The Cotton Dishcloth The Cotton Dishcloth (Once Removed or Dressed Up!)
Designed by: Marion Torgerson
Rating: Easy - Medium

Materials: 1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn, size 7, 8, 9 or 10 US needles. (7 gives a tight knit that is still soft, yet scrubs)

Instructions:
Cast on 15 stitches
Row 1 and all odd rows: K across.
Row 2: K3, YO, K to last st, turn.
Row 4: K3, YO, K to last 2 sts, turn.
Row 6: K3, YO, K to last 3 sts, turn.
Row 8: Bind off 3 sts, K2, YO, K to last 4 sts, turn.
Row 10: K3, YO, K to last 5 sts, turn.
Row 12: K3, YO, K to last 6 sts, turn.
Row 14: Bind off 3 sts, K2, YO, K to last 7 sts, turn.
Row 16: K3, YO, K to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 18: K3, YO, K to last 9 sts, turn.
Row 20: Bind off 3 sts, K across row.

Repeat these 20 rows six or seven (which ever you need for your cloth to lay flat and meet neatly) more times, draw up the center and sew together. Result: alovely round dishcloth that has small petal-like edges. This could be knit with Sugar and Cream sport weight yarn on size 5 needles for a dainty coaster.
When I made them this year for Christmas, I used red and white cotton that had shots of gold. I used #7 (US) needles. I did rows 1 & 2 with the color I wanted the stripe to be. (i.e. red) then finished the twenty row section with the other color. I told my receipents that the colors might bleed, but I thought it was worth the effect of getting a peppermint cloth with some peppermint soap. Last year for baby gifts I cast on only 9 stitches, used only one color. I think you had to shorten up the sections by a few rows, I'd have to sit down and do it again. But anyway, I made smaller cloths and gave them as shower gofts (excuse the pun) with sample sizes of baby shampoo, soap, powder, lotion, etc. The cloths fit your hand very well and fit small baby places. They are also softer than regular washcloths, even if line dried.



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