Arc en Ciel Dishcloth

During this time of year, with the days grey & dreary, I want a little cheer in my household.  So I decided that I needed a bright & happy dishcloth, that way at least doing boring things like dishes is a little more exciting!


When flipping through some stitch dictionaries, I ran across a Bargello stitch I liked the look of, though I decided I wanted some much wider stripes.  So with a little swatching with some Cotlin (and some math), I came up with the Arc en Ciel Dishcloth!

This is a fairly simple pattern – a garter stitch border and simple stockinette stitch make up most of the dishcloth and between each color is 2 rows of slip stitches, to give it a little interest.


While I chose a cheery rainbow of Cotlin colors (hence the name; arc en ciel is French for rainbow), this pattern is easily customizable – you can use 2 or 3 colors to create a stripey dishcloth that matches your kitchen.  You can even use yarns such as Dishie with this pattern, just use a size or 2 larger needles though it’ll make a larger dishcloth than the 10″ square I have.  The variations are endless – I hope you have fun with it!



  1. Suzy / November 15, 2014

    I cannot find any way to print this cloth.HEELP

  2. Karen / February 12, 2014

    I love the “wash cloth a week” idea. It’s a fun quick project each week! I keep checking for the 6th week pattern….

  3. byneedleandtread / February 12, 2014

    This one was fun! Are you continuing with this series? I don’t see one for Feb 6th.

  4. jen / February 4, 2014


  5. Barbara Collins / January 30, 2014

    I cannot get this one to print — help!! It is beautiful!

    • jen / February 4, 2014

      it worked for me today. try again?