I enjoy knitting dishcloths.
They’re colorful, fast, and can be as challenging as you like. Their nearly universal usefulness makes them treasures. An added bonus: I like them better than the store-bought kind.
When they fade or become a little worn, they still make great cleaning cloths. My frugal ancestors would have loved them! And for all I know did …
I like to vary the style, but still like garter stitch best.
I’m intrigued with the mitered ones. Knitting with 2 yarn strands makes a thicker cloth, better for scrubbing. Because I knit fairly loosely, I can also use larger needles and still get a tight weave.
I like starting with a longer row, and decreasing to the point. Here’s a pattern I designed:
- Approx. 1-1/2 ounces of cotton knitting worsted yarn (e.g. Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream)
- Size 8 knitting needles or size for gauge or gauge you want
- 14 stitches = 4 inches with 2 strands of yarn
- 27 rows = 4 inches with 2 strands of yarn
- Cast on 40 stitches.
- Row 1: Knit 20 stitches, yarn over 1 stitch, knit 20 stitches. (41 stitches)
Optional Tip: Place a marker before the decrease stitches, moving it each row,
to keep track of the decreases. Or, place a marker before the center stitch
(the yarn over stitch on Row 1) to mark the center of the row.
- Row 2 and all even rows: Knit all stitches.
- Row 3: Knit 18 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 18 stitches (39 stitches)
- Row 5: Knit 17 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 17 stitches (37 stitches)
- Row 7: Knit 16 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 16 stitches (35 stitches)
- Continue decreasing 2 stitches on every odd row until you have 3 stitches left, Row 37.
- Row 38: Bind off 3 stitches as if to purl.
Optional Tip: If you prefer, bind off as if to knit. Hey, it’s just a dishcloth! 😀
Feel free to personalize it for your use.
- Break yarn & end. Weave in ends.
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Keep knitting to your heart’s delight — or someone else’s,
The Knitting Yarn
P.S. When you’re looking for an easy dishcloth and dishtowel set, check out my Garter Ripple Set.
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