Beatrice – 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)
- 80 yds / 73 m worsted weight yarn, preferably 100% cotton
- Tapestry needle
- Crochet hook (optional)
Yarn used for Beatrice Sample
Knit Picks – Dishie
100% Cotton yarn
190 yds (174 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Color: Crème Brulee
15 stitches by 26 rows in pattern 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.
10” / 25.5 cm wide by 9” / 23 cm in length, but adjustable should a different size be required.
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together.
RS: Right side.
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 40 stitches or any multiple of 4+8.
Row 1 (RS): Knit across row.
Row 2 (WS): Knit across row.
Rows 3-4: Repeat rows 1-2 once more.
Row 5: K4, *k2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 6: K3, purl to last 3 stitches, k3.
Row 7: K4, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 8: Repeat row 6.
Row 9: K4, *k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.
Row 11: K4, *yo, ssk, k2; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 12: Repeat row 6.
Row 13: K4, *k1, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 14: Repeat row 6.
Row 15: K4, *k2, yo, ssk; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 16: Repeat row 6.
Rows 17-52: Repeat rows 5-16 three more times.
Rows 53-63: Repeat rows 5-15 once more.
Row 64: Knit across row.
Row 65: Knit across row.
Rows 66-67: Repeat rows 64-65 once more.
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.