March 5, 2009

Knit a Dishcloth

I like using knitted and crocheted dishcloths because they have a nice texture that’s great for scrubbing dishes. Often if I have some leftover cotton yarn from another project, I’ll knit up a dishcloth or scrubbie, since it only takes a little time and not too much effort. The one in my photo I made in about 2 hours on and off over the weekend, and it uses recycled cotton yarn.
The simple garter stitch allows you to knit, rather than purl, the whole thing, and I like the simple little border that’s created in the pattern.You’ll be knitting it on a diagonal, from corner to corner.
And of course everyone needs a pretty violet on their kitchen table this time of year! It makes me smile when I see it every morning while having breakfast. Not a bad pick-me-up for $2.99.

Here’s the pattern I’m using, which I improvised from one that I found a few years ago on a wrapper from a skein of yarn.


Simple-dee-doo Dishcloth

Cast on 3 stitches

Knit across

K1, Make 1 stitch (M1), K1, M1, K1 (5 stitches)

Knit across

K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 (7 stitches)
Knit across

K3, Yarn over (YO), K1, YO, K3 (9 stitches)

Knit across

K3, YO, Knit until the last stitches, YO, K3

Repeat these last 2 rows until you have a total of 53 stitches, ending with a knit across row.
Begin to decrease by switching to the following two rows:
K2, Knit two together (K2TOG), YO, K2TOG, Knit until the last 6 stitches, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K2

Knit across
Continue working these two rows until 11 stitches remain.

K3, YO, K2TOG, YO, K3 (9 stitches)

Knit across
K2, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K2 (7 stitches)
Bind off


You can either braid or knit and I-cord and stitch it onto one corner to make a loop for hanging.

6 comments:

  1. Oooh this would be just my kind of knitting project... besides being pretty and useful, it wouldn't take so long that I'd get distracted and never end up finishing it! I'll definitely have to give it a try...

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  2. Your dishcloths are much fancier than mine. My are plain. I do prefer my hand knitted to store purchased.

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  3. That's a mighty fine dishtowel there missy. I just love your little pot 'o violets. It looks like a friendly table, a good place to be.

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  4. I love it! I need to take some more knitting classes, though because it would not be simple-dee-doo for me! I have yet to get beyond knit and purl. Le sigh.
    You're the bomb, natch.

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  5. Great!!! I've always wanted to do this but I'm a terrible knitter. I think even I can handle these instructions. You wouldn't know how to knit potholders, would you? Someone gave me some for a wedding present (12 years ago!) and they're pretty shabby looking!

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  6. I always wanted one of these and now I can try my hand making one
    Thanks

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