Let’s get one thing straight, we’re not knitters. But, learning to knit basic pieces – like this dishcloth – is a skill worth learning. So we learned it, and we’re glad we did.
You can learn it too, I promise it’s easy. All you need is a pair of knitting needles, a skein of cotton yarn, a simple pattern, and a darning or yarn needle. We’ll hold your hand through the process and help you along using the same simple resources we used to learn.
What You’ll Learn
We’ll teach you the following basic dishcloth knitting know-how including:
- needle size to use
- pattern to use
- basic knitting abbreviations
- how to start with a slip knot
- how to cast on (aka bind on)
- how to do a knit stitch
- how to do a yarn over
- how to knit two stitches together
- how to bind off (aka cast off).
When you’re done you’ll have a new skill, the gratification of knowing that you created something useful, and a fancy knew dishcloth.
And then another, and another, and another – because once you start you won’t be able to stop! Trust me.
How cool is that, right?
Grandma’s Dishcloth Pattern
- Skein of your favorite “Sugar ‘n Cream” cotton yarn (buy online or at your local craft store)
- Size 6 or 7 needles (US)
Note: you make this dishcloth from one corner, diagonally to the opposite corner.
- Cast on 4 stitches.
- Row 1: Knit 4.
- Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row.
- Repeat Row 2 until you have 46 stitches on the needle.
- Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
- Repeat Row 3 until you have 6 stitches on the needle.
- Bind off, cut the yarn (to about 6 inches), and weave back into the dishcloth using a yarn or darning needle.
If you’re sticking to the basics like us you should only need to know the following:
- slip knot = an adjustable loop, used to begin many cast-on methods
- CO = cast on (or bind on)
- BO = bind off (or cast off)
- yo = yarn over (wrap the yarn around right needle)
- k2tog = knit two stitches together
- EOR = end of row
Use this resource to learn all the knitting abbreviations.
We tried to pick these skills up from books, but it just didn’t work. The best way to learn is in person or by watching videos.
How to start with a slip knot
How to cast on
How to do a knit stitch
How to do a yarn over
How to knit two together
How to bind off
Using and Giving Away
You’re done, yay! And you’ve never been so excited to do the dishes.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, just keep practicing by making more. It took us two or three tries each to get them looking really good.
Knitting is a useful skill and relaxing hobby so make a bunch of these and give them away as gifts!