Thursday, August 4, 2011

Knitted Dish Cloths with Instructions

One of the things I do love about the summer, and no, its not the heat, is that it is baseball season and I am a huge Colorado Rockies fan.  I am sorry to say they are not doing so well this season but they are a great bunch of guys and the game is my fav!!

One thing I can't do is just sit and watch TV so, I always have a project to work on.  Now, it depends on how much I really want to watch what is on that decides what project I am going to work on.  With baseball, I do want to watch it for the most part so my favorite baseball game project is a knitted cotton dish cloth because it is just knitting with a few yarn overs and knit 2 togethers.  Very simple and does not take a lot of thought.
I would imagine that a lot of you knitters already know how to knit this dishcloth and have probably made 100s of them like I have.  But, I thought that new knitters might be interested in getting the pattern for this dish cloth as it is SUPER easy and quite quick!!  They also make wonderful gifts!!

First, you start out with a ball of ""Sugar 'n Cream" by Lily in either solid or variegated.  It is 100% cotton which is most important when making these dishcloths.  You will also need a pair of #8 needles.  The yarn you can get at Michaels, JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby.  Be sure you have your 40% off coupon at JoAnn's or Michaels because they charge way too much for this yarn.  I like Hobby Lobby the best but we don't have one here in St. George.  Boo! Hoo!
With your #8 needles, cast on loosely 3 stitches.
First row, knit 2, yo (yarn over) knit to the end.
Turn needle.  Knit 2 yo knit to the end.
As you can see, the yo increases each row by one.

Continue in this fashion until you have 45 stitches on the needle.

Next row knit 1, knit 2 tog (together) yo, knit 2 tog knit to the end.
Turn needle.  Work previous row until there are three stitches remaining on the needle.  Your dish cloth should start looking like this:
Next row, knit 1, knit 2 together.
Next row knit 2 tog and then you will have one stitch remaining.
Pull this stitch up into a loop and cut off a your yarn with about 6-7 inches hanging.  Pull the end through the loop and tighten.

Take a yarn needle - I prefer the metal ones as they seem to be stronger - and weave the ends through the body of the dish cloth.  Cut off the ends and you are done.

Since I am always making these little guys, I have lots of them!!
But every time I give them as gifts - usually 3 at a time - folks seem to love them!!  And of course, I own enough to change the dish cloth every day, so they never get stale.  Then, after you no longer want them as dish cloths, they make great rags.

Hope you enjoy making these great dish cloths!!


Auntie Em said...

Very cute, Kris. Thanks for the tutorial. I've always thought dishcloths would make a cute project, but I have a question. After using, what do you do with the wet dishcloth?

Nancy said...

I hate to think about how many of these dish cloths I have knitted. They are great.

Deb said...

I love these dishcloths!! I used to knit dish clothes and that was one of my favorite patterns. Unfortunately, I have osteoarthritis in both thumbs now and can't knit. I really, really miss it!!


Mary said...

Your dish cloths look good. When I try to knit them, they are tight at one end and loose at the other.
They are the weirdest looking. Yours are great.

nrnoodle said...

Thanks for the instructions. I have wondered how to make these and you make it very simple.