Happy New Year!
How many of you knit or crochet dishcloths? We know they are pretty popular – all of us here make our own dishcloths all the time, usually practicing a fun new stitch or technique. Since I don’t have a dishwasher, I have tons of dishcloths and I find that all of my handmade dishcloths work so much better than ones found in stores.
So with that in mind, for 2014 we thought we’d have a fun little Dishcloth-along! Every week, we will be posting a brand new dishcloth pattern – for free! Each pattern is written by the Knit Picks staff and at the end of the year, we have something special planned for them. (it’s a secret for now, but I think you’ll enjoy it.)
So first up is the dishcloth pattern I make all the time for myself – Orbital.
I’m not kidding, I have at least a dozen of this easy to crochet pattern in my dishcloth drawer, in all sizes & colors. The pattern as written creates a 10.5″ diameter dishcloth but it’s easy to make them smaller or larger – just take out or add a few rounds. I did these Dishie (Jalepeno and Honeydew – green is my favorite color) but I’ve also made similar ones in Shine and Comfy for facecloths. It’s a really versatile pattern and one I don’t have to worry making sure my edges are nice & neat, like I do with square crochet dishcloths!
Each dishcloth takes less than a skein of Dishie - and I had enough of both colors to do a stripey one as well! Or you if you have odds & ends of worsted cotton yarn, you can change colors every round to make a rainbow Orbital!
Here is the direct link to the pattern – I can’t wait to see all the versions you come up with!
I hope you enjoy this pattern – and stayed tuned for next Thursday, when will have another free pattern for you!