch purlwise, then *p1, k1* to end. Repeat this pattern for 13 rows.

VERSION TWO · SAND STITCH: Cast on 11 stitches using the magic loop method as before.
Row 1: Slip the first stitch purlwise, then *p1, k1* to end. Row 2: Knit every stitch across to end. Repeat these two rows for 13 rows.

Bind off all stitches and weave in ends neatly. For cotton yarn weaving in ends can be a pain, So I love using this method by Verypink knits.

Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review · A Yarn and Colors Special

One thing the professions in teaching and the design industry (both my jobs as it happens) have in common is that planning ahead is essential. As a teacher, you are always thinking ahead regarding preparing exams, making sure that your students have the right knowledge to pass and that you haven’t missed anything out. As a designer, you simply have to plan ahead for the next season, check out what’s in and what colours will be hot, what celebrations are on the way… After all, nobody wants to be that girl hurredly knitting baubles on Christmas Eve, right?

Now that Spring is almost upon us, and as the weather (hopefully) starts getting warmer, our thoughts as makers start to turn to cooler knits and crochet items. For me, finding the ideal cotton yarn has always been a challenge, especially balls of cotton that come in trusty 100g size!

The squish is real. Pictured: Yarn and Colors Super Must-Have in Lilac.

Luckily, the brilliant team over at Yarn and Colors were kind enough to send me over an AMAZING selection of their Super Must-Have cotton to make some SS ’19 goodies with and review. You can’t get more generous and thoughtful than that!

I have to say that I was totally blown away by the sheer range of colours available – from trusty neutrals to exceptionally beautiful brights – as well as the thrill of using chunky cotton yarn, something that’s quite hard to find these days. The quality was obvious at first squeeze, too and this cotton has a very pretty sheen to it thanks to it being mercerized. Result. As for the size, its chunky weight combined with its generous 3.52oz size makes for great value. Can you tell that I like this yarn?

Zingy! Pictured: Yarn and Colors Super Must-Have in Pistachio.

Project-wise, the possibilities are endless. This yarn would be great to make a gorgeous summer top with, but you know me, homeware is my bag and I can totally see it worked up as a giant floor cushion, an armful of durable tea towels or some summery placemats.

The name says it all: Super Must-Have? Absolutely!