Knitting and crocheting dishcloths is one of my favorite activities. I don’t often use patterns because I much prefer knitting to be a “coloring outside of the box” experience. That and I have trouble following patterns which require a great deal of counting or fancy footwork…er… handwork. I try them and then lose interest about halfway through because they take away from the therapeutic quality of knitting or crocheting. So, I just try to make sure that a few elements are in place: good ribbing for scrubbing, uncomplicated design, and natural fibers.
As the leaves change and I find myself reaching for snugly blankets, my knitting interests have been rekindled and now I’ve decided to make extra dishcloths to give as Christmas gifts. It was while I was sitting on the front porch this morning knitting on my latest dishcloth that a cartoon light bulb appeared over my head and I thought, “Gee whiz, my blogging friends might like to make dishcloths for their friends and family, too.” I’m a bona fide genius. Bona fide.
All Knitting Chinese Waves pattern:
Materials: 100% cotton yarn, such as Sugar ‘n Cream and #7 needles.
Cast on 45 stitches (Any odd number of stitches will do.)
Row 1: Knit across (this is the right side)
Row 2: *K1, Slip 1* repeat between * across, ending K1.
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: K2, *Slip 1, K1* repeat between * across, ending K1.
Keep working in pattern until piece is square, finishing with a wrong side row. Bind off in knitting on the right side.
Diamond Pattern Dishcloth:
Worsted weight cotton dish cloth yarn (Sugar ‘N Cream, Lion Cotton, Bernat Handicraft)
Needles appropriate to yarn (about size 8 US or 5 mm)
Note: Knit the first and last 3 sts of every row. CO 31 sts. Knit four rows.
Row 1 (RS): k1, *p1, k9, p1, k1; rep from *
Row 2: k1, *p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k1; rep from *
Row 3: k1, *p1, k1, p1, k5 (p1, k1) twice; rep from *
Row 4: p1, * (p1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2; rep from *
Row 5: k1, *k2, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1, k3; rep from *
Row 6: p1, *p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p4; rep from *
Row 7: k1, *k4, p1, k1, p1, k5; rep from *
Row 8: Rep Row 6
Row 9: Rep Row 5
Row 10: Rep Row 4
Row 11: Rep Row 3
Row 12: Rep Row 2
Rep Rows 1-12 until about 8-10 inches.
Knit four rows. BO.
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