Knit Purl Ridge Dishcloth Pattern by Janice Jones |Published 01-26-2023
If you can knit a stockinette stitch you can make this Knit Purl Ridge Dishcloth Pattern. Composed entirely of knit and purl stitches, the dishcloth lays flat due to the garter stitch border. It's not reversible, but the "wrong" side is similar to the reverse stockinette or the non-public side of the stockinette stitch.
It's easy to make, even for the absolute beginner and super fast. Make one or more for yourself or to give as a gift. This is just one of a series of free dishcloth patterns from which to choose on Smart Knit Crocheting.
Beyond the environmental aspect of reducing waste by not using disposable towels, there are plenty of reasons to use knitted dishcloths or facecloths/washcloths.
Knitting using 100% cotton (preferably organic cotton) creates cloths that are textured. Unlike commercially made dishcloths, this extra texture makes cleaning much easier.
They are also more sanitary. A clean dishcloth used for one day will not collect the dirt, bacteria and other harmful germs that a sponge might, reducing your need for strong disinfectants that might be damaging to the environment.
I have started cleaning my face with just hot water and one of these knit dishcloths. Before you gag, let me say that the skin on my face has not felt better.
Just that little extra abrasive action that the knit dishcloth can provide helps remove dead skin cells and leave a clean glow to my skin. My son reports that he has noticed less break outs and smoother skin by just using water and a cloth.
This is not a reversible pattern stitch meaning that the front will not look like the back.
The right side or public side of the Purl Ridge Stitch is shown. Notice that it is identical to the stockinette stitch, except for an extra row of knit stitches every tenth row.
This is the wrong or non-public side of the dishcloth. Like the front side, the wrong side resembles the wrong side of the stockinette stitch with just a minor deviation on the tenth row.
sc= single crochet
hdc=half double crochet
The actual gauge is not important in this project, however, if you are working on this skill, aim for 10 sc and 11 rows/ 4 inch square (10 cm)
This pattern uses Number 5, (from the Craft Yarn Council). You can use whatever type of yarn that you like, in whatever color you choose.
The initial chain determines the length of the blanket (not the width). Chain more or less if you prefer a larger or smaller blanket.
To keep tract of your chains, place a stitch marker every 20 to 25 stitches. This will save you time, if you must go back and count the chains.
Work in the top two loops of each stitch throughout.
This pattern uses US English terminology.
CO 42 stitches or any number of stitches in multiples of 2
Row 1 - 4: Knit across row.
Row 5: K4, P to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 6: Knit across row.
Row 7: K4, P to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 8: Knit across row.
Row 9: K4, P to last 4 sts. K4.
Row 10: Knit across row.
Row 11: Knit across row.
Row 12: Repeat rows 7 - 11 until piece measures approximately 7 1/2 inches (19 cm)
Last 4 rows: K across rows.
Bind off in K stitch, Weave in ends.
Alternate: If you would like to have a loop to hang this dishcloth, then bind off to last four stitches. Continue to knit the four stitches until the loop is 4 1/2 inches (11.4 cm). Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing and weaving in the ends. Fold the loop in half. Using the long tail, sew the end of the loop to the body of the dishcloth. Weave in ends.
This one was made with the addition of a hanging loop.
Most of the dishcloths in this series do not blocking, but you may still want to block. This knit purl ridge dishcloth pattern may need a little blocking if it does not lay flat.
Knit dishcloths are nothing new but are enjoying a new found interest as many of us look for ways to reduce waste and live frugally.
Many life long knitters remember a grandmother or great aunt that made dishcloths or towels. There is little recorded about specifics of when knit cotton dishcloths were most popular.
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