I'm going to go over two things that can either be crocheted or knit, and one thing that works best crocheted due to how "stretchy" knitting can be. I'll also give my recommendation on the best and most widely available cotton yarn.
|From right to left: Knit washcloth, face |
scrubbers and crocheted washcloth
So here are the most basic patterns (maybe the simplest ever) for knitting and crocheting a washcloth.
- Cast on 20 stitches.
- Do as many rows as needed to make the washcloth the size you want, in what's called a Stockinette or Garter stitch.
- Cast off.
- Do 20 single crochet foundation stitches.
- Do however many rows you want in single crochet.
- Chain two after last row is finished, cut, pull through and pull on the thread end to tighten the two chain stitches down into a knot.
Reusable Feminine Pads
|Yes the one on the left is in camo.|
Don't judge me.
"Isn't crochet or knitting too... holey... for this sort of thing?" I hear you asking.
No, actually it doesn't seem to be (and yes, I have used them!) For really heavy days, you can make three layers and single crochet around the three edges in order to hold them together. You will then have a thick enough pad and won't have to worry about leaks. So far the best pattern I have found for making these is a simple crocheted oval:
See? Not that hard to make an oval, and you can crochet or knit the pad in a rectangle if you'd prefer.
CleaningJust rinse them out (preferably in the bath tub) with COLD WATER and a very small amount of vinegar (half a teaspoon per cup of cold water), let them air dry overnight, and toss in the laundry. Seriously, that's it.
|These are the two bandages I made: one with ties and a plain one. |
Here's hoping I never need to test them out, eh?
For anything bandage related, I recommend sticking with the single crochet or half double crochet. Also, try to stay away from the colored cottons and stick to white or off-white so that you don't mix your re-usable bandages with any other stuff you might be making.
|Green is knit, orange is crocheted.|
Orange has been used to wrap my wrist on a few occasions.
For the actual pattern, see "How to make a washcloth." No, seriously, it's that easy. Things do not have to complicated in their production in order to be useful.
Additional note: as I learned from a burn that happen on 6/11/14, these bandages soaked in cold water are awesome. Just saying.
MaterialsTo keep things simple, I recommend all crocheted cloths like feminine pads, washcloths and bandages be made from COTTON ONLY. Other yarns are made from polyesters, acrylics and wool. Not only do these have noticeably more give in the finished product, but they are also much, much harder to clean again for re-use. The most widely available brand of cotton is Lily Sugar'n Cream. This yarn can be found at Wal*Mart, JoAnn Fabrics, Michael's (Not online), Hobby Lobby and of course Amazon.
Your best bets for good deals on this cotton are at JoAnn's, Amazon and Wal-Mart. They come in a variety of colors and when making personal washcloths for individual members of the tribe, you can always choose a unique color set for each person.
There we go! Three very basic but very useful patterns that I hereby present as Exhibit A for why knowing the basics of these two skills is a very good idea. I will have updates on the use of those feminine pads, and will be providing you more patterns soon! They will show up either here or I'll throw them up on my personal blog.