Hemp is truly a sustainable textile. It requires less water to grow, enriches the soil, requires no chemicals to grow,and produces a versatile material that is soft, strong and durable. It is also naturally resistant to bacteria making it very suited to kitchen use.
Jocelyn’s hemp dish cloth
You can decide how big you’d like your cloths to be. Jocelyn knitted hers (pictured above) with 45 stitches that makes a cloth about 19cm square. That’s probably about the smallest you’d knit. You can increase the size in odd number increments. For example, using 49 stitches makes about 22cm square, and 55 stitches makes about 26cm square.
Materials: 8 ply hemp or cotton yarn; Size 4 (UK8) knitting needles
- Cast on 4 stitches
- Knit 4
- Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end. Repeat Step 3 until you have 49 stitches across (or any increment of an odd number).
- Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row. Repeat Step 4 until you have 4 stitches remaining.
- Cast off.