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"Idiot's" Dishcloth

Idiot's Dishcloth
(Yarn - Sugar'n Cream Early American Ombre)

My second dishcloth was made from this pattern. I have found this pattern all over, so I don't know who the original "owner" is. You can also find the oh-so-easy pattern in the knitting book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting.

The pattern is very forgiving and extremely versatile. You end up with a square cloth. (Scroll down for instructions on making the cloth into a towel.)
Use a needle sized 6 - 9. I like size 9.
Knit with Sugar'n Cream Yarn - the queen of dishcloth-making yarns!
See below the pattern for abbreviation help.


k 1 row

Next row, k2, yo, k2

Next row, k2, yo, k to end of row

Continue to repeat the [k2, yo, k until end of row] until you have a total of 45sts on the needle

Next row, k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row

Continue to do the [k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row], decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches are left on the needle

Next row, k2, k2Tog, k1.

Bind off the 4 sts.

CO - Cast On
K - knit
YO - Yarn Over (to increase)
k2Tog - Knit 2 Together (to decrease)
st - stitch (sts is plural stitches)

Super easy pattern; perfect to knit while watching television. Not too much thinking to it. They wash up great and are very durable.

NEW ***Update***
How to make Idiot's Dishcloth into a towel
submitted by Karen - thanks Karen!!!
(I have not tried the pattern below yet... if you do, let me know how it works out.)

Start the the dish cloth as directed above, only increase until you have a total of 58 stiches then do your decrease until 4 stictches are left. Cast off to one stitch left; pick up 27 stitches (down the side of dishcloth/towel). You should have 28 stitches on needle.

K one row
K2Tog across the row (14 stitches on the needle)
K 24 rows
K 7yo(yarn over); knit 7(button hole)
K one row
K2Tog knit to last 3 stitches
K2Tog, continuing this row until 5 stitches remain on needle
cast off sew on button

Sorry, I don't have a picture of the finished cloth. If you decide to try this and can send a picture, that would be fabby.

Helen made a cushion from this pattern. She wrote:
This cushion was knitted on 6mm needles and I used 3 strands of aran thickness wool together. The square was 43 stitches across at the widest point. I have a very limited amount of wool available and actually didn't have any left over for sewing the 2 squares together. Luckly I had some similar wool available for that part. you may have noticed that the border that is knitted with the square makes a nice little lacy part. This made it easier to sew together, as I just used a crocheting hook to thread the wool through the holes. I knotted the wool between the edging when I finished sewing. The cushion is small, so I had to make an insert for it myself. I am now currently knitting a coffee coloured one for my friend.

Helen's Pillow

Norah, a member of The Yarn Spinners of St. Patrick, a prayer shawl ministry, said this:
A group of women in my church are involved in a prayer shawl ministry and decided to broaden our reach to new babies baptised into our congregation. We make 6 inch squares in various patterns, then sew them together to make a nap blanket. This washcloth pattern has become one of the favorites. It goes so fast!

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knit blanket knit blanket knit blanket

From Mellie: I use the basic dishcloth pattern to make afghans. Just keep increasing until you've used half your yarn, then decrease. Easy and if you use a bulky yarn, quite warm.

Susan's... "I knitted your dish cloth... I didn't have enough of the green color yarn to make the whole cloth, so I got to the mid-way point and finished the downsize with a basic white.

Links to other finished cloths:
Adventures in Sideways Living
Nancy: knit baby blanket (with picture)

Did you use this pattern? Drop me a line and let me know. If you have a picture, I'd love to see it. You can also find more pictures on Ravelry from people who have made Idiot's Dishcloths.

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