Nothing compares to a homemade cotton dishcloth. I am using a pattern I received from a friend probably 30 years ago and I have no idea where it originated from. I have tried a few different patterns over the years, but I always go back to this one. That is, until I came across directions for a 2 ply cotton one. (mine uses 4 ply) I didn’t have any 2 ply yarn, so I had the brilliant idea to separate my 4 ply. I had a partial skein and figured it would be enough to make one dishcloth. Well, 4 hours later and with the help of my son and husband, I got it separated. I don’t recommend this – it was a tangled, twisted challenge to say the least, but in an attempt to use what I had available, I made it work. Once the yarn was separated, the actual knitting went very quickly and I like the weight of this dishcloth. It works equally well for wiping countertops or washing glasses.
Knitted Dishcloth (4 ply)
1 ball or skein cotton yarn, 2.5 oz skein makes 2 cloths
#7 or #8 knitting needles
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1 – Knit
Row 2 – Knit 2, yarnover (YO), knit 2
Row 3 – Knit 2, YO, knit to end
Repeat row 3 until 47 stitches on needle
Knit 1, Knit 2 together, YO, knit 2 together, knit to end
continue until 4 stitches remain. Knit 2 together, knit 2 together, bind off.
Knitted Dishcloth (2 ply version)
#6 knitting needles
2 strand 100 % cotton yarn
Cast on 37 stitches
Rows 1-4: Knit across
Row 5: Knit 3, purl across to last 3 stitches, Knit 3
Repeat rows 4 & 5 until size desired (I did 57 rows after the first 4 rows)
Last 4 rows (58-61): Knit across. Bind off.