It’s time for another installment of the Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop. If you missed it last month, a group of knitting bloggers are getting together to share a new dishcloth/washcloth pattern every week this year (well, except for in December). It’s a great way to learn new knitting skills and techniques on a small scale and start using more reusable dishcloths and washcloths in your home.
My pattern this month was inspired by a scarf pattern from Purl Soho that I shared earlier this month. It uses Cartridge Rib, an easy stitch pattern that makes a rib-like fabric with no purling at all. I had never tried this stitch before — and frankly was a little skeptical that it would take as long to work as regular ribbing because of the slipped stitches — so I thought this was the perfect reason to give it a go.
It’s really fun and easy and I do think it’s a little faster than conventional ribbing, though you do have to move the yarn around a bit to make it work. Still, it’s a cool technique and one of those things it’s fun to show off to your knitting friends.
Cartridge Rib Dishcloth
- one skein Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (I used about 75 yards total to make a small washcloth); mine is color 102, Aqua
- pair of size 7 US/4.5 mm knitting needles
Gauge is not critical but I got about 7 stitches and 8 rows per inch in pattern stitch
Washcloth shown is about 8 inches square. Instructions are give for 8-inch and 10-inch squares, with the larger size instructions in parentheses.
To make a different size, ensure that the number of stitches is a multiple of 4 plus 3 for the pattern to work.
Cast on 55 (71) stitches.
Row 1: Knit 3, *slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 3. Repeat from * to end.
Row 2: Knit 1, *slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 3. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 1.
Repeat these two rows until piece is square, ending with row 2. Bind off and weave in ends.
More Dishcloth Patterns
If you’ve missed any patterns in the series, here are some more: