Not Your Ordinary Knitted Dishcloth | Free Pattern



I love hand knitted dishcloths. But I’m not a huge fan of the kind made from worsted weight cotton. Yes, they are better than store bought dishcloths, but they can get very bulky.
I noticed a friend of mine knitting a dishcloth from a single strand of crochet cotton. Of course I had to try my hand at knitting some, and I was well rewarded. The scrubbing power was wonderful, and they were closer to the size of a store-bought dishcloth.
But they took so long to knit.
Then, at a friend’s bridal shower, I was struck by a certain gift: dishcloths knitted from two strands of crochet cotton. Brilliant!
So, I created this pattern. It knits up much quicker than using a single strand, but it still has that lovely scrubbing action!
This pattern is a very good “mindless” knitting project. Grab yourself some crochet cotton and knitting needles, and take it wherever you go!




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Not Your Ordinary Knitted Dishcloth Pattern
Materials:
  • 2 balls of size 10 crochet cotton in contrasting colors of choice
  • 1 pair of straight knitting needles, US size 2 or 3, depending on how tightly you knit
Gauge:
Not critical
Directions:
Holding the 2 strands of crochet cotton together, cast on 3 stitches.
Begin increasing:
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: knit 1, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Repeat row 2 until you have 77 stitches, or until desired size is obtained.
Begin decreasing:
Next row: knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.
Repeat this row until there are 4 stitches remaining.
Next row: knit 2 together, bind off all stitches.
Finishing:
Weave in all loose ends. Wash before first use.


© 2009 by Erica Lea

13 comments

  1. On the decreasing side do we decrease every row like is says? or every other row like the first half is done?

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    1. After the initial knit row, there is an increase on every row. Hope that helps!

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  2. I'll stick my oar in here and say, I think if you look at the directions again, you'll see that you DO increase EVERY row for the first half ("Repeat Row 2 until..."), as well as decreasing every row for the second half.

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    1. Thanks! That's exactly what I meant in the pattern. :)

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  3. I really appreciate the idea of using the 2 strands of #10 thread! I have a bunch of it that I bought for a project long forgotten. I have been searching for something to do with it. Now I know!!

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  4. Can these go in the drier? I was wondering about shrinkage. thanks...

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    1. They will shrink up when you put them in the dryer, but I like that - it makes them more dense. I think you would prolong their wear if you line dried them, though. :)

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  5. Does it take 2 whole balls of crochet cotton to make just one dishcloth? I have several balls (no idea how much is on them) of crochet cotton I would love to do something with. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Sorry for taking so long to reply - I get so many spam comments that it's hard to weed through them. :) You shouldn't need 2 whole balls for a dishcloth. The original intent was to have the two yarns held together. That's the only reason for the 2 balls. Does that make sense? :)

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  6. isn't #10 very fine? can i use #5 instead?

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  7. Isn't #10 a very fine thread? can we use #5 instead?

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    1. #10 is a fairly fine thread, but you hold two strands together to make a thicker thread. You could definitely use #5 - simply use larger needles.

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