Thursday, July 15, 2010

Knitting Project: Checkerboard Dishcloth

I'd meant to post this simple little pattern yesterday, but a collision of hormones and Asperger Syndrome intervened in the form of my 10-year-old daughter and I both having a melt down. :(

Anyway, a day late and a bit worse for the wear, I'm back. Here we go!

Knitted Checkerboard Dishcloth

*1 skein worsted weight cotton yarn (I really like Kertzer's Coolspun cotton, but Sugar & Cream works fine too)
*Size 7 needles, or size needed to obtain the proper gauge.

Cast on 36 stitches

Rows 1 & 2 - Knit across
Rows 3-8 - Knit 2 (for a selvedge edge), *knit 4, purl 4* to the last 2 stitches, knit last 2 (for selvedge edge)
Rows 9-14 - K2, *P4, K4* to the last 2 stitches, K2
Rows 15-20 - Do as in rows 3-8
Rows 21-26 - Do as in rows 9-14
Repeat pattern until the desired size/length is reached.
Last 2 rows - Knit across
Bind off and tuck in ends.

If you elongate the boxes horizontally in this pattern (K8, P8x4, instead of K4, P4x8), you'll get more of a basket weave look.

If you give this pattern a try, I'd love to see pics of your work! Hopefully in the coming days, I'll have a chance to post the pattern for the other two dishcloths. Happy knitting!


  1. I love to ctochet, but I can't knit for nuts! I always manage to add stitches, not drop them. I banned my littlej from copying middlec and learning to knit when she was just 5 as I was worried about sharp pointy things being left around the house,and inbetween couch cushions, but got up early one morning to discover that she had been secretly knitting for weeks having watched her sister and taught herself with plastic chopsticks! Of course I gave in after that, and I do admire her pluck!

    1. that's ADORABLE. My mother taught me to knit a year ago (I'm 24. >.>) when I asked for a new scarf for winter and she basically told me to make it myself, so I did. I can't crochet to save my life though. I've tried a few different times and I just can't quite get the hang of it.