The free pattern in this month’s Stitches newsletter is a fun facecloth pattern in the shape of a 5 pointed star, Stellar Facecloth by area designer, Kristi Schueler. It is knit using 1 skein of Frog Tree Yarn’s (a fair trade company) Picoboo yarn that is a blend of pima cotton and bamboo. This yarn was chosen for its softness, slight sheen and the reported antibacterial properties of bamboo fiber. If you opt to make a set of three as shown above and use minimal ends you can likely squeeze out a 4th striped one with the left overs.
The facecloth is knit from the center-out – a perfect project for trying out all those circular cast-ons! Kristi has found the perfect mix of increase rates to allow for a pleasant ratio of point width to body size on these 12.5″ (from point to point) cloths. You can read about her adventures in designing this project on her blog.
We have all discussed how great these would be in a gift basket with some handmade toiletry items like soaps, bath salts, bath bombs and sugar scrubs. Barb has mentioned just using them like doilies as well. Kristi said her grandma requested a set in Christmas colors to hang as decoration in her bathroom during the holiday season! But, they have been designed with ease of use in mind so one should not be afraid to use them. They lie quite flat without really blocking, the body portion is sized similar to most washcloths in the stores and the points of the star are handy for small areas like removing eye make-up.
As I’ve mentioned, the pattern is in the June issue of Stitches, but it is only available for the month of June, so download the newsletter now while you can still get the pattern!