I love knitting dishcloths, but I know a lot of knitters think it's silly. Why do I like them? Well, they're an almost instant gratification project and it's practical to boot. They're thick, durable and make doing dishes even prettier. Besides, I love making groups of these and tucking them into homemade bath and body or kitchen themed gift baskets. Make a spa basket for a friend, surprise them! Just make sure that you use cotton yarn or a cotton blend. Acrylics and wool are icky for dishcloths. They don't dry well at all. Cotton yarn comes in so many pretty colors and is relatively inexpensive so what's stopping you? I'm going to share my own little knitting cloth pattern with you. The stitch pattern reminds me of flags in a stiff breeze. Hence the name. The cloth is a little reversible, although the pattern does show better on the "right side and in solid colors as you'll see in my photos. Make them in tons of colors, they're so easy and fun, how could you resist?
What you'll need:
- Size 4 knitting needles. (I do this because I like small cloths. Feel free to use a 5, 6 or even 7 if you want bigger cloths)
- Worsted weight c0tton yarn or a cotton blend
- yarn needle for weaving in ends when finished
- Gauge doesn't matter
- My finished cloth using size 4 is about 6 inches wide x 6.5 in tall
The pattern: If you want to resize the cloth without bumping up needle size, the pattern repeat is X5 +6
- Cast on 31 stitches
- Rows 1-4: sl first stitch knit every stitch across
- Row 5: slip first stitch, k2 *p1, k4* repeat between the *'s until you get to the last three stitches. Knit them
- Row 6: slip first stitch, k2 *p3 k2* repeat between the *'s until you get to the last 3 stitches. Knit them.
- Row 7: slip first stitch, k2 *p3 k2* repeat between the *'s until you get to the last 3 stitches. Knit them.
- Row 8: slip first stitch, k2 *p1, k4* repeat between the *'s until you get to the last three stitches. Knit them
- Repeat Rows 5-8 until your cloth is the desired length.
- Knit 4 rows
- Cast off in Purl (I like it better in purl but you can cast off in knit if you prefer. It's all good)
This pattern has not been tested, so please let me know if I made an error in typing it up!
Heather Walter is the crazy crafter behind the blog www.craftcravings.com and a messy, crafty procrastinator living in Missouri with her hubby of 15 years.
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