A Kitchen Full of Color

Project - Kitchen dishcloths and towel
Bernat Pattern Book #530160 Kitchen Kolors
Yarn - Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Mod Blue, Mod Twists, In Motion Twists
Blogger - Shandeh

My cool set of kitchen stuff for my 70's kitchen is growing!  So far, I've made three dishcloths, one towel, and a tea cozy. Far OUT, Man!

I designed the towel myself, starting off with several rows of Bernat's "Feather and Fan Dishcloth", then switching to stockinette and garter stitch, then changing colors.  I made two halves of the towel, then joined them together with kitchener stitch.  I'm very proud of how it turned out. :)

When I finished the towel, I was thrilled to finally cast on my tea cozy.  The reason I was excited was because I was trying new  Bernat Mosaic yarn for the very first time.  I chose the color "Psychedelic", and it is PACKED with bright color!  If this doesn't look like the 70's, I don't know what does.

While casting on the stitches for the cozy, I was delighted with the delicate feel of the Bernat Mosaic yarn.....a nice soft yarn that flowed nicely in my hands.   After just a day, I already finished half of the tea pot!

Before casting on the second half, I pulled out yarn from the skein until I got to the same color I cast on for the first half.  I wanted my two sides to match.  I'll save the orange, yellow and green section for another small project. 

Pretty soon, I had the other half of the cozy complete, and was seaming it together.  I think my stripes match very well!

When the seaming was complete, I grabbed the blue dishcloths and towel I made, and set them all out together.  I love the way they all look together!  This is the prettiest kitchen set I've ever had. :)

I'm still making more dishcloths, using the Tangerine Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.  My first cloth uses that color, along with the Mod Blue I used earlier, to make a "Mosaic Flower Dishcloth".  The pattern is in Bernat's Kitchen Kolors pattern book, and it's fun to knit!  I really like the contrast of the blue and orange together.  And it's fun to me that the name of the pattern has "Mosaic" in it.....ties it together very nicely with the tea cozy I made earlier.

And I want to make some MORE dishcloths, using Tangerine and In Motion Twists.

My kitchen is gonna be SO colorful now! :)

- Shandeh


They all turned out wonderful!! Way to go! I love them all!

Thanks Rochelle! Check back next week, to see a nice photo of everything all together. I'm so proud of my nice, new kitchen set! :)

Shandeh, where did you get the pattern for the Tea Cozy? It's cute ! !

Here's the pattern for the tea cosy! http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=239 I thought I had the link included in my original post, but I guess I didn't. Silly me!

I like finding colours that work really well together gives me a wee buzz i guess thats why I am a designer! I don t really like it when people put all neutral and muddy colours together without some bright clean colour to set them off and give whatever it is personality.

What is the "kichener" stitich?

Hi Diana! Kitchener stitch is another word for grafting. Here is an illustration that might help you understand how I finished my kitchen towel. http://www.bernat.com/images/glossary/Grafting.jpg You can see a nice photo tutorial of kitchener stitch on Knitty. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html

love the colors! my kitchen has been orange for 5 years! i even have an orange kitchenaide mixer! oooh! awesome! wish i could knit. i always end up with a string "growing between the needles. i can crochet'.

I love orange too! I envy your mixer!!

I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, please forgive and redirect me if I'm in the wrong spot. I have a question about mixing yarns. Has anyone made a cotton garment, trimmed it with a synthetic and had good results once the garment was washed? Here's my dilema: I've made a little jacket using Bernat Cotton Twists --not sure of the official name, but it's a mix of: white, beige, lt. green, and mauve. I'm having a terrible time finding a solid color in cotton for the trim. I would like to pick up the lt. green, or mauve, since it's for my baby granddaughter...yes, white cotton would be the simplest solution, but I have to be different!! I just think the white would make it look rather bland and washed out. I want the outfit to have a bit of a 'wow' factor. I've found a near color match with a mauve Bernat Satin, but thought I'd ask other more experienced crafters. Am I wrong in thinking the synthetic would help hold the garment in shape? Looking forward to your comments. Any help would be appreciated. L.

Hi Laurie! I usually try to stick with the same fiber throughout any garment, since they sometimes change after washing. You'll find lots of colors of cotton here on the Bernat website: Handicrafter Cotton Regular Size: http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=handicraftercotton&SPP=999 Handicrafter Cotton Large Size: http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=handicraftercotton340400&SPP=999 Bernat Cottontots: http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=cottontots&SPP=999 And Baby Cakes is 50% cotton / 50% acrylic: http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=babycakes&SPP=999 Good luck!