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bamfknitter
« on: September 13, 2007 05:56:20 AM »

Question for you knitters.

I've been using Sugar and Cream (love it) for dishcloths and stuff (I can't get enough of them), and the other day my boyfriend asked me to make his dog a mat for underneath his dog's (150 lb yellow lab) bowls b/c he has a tendency to track water everywhere and it leads to a muddy kitchen.  I jumped at the chance...but then realized I didn't know what kind of yarn would work best.  It would have to be something that could be thrown in the wash frequently.  Preferably something that came in blue and green (the dog has favorite colors  Roll Eyes ) And...I'm stumped on the needle size.  I have a couple different sizes...but obviously this is going to be a larger task than a dishcloth.

If anyone has any suggestions on yarn/brand names/needle sizes, I would be grateful!

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007 06:03:58 AM »

I crocheted one for my dog and I used Sugar n Cream for it and it works great!  I did another one with ripped up towels.  I used a J-hook for mine, and I would bet a needle of an equivalent width would work, too.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2007 06:45:21 AM »

I've also seen patterns for mats knit from strips of fabric - cut about 1" wide and tied together (or sewn, if you prefer) to create a skein of fat, colorful thread that can be knit on maybe size 19s or 35s, even.  Also a great way to bust through your stash of old t-shirts (super absorbant, super washable!), with a little green & blue dye you'll be on your way.   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2007 06:52:59 AM »

I would make it out of plastic bags and there's some great tutorials out there or here on the subject. That way it would be waterproof, or water resistant and ecological at the same time.....Smiley  ;)use a crochet hook in N that's all I know
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007 08:57:24 AM »

I found this:
http://shewhomeasures.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/knitted-rag-rugs/

and if you want to do more than one I recommend

http://www.netw.com/~rafter4/knit.htm
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007 09:29:09 AM »

I don't know how to crochet.

I'll figure it out.  Maybe just double or triple up on sugar and cream (since I'm loving their yarn so much right now), or find another brand in cotton.

I've never knitted with fabric before.  I can sew a bit (just learning, really, but for some reason I'd like to make this mat a knitted one)....I can't seem to picture knitting with fabric.

Thanks for your suggestions!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2007 10:11:32 AM »

You could also felt a knitted mat.  That would make things nice and sturdy!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2007 10:29:58 AM »

Mason-Dixon Knitting has a bathmat (google Absorba the Great) made with multi-stranded Sugar 'n' Creme. You could just do a smaller version of that, maybe. Essentially, it's a big log-cabin mat--all garter, super easy.
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2007 04:24:10 PM »

^ googled it, loved it.  I know what I'll be starting this weekend.  Of course, my brain says, I can finish it this weekend too.  (as I stare at the scarf that was supposed to be sent in the mail 3 weeks ago, and the ball sitting next to it, waiting to be made into yet another scarf on the same set of needles....)
I think the term 'my eyes are bigger than my stomach' can somehow be twisted into a knitters version.
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