I feel that paper towels & napkins are just another one of those expenses that we really don’t need. I hate the idea of just throwing things out and getting in a perpetual cycle of buying paper towels when we constantly run out it seems like a waste. With a baby there always seems to be something sticky on the floor and these cloths have been a lifesaver. So save some money and make some knitted wash clothes.
I know they look a bit old lady like but since knitting up a pile of these handy clothes several years ago we haven’t looked back. Spilled food on the floor? grab a cloth then chuck it in the wash, need a handy pot scrubber? use a cloth. You name the spill or job we use these cloths, they even work great leaving streak free windows and mirrors.
The bonus is they are super cheap and easy to make if you know the basics of knitting. Its just a simple increase/decrease and knit rows. It is important to remember that you can only knit these out of cotton yarn anything else won’t do. When you knit with cotton it will feel coarser making them sturdy, quick to dry and long lasting. You can buy a big ball of variegated cotton yarn at Walmart for about $8 and you can make a lot of cloths out of that. Plus they are a great gift to give to people, they get used.
So instead of using paper towels we have a drawer full of knitted wash cloths. We are being a bit more frugal and a little less wasteful because of it. So if your interested grab your knitting needles and have some fun!
Knitted Wash Cloths
Use size 6 or 5 mm needles
Use a Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn
Cast On 4 Stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, Knit to end of the row
Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle
Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, Knit 2 together, Knit to the end of the row
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. Bind of stitches.