This Easy Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern is the perfect pattern for new knitters. Using only knit or purl, this pattern gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect one stitch and still create something useful.
If you are new to knitting or are just looking for an easy, do in front of the TV, kind of knit project, then this Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern has your name all over it!
What I like about it for new knitters is that as it uses only knit or only purl, you can really focus on getting comfortable with that one stitch. Further, working with just one stitch gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your tension and getting it consistent.
What I would recommend for those new to the craft is to knit one washcloth using only the knit stitch and then a second dishcloth using only the purl stitch. One ball of Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream will be enough to knit two washcloths.
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What Materials Are Needed?
- One ball of worsted weight cotton yarn. I highly recommend Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream Cotton Yarn. It is inexpensive and one ball will produce 2 washcloths. When knitting dishcloths or washcloths, you want a 100% cotton for it’s absorbency and durability properties.
- US 7 (4.5mm) Straight Knitting Needles
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How to Knit the Garter Stitch Dishcloth
- Knit a gauge swatch of 4″ by 20 rows. Grab your ruler and place it against your swatch.
The gauge is 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch. If you have too many stitches and/or rows, then go up a needle size. If you have too few stitches/rows, then go down a needle size. All that being said, this is a washcloth and if it is an inch bigger or smaller, that is not a big deal.
Count the stitches and rows on your Garter Stitch swatch as follows:
- Cast on 40 stitches. To refresh yourself on Casting On.
- · K every row until work measures 9.5” from beginning. (Alternately, you could P every row until work measures 9.5” from beginning). To refresh yourself on How to Knit the Knit Stitch or How to Knit the Purl Stitch.
- · BO loosely. To refresh yourself on How to Bind Off and Weave in Your Tails.
- · Weave in your tails.
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- How to Cast On Using the Long-Tail Method; including how to calculate how much yarn is needed to cast on and how to make a slip knot.
- How to Knit the Knit Stitch
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
- How to Bind Off; including how to weave in your loose ends.
- How to Read a Knit Pattern; including a Common Knitting Abbreviations Chart.
- This simple Garter Knit Dishcloth will let you put all your new skills to good use!
- How to Block Your Knitting.
- Common Knit Errors; How to Prevent or Diagnose and Fix Them
- Join yarn using the Russian Join
- How to seam pieces of knit fabric with the Mattress Stitch (for sweaters, tops, pillows, etc…)
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