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Knitting Dishcloths

June 4, 2012


Linoleum Dishcloth by Kay Gardiner

Whether you are new to knitting or have been clicking the needles since you were "this small" you know that dishcloths are big business to a knitter. Some, like my Mother-in-law, knit them all the time for around the house and as gifts. Others, like me, knit them when they have some extra cotton to use up or as just a small project to knit during a movie. There are as many reasons to knit dishcloths as there are dishcloth patterns.

Per Orla Discloth by Kay Gardiner

I love dishcloths but don't knit them that often. But when I used to teach classes, I would start my students off with a dishcloth as their first project for several reasons:

1)      Unlike a scarf, a dishcloth is small and easily finished within a few days for a beginner. This means they get the sense of satisfaction of their first project sooner and can show it off and feel confident about starting a second project

2)      Unlike a first scarf, you probably won't cringe when you look upon your first dishcloth and you can use it right away.

3)      Dishcloths can be used 365 days a year

4)      Frogging a dishcloth won't lead to depression

Ball Band Dishcloth, picture by Peaches N' Cream Yarn

Dishcloths are infinity practical and everyone can use them. They are one of the few gifts that can be given to a guy or a girl (everyone cleans even if they don't dig the frog stitch pattern you selected for each of their dishcloths). Dishcloths make great samplers, so if you are dying to try a new stitch pattern, incorporate it into a dishcloth and try it out and then use it. Dishcloths are portable and great for summer knitting. They won't cover your lap; and people will easily recognize them so you won't have to explain the twisted shawl collar Vogue Knitting sweater that looks like your cat fought over (at least until you block and seam it- then won't they be admiring). Dishcloths are great for first time home buyers, hostess gifts, baby showers (make great burp cloths), college students, stocking stuffers, and everyday "I think you are special" gifts. These little gems help pass the time and can fit your exact mood. If you want something you can memorize and knit in your sleep while you watch baseball- done. If you want something a bit tricky to take your mind off things- you got it. You can even knit them with a mind-blowing challenge to take your knitting to the next level. Dishcloths are amazing.

Knit Striped Dishcloth by Lion Brand

To create my chevron dishcloth (above), I used 1 skein each of Martha Stewart for Lion Brand Hemp Cotton in Peacock and Blue Icing and a modified version of the Chevron Hand Towel from Mason Dixon Knitting. Instead of 87 sts, I cast on 54 sts. With Color A, I worked 6 rows of garter sts and then switching to color B: k5, k2tog, k2, *kf&b (2 times), k3, Slip 2 as to knit, k1, pass slipped sts over knit st, k3; repeat from * to last 7 sts, skp, k5. Purl the next row and repeat these 2 rows until you have 6 total in color B.
Then knit 5 more rows (carrying color A up on the right side), switch to color A and repeat the garter stripe. Continue repeating color A & B stripes until your dishcloth is the desired length and finish with a garter stripe. Bind off loosely and weave in ends.  

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