Have you ever received a knitted dishcloth as a gift? I did, and at the time had only ever experienced fabric dishcloths, I didn't even know what it was until it was explained to me. I thought it would not be very absorbent and would stay went and stinky, but this is not the case.
I used to help a friend out with a catering business and when it came time to do the dishes she always had a stack of these knitted ones, so I thought why not. What got me was just how well they worked. The knitting bumps on the cloth acted like little scrubbers to help wash dishes and then when done they rinsed out very well and dried quickly as they were somewhat porous.
Not only are they useful but they are super easy to make. Yes you could simply knit a square but it won't always lay flat, so I found this pattern that starts in a corner and creates the dishcloth on a bias or angle which also creates some interest.
The most complicated part of this pattern is increasing and decreasing stitches and that is not hard. I found this video that really shows just how easy it is.
They Clean and Dry Fast
If you knit in a slightly looser fashion as above, you can see just how useful these are and are a perfect way to use up leftover yarns. The pattern around the outside also adds to it, and they can look good hanging on your faucet or side of sink. They can be thrown in the washer or simply run some dish soap and warm water through them after use and rinse and then hang over the faucet to dry.
They simply don't get stinky! I find now that most people tend to have a dishwasher that the dishcloth has to be washed more often as it is not getting that exposure to the sink full of hot suds when you do dishes by hand. But these are really easy to clean and absorb spills on the counter and you can make them quickly.
Great use for Leftover Yarn Projects
If you are looking for something to use your leftover yarns for, this is a great project. It fits into the EASY category, and can be done simply relaxing to music or watching TV. This also is a great way to get your practice in if you have been away from knitting for a long time as I was.
So, if you are looking for some easy projects, then get rid of those old beater cloths and replace them with brightly knitted dishcloths and put your leftover yarn to good use!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.