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.
Cast on 3 stitches
K1, Make 1 stitch (M1), K1, M1, K1 (5 stitches)
K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 (7 stitches)
K3, Yarn over (YO), K1, YO, K3 (9 stitches)
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
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)
You can either braid or knit and I-cord and stitch it onto one corner to make a loop for hanging.