Hand crafted household tools imbue our homes with nostalgia and remind us that our hands are far more capable than simply the keyboard tapping that often fills our days. Reusable dishcloths are such an addition to your kitchen. Choosing to use reusable cloths whether handmade, upcyled or shop bought saves enormous amounts of resources and landfill.
I have a stash of three or four and I follow a simple “use for a day, replace, and wash” routine. If wrung out well between uses and left to dry over the tap, these dishcloths stay fresh and odour free. Then, they are simply popped into the washing machine along with all the other clothes making them far more hygienic than the germ hoarding disposable options.
If you’re new to knitting then this is the perfect project for you. A holey, handmade dishcloth is to be celebrated; it’s a gentle, daily reminder you of your intentions. I’ve also included links to YouTube tutorials to help you along the way.
Simple Knitted Dishcloth
You will need a pair of 6mm/size 10 knitting needles and a ball of cotton yarn (8 or 10 ply)
Cast on 4 stitches
1st row: Knit all stitches
2nd row: Knit 1 stitch, increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and then the back of the next stitch, Knit to the end of the row.
Continue repeating the last row until 39 stitches are on your needles.
Next row: Knit two stitches, Knit two stitches together, Knit to the end of the row.
Continue repeating the last row until 4 stitches are left.