Today’s the Day: Let’s All Knit Dishcloths!

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
July 15, 2022

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  • Is there going to be an MDK Lounge Topic for this KAL? I hope I hope!

  • This is absolutely a bandwagon I’d join, but I’m madly knitting the most insane lace weight shawl I’ve ever attempted, and I need it done for Aug 6! I’m not even halfway! All other projects have been put aside. Wish me luck and happy dishcloths

  • The Wunderlust FG #11 has patterns that can be used as dishcloths, too (see pages 26 and 30 for photos). The Bodhi Leaf is in FG #7.

  • I cannot begin to tell you how many dishcloths I have knit in the past two years. Such a stress reliever – I knit up a pile (most of which are the ballband pattern) and when people visit or I need a quick gift I go to the stash and pull a few out. I’ve recently gifted several dishcloths and have only about 4 or 5 left so this KAL has come at the perfect time!!

  • Knitting number 4 in Handknit Cotton now, but I might need to expand my collection with some Creative Linen.

    • I recently became a dishcloth fanatic when 1 week before my bestie’s b-day I knit up 5 to give her. That was June 20th or so. I’m on dishcloth 16 & 17 at present, one of which is a mosaic pattern of the NYC skyline. I’m serious!!

  • I’ve never been able to figure out Instagram and the help section hasn’t helped. Is there alternative to follow along/post?

  • I am all in!!!

  • Yes, I’ll make some! I just now sewed a doubled square of crochet for the first, and decided to kill two fiber birds with one set of needles: I’m learning brioche while making dishcloths, and I’m only using leftover yarn. And I’m coming to visit your store week after next! I’ll be in Nashville visiting my son and I’m going to stop by and see your store! See you soon!

  • My all-time favorite thing to knit… the Mighty Ballband. But I’m gonna have to try that 33st Honeycomb style too!

  • I don’t understand these dishcloths. Do people actually use them to scrub dishes instead of a sponge? That’s not a thing my mother ever did. They’re too small for towels at the size shown.

    • My mom and grandma used dishcloths to wash dishes in the sink, and we also used them to clean the table and counter tops. I no longer use them to wash dishes but I still use them to wipe counters and tables, the stovetop, etc. It takes me a very long time to use up a roll of paper towels, thanks to dishcloths. They have to be laundered frequently which is why I need a drawer full of them. They get washed with the dish towels, which are thinner and bigger of course.

      • So what do you use now to wash dishes?

        • For the dishes themselves I use the dishwasher or these amazing sponges: O-Cedar Heavy Duty Scrunge Scrub Sponge (Pack of 12)

      • Kay, I’m the same way with paper towels. I have lots of regular rag towels and just throw them in the laundry. But they’re not hand knits!

      • Kay, I’m with you on paper towels. I have lots of regular terry dishtowels. I try to avoid paper towels at all costs.

  • I’m knitting Grandma’s Favorite washcloth in Rowan Handknit. I purchased the Skillset app so I’d have the pattern. Instructions state to knit until 20 stitches, but that’s way too small for a washcloth. What is the recommended number of stitches? Thank you.

  • Like Chelsea I am knee-deep in a secret project and have an upcoming deadline, but you have finally, finally sucked me into your dishcloth vortex. (Is that the correct new-age terminology?) And the ballband dishcloth will be my next doctor’s office (or similar waiting time) project. Will assemble my kit (purse-size!) as I go. head is already filling with color combos.

    • Chloe, you’ll love it here in the vortex! You’ll see, you’ll have a FO to show off and/or share in no time