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DIY Quick Knit Gift / DIY Spa Gift

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The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh my goodness! Christmas is in just three weeks!  What to make? What to make?  You want it to be a nice gift with a sense of thought put into it, no problem.  What about a spa package! WHAT?! Those are impossibly expensive.  Not if you make it yourself.

I've become addicted to making dish cloths and face cloths.  I have to admit, I didn't get the craze for these tiny knit treasures when they first started appearing on Ravelry and such until  I received one as a gift from a student.  A worsted cotton knit up into a wash cloth is super absorbent and extra soft and add that it is handmade, it's the ultra luxury item.  Add it with a delicious smelling soap or bath salt, and you have fabulous spa gift.  

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You will need:

1 skein of Sugar-n-Cream
#8 knitting needles
scissors
Tapestry needle.

This pattern is for a basic bias face cloth which is knit from one corner to the next.  

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit one row.

*Turn and K2, YO, knit across the rest of the stitches*. Repeat from * to* until you have 5o stitches on the needle and what looks like half a square.  if you want it bigger, that's fine Keep going until desired width is achieved.

Next row* K1, K2tog YO, K2tog, Knit across the rest of the stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you are back to just 4 stitches.  You will end up back at just 4 stitches.  Bind off final 4 sititches.  

Weave in tails.

Click here to download the pattern. -  Download Bias Knit Dish or Face Cloth

For Bath salts,

Epsom-salt

Buy a bag of plain epsom salts.  For every cup of salt mix in 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like lavender and rosemary mixed together, stir thoroughly. Use a glass or stainless steel bowl as plastic may absorb the essential oils.  Package the salts in a pretty bag or jar.   

 

For Soaps, 

Check your local craft store for a soap making kit or get plain glycerine and melt it down in your microwave and pour into a cute ice cube tray of heart shapes.  Allow to cool and then pop out.  Wrap them in saran wrap or in a cute plastic holiday treat bag.  For more explicit directions, take a look at this website.

Comments

Patricia

I use 2 strands of yarn, slightly bigger needles,and make pot holders. Just need a little loop at one end for hanging. They are great for setting hot pots on as well. I always make a pair, using one strand of white and a strand of coloured or variegated.

Lindsay

That is a great idea Patricia! Thank you fro sharing it with everyone.

Gail

This pattern done with 4 ply yarn makes a lovely baby afghan. Just keep knitting until you have 100 stitches for preemie size or to 170 for newborn then head into your decrease side.

Lindsay

Hi Gail!
Great idea!!!! Thank you!

Lindsay

Ann

What size needles?

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