The cotton dishcloth is my standard go-to, portable project. If we’re headed out the door, it’s almost automatic…grab the size 9s and some cotton along with the purse on the way out the door. Or, more often than not, just grab the purse because the dishcloth in progress is already stuffed in there. No wonder I can never find my keys in 30 seconds or less, or answer the cell phone before it goes to voicemail.
The dishcloths I make are mindless enough that I can knit them in the car without the help of a pattern and less-drowsy Dramamine. I’ve got 2 current favorites. The one in the picture above can be found here. It’s a wonderful way to highlight the colors in variegated yarn without getting those strange clumps of color.
The other pattern I’ve used through most of Katie’s soccer season is so simple I can never find the pattern. I think the assumption is that there are some things so obvious they don’t need a pattern, kind of like the garter stitch scarf or the garter stitch dishcloth, which is the world’s easiest dishcloth pattern. But here it is, in case you’re like me, and you’d like a pattern anyway:
The World’s Second Easiest Dishcloth
materials: one ball of 100% cotton yarn, needles somewhere in the 7-9 range
CO 4 stitches
Row 1: knit across
Row 2: k2, knit into the front and the back of the next stitch (increasing by one stitch…making 2 stitches where there used to be 1), k1 You should have 5 stitches
Row 3: k2, yo, knit to the end
repeat row 3 until the dishcloth is as wide as you want
To decrease: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end
repeat until you have 4 stitches left
Bind off all stitches. Weave in ends.
See what I mean? Mindless. Easy peasy. A great way to teach or practice increases and decreases. Here’s a look at the finished product (and yes, I just took this out of my purse).
I must warn you that dishcloths are wondrously addictive. It is possible to get on a roll and suddenly find yourself with an unsightly pile of homeless dishcloths.
Fortunately, they make great gifts.
I decided to keep a running tally over there on the right of all the dishcloths completed since the beginning of this blog. This could get interesting.