Knitting For Dishes

dish cloths

Knitting and crochet have been part of my life for a long time and making items that can be used in the home is paramount.  One of my favorite patterns is a simply knit dish cloth.  It wasn’t until my mother in law (MIL) moved in that I realized that some stitches, while making a nice looking dish cloth, create a cloth too thick to be easily rung by aging hands.  So those, more densely stitched cloths, will be used for something other than washing dishes and I began to knit the cloths that my MIL has used in the past and are easier to wring out.  dish cloths

This cloth is knit on the diagonal and the pattern is simple enough that one can knit while ‘watching’ t.v., chatting with family, riding in the car (unless you get carsick).  The original can be found here.

I use peaches and cream yarn and size 6 (US) needles.

  • Cast on 4 stiches.
  • Row 1: knit 4 stitches
  • Row 2: knit 2, yarn over, knit remaining row.  Repeat row 2 until you have 44 stitches on your needle.
  • Row 3: knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.  Repeat until you have 4 stitches on your needle. At this point, I bind off.  The original pattern suggests, you could crochet around and end with a loop at the end.

And that is it; a quick knit.  What’s on your needles?

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