Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ran Out of Swiffer Sheets

Obsessed with my new hardwood floors.  Can't walk on them with outdoor shoes (they might have gravel trapped in the treads that might scratch the floor.  Can only walk on them with special indoor shoes (pink flats with grey trim) or socks on.  Must dry mop when the light hits floors just right and you can see dust.  Can only use the special-read that as expensive- cleaner we bought from the store that sold us the floors.  All furniture must have thick felt pads on legs so they slip and slide when you try to sit on them.  Soooo, when I ran out of pre-moisten Swiffer sheets for the kitchen and bathroom tile floors I decided to forgo their harsh cleaners that always seem to dry out way before the job is done anyway and make a much gentler cover that could also be used on the wood floors.  I am all about keeping it simple.......... So I knitted a cover.  I had to run to the store to get a cute shade of green that would match the Swiffer.  It only took a couple of hours, if you don't include the time it took to knit and then undo the first two tries.  Plus I recorded the each and every step so I could make more of these.   Like I said, keeping it simple.
Here is the pattern, for all those of you who like to spend hours knitting things you can buy at the store for way less money.  Be sure and use all cotton yarn and size seven needles.  You might have to add or subtract stitches based on the gauge.
Cast on 22.
Row 1- Knit across.
Row 2-Perl across.
Row 3-Knit across.
Row 4-Perl across and at end cast on 24 more stitches.
Row 5- Knit across and at end cast on 24 more stitches.  You should now have 70 stitches on your needles.
Repeat  rows 1 and 2 until the widest area is about 4 1/2 inches long.
Bind off 24 stitches, knit 22 and bind off 24 stitches.  Cut yarn leaving about 24 inches of a tail.
Perl the remaining 22 stitches on the needles with more of the yarn.
Knit 22 across.
Perl across.
Knit across.
Perl across.
Bind off the last 22 stitches.
Your finished piece should look the the picture above.  Fold the two long ends in half towards the center and stitch along edges.  It kind of fits like a puzzle cuz you bring the one inch area that has 22 stitches in towards the handle too.   Hide all the loose yarns and slip onto Swiffer. 
This really does dust well, catching the dirt in the stitches.  Plus you can use it dry or wet and then just throw it in the washer and dryer.

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