This dishcloth knitting pattern is my all time favorite! I use this every single time I knit dishcloths, it is a nice and easy basic pattern, which knits up in no time at all.
Perfect For Yourself Or As A Gift
I must knit up at least 100 of these a year, they are the perfect sized dishcloth that holds up really well. I began knitting these when I was pregnant with Little Miss A. I wanted a project that would keep me busy while I waited for her arrival, but I did not want it to be a project that would get tossed aside on a moments notice and never finished.
My Grandmothers friend always knit these up and gave them out to everyone in our family, I have been using these cloths for years! I love them, they are virtually indestructible, they do not hold a moldy smell when forgotten in the sink for too long, and when they do wear away they make excellent rags!
I love giving these out as gifts, they make great teachers gifts, house-warming gifts, or even wedding gifts. The best part is they take no time at all to knit up.
Perfect Beginner Project
When I am asked to teach someone how to knit I always start them off with this pattern, it’s a very easy pattern. It encompasses all the basics of knitting,
While knitting this project you learn how to cast on, knit, increase and decrease stitches. You will also learn how to cast off at the end and weave in your tails.
The best part of this project is that very little knitting tools are required making dishcloths, I have compiled a list of items you will want to have for this project as well as links to where you can purchase the tools. You can also comb your local Good Will for used items, and often time yarn can be found there. Just be sure that you are purchasing 100% cotton.
If you are interested in learning how to knit there are many resources online that you may utilize, If I can not teach someone while they are sitting next to me I often recommend the amazing courses at Love Knitting.
You can check the free courses out here at Love Knitting Courses where you will find courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced knitting skills.
Items you will need
2. 100% Cotton Yarn – My favorite is Bernat Handicrafter
Cast on 4 sts using long tail cast on
Row 1 – Knit 2, YO, Knit to the end of the row
Row 2 – Knit 2, YO, Knit to the end of the row
Continue Row 1-2 until you’ve increased to 44 Sts
Next you’ll begin the decrease
Row 1 – Knit 1, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, Knit to end of row
Row 2- Knit 1, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, Knit to the end of the row
Continue until you have 4 sts remaining on your needle, cast off, sew in ends and enjoy
A Lifetime Hobby
I first learned how to knit when I was 7 years old, and I have been knitting faithfully for the last 9 years. I am constantly learning new things about this amazing hobby. There are always new stitches to learn, new techniques, and even new patterns to discover.
The yarns are amazing, so many textures, colours and fabrics that are guaranteed to please everyone in your home.
There is just something so satisfying and relaxing about knitting a project. I especially enjoy ensuring that my family is always warm in the winter months thanks to my appreciation of knitting. I enjoy making hats, gloves, mittens and scarfs for them each and every year. I love making knitted socks, an old-fashioned skill that once was a necessity has become a fantastic hobby.
Recently I passed the hobby on to my own daughter, Aurora has been learning to knit for a year. She picks up her project off and on again, just as I had done when I was young. It is my hope that someday she too will find the joy of knitting to be a favorite pastime.
I can not promise you won’t end up addicted to knitting, but it is a very REAL possibility!
You may join knitting communities such as Ravelry Or possibly local knitting groups.
You’ll begin to think about knitting all day long, especially while at work! At which point you’ll be praying for quitting time so you may rush home to knit.
You will likely become a yarnaholic, guarding yarn stash’s like it’s your job! You may even begin to hoard yarn you never intend to use, but could not put down in the yarn shop.
Pattern books will take over your book shelf, and knitting needles your drawers.
The urge to knit pet hats, sweaters and socks may take over. DON’T DO IT, animals HATE this, trust me I know!
You will be the but end of relentless old lady jokes, rather than begin offended, you’ll be PROUD.
Your family will become expectant of a newly knitted items for birthdays and holidays!
You may also become brave enough to join all Knit In Public events!!!! Yes that’s right, you will eventually come out of hiding and announce your love for yarn and knitting! And not just to friends and family, you will begin shouting it to everyone from the top of buildings…..OK well maybe that last part was just me.
I have gone from knitting to learning how to spin my own yarn, An entirely different hobby/addiction in it’s own right. I will share my experience in another blog.
For now, back to the knitting! Get out there, get your self some yarn, pick up those needles and get knitting!
You’ll thank me later, or at least leave me a nice comment or two in the comment section? (Pretty please)
Don’t forget to check out my Houndstooth Knitted Scarf Pattern
As always questions are welcome and encouraged