I’m reviewing two knitting pattern booklets by Debbie Trainor from Stitches by Debbie. You can also find Debbie on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. I’ll be sharing a giveaway for these books at the end of the post, so read on for details.
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Let’s start by answering the question of what is a dishcloth dress? I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with them until I started chatting with Debbie on Ravelry. Dishcloth dresses are adorable cover ups for liquid dish soap. They can fit a variety of brands of soaps because they are attached at the neck and not at the waist. Debbie’s samples for both books were made with Lily Sugar ‘N Cream, a 100% cotton medium weight yarn, so they can also double as washcloths, potholders, or other tools in the kitchen (because cotton doesn’t melt like synthetic yarn when exposed to heat).
So now that you know what a dishcloth dress is, let me tell you about the booklets.
Dishcloth Dresses opens with a visual table of contents with thumbnails of each of the 12 knitting dishcloth dress patterns included in the booklet. Each pattern includes a difficulty level (though they are all rated Easy); a shopping list that includes the yarn colors and yardage/meterage required, the needle size, and any additional supplies; a list of techniques with reference to the page including any tutorials; and the instructions written in U.S. pattern abbreviations. Each pattern also includes a large, full color photo of the dishcloth dress on a soap bottle in a styled background. You can see all of the included patterns here on the booklet’s Ravelry source page. At the back of the booklet, the General Instructions section includes information about pattern reading, yarn and needle sizes, difficulty levels, and gauge; as well as illustrated instructions for 3 methods of increasing, 7 methods of decreasing, 2 methods for changing colors, and basic crochet stitches (which are used edges); and information about the specific yarns used for each sample.
More Dishcloth Dresses follows a similar layout but includes 7 knitting dishcloth dress patterns designed for different days of the week. The back matter is similar to that from Dishcloth Dresses, but, based on the patterns included in the booklet, has 6 methods for decreases (instead of 7) and 1 method for changing colors (instead of 2). You can see all 7 patterns from this booklet here on the Ravelry source page.
These booklets include adorable projects and they would be a great way for inexperienced knitters to learn increases and decreases on small projects. As with all pattern booklets, your enjoyment will be increased if you like the included patterns. If you like knitting for the kitchen, giving last-minute knit gifts, or want to experiment with increasing and decreasing, I recommend Dishcloth Dresses and More Dishcloth Dresses.
This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States or Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 3, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive both booklets, courtesy of Stitches by Debbie and Underground Crafter. Good luck!