Tawashi

 Tawashi Blossom

I’m still busy knitting mindless, fun things. As I was browsing Ravelry looking for fun dishcloth patterns, I stumbled across a couple of tawashi patterns. Tawashi essentially means scrubber in Japanese. Now, I lived in Japan for a couple of years, so I’m very familiar with both the diversity of their cleaning products (seriously, they have a separate brush or sponge for everything), and their craftiness. I spent many hours in Japanese bookstores admiring their knitting and quilting books. I have no idea how the tawashi patterns escaped my notice. Maybe because they are mostly crochet; which I don’t know how to do, but am becoming crazily motivated to figure out due to the cuteness of the patterns. The first one I tried is a knit pattern called Tawashi Blossoms (ravelry link), and I used Peaches & Creme yarn for it. Apparently  inexpensive acrylic yarn makes for some of the best tawashi for cleaning dishes and things because of the scratchiness of it, but I have miles and miles of dishcloth cotton, so I just used that. There are quite a few other patterns that I want to try, and it seems that these fit in nicely with my dishcloth obsession.

Just in case anyone is worried that I’ve abandoned all “normal” knitting, I did finish these:

Sherbrooke

This is the Sherbrooke Cowl, knitted with Moda Dea Vision, and I really like how it turned out. It’s a nice fit, not too loose and not too “chokey”.

Rainbow Scarf

This is the Child’s Rainbow Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, knitted in Kathmandu Aran, and Noro Silk Garden. It’s been on the needles for a long time, so I’m happy to have it done. I’m contemplating knitting a matching hat, and I think I have enough yarn left, so we’ll see.

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3 Responses to “Tawashi”

  1. valeria1966 Says:

    Uh oh…beware of the tawashi addiction ;o) and great that you like that as well. I love the cowl, it looks great on you. :o)

    Take care
    Valeria :o)

  2. foodrevelationsPacky Says:

    Please help, I am looking for the Tawashi blossom pattern. When I follow links on Ravelry it is a deadend. Let me know if you can help. I also do not crochet and would like this pattern.

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