Cost: $2.50 for 2 or 3
Skill level: beginner
Skills used: knitting, purling, knitting stripes.
If you haven’t knitted your own dishrags or washcloths before, you totally should. They’re cushy-soft, pretty, cheery, and fast to knit. I’m more of a sponge/scrubbie/brush gal, so mine will stay in the powder room or shower. I might make a few carrying a strand of scratchy metallic or hemp for scrubbaliciousness. I’m a big fan of the scrubby.
Inspired by the happy cotton dishrags in the wonderful and my current favorite knitting book Mason-Dixon Knitting, this washcloth also uses a 2-color slipped-stitch pattern. While it’s not as flashy as the Mason-Dixon basketweave, in many ways, I like better. Here’s why: it has a tidy slipped-stitch edge (I hate garter edges), the super-easy stacked pattern requires even less thought, and there’s less purling, hurrah!
The basic pattern is used on the 2-tone yellow version, while the mix-em-ups repeat is used on the yellow and orange.
2 different colors [yarn A and yarn B] of of Peaches & Cream, Sugar n’ Cream, Lion Cotton, or any other soft, cheap kitchen cotton yarn
US 7/4.5mm needles
sharp darning needle
6 crochet hook (optional)
about 5 st/inch
All stitches are slipped purlwise.
With yarn A, CO 43 st.
Row 1: Slip 1, k to end
Row 2: Slip 1, p to 1 st from end, k1.
Join yarn B
Row 3: Slip 1. Move yarn to back of work. Sl 1. *K4, Sl 1, repeat from * to 1 st from end, k1.
Row 4: Slip 2. Move yarn to back of work. *K4, move yarn to front, Sl 1, move yarn to back, repeat form * to 1 st from end, k1.
Repeat rows 3 & 4.
Repeat all 6 rows 11 times more.
Work Rows 1 & 2 again, then BO, crocheting a little chain loop at the end if you like.
Weave in ends with a sharp darning needle, splitting the yarn as you weave. This keeps the unclingy cotton from unraveling as readily.
Crazy Mix-em ups
Okay, it’s not that crazy. Here’s how it goes:
CO & work the first 12 rows as per the pattern. Work Rows 1 & 2 again.
Then reverse your colors and work the whole 14 row set in the opposite colors.
Repeat the whole thing, then finish off with one more 14-row set in the original colorway, and BO & weave in ends as above. Ta da!