Friday, July 6, 2012

Pattern: bamboo stitch dishcloth

Today I have a pattern for you.  It's pretty simple, good for TV watching.  It makes a small cloth, 7-8 inches square, but I prefer those for scrubbing up.  The big dishcloths can take a long time to dry.  By the way, I got the coolest gadget - it's a three-pronged drying rack that fixes to the wall and the arms swing out.  Keeps your dishcloths or your sink from getting moldy.  Found it at Amazon here

Anyway, this has a nice texture for scrubbing and looks good on both sides.  I've been experimenting with some different stitch patterns for dishcloths and this was my favorite.  You could make them in a nice, cheerful rainbow of colors for gifts or for yourself.  You could even make them stripey and use up your cotton odds and ends.  Have fun!

Bamboo stitch dishcloth
Use worsted dishcloth cotton, about half a ball
Size 7 or 8 needles

Cast on 36 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *YO, K2, pass YO over 2 knitted stitches, repeat from * until 1 stitch left, K1
Row 2: K2, purl until 1 stitch left, K1

Repeat these two rows until you have a square.
Knit one more Row 1, then bind off knitwise on the wrong side.  (You could also do a crochet bind-off, which would look a little neater.)
Sew in ends.

To make a soft washcloth instead, use fancier cotton.  And if you like a bigger cloth, just cast on more stitches (an even number).

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