I've been playing with cotton quite a bit this month, the heat of January seems to kill the desire to knit with wool and especially large garments. It's been pretty much about the cotton. I've knit a ton of dishcloths and then at the insistence of my kids, I dragged out some softer cotton and began to knit some washcloths for the bathroom. My kids love knitted washcloths. They love how soft and gentle and smooth they are. They make quite good rugs and wraps for their dolls too.
I had a play with a couple of patterns, and have to admit my favourite ones aesthetically are the dainty lace facecloths. There's just something so pretty about them. After knitting one and finding it strewn on the bottom of the sink with the wrong side up, I realised that that aspect of the lace facecloth was always going to bug me. I mean, a facecoth really shouldn't have a wrong side, should it? It's just a wee bit impractical. Now I'm not particularly orderly or anal when it comes to housework, so I'm not sure why this facecloth thing bugged me. I guess it's a bit like the wrong side of the scarf saga.
I've wanted to play around with the stitch pattern I modified and came up with for the Buninyong scarf for quite awhile, and I've had a few ideas floating around in my head for it. The connection was obvious.
A facecloth pattern using the stitch pattern from Buninyong.
The facecloth uses one more repeat widthwise than the scarf does.
Like the scarf, the pattern is reversible. It's not identical either side, but close enough that it is pretty much a mirror image and there really is no right or wrong side to this pattern. That is pretty cool, I think.
It's a quick and easy knit that works up well with any lovely soft DK/8ply weight cotton such as the Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton I used here.
The instructions are both in chart and written form.
You can find the pattern on Ravelry here for free.
The name Buni (pronounced as you would Bunny) is the shortened form of Buninyong. Buninyong is a lovely quaint little town in Victoria, Australia set beneath a volcano with some fabulous native forests surrounding it. We lived there for some years in our mid to late 20s and it was a fabulous place to live. My husband proposed to me in the crater of Mt Buninyong amongst the blossoming yellow blooms of the Blackwoods. Buni is the name locals of the region use to refer to the town.
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