Friday, December 20, 2013

KNIT: Trio of Dishcloths

I found this adorable idea for the "We WASH you a Merry Christmas" soap gifts from Darling Doodles.  (Pinterest to the rescue!) I paired it with my handmade dishcloths for an extra special touch. And voila! Happy teacher gifts all ready to go. In fact, I've been a crazy knitting lady these past couple of weeks. Late nights of knitting + early mornings to get kids ready for school = what my 11 year old calls "a cranky mom".  True. But the gifts are all done & made! In fact, the girls are delivering the last of the bunch at school today. Christmas break starts this afternoon. Woohoo! (Which means any more late nights of knitting can be met with a morning of sleeping in. I am loving life right now!)

I've had requests for these patterns, so I thought I'd share the trio that, so far, are my "go to" patterns. 
The instructions are listed below. For a free printable version, click HERE.

This pattern, & the next, were given to me by my grandmother. They were typed out onto a piece of paper, complete with scribbles & notes & check-marks to keep track of rows.

Cast on 15 sts. 

ROW 1---knit 
ROW 2--- K3, YO, K11 (1 st left on needle) TURN 
ROW 3---knit 
ROW 4---K3, YO, K11 (2 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 5---knit 
ROW 6---K3, YO, K11 (3 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 7---knit 
ROW 8---Bind off 3 sts. K2, YO, K8 (4 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 9 ---knit 
ROW 10---K3, YO, K8 (5 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 11---knit 
ROW 12---K3, YO, K8 (6 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 13---knit 
ROW 14---Bind off 3 sts. K2, YO, K5 (7 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 15---knit 
ROW 16---K3, YO, K5 (8 sts left on needle) TURN 
ROW 17---knit 
ROW 18---K3, YO, K5 (9 sts left on needl) TURN 
ROW 19---knit 
ROW 20---Bind off 3 sts. Knit to end. Repeat ROW 1 thru 20 six more times. (Row 1 thru 20 forms one section of dishcloth. Complete dishcloth has 7 total sections.) 
Once completed, bind off & sew ends together.


Cast on 17 sts.
Turn---Slip 1 st, K16 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K14 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K12 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K10 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K8 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K6 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K4 
Turn---Slip 1 st, K2 
Knit 17 sts & repeat 
Makes a total of 12 sections 
Bind off & stitch ends together


I have found there are many different variations on the waffle stitch. This, of course, is just one of the many. This dishcloth looks quite cool in a solid color too. 
I cast on 40 sts, & got a dishcloth approximately 9"x9". But make it whatever size you prefer.

ROW 1---*K1, P2* (repeat from * to *) K1
ROW 2---*P1, K2* (repeat from * to *) P1
ROW 3---Knit
ROW 4---Purl
Repeat ROWS 1-4 until you reach the desired size.

Happy knitting!


  1. Replies
    1. I usually go by what the yarn suggests for these cotton yarns---which I think is an 8 U.S. But as I've been knitting these dishcloths, I think I like the size 7 U.S. better.

  2. Oh, Nikki, thank you for this fabulous post!!!!! I gave gifts like this last year, but didn't have such a cute tag :( and CIRCULAR cloths are blowing my mind!!!

    1. You're very welcome Holly! I have been scouring the internet the past few nights for more circular ones. They are so fun to knit! I found a couple more pretty neato ones. (Trying to squeak out some last-minute gifts!)

  3. Beautiful... I am looking for same cover for my Defense Shower Gel. Should I make it circular or square?

    Plz suggest!



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