Book and Yarn Review: “Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares” book and Omega Sinfonia yarn

Last month, I got the book, “Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares” by Lisa Carnahan, published by Annie’s. This is a knitting book, not a crochet book. But since I now know how to knit, as well as crochet, I wanted to give some knit washcloths a try. Here is a photo of the front cover of this book:

Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares book (front cover)

Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares book (front cover)

This is a very nice book with some nice washcloth patterns. I especially like it because I’m a relatively new knitter and my knitting skills are still a work-in-progress (I’m not ready for the TKGA Masters program by any means, yet!).

It was hard to pick which washcloth designs I wanted to make from this book because I like them all! But I finally chose the Zigzags and the Triangles washcloths to make. Here are photos of these 2 washcloths in the book:

Zigzags Washcloth from book

Zigzags Washcloth from book

Triangles Washcloth from book

Triangles Washcloth from book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The washcloths in this book were made with Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic, which is a DK weight yarn. Since I didn’t have any of that yarn, I used some Omega Sinfonia that I had left over from the “Wiggly Crochet Dishcloths” book I did for Annie’s. I LOVE this yarn! It’s a sport weight 100% cotton yarn that comes in many gorgeous colors. It is 3.52oz (100g) and has 218 yards (200m) for $4-5, so the value is good (and you can buy it for even less than this with a coupon!). I started knitting a pretty pink sweater this month from 5 balls of Sinfonia that I bought on sale for $3 each to learn more about knitting and shaping sweaters! It should be really nice!

But back to the baby washcloths! These washcloths don’t use that much yarn, so using left overs is perfect for these projects. In my opinion, these washcloth patterns aren’t just for babies. Since pretty much all of them are geometric designs, they can be used for much more than babies. At 8” (20cm) square, I think they’re a great size for facial washcloths and smaller dishcloths, too. I LOVE the drape of them and the stitch pattern keeps my interest instead of knitting rows of all knit or all purl! I also LOVE how quick they are to make. I can make a washcloth in just 1 or 2 evenings while watching TV (I’m not that fast of a knitter, yet, either!). Okay, here are photos of my washcloths for you to see:

My Zigzags Washcloth

My Zigzags Washcloth

My Triangles Washcloth

My Triangles Washcloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think? I think I did pretty well for being a new knitter (since July of this year).

There are 10 solid washcloths and 1 striped washcloth (done with slipped stitches) in this book. There’s even an afghan made with all 10 of the solid squares and 10 of the striped squares in the book (the afghan can be seen on the cover of the book and there is a full-size photo of the afghan inside the book). Here’s the striped washcloth for you to see:

Slip-Stitch Washcloth from book

Slip-Stitch Washcloth from book

You can see larger photos of all the washcloth blocks in this book and purchase it online on the Annie’s website here. If you love to knit washcloths and dishcloths, you’ll really enjoy this book!

Happy crocheting (and knitting),

Susan

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One Response to Book and Yarn Review: “Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares” book and Omega Sinfonia yarn

  1. auntkaren says:

    This looks like a great book for beginner knitters or someone like me that needs a brush up…I just found Sinfonia cotton at my “big” JoAnn’s. Can’t wait to try it.
    Karen McKenna

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