Knitted Dishcloths

When I was a little girl, only 4-5 years old my mother took me to a yarn shop called Hiendselman’s, in Provo, Utah.  They taught me how to knit!  It seems hard to believe now, but I can still remember the lady telling me “In – around – and through” and I remember even at that early age how I loved all the colors and textures of the yarns that were in slots on the wall!  So I guess that I have my mother to blame for all my craft making.  Even though she is no longer here, she started it!  Thanks mom!:)

It seems like every winter that I get the urge to start knitting these dishcloths.  They are the most wonderful  things because they are made with all cotton yarn and they absorb the water when you are wiping your kitchen counters.  They are also a nice big size for washing dishes!  I have made so many different colors and styles, but this is the pattern that I always come back to.  I use the Sugar  and Cream yarn and I can get two dishcloths out of one skein. Although the with new “twist” Peaches and Cream yarn, I could only get 3 dishcloths out of 2 skeins of yarn, even though they are the same yardage and weight, it is a finer yarn. (They are the red and green ones.)

You knit this pattern in a diamond shape by increasing half way up and then decreasing the other half.  It is a simple pattern if you are familiar with knitting at all.

My pattern is written on a recipe card!  It is my sister’s handwriting but I am not sure how many years I have had it.  A long time!

So here is the “Recipe” pattern for Good Knitted Dish cloths

Cotton Yarn-I use Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Cream
Size 9 or 10 needles
Cast on 4 stitches
Knit 3 rows
Row 4- knit 2, YO (yarn over) knit 2
Row 5- Knit 3, YO, knit to end of row
Repeat row 5 until you have 45 stitches.
(this makes a nice sized dish cloth)
To decrease- knit 2, knit 2 together, YO, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.
Repeat until 6 stitches remain.
Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 2
Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 1
Cast off.
Use a crochet hook to weave the ends in and you are done!

The “Yarn Over” makes the cute border with the holes!

9 thoughts on “Knitted Dishcloths

  1. Love these dishcloths–my 84 year old Mom makes them while she watches the Jazz play. My daughter had Mom teach her how to make these today. Guess I need to get on board!
    I too spent time in Hindslemans as a child. Loved the counted cross stitch patterns.

  2. That’s a cool dish cloth idea. Is it easy. I know a good dishcloth idea. Seed stitch dishcloths. They’ll look better with variegated yarn.

  3. This is a great pattern, and so easy. I have made over 400 of these dishcloths. I sell them at my antique store in redding ca. They are also great for baby gifts. They are so soft being 100% cotton. : )

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