Okay, don’t laugh . Last night I saw this cute little scrubby called a tawashiknot on Pinterest and it was a free download. I was watching a movie with hubby and decided to hand knit it. It looked like fun trying to assemble it. In June of 2011 I posted a similar scrubby called a tribble that was hand knit. I made several and I love them.
So I started it last night and finished it this morning. Then I thought, okay, this could be knitted on the knitting machine. I used a cotton sugar and cream yarn and tension 5 on my Brother Bulky.
Here is the link for the free download of Marte Fagervik’s pattern
Here is how you would do it on the Brother Bulky:There are only two rows to the pattern and they are repeated 7 times for total of 14 rows.
Cast on 76 stitches double bed and hang comb. knit several rows and then transfer all stitches to the main bed. Knit several rows of stockinette stitch and one row of ravel cord. Pull all needles out to hold and wrap cast on. Knit one row. Bring ribber into position and starting on the left , leave the first 8 stitches on the main bed. Now transfer the next 15 to the ribber, the next 15 stay on the main bed, transfer 15 stitches to the ribber and the next 15 stay on the main bed, transfer the last 8 st to the ribber. After you have all stitches transferred, Knit one row to the right. Now you will take the stitches that are on the main bed and put them on the ribber, then put the ribber stitches on the main bed and knit one row. You will knit 4 rows with main color, 2 rows of contrast, 2 rows main, 2 rows contrast and then 4 rows main color.
Now for the bad news. I think it is easier to hand knit and more enjoyable than transferring all the stitches. And…it took the same amount of time for both! The machine knit one seems a little thinner but the stitches are very even and look better. Even the beginning and end look better than my hand knitting. The hand knitted one has more body to it though.
So, if you don’t know how to hand knit and you have a Bulky machine, you can try this. Haha
Maybe it took the same amount of time for the machine because I did not start with waste and ravel and the stitches were not weighted down enough. I hung claw weights but it is not the same. I had to pull all the needles to hold to knit each row so I did not lose a stitch.
Can you tell which finished one was hand knitted and which one was machine knitted?