Agnes – Dishcloths are a quick, satisfying knit that doesn’t require a whole lot of yarn while allowing you to try out new stitches and build up your knitting skills.
Dishcloths also make a lovely housewarming or holiday gift! Wrap them up with some ribbon, and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling entrepreneurial, they’re great for craft fairs; they’re low time, cost, & effort to make!
Drop a photo of your dishcloth in the rhyFlower Knits Facebook Group or the #dishclothmadness tag on social media! ♥
Want more Dishcloth Madness? You’ll find more Dishcloth Patterns here.
Choosing Yarn – For a dishcloth, you want a durable yarn that can withstand being exposed to a lot of water and friction since you will be scrubbing with it. It would be best if you stayed far away from wool, which will fall apart when soaked in water.
Cotton, on the other hand, will lend to dishcloths that are durable and lasting. If using a 100% cotton yarn is out of budget or not available, your second option is to go for blends. Cotton and soy blends make soft and strong yarns, precisely what you want for a dishcloth. Strong for scrubbing and yet gentle on the hands. Just ensure that the combination has more cotton than the secondary fiber to ensure strong and soft factors.
- US7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles (Either flat or circular needles will work)
- 85 yds / 78 m worsted weight yarn, preferably 100% cotton
- Tapestry needle
- Crochet hook (optional)
Yarn used in Agnes Sample
Knit Picks – Dishie
100% Cotton yarn
190 yds (174 m)/ 3.5 oz (100 g)
16 stitches by 18 rows in garter stitch = 4” / 10 cm on US7 (4.5 mm) metal needles, unblocked. While gauge is not important, changes in gauge will result in size differences and the amount of yarn needed to complete the project.
9.5” / 24 cm wide by 9.5” / 24 cm in length, easily adjustable should a different size be required.
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together.
M1L: From the front, lift the horizontal strand between stitches with the left needle. Knit through the back loop
M1R: From the back, lift the horizontal strand between stitches with the left needle. Knit through the front loop.
RS: Right side.
Sl1-k2tog-psso: Slip one stitch knitwise, then knit 2 stitches together and pass the slipped stitch over.
Ssk: Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together through the back loops.
WS: Wrong side.
Yo: Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise).
Using your preferred cast-on, cast on 5 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K2, m1r, k1, m1l, k2. (7 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Knit across row.
Row 3: K2, M1R, knit to last 2 stitches, M1L, k2. (2 sts inc.)
Row 4: Knit across row.
Rows 5-48: Repeat rows 3-4 twenty-two more times. (53 sts)
Row 49: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2. (2 sts dec.)
Row 50: Knit across row.
Rows 51-94: Repeat rows 49-50 twenty-two more times. (7 sts)
Row 95: K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, k2. (5 sts)
Row 96: Knit across row.
Bind off your stitches using your preferred bind-off. If desired, do not cut your yarn and single crochet 15 chains to make a little loop for hanging your dishcloth. With your tapestry needle, weave in all your ends.