Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dish Cloth Mania


So I have been on a knitting frenzy lately. I've been trying to make a bunch of dish cloths to sell at a craft show in a couple weeks but it's not going as quickly as I'd like. I made up my own pattern today that knits pretty quickly and looks good. I call it Basket Weave Dish Cloth (how original!) Here are the instructions:

Yarn: Peaches & Creme 100% Cotten (16 oz/787 yards) (The color I used is Peppercorn Ombre) or any 100% cotten yarn (Lily Sugar & Cream, etc.). It takes about 1 skein (approx 100 yds). (I buy the big spool which is 787 yard as it's cheaper if you're making a bunch of dish cloths.)
Needle : US Size 7

Cast on 40 sts
Rows 1-5: P4, *K4, P4* (Repeat from * to end of row)
Rows 6-10: K4, *P4,K4* (Repeat from * to end of row)
Rows 11-15, 21-25, 31-35, 41-45 repeat rows 1-5
Rows 16-20, 26-30, 36-40, 46-49 repeat rows 6-10
Row 50:Bind off while doing K4, *P4, K4* (repeating from * to end). Weave in ends.

I didn't do a gauge swatch since it doesn't really matter for a dish cloth. Just eyeball it to make it whatever size you want. Just make sure the stitches are in multiples of 8 and the rows are in multiples of 5. This pattern also works well with Lily Sugar & Cream yarn. The size of the dish cloth I knitted was approximately 9 1/2" by 9 1/4".

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