It’s All About the Dishrags

That’s life these days, chez moi.

Here are four cloths worked up in a variation on the stitch Laurie used for my dishrag tag cloth.
Four dishrags
The colors (all Elmore-Pisgah Peaches & Creme) from L to R are Oasis Ombre 176, Mardi Gras 163, Sour Green Apple 312, and Cityscape 211. Not only do these cloths illustrate some of the colorways available—they also offer a lesson in gauge. I knit each one using the same number of stitches and rows on U.S. size 8 needles, but I worked the smaller three on wood needles, the larger one on aluminum. Apparently aluminum needles loosen up my gauge. Who knew?

The pattern is quite simple. Cast on an odd number of stitches (I used 37) and K two rows.
Then work as follows:
Row 1: K2, [P1,K1] across, ending with an additional K1
Row 2: K3, [P1, K1] across, ending with an additional K2
Row 3: as row 1
Row 4: K across
When you’ve worked this four-row pattern through until you have the size you want (I did 13 reps), K one additional row, then cast off K-wise. Easy pie!

I’m absolutely in love with the Mardi Gras colorway, which is riotously happy.
Two dishrags
Check it out in the Mason-Dixon Ball Band pattern with a natural background. Those colors just *pop*.

Here’s another pair in Peppercorn Ombre 180.
Two more dishrags
The cloth on the left is worked in the Wheatfields pattern from page 3 of the Dishcloth Boutique. On the right, another Ball Band cloth with a natural background.

And here’s a dishcloth yet to come:
The ghosts of dishrags future?
The yarn on the needles is Sunflower 196, the other two are Black Watch 192 and Lemon Lime 186.

Since I discovered the self-striping Lilly Sugar ‘n Cream at the Michael’s in Emeryville, I’ve looked for it at other Michael’s without luck. I’m not sure why one shop carries it, but the others seem not to.
Dishrags and yarn
At any rate, Here’s Rowena, our Oregon stegosaurus, posing with some of the different colorways and one completed cloth. (This pattern is from one of the Leisure Arts dishcloth leaflets, I can’t remember which.)

I’m delighted to report that I finally found myself asking a “what if?” knitting question yesterday. I’ve felt so preoccupied lately with teaching responsibilities, that I’ve just been following patterns without dreaming up my own possibilities. The question was simple enough: “What if I work a mosaic-stitch dishcloth from two different self-striping yarns?” The cloth I knit up to answer my question (pic to follow) is fun, though the Sugar ‘n Cream colors aren’t as saturated as I’d like them to be for this purpose.

I’ve had lots of help with all my dishcloth knitting.
Two BIG hellpers
Damian will eventually settle down and leave me to my work, but Maggie just aches to grab those needles and work a couple of “stitches” herself.

P.S. Have you checked out the new issue of Knitter’s Magazine? I particularly like the Jade Empire cardigan.

10 Replies to “It’s All About the Dishrags”

  1. I love Rowena’s little head watching you knit in the last picture. Does she ‘help’ too?
    Thank you for the pattern in the Cotton Commandoes box! I look forward to trying it out. Plenty of opportunity for hat wear here in the Frozen North….

  2. Mary Maxim carries the Sugar’n Cream Stripes, labelled “New!”, in 9 different color combinations. Maybe it depends on the turnover of stock in various Michaels.

  3. You are definitely on a dishrag roll. How fun and enticing to see all those color combos. I find it especially interesting about the different guage of the two types of needles….I am going to check that out with mine to see if the same thing happens. I have a dishrag now on the needles, and they are the quicksilver brand. With the cotton, I can barely keep a hold of the knitting, and it is a bit loose. The “kitties” must be great company.

  4. Oooh, more pretty cloths! I think I’m going to get off the computer and get working on the ballband that is in progress. I’m making dishcloths for some co-workers and this one is a big Wisconsin Badgers fan, so it’s red and white!

  5. You green & red Elmore-Pisgah dishcloth that looks liks a sidewalk is awesome! Would you mind telling me the pattern you used, and which two colors you used.

    Thanks so much!

  6. oh I love dishrags and would love to join the dishrag tag swap? Is it still going on? Can you let me know? I got your blog through my SP on my Tea swap…Looks like sooo much fun…

  7. Here I am pestering you again. Would you mind sharing the pattern for the easy Sunflower dishcloth? Thanks again.

  8. Just when I thought I was getting over my dishrag addiction….yours are so awesome! Must not look at them again till after Christmas! W ill not start another one this year!

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