this free pattern is inside 20 care packages heading to OTMH hospital staff
it's also on Ravelry and IG for every other knitter in need of a wee break
"Normally" I teach the hospital staff at OTMH to knit twice a week as part of a wellness initiative to encourage stress management and work/life balance. For obvious reasons (ahem, pandemic), the program is currently on hold. But we knitters know one thing for sure: Knitting for therapy is never on hold! So when the wellness director asked if I could develop some knitting "care packages" to be distributed to stressed out staff, my answer was HELL YES!
Crunch time. The request came just 24 hours before retail shops were mandated to close. But the knitting gods smiled on us and I was able to snag 20 pairs of needles from my wholesaler, while the gals at my LYS hooked me up with 20 cheerful skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima. Thanks Spun!
I thought "spa cloths" would be an ideal self-care project. Nice to knit now. Nice to use later. So I set out to design a few patterns that could be made from just one ball of Ultra Pima, and appeal to different skill levels.
wash your worries away
Nailed it! The Halton Spa Cloth Trio. Three simple cotton cloths to wash your worries away. If you can cast on, knit, and bind off, you can make the garter stitch spa cloth. If you can purl, you can knit all three!
1 ball of luxurious Ultra Pima + 1 pair of 4mm (US 6) knitting needles will yield three spa cloths ~ 6.75" (17 cm) square. I allowed extra yarn for anyone knitting wildly off gauge but, personally, I had enough yarn to knit a fourth spa cloth, and still had yarn to spare!
stay home. protect our healthcare workers.
The Halton Spa Cloth Trio is a free pattern on Ravlery, and on Instagram @coldcomfortknits. And if you don't have cotton yarn in your stash, local yarn shops are still shipping. So de-stash or order online, get the free pattern online, and lockdown like a BOSS. Protect our healthcare workers. Stay home and knit!
Knit Kit Care Packages on their way to OTMH.
I'm Alexis, the knitter/designer behind cold comfort knits. My favourite animal is a sheep (obvi). My primary knitting fuel is coffee. And my inner child is actually more of an inner senior-citizen.