Knitty gritty

Add a square of joy to kitchen chores with easy hand-kni ed dishcloths.

Words and styling Sarah Heeringa.



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Breathe easy Resene has an extensive range of Environmental Choice approved paints suitable for projects inside and out, such as popular Resene SpaceCote, Resene Zylone Sheen Zero with no added VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for interiors, Resene Lustacryl for trims and Resene Lumbersider for exteriors. These are low odour and easy to wash up in water. Plus, these products and Resene testpots contain no animal products and are vegan. Return scheme Since 2004, the Resene PaintWise paint return scheme has seen over 3 million packs of paint returned and over 600,000kg of packaging recycled, and more than 250,000 litres of paint donated to cover gra iti and to supply community art projects. Through PaintCrete, other waterborne paint is also used as an additive in concrete manufacturing. Clicking green Resene supports several environmental groups through its charitable work – and if you click the green button when shopping online with Resene, you can also carbon o set your purchase through CarbonClick, a Kiwi company supporting certified carbon o setting projects. Basic knitting involves three essential parts: casting on, knitting each stitch back and forth and casting o . Get the hang of these three techniques and you’re a knitter. It’s that simple! Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can knit your own organic cotton dishcloths very quickly using this method. You need • Cotton yarn of your choice • 5-7mm needles We used DK/8ply gauge Prosper Organic Cotton. This 100 per cent organic cotton is ethically milled in Peru for Prosper Yarns. It comes in a 100-gram skein with 225 metres and feels lovely to knit with. Using one skein, 7mm needles and knitting with double threads, you can make three soft, loose dishcloths (approximately 20cm square). For a tighter, firmer cloth, use smaller needles. METHOD Step 1 Cast on 25 stitches. Step 2 Knit 20 rows, or enough to make an approximate square. This may vary slightly depending on your tension. Step 3 Cast off.