Knitting & Crochet Notes

This page is for recording experiments and projects--both yours and mine.   Its purpose is to share information about working with the yarns we sell here.  If you have something to contribute, please email me ( and I will post your text and photo/s along with your name. 

You don't have to have bought your project's yarns from this site to post here, but the yarns should be similar to what we sell.  For instance, linen and hemp are similar.  Also, the handspun soy yarn I've made has similarities to bamboo.  A project you've made with either of those fibers would be pertinent here, even though I don't sell them (yet).  Knitted projects/swatches made from recycled silk are welcome here, regardless of where you bought the yarn.

I will be posting my own swatches here as I have time to make them.  I'm not an experienced knitter, but I hope to at least to give you some idea of how a yarn looks knitted up, or crocheted. 




Knitted Hemp Washcloth

For this project  I used a 200' ball of the unbleached, 12-strand hemp yarn.  I cast on 27 stitches and worked the body of the cloth in moss stitch, with a 3-stitch wide border of garter stitch along the sides.  (That was not necessary and I would not do it over again like that).

Moss stitch:  Cast on an uneven number of stitches.   For Rows 1 and 4, *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row, end k1.  For rows 2 and 3, *p1, k1; rep from *, end p1.  Then repeat rows 1,2,3,4, etc.

I was remiss in forgetting to measure the cloth after knitting.  I did knit it so that the length equaled the width.  After washing and drying (in the dryer) it measures 8 1/4" by 7 3/4," and I still had 1 ounce of the ball left over (out of an 80 gram or 2.82 ounce ball). 

This washcloth is a fabulous back scrubber, in roughness falling about halfway in between a regular washcloth and a loofah.  Plus this larger size hemp knitted in moss stitch has a very pronounced and lovely sculptural quality--it seems to inhabit a realm somewhere between 2 and 3 dimensions.  This yarn in moss stitch would make a wonderful place mat, although it is very drapey and flexible.  Maybe knitting it on slightly smaller needles would give it a little less flexibility. . .(?)



Camel yarn swatch

This is a detail from a swatch I knitted using the green camel yarn (prewashed) together with a strand of mauve 10/2 cotton.  I used size 8 needles and cast on 21 stitches, giving me a width on the needle of 5 1/8 inches.   The camel yarn is a bit loosely plied, so you need to be careful that you're catching both strands with your right-hand needle when knitting with this yarn.

I knit the sample in Tweed Stitch:  Cast on an odd number of stitches.  Row 1 (wrong side) P1, *sl 1 wyib, p1; repeat from *.  Row 2 Knit.  Row 3  P2, *sl 1 wyib, p1; repeat from *, end p2. Row 4 Knit.  Repeat rows 1 - 4.

The yarn is soft enough to wear against the skin, and it shows the texture of the stitch very well.   It would make a great hat or scarf, plus a very luxurious pair of mittens.

My next experiment is to try felting it, just to see what happens.





 Bambu 7 swatch

For this sample I used doubled Bambu 7 yarns on a size 5 needle.  I used Basil (a mid-green) together with Riverbed, a variegated yarn with green, grayish blue, and violet hues (my monitor is not capturing the hues as they appear to the naked eye).  I cast on 24 stitches and knit a 4" x 4" square in stockinette stitch.  After washing and blocking it became a rectangle measuring 5" x 3 1/2" (the blocking seems to have stretched the width to more than its original size).  I did not notice any degradation of the fiber from the handwashing as opposed to dry cleaning, which the manufacturer recommends.  Bamboo yarns supposedly become weaker when wet, so any handwashing should be done carefully.