Knit One, Wash One…

By Alison November 30, 2005 3 Comments 2 Min Read


Now tell me this and tell me no more: is life too short to knit a dishcloth?

See the thing is this- I can’t knit. I can cast on and I can knit the most basic stitch over and over again until I’ve got a scarf long enough to wrap around Doctor Who’s neck a hundred times over, but I can’t do that purl thing and worse than that, I can’t cast off.  I have to get my Mum to do it. 

But all the cool girls are doing it, and I’m sorry enough to admit that I am so shallow, I want to be in their gang. I want to stitch ‘n’ bitch. (I’m so good at the bitching side of things- I just need something to do with my hands.) I want to be a KnitCase and join the ScarfDrive at SuperNaturale. So I’ve been rooting around the internet and I think even I can follow instructions like these on the Bernat website… 

Castoff1 Castoff2 

And seen as I’m the kind of girl highly liable to abandon a project midway if it get’s a tad dull I am starting with the most basic of basic dishcloth patterns (Cast on 36 stitches, knit till it strikes me as square, attempt to cast off, add ribbon hanging loop and frame for the whole world to admire!) . Ok so it isn’t a pattern in the pattern sense of the word, but it’s a start isn’t it? (Be kind: I am simple.) 

Find a myriad of dishcloth patterns here. 

P.S: Hope and pray I don’t get good at this, or you will all be getting Brocante dishclothes for Christmas… 

Go Stitch’ N Bitch…  



  1. Shannon says:

    The World's Most Easy-Peasey Dishcloth
    Cast on 4
    Row 1: Knit 4
    Row 2: Knit 2, Yarn Over, Knit to the end
    Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle
    Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, Knit 2 together, Knit to end
    Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. Bind Off.
    You end up with a cute little square, knit on the bias with a neat little edging. Plus, you only have to bind off 4 stitches!
    This is the oldest pattern that I have ever knit (it was my Gran's Grandmother's pattern). I went on a dishcloth kick this summer, churning them out by the dozens, until my hubby started to get this look in his eye that said "If I see one more of these things coming off of your needles, I'm getting you professional help". I felt it best to move on to another obessesion! Dishcloths are very gratifying though. If you are results oriented (like me), they give you a finished project so quickly!
    P.S.- These make great facial scrubs if you stop after 24 instead of 44 stitches

  2. kali says:

    In answer to your question…No!
    I'm a bit like you when it comes to knitting, and have churned out the odd scarf…I've even got the Stitch N Bitch book…never got around to making anything remotely challenging though. This little dishcloth is quite delectable. Might just give it a go 🙂

  3. Love Mimi xxx says:

    Ahh, teaching yourself to knit! I had so much fun doing that. And then I discovered that while seemingly every other knitter holds their yarn in their right hand, I hold mine in my left. And it seems a lot easier to me, and faster, especially with the dreaded first time purl! (I hope I dont get you wound into tangly knots with this suggestion!) Good luck!
    I always wondered if dish cloths are something different in America…while I would happily knit one, I could not bring myself to use it to wipe up spills in the kitchen!

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