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DIAGONAL Dishcloth and Kitchen Towel FREE PATTERN

DIAGONAL Dishcloth and Kitchen Towel FREE PATTERN

This is an oldie but goodie 🙂

Several years ago, we stopped buying comercial sponges at home with the aim of reducing the amount of plastic we consume and take care of the planet (I’m preparing an article about it). So, as you can imagine, this pattern is my most used one to make sponge sized dishcloths!

As I did with my BAMBOO Dishcloth, I’ll leave the pattern written here, but also included two download links at the end of the post:

  • detailed pattern: with photos, boxes and tips
  • printer-friendly version: with the basic instructions so you can print it out saving paper and ink.

I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you do!

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SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner / Easy

TECHNIQUES USED: knit, yarn over, k2tog OR ssk (whichever you like the most 🙂 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

  • Sponge dishcloth: Length: 6.25’’ (15.5 cm). Width: 4.25’’ (10.5 cm).
  • Square dishcloth: Length / Width: approx. 8’’ (20 cm).
  • Kitchen towel: Length: 19.5’’ (50 cm). Width: 13.75’’ (35 cm).

You can easily modify the measures; see the instructions for each size. Leave me a message in the comments box below if you need help.

MATERIALS

  • 1 pair of straight needles US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Approx. 23 yd (21 m) / 66 yd (60 m) / 245 yd (224 m) of worsted / aran 100 % cotton yarn. OR 45 yd (41 m) / 131 yd (120 m) / 490 yd (448 m) of fingering or sport 100 % cotton yarn USED DOUBLE.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in yarn ends and scissors.

GAUGE

18.5 sts x 25 rows in stocking st with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)(Although gauge is not very important in this project…)

ABBREVIATIONS

  • CO: cast on
  • RS: right side / WS: wrong side
  • st: stitch
  • k: knit
  • yo: yarn over
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
  • ssk: slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 st, pass the slipped st over.

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Sponge Dishcloth

— CO 4 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Knit 1 row.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border.

Increase section: k2, yo, k to end. Repeat this row until you have the desired width on the diagonal. For the ones in this pattern, I repeated this section until having 22 sts in my needle.

Esponja

Straight section: repeat the following 2 rows until your desired length. I repeated this section a total of 8 times (16 rows). NOTE: In the second row, you can choose to make your decreases ssk or k2tog, whichever you prefer. But be consistent: if you prefer ssk, make every decrease in the pattern this way. And if you opt for k2tog, don’t change halfway through 😊

Row 1) k2, yo, k to end.

Row 2) k1, decrease, yo, decrease, k to end.

Decrease section: k1, decrease, yo, decrease, k to end. Repeat every following row until you have 4 sts left in your needle.

– Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

2) Square Dishcloth

– CO 4 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Knit 1 row.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border.

Increase section: k2, yo, k to end. Repeat every following row until you have the desired width on the diagonal. For the square dishcloth in the photo, I repeated this section until having 48 sts in my needle.

Decrease section (there is NO straight section for square dishcloths😊): k1, decrease, yo, decrease, k to end. Repeat this row until you have 4 sts left in your needle.

NOTE: Just like for the sponge dishcloths, you can choose to decrease by ssk or k2tog.

– Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

3) Kitchen Towel

— CO 4 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Knit 1 row.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border.

Increase section: k2, yo, k to end. Repeat this row until you have the desired width on the diagonal. For the kitchen towel in this pattern, I repeated this section until having 76 sts in my needle.

Straight section: repeat the following 2 rows until your desired length. I repeated this section a total of 20 times (40 rows). NOTE: In the second row, you can choose to make your decreases ssk or k2tog, whichever you prefer. But be consistent: if you prefer ssk, make every decrease in the pattern this way. And if you opt for k2tog, don’t change halfway through 😊

Row 1) k2, yo, k to end.

Row 2) k1, decrease, yo, decrease, k to end.

Decrease section: k1, decrease, yo, decrease, k to end. Repeat every following row until you have 4 sts left in your needle.

– Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

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FINAL NOTE: keep in mind that with regular use your dishcloths will enlarge a bit. Below I share a photo of one of my sponge dishcloths, after 6 months of use. Just for reference, I use a different cloth each day and toss them into the washing machine when doing laundry.

New vs used

Have a lovely day, and HAPPY KNITTING!!

Firma 2 transp

DOWNLOAD LINKS

DIAGONAL Dishcloths and Kitchen Towel

DIAGONAL Printer Friendly

 

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