Doing Dishes Can Be Fun.

Well maybe not fun, but with these beautiful dish clothes you can enjoy the chore a little more.  These make wonderful gifts and the best thing is, you have a wonderful opportunity for exploration and experimentation.  A fast knitter can make one in less than and hour, and a beginner can make one in just a few hours.  This makes it a perfect first project, one that can be finished before you are sick of it.

Dish Cloths
From left to right, Basket weave, Diagonal lines and Lacy dishcloths


The standard dishcloth is square, but you can make yours any shape you like.  You have an opportunity to learn a new stitch pattern, technique or try something crazy.  Entrelac, lace, and knit and purl combos work great.  Why not try some cables?  Anything you want, you can try, after all, it's not that big, so if you hate it, you can rip it out.  If you like it, you can make a matching sweater.

Why not make placemats, wash cloths or other useful items?  Use a good wool and felt it afterwards for a sturdy hot pad.  It is a simple project, but one that can teach you a lot about technique.  These three are very simple, and suitable for a beginner, more advanced knitters can make their own patterns, using any stitch pattern they like or want to try.

For yarn, I used very cheap cotton worsted weight I found at a craft store.  I found it to be ok, and one ball will make three or four cloths.  Since it was on sale, I only spent a dollar a ball.  For the dish cloths any cotton yarn will work, for hot pads use a good felting yarn.  Placemats might be nice made in cotton, linin or some of the many interesting yarns available.  Ask at the LYS for suggestions and most of all have fun.

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Basket weave dish cloth

Co 28 loosely ( I use a needle one size bigger)  There is no need for a border, but you may add one if you like.

R1 : K4, P4 repeat twice more, K4
R2 : P4, K4, repeat twice more, P 4
R3 : K4, P4 repeat twice more, K4.
R4 : P4, K4, repeat twice more, P 4

First layer of pattern established, so now we reverse the pattern for the next layer.

R5: P4, K4 across, P4.
R6: K4, P4 across, K4.
R7: P4, K4 across, P4.
R8: K4, P4 across, K4

Repeat these two sets of rows three more times, then do the first set again for a total of 36 rows, or 9 sets of 4 rows.  

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Diagonal lines dish cloth

CO 27 loosely, or a multiple of 6 plus 3.

R1: K3,P3 4 times, end with K3.
R2: K1 (P3, K3) 4 times, P2
R3:K1 (P3, K3 4 times) P2.
R4: (K3, P3 4 times) K3.
R5 :P2, (K3, P3), 4 times, K1
R6:P2, (K3, P3) 4 times, K1.

Bind off, and weave in ends.

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Lacy Dishcloth
For the double decrease, I slipped 2 stitches knt-wise, K1, then pass the two slipped stitches over.  You can choose any double decrease you know and like.

CO 33
R1: knit
R2: knit
R3: knit
R4 :begin Pattern, K6,  (yo, k1, sl 2,k1,psso,  k1, yo, K3)  repeat to last 3, K3.
R5, and all odd rows,  K3, P 27, K3.
R6: K6,  (K1, YO, sl 2, K1, psso, YO, K4) repeat to the last three, K3
R7 : K3, purl to end, K3.

Repeat rows 4 - 7 8 times, Then finish off with three rows of garter stitches.  Bind off and weave in ends.