Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Dishcloth Pattern

More dishcloths?  Why, yes.
This is my standard dishcloth pattern.  It looks a lot like other dishcloth patterns, but mine is a bit different.  I combined what I liked from a few patterns into one of my own.

Most dishcloths made in this manner have these little holes around the edges.  I think is is supposed to look like there is a fancy edging.  I really did not like the look or making them that way (my little holes were all uneven and funny looking).  So I changed things up a bit and I am sharing the pattern with you.  My first ever pattern.

Use worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.  I use Sugar and Cream for most of my dishcloths.

Use a knitting needle anywhere between a US 3-9.  Smaller needle equals smaller, tighter stitches and a smaller over all cloth.  Larger needles equal larger, looser stitches and a larger cloth.  I don't have a standard gauge because any size will do.  I usually use a US 6, 7 or 8 depending on what is not being used in other projects.
Michelle's Diagonal Dishcloth

Cast On 3 stitches
Row 1: k1, yo, k to end
Row 2: k1, yo, knit til 2 stitches left, knit into the back of the yarn over stitch, k1
Repeat row 2 until there are 43 or 44 stitches on the needle, it doesn't real matter.

Short Rows- these make the corners extra pointy.  I got the idea from this pattern.
Next Row: K2, turn, k2, turn, knit to end
Following Row: k2, turn, k2. turn, knit to end.

Basically, you are just knitting 2, then turning as if you were to the end, then knitting 2 back to the end/beginning and then knitting across the whole row of 43 or 44 stitches.  Then you repeat it on the other side and start the decreases.

Next Row: Knit across til 3 stitches remain, k2tog in the back loop, k1
Repeat this row until 3 stitches remain

Bind off.  Sew in ends.  Block if needed.

Use well.  The knit texture is perfect for cleaning all dishes.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.  This is my first time attempting to write a pattern so let me know if there are issues.  It is wonderful pattern for watching TV and knitting.  I can even make these riding in a car at night.  So simple and practical. They make great gifts.

The pictured dishcloths are for the 2 people who commented on my last dishcloth post.  I hope they use them well.

Do you love handmade dishcloths for doing the dishes?