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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Knit a Simple Dishcloth

This is a great project for anyone who is just learning how to knit.  It is not an overly complicated project and the yarn is easy to find and not too expensive.  Best of all the final result gives you something you can use, even if it doesn't turn out perfectly ;-) 

If you are a new knitter, I've just created a video tutorial on YouTube!  Click this link to view my Knit a Simple Dishcloth playlist.  I've made it so a new page will open up and you won't lose this one.  You'll have to enable pop-ups on your computer to go to the YouTube page.

I use a size 5 (US size 8) knitting needles but this can be done with whatever size you like.  The size of you needles will determine the final size of your dishcloth.  You will also need one ball (42.5 g or 1.5 oz.) of crafter 100% cotton yarn.  They are available in a variety of colours just about everywhere.  Look for sales or buy a big ball if you plan on making a lot of dishcloths.

Hand knit dishcloths
The dishcloth itself is knit along the diagonal, like how TVs are measured.  You can make it as big as you want, but I find 45 to 50 stitches makes for a good sized cloth.  If you would like it larger, you will need to buy more balls of yarn.  Make sure that your lot numbers on the balls you select are the same or else the colours may be off.

But before we get started, as an added convenience I've provided links to the individual knitting how-to's.  If a knitting stitch is highlighted, you can click it and will take you to the video to show you how to perform that stitch.  Just make sure you allow pop-ups!

Cast on 3

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K1, YO, Knit to end of row.  Repeat this row until there are 48 stitches on your needle.

Next Row: K1, YO, K2tog, K to last 4 stitches, K2tog, K2.  Repeat this row until there are 5 stitches remaining.

Next Row: K, YO, (K2tog) twice.  4 stitches remaining.

Next Row: K, K2tog, K.  3 stitches remaining.  Cast off.  Work in ends.

You can make variations of this basic pattern by making wider edging: Instead of K1 before the YO you can K2 or K3.  You could also make the center as a stocking knit stitch (purl one row then knit the next).


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Feel free to use this pattern to make your own dishcloths to sell or give away.  Just don't reprint this pattern in any form without my permission, but linking to it is always appreciated!

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