Every now and then I go through phases of wanting to knit dishcloths and washcloths. (My latest was using the new Red Heart Scrubby yarn, and I have a feeling I’m going to be making a lot of them.)
Washcloths and dishcloths are great knitting projects because they are almost instant gratification, they travel well, are infinitely useful, make great simple hostess gifts and give you the opportunity to try out something new. If you want to learn a new stitch pattern or technique but don’t want to take on a huge project, a dishcloth is a great place to start.
Stitch & Unwind has a little collection of six knitted dishcloth patterns that will help you learn new stitches. They include lattice, double Seed Stitch, basketweave and diagonal check, as well as Stockinette and Garter. You can also check out my dishcloth and washcloth knitting patterns over at About to get some more ideas, or just cast on a multiple of stitches that works for the pattern you want to try, knit until you’ve got a piece that’s about square (or whatever size you want) and bind off. Easy and educational.
Do you have a favorite dishcloth or washcloth knitting pattern? I’d love to hear about it!
[Photo via Stitch & Unwind.]