Knitting for Beginners - How to Knit a Dishcloth
If you wanted to learn how to knit, this is the perfect project! Using only 3 basic stitches and including a complete step-by-step video embedded on the bottom of this page, you can make a beautiful lace like dishcloth. If you'd prefer to download the pattern so you can take it wherever you go, the download is available on my website - Dishcloth Pattern
And here's a bit more info for you. Not only can you use the pattern create a dishcloth, but if you add more rows, you can easily use the same pattern to make a scarf!
The pattern itself is very short, repetitive and easy to follow. Exactly what a newbie knitter needs to get his or her knit on! For more the seasoned knitter, this pattern doesn't require a gauge as it's a dishcloth and sizing isn't important. Also, if you want to make a larger dishcloth, increase the number of initial stitches cast on and increase the number of repeated rows to make it square.
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Things you need:
Size 3 US (3 or 3.25 mm) knitting needles
1 3/4 oz (50g) ball of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
Size 8 US (5 mm) crochet hook - this is optional
Cast on 35 sts
Row 1 - 5: Knit across
* Row 6: Lace knit stitch across.
To make this stitch, simply wrap the yarn twice around the knitting needle and work as any knit stitch. (Watch the how-to for this stitch at the bottom of this post.)
Row 7 - 11: Knit across.* Repeat from * to * 8 more times. There will be 9 lace rows.
If you want to make a scarf simply repeat from * to * as many times as you like until you knit the length you want.
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You can stop here if you choose to not crochet the edge. If you prefer a more finished edge for your dishcloth, single crochet evenly around the edge. Make 2 sc in each set of 5 rows, 1 sc in the lace knit row, 3 sc in each corner, and 1 sc in each knitted stitch along the cast on edge and the cast off edge.
That's it! Like I said before, this is a very repetitive pattern that enables the newbie knitter to master a few basic stitches while still making something they can be proud of. A more experienced knitter can make these in a few hours or less and great to whip up if you want to give them as a gift, sell them online or at a local market, or even if you need a dishcloth for yourself. An let's be honest, can you ever have too many dishcloths? Or is that just me...