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Friday, 14 October 2011

Knit Another Dishcloth

This is another very simple dishcloth that you can make.  It is especially good for a new knitter and would go great with the other dishcloth pattern that I have posted on here. 

This one is a bit different and involves learning how to do a backwards crochet edging.  It's pretty simple and I've provided videos for you to learn how.  You can view the video playlist for this discloth on my KweenBee Crafts channel.  Check it out because learning to knit is easier than you think!






To make the edge lie as flat as possible, I would recommend that you use a crochet hook that is one size smaller than the knitting needles that you used.  For example, if you used size 5 knitting needles, use a size 4 crochet hook.  You may need to experiment a bit to see what works best for you.

When I make this I use size 5 knitting needles (size 8 if you are in the US) and a size 4 crochet hook (size 6 in the US).  You will also need 1 ball of crochet cotton (42.5 g or 1.5 oz.).




Gauge: 12 rows stockinette = 2"
              9 stitches stockinette = 2"
Gauge effects the amount of cotton yarn you use and the final size of the dishcloth. 

I've included links to the basic stitch videos in case you need a reminder.  They will open in a new window so make sure you allow pop-ups on your computer!

The basic cloth is as follows:

Cast on 32 stitches.

Next row: Knit across.

Next row: Purl across.

Repeat these 2 rows for 50 rows.  If you want a square washcloth you may need to knit more or less rows.  For my gauge it works out perfectly (well, close enough for me).

Next row: Bind off.

Do NOT break the yarn at the end of the dishcloth. Ch 1.

A backwards crochet sound exactly like what it is.  Instead of going from right to left you work left to right.  You work it exactly like a single crochet, but backwards.  Pull up a loop and draw through the two loops on the hook. Repeat.




For this particular pattern, along the first edge you will single crochet in every other row.  Along the bottom and top edge, skip every other stitch and a half.  For example, single crochet in the first stitch, skip the next stitch and single crochet in the space between the next two stitches.  Skip the next space between stitches and single crochet in the next stitch.  Hopefully the video demonstrated this better. Of course you are more than welcome to alter this pattern as you see fit.  You may want to only knit the washcloth for a garter stitch pattern.  It will take more yarn and you will probably have to make more rows. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment or send me your questions at kweenbee_crafts@hotmail.ca.


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