Love is in the air and wedding dates are on my calendar. A cousin-in-law is getting married in a couple of weeks, and a former co-worker got married just last month. I need to send gifts to congratulate these loved ones on their happy events, and that means I'm sending dishcloths! Home-making supplies are always my favorite type of wedding presents because I love practical gifts. And the only way you could get any more practical than a gift of dishcloths is to show up at a wedding shower with an unwrapped bag of trash bags.
I think I actually did receive trash bags as a wedding gift. But it was in a laundry basket filled with cleaning products, which was a dream come true for a clean freak like myself. Still, cleaning products can be kind of a personal choice, and I would never presume to pick out someone else's trash bags. Especially because I buy store brands and I don't want to be judged.
But that's not the kind of thing that happens to a dishcloth-giver!
So anyway, I decided the Sweet Heart pattern from Holiday Knit Dishcloths would be a perfect dishcloth to make as part of a wedding present. And I was right!
I love it when that happens.
The heart pattern is some strategically placed purl stitches in the stockinette portion of this happy little pattern. I knit through it with no problems, and it took less than 2 hours to complete. As a bonus, this pattern has both written directions and a chart.
Like all of the other patterns in Holiday Knit Dishcloths, the Sweet Heart dishcloth pattern would be an excellent introduction to working from a chart. The pattern is labeled "Beginner" and I think it would be a great start for a new knitter who wants to knit something a little beyond a garter stitch or stockinette project. The but it also has enough variety for a more experienced knitter as well--and it's just so cute.
And it's a great wedding gift.
Yes, I know this is a little cheesy to give to some newlyweds, but I love love! And hearts! And clean kitchens! They're all lovely things that I'd like to give to a couple starting out on a new adventure. I'll include the Sweet Heart dishcloth with a collection of dishcloths that feel more 'everyday' than 'lovey dovey' (Oh wow--how great would a dishcloth with 2 doves holding wedding rings be?!?!?!?!), along with some mixing bowls or measuring cups.
But I do like to think just a little extra love can't hurt.