tawashi

I’ve been planning to learn crochet for a while now so I was quite excited to receive my new set of crochet hooks in the post box this week. For an eBay bargain buy I thought these were quite beautiful — until I noticed that there were two 4.5 mm hooks and no 4.0 mm hook. Rats. Bargain buys never quite seem to work out do they?

Anyway…

I’ve been working on my grey tweed cardigan and cast off for the back yesterday, but I thought I needed a small break before ploughing on with the front so I cast on for a little project I’ve been meaning to do for ages, a tawashi Japanese scrubbing cloth using a pattern by Marte Fagervik.

Tawashi means “a bundle”, I guess traditional Japanese scrubbing brushes were made from things like bundles of twigs, but this tawashi is made from cotton/acrylic as a face scrubber. You start by knitting a long strip…

The variations in the garter stitch pattern show where to make the folds because that’s what you do next, fold it up origami-style…

It took me ages to figure out how to do the folding but it suddenly came together and I think it turned out quite nicely.  This is a great pattern for using up small amounts of cotton or acrylic yarn, and I think I might be making some more!

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8 responses to “tawashi

  1. I love anodized aluminum anything — too bad about the missing size. That scrubbing cloth is genius — need to remember it!

  2. What a novel idea for using up small amounts of yarn.

  3. I stumbled across your blog with a tawashi web search. I just downloaded this pattern tonight! Yours looks lovely. I was wondering the brand of the yarn you used?

  4. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, yorlur tawashi looks so cute n fold nicely will you mind sharing pattern? thanks

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