Friday, January 21, 2011

Knitted Cotton Dishcloth

These are happy and joyous little dishcloths you can make for yourself. I learned from a teacher and used the directions below. I completely forgot how in the 10 years which have gone by. I got on the Internet and found some great tutorials on YouTube, which guided my memory and helped me make these cuties below:

1. Use one skein Lily brand cotton yarn any color. I noticed when 3 or more colors are in the yarn they call them "Sugar & Cream," and when there are only 2 colors as the yellow and white above, they are called "Sugar & Cream Stripes." The pink, orange and yellow one is called "Sugar & Cream ~ Play Time." Each skein of yarn will make two super absorbent dishcloths.

2. One pair size 10 knitting needles
Dishcloth is worked entirely in garter stitch

3. Cast on 4 stitches and knit 2 rows even.

4. Next row: increase by knitting 2 stitches, yarn over and knit to end of row. Repeat this row until you have 43 stitches on needle.

5. Next row: Decrease by knitting 1 stitch, knit next 3 stitches together, yarn over, knit next 2 stitches together and knit to the end of the row. Continue this row until 4 stitches remain.

6. Cast off all 4 stitches at one time. If you pull the cloth at the cast off corner, it will make a nice even corner. Weave in yarn ends and enjoy!

I realized after writing these instructions here, which were given to me 10 years ago by my teacher, that I have made many mistakes in the above dishcloths in the photo. Well, mistakes and all, they are still bright and lovely little cloths that really do the job. I love them so much and I love making them both for myself and for little gifts for friends. YOU CAN TOO!

"When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet." Proverbs 31:21


onlymehere said...

I had some of these given to me as a gift many years ago and I swear they last better than any dishcloth you can buy out there! Good for you for having the talent to do this. I tried to knit once when I was in my teens but just couldn't get the hang of it.

Do you do a trousseau for your daughters? I can't call it that but have to call it "move out stuff" and then they want to get it. Surprisingly my youngest, who'll be 18 tomorrow, wanted this kind of stuff for Christmas. Maybe you could make some of these ahead for your daughters. I know Kaje' was thrilled with her pots and pans and tomorrow she's getting silverware (every day not the real "silver" stuff!). I guess my kids are just practical. When Trav brought home some towels from his mission (remember when he came last month to have surgery?) he asked me to save them until he comes home and moves into an apartment with some buddies for college. I guess even my boys want move out stuff, lol!
P.S. Sorry, but that was a long and boring comment wasn't it? The point was, you do nice work and I bet your girls would like to have some, lol!

Gramma 2 Many said...

One year, for Christmas, I made three for each of my children. Totals 18 of those little cuties. My son let me know the other day that their last one had died and that they were the best cloths they had ever had. Maybe I can sneak a few into my knitting regime this year again. Love them:)

Elena said...

Those are really cute and I love the colors! Good job!

Judy said...

This is my favorite dish cloth pattern to knit. It's funny how you never really forget how ;) I love the colors, so cheery looking.

Sharon said...

I'm so impressed! They are beautiful. I hope to learn someday soon!

:0) Sharon


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