Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dish Cloths

It's cold outside. With a brutal wind straight out of the Fraser Valley whipping at our faces if we step outside and rattling our windows when we stay in, it's snowing too. It seemed a good day to pull out my favorite bamboo knitting needles and make myself some new dish cloths.
Here's the pattern.

Materials: Any worsted weight natural fiber yarn, like Lily Sugar 'n Cream Cotton. (One 113g/4 oz ball will make 5 dish cloths.)

Needles: Size 5 (US)

Instructions: Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 4.
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 - until there are 44 stitches on the needle.
Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.
Repeat Row 3 - until 4 stitches remain on the needle.
Row 4: Knit 4.
Bind Off.

Finishing: With yarn needle, neatly work in yarn ends.
Block to make dish cloth square.

Perhaps because this pattern has been around so long that the original designer is no longer known, it's quite simply become known as Grandmother's Favorite Dish Cloth. I can see why it became a favorite. When made with a good-quality cotton yarn, it remains soft and holds its shape well, dish washing after dish washing after dish washing. It's my favorite too.

I've often wondered, who that knits does not know how to make these.

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