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Basic Cotton Dishcloth

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Use cotton yarn to create practical and attractive dishcloths with this basic dishcloth knitting pattern from Bernat Yarns. Homemade kitchen items such as these hold up better and bring personality to your home. All you need is one ball of washable cotton yarn.
 

Materials:

  • Yarn: 1 ball of Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton Naturals (340 g / 12 oz), or 2 balls (42.5 g / 1.5 oz)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge:
16 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins 10 cm in garter st.

Measurements:
Approx 10" [25.5 cm] square.


Pattern:

Cast on 3 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 53 sts.
Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 3 sts. Cast off.

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I'm a little confused about the directions. Is it 'K1, Inc 1 st in next st' across to final K1, or is the increase/decrease only 1 stitch per row?

I Knit and crochet these. For the crochet ones I use a J needle and 25 stitches. Then triple crochet until I get the size I want!

Can you use Sugar and Cream I have purchased alot of them in my local Micheals store. michelle

Yes you can. I also buy the cotton yarn at Walmart (the larger spools). Both work just fine as long as it is cotton yarn.

Any kind of cotton "worsted" will work ( I say "worsted" because it's the same size as "worsted weight" acrylic/wool). You can even make it with acrylic if you want, but I'd rather have a cotton dishcloth.

Okay, I'm not getting the same kind of "edge" that is shown in the picture. I'm inc. by knitting into the next st.

I've made many of these-i increase by knitting front and back into the next stitch and the edge comes out looking like the picture.

I started knitting this pattern and realized that it is not the same as the picture. Is there anyone out there who has tried this with the same results?

I have, many times. I increase by knitting front and back on the increase stitch and it comes out like the picture. hope this helps.

I love this pattern and have done it many times. I also like to crochet, but prefer knitting and have an easier time reading patterns. Certain yarns work up better in knitting also.

Hi...you mentioned you've done this pattern many times, however I'm finding the picture is not the same as the instructions. Did you find the same thing?

I'm trying to knit this dish cloth. I used to make them many years ago and was thrilled to find the pattern again! One problem I'm having is in the decreasing. Don't you have to do a yo in order to make the holes that appeared on the increasing? Norma

Yes, you do have to do a yo. I think this must have been an error when posting the instructions. I've made many of these and the yo is necessary to create the hole.

There are no holes on this pattern. It says to increase by knitting into the next stitch, not by yarn overs, so you would not do yarn overs on the decrease either. I've always done it with yarn overs, so I noticed this was a different pattern.

I think you're confusing it with a similar pattern that one of the mills released as a freebie back in the late '80s/early'90s. That one used a yarnover two stitches inside the edge all around.

I have made this pattern serveral times. I have knitted dishclothes for years. I give them to friend and relatives. They last forever. When they get dingy, I just make some more. I like the knitted one better thanthe crocheted one. they are softer. Will be making more later.

I have made this dishcloth many, many times...sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller...and find it difficult to keep up with the requests from family. Also, a local church tucks one into the Thanksgiving baskets that they give to the less fortunate which seems like a wonderful idea. Several of us Linus Blanketeers have used this pattern with softer yarn and larger needles to make baby blankets.

I have done the same thing, makes a beautiful baby blanket, can't wait to decrease, then I know I'm on the downside. LOL

This is a nice easy knit for beginner. They are also very sturdy dish clothes. Great shower gifts or for craft shows. Not expensive to make and you can make new disigns by using your scrapes of yarns.

Have just learned to make dishcloths and enjoy watching them take shape. My mother knitted dishcloths and gave my sister and I several plus the grand daughters before she passed. Will be giving these as gifts for Christmas plus hopefully start a new tradition for my daughter and daughter-in-laws.

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