Knitting stuff and going on and on.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Swiffer Wetjet Cover.

Pattern notes:

1. P2togb = purl two together through the back loop as opposed to the front loop.

2. If you don't like making the Ssk stitch, knit 2 together through the back loop.


2 balls dishcloth cotton in contrasting colours (or clashing colours if that's all you have, you're making a broom/mop cover not haute couture). You can also use up your leftovers on these, which is what I did and why mine has so many different yarns. Just change colours when you feel like it.

4.5mm/US 7 knitting needles.

2 - 4mm/US 6 DPN's.

Tapestry needle and a cold one or three if you've used a lot of colours.

For the cover:

Cast on 57 stitches and work in the Ballband Dishcloth Pattern as set here.
Changing colours as desired or as necessary in my case. Work a total of 7 repeats of the pattern rows.

Cast off.

For the Ties:

On the cast off row; pick up 9 stitches at about the 6th stitch from the end working in toward the centre. Knit one row with contrast colour. Add in main colour and knit one repeat (K1, S1, ...) of Ballband pattern rows.

On the knit row at the end of the repeat, Slip one purl wise, k1 through the back loop, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch, k to end (8sts). On the purl row of the repeat, p2tog, p2tog, p2togb, p2togb (4 sts).

Begin another repeat as: Ssk, S1, K2tog (3 sts). Next row, K1, S1, K1. Next Row, P1, S1, P1. Next Row, K1, S1, K1. Next row, knit across (either knit this row with one DPN or slip them to a DPN after).

Begin i-cord. When i-cord reaches 10". cast off by K3tog, cut yarn and pull end through.

Do that three more times. One more on the cast off row, two on the cast on row.

Now pour yourself a cold one and begin weaving in all those frickin' ends.

Warning: Strange things may get Swiffered if you drink and clean. Save the cleaning for a sober day or assign a designated cleaner.

Does it do the job? You tell me.

NOw to figure out how to put my own cleaning solution in the solution bottles. It shouldn't be that hard though. Hmmm... that sounds like a guy's famous last words before the repair person gets called.

Swiffer Sweeper covers I found on the 'net.

This is a good alternative for those who just want a quick knit without all those crazy ends to weave in. It would also fit over those new sweepers with the vacuum on the front of them where mine wouldn't since the tie would get in the way. You would need to add some width to this by casting on a few extra stitches and some length in order for it to fit on the Wetjet.

Here is another one that is very similar but with flaps that button. It isn't wide enough for the wetmop but that would not be hard to change. Just cast on the same number as mine and keep the flaps at the same place as hers.

Another note here. The two scarves that I posted about yesterday, were an editing update so I can add the patterns to Ravelry. I'm a designer there! The scarf for my ISE 4 pal has yet to make it to her. Sadly I couldn't make her two, I had way too many yarn issues. More on that when she gets the scarf. I am very pleased with that design and am working on the chart and pattern now to make sure it's right.

Dear Katy,

This is the only frolicking I'm allowed to do until I am 50.


Sister Golden Hair

(Don't know what I'm on about? See comments on this post.)


  • Brilliant! We have a reusable cloth one that's produced by Method, but it's nice to have more than one around the house. At least, in our house. Now I need to hit that stash of cotton. Thanks!

    By Blogger FemiKnitMafia, at 8:34 AM, June 25, 2007  

  • Woo Hoo! I am unreasonably excited at the idea of a knitted Swiffer cover... what does that say about me? :0)

    By Blogger Charity, at 11:57 AM, June 25, 2007  

  • What a cool idea! And you really can't go wrong with that pattern.

    By Blogger Kristy, at 12:53 PM, June 25, 2007  

  • ok, yeah, i'm gonna need to make that. i love my swiffer, but the cloths are tres tres expensive.

    By Blogger carrie, at 10:17 PM, June 25, 2007  

  • how can you clean with a meadow like that just outside? what a gorgeous photo. girly looks like she's enjoying the simple things that nature gives her.

    would it be mean to remind you that she might be holding hands with a boy named wayne on that same meadow in 12 years? ...and smoochin?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 PM, June 25, 2007  

  • Can you just send me one? I love my Swiffer!

    By Blogger Hoban Family, at 11:55 PM, June 25, 2007  

  • Oh thank you, thank you, thank you.
    We already have replaced their solution in ours, it works wonderfully - but we had that one with a detachable squirt bottle.
    I am so excited about making this - Charity whatever it says about you, it says about me too!

    By Blogger Miss Scarlett, at 12:12 AM, June 26, 2007  

  • Such a ingenious idea! But I'm still trying to catch up on dish cloths and getting my hubby to use them instead of a sponge for the dishes. Yah ... I know I should be happy that he DOES the dishes. ;-) but a girl has to keep trying, so she can keep knitting, right?

    By Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut, at 7:10 AM, June 26, 2007  

  • As for the detachable squirt bottle, simply take a razor (or equivalent sharp knife), and cut away the bottom ridge of the cap. At the base of the cap there are 'teeth' that catch on the bottle to prevent you from opening it. Simply (and carefully) cut the bottom rim off and unscrew the cap. Add your desired solution, replace cap (don't over tighten - it's possible now that the rim is gone!), and use away! Message me on my blog if anyone needs a picture. Cheers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:32 AM, June 27, 2007  

  • Yeah, um, I'm excited about this too...and I'm not so much into the cleaning. Maybe this would do the trick?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 AM, June 27, 2007  

  • Great idea. I use rags for swiffer pads and they work okay, but I bet this works better. I don't use the cleaning bottle, I just throw a little water on the floor ahead of where I'm cleaning, though.

    There are some great recipes online for good cleaning solutions that smell yummy and do a good job. Google away!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:34 AM, June 28, 2007  

  • I am so excited to try these out. Have talked about making one forever but never looked for a pattern, and then I stumbled here. Wow! thanks!! Also, I never really liked the swiffer cleaning solution because it left a film on my floor. So, when the bottle was empty I drilled a hole in the BOTTOM of the bottle, rinsed it out and filled it up using a funnel with my own cleaning solution. You might want to plug the hole with a cork so it doesn't spill. Thanks for the great pattern. And happy swiffing:)

    By Blogger Einahpets, at 9:21 PM, July 11, 2008  

  • Wow! That's fantastic! Do you mind if I post a link to your blog on my blog, and a couple photos of your pattern? Please and thank you!

    By Blogger Jane Doe Jenn, at 11:24 AM, June 04, 2009  

  • Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
    Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 PM, November 20, 2009  

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