favorite dishcloth patterns?

Carol_AnnAugust 29, 2007

I want to make 7 dishcloths (one for each day of the week) for a friend who remodeled her kitchen. I already like the ball band pattern and grandma's favorite, and I've made Chinese waves and a basketweave-seed stitch one that I didn't like knitting but the finished dishcloth is great. She'll get at least one sample of each of the first two patterns and maybe one of the others I've tried.

Do you have a favorite? Fun to knit and fun to use? I have a list of websites and patterns but I'm wondering what you actually have enjoyed for yourselves.

Thank you!!

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ct_iris

This is a good pattern to combine 2 colors. I don't know what it's called but all you do is K3 P3 across, and each row knit the purls and purl the knit stitches. Change colors after every 2 rows, carrying the yarn instead of cutting and weaving in the ends. I've made a number of dishcloths with this, usually with 27 stitches. It comes out almost like a plaid.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 10:17PM
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Carol_Ann

Thanks -- that sounds fun -- I'll try it out!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 8:07AM
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trudymom

ct iris, that sounds like a neat pattern. Could you explain the whole pattern to me please--do I cast on both strands together? Do you have a picture?

Thank you!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 9:59AM
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jenn

ct iris, I'd like to try that too, but I don't understand the part about "carrying the yarn instead of cutting and weaving in the ends".

Carol Ann, I finished Grandmother's Favorite. I like it a lot.

Thanks,
Jen

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 9:24PM
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trudymom

I think I have ct iris' pattern figured out. I used size 7 knitting needles, 2 different colors of cotton yarn

Cast on 27 stitches with color 1
Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 3 with color 1
Row 2: Knit 3, Purl 3 with color 1
Row 3: Tie on color 2 and knit this new color with color 1 for one knit stitch. Then drop color 1 and continue with color 2 only with the Knit 3, Purl 3 pattern.
Row 4: Knit 3, Purl 3 with color 2
Row 5: Pick up color 1 and knit it one time with color 2. Drop color 2 and continue with the Knit 3, Purl 3 pattern with color 1
Row 6: Knit 3, Purl 3 with color 1

Just continue this. Does it make any sense??? Feel free to correct me on anything. It is a fun pattern. Just take your time and keep your yarn organized.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 5:52PM
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ct_iris

Yes, that's right, Trudymom, except for the one knit stitch at the beginning of the new color row. The way I do it is just drop one color at the end of the row (after 2 rows of that color) and pick up the second color for another 2 rows. And since it's a multiple of 6 stitches plus 3, every row begins with knit 3, purl 3.
What I also like about this pattern is that it's reversible. I've used it for scarves, too. It seems to go faster than knitting with one color because you see the pattern develop as you knit.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 11:02AM
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trudymom

ct iris, thanks for the correction. I made one dish cloth last night--really nice and different-- and will start another one using your way--I'm sure much easier. Thanks for the scarf idea too--great that it is reversible.

Thank you!!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 5:05PM
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Carol_Ann

jenn, congrats and way to go on your first project! Did you take photos? It's great fun to document your progress. If you do take pix, please post.

trudymom, since you've made it you don't need the photos, but I thought someone else might be curious... here are a couple of pictures that show the pattern.

I was going to do a swatch and decided I might as well cast on for an entire dishrag, so I did. The first photo shows the right side with the plaid pattern. The working yarn, brown, is on the left; the yarn to carry up is on the right. Unwoven ends from beginning the dishrag are in the lower right corner. The second photo shows a close-up of the wrong side (somewhat blurry) -- if you look at the arrow you can see one place where I carried the yarn up (jenn was asking about that). It blends right into the dishrag. I think it's been explained well but I thought I'd point it out anyway.

iris, thanks again for the pattern!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 10:04AM
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ct_iris

Carol Ann, thanks for the picture. One of these days I'll have to try to figure out how to do that.
Iris

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 11:35AM
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trudymom

carol ann, thank you for the pictures--even though mine is done, I always enjoy looking at other's. Love your colors you picked. Thanks for the explanations and the pictures!

Trudy

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 8:53PM
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profsusan

I don't have a favorite pattern but here is a link you should enjoy. I am basically a crocheter but I make dishcloths often. What I like to do is experiment with a new stitch before I make something large and a dishcloth is the perfect "swatch" to make.

Here is a link that might be useful: Knitting Pattern Central - Dishcloths

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 11:56AM
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jenn

Thanks for the pics, Carol Ann. I'll take pictures later of my first projects. I just completed the second one the other night. I'm disappointed though because the top border doesn't match the bottom...... that's because I had to rip out part of the bottom to start over and I didn't know how many rows were left. That's something I still need to learn... how to count rows. I just need to weave in the last strand of yarn.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 12:09PM
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sandra_ferguson

Does no one start at the corner, with 4 cast on stitches, and, making an increase at the beginning of each round, knit rows till it's half done...then, decrease at the beginning of each row, till you again have just 4 stitches? I use this same form to knit baby blankets....sometimes, instead of a garter stitch I do a moss stitch for the body of the blanket (you know....knit each pearl stitch and pearl each knit stitch), although I don't think the moss stitch gives it the stretch you get with garter stitch... I think it's prettier for a baby blanket.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2007 at 12:31PM
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Carol_Ann

Sandra, that's also called "Grandmother's favorite" and is one of the ones Jenn made and posted a photo of -- it's a great pattern -- I've seen it used for blankets of all sizes and a modification of it for a poncho in addition to dishcloths. It's a workhorse of a pattern!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2007 at 1:57PM
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gardenway

Sandra - yes! It is my favorite and old stand by, the pattern I use the most. Even though I have and have used patterns for fancier.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 2:42PM
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winc_mama

My favorite pattern is CO 43 stitches, Row 1 = K3 and P1 across the row, Row 2 = Knit across. Repeat until you've got a square. =)

This makes a really sturdy dishcloth and looks really pretty if you knit it with a variegated color!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2007 at 10:33AM
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bernadettee

Hi Carol Ann!

I love to knit dishcloths, and I have three favorites: the Grandma's Favorite that's already been mentioned, the seed stitch dishcloth from the Lion Brand Cotton ballband, and my current favorite is the DW/double woven (Darrell Waltrip) dishcloth from www.knittingnonsense.com.

The DW cloth is so much fun to make and it really brings out the color differences in variegated yarn so beautifully! I can usually get three cloths out of two balls of Lily Sugar'n Cream variegated using #7 needles. I just finished a set of three cloths using Sugar'n Cream Summerset, it has shades of peacock blue, orange, yellow and white and the colors are just gorgeous on these cloths! The trick is that in this pattern you bring the yarn forward and then slip two stitches before taking it back again to knit the next two stitches, so you end up with a series of bars running across the cloth. I just love it! I have LOTS of variegated yarn so I was really happy to find a pattern that shows it off so well!

Happy Stitching!
Bernadette

    Bookmark   September 25, 2007 at 12:27AM
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trudymom

Bernadette, is your current favorite dishcloth pattern a free pattern online? I'd love to try it.

Thanks!

Trudy

    Bookmark   September 25, 2007 at 9:21AM
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bernadettee

Hi Trudy!

Yes, it is a free pattern online and I just realized that I wrote the website down wrong earlier!

Here is the link for it:

www.knittingknonsense.com/DW_cloth.html

Hope you enjoy making it! :)

Bernadette

    Bookmark   September 25, 2007 at 11:02AM
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trudymom

Bernadette, Thank you for getting the link for the dishcloth for me. It's a gorgeous pattern--I can hardly wait to try it.

Thanks!

Trudy

    Bookmark   September 25, 2007 at 5:33PM
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bernadettee

You're very welcome, Trudy! :)

Bernadette

    Bookmark   September 25, 2007 at 5:47PM
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Carol_Ann

Love it! Thanks so much for posting -- that's the next one I'll make! :)

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 5:05PM
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deedeebaker

Is there a special way to wash these to keep the colors from fading? And I noticed they tend to smell musty after a day or two.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 4:40PM
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Carol_Ann

I think the band has instructions about washing them in cold water but I just toss mine into warm/hot water with dishtowels, etc. and live with the fade. Not all the colors fade and I'm not sure if it's a brand difference or what -- haven't bothered to figure it out.

They have to be kept well-rinsed to keep from smelling... mine will last several days before I toss them in the wash. If you live where it's humid that can make a difference but we haven't had trouble with them. Even if you swap them out daily, though, they won't add much to your laundry, because they're so small. I'm making seven plus a few extra for my friend so she can change them as often as she likes :)

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 5:23PM
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HiDiane

My favorite is here:

http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html

It's a lot of fun to knit and looks best with variegated yarn.

Diane

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 2:16PM
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trudymom

Bernadette, I just finished your favorite dishcloth--just loved doing it--very easy too, and I think it would make a gorgeous scarf. Thank you for sharing.

Here's one that I haven't tried, but looks fun:

Here is a link that might be useful: Candy Corn Illusion

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 4:26PM
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ct_iris

Diane, I just saw the "garterlac" pattern and had to start one right away! So far it's coming out great. Thanks.

As for keeping dishcloths from smelling, in addition to frequent washing (I too don't worry about fading) they need to dry out between uses. They look so pretty just draped artistically over my kitchen faucet that I consider it decorative as well as practical !!!

Iris

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 4:10PM
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crafty-mom

Has anyone gone to the dishcloth boutique site? They have a lot in both knit and crochet. The addy is www.jimeyldesign.com/~disbout/index.There are pictures of them also.
Carey

    Bookmark   October 2, 2007 at 10:05PM
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wantoretire_did

Great site - lot's of possibilities to use my cotton stash!!

Here is a link that might be useful: crafty-mom's site

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 5:14AM
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ginaginagina

Also try www.knittingpatterncentral.com. They have hundreds and hundreds of free patterns and an entire section on dishcloths.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 8:00AM
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pacmary

I love the reversible basketweave. Pretty and practical, and easy to modify.

Cast on 39 sts.
Rows 1-3: K1 P1 across
Row 4 & 6: K1 P1 K1, *K3 P3 across to last 3 sts, K1 P1 K1
Row 5: K1 P1 K1, *P3 K3 across to last 3 sts, K1 P1 K1
Repeat rows 4-6 until almost square, then end with 3 rows of K1 P1 across and bind off.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 6:41AM
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