Looking for an easy, beginner level knitting project? These knit dishcloths are incredibly easy to work up! They’re also a sustainable and affordable replacement for sponges.
I love knitting. It’s been my favorite hobby for about 4 years now, and before that, I crocheted off and on for most of my life.
For years, I ran a business selling knits and had a blast. It provided a viable income stream, kept me busy, and offered a creative outlet. As much as I loved it, I never really got to work on projects for me.
Once I started this blog, I put my knitting aside for awhile. I didn’t have time, and if I’m totally honest, I was burnt out.
Recently, I’ve had the itch to start knitting again, and I thought it was a great opportunity to start working on some of the items I always wanted for me!
First on the list…cotton dish scrubbies! I’ve been on a paperless kitchen/eco-friendly rampage at home lately, and these just seemed perfect.
They were the perfect project to ease back into knitting. They’d be great for a brand-new knitter, too!
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Check out the pattern below and get to knitting! You’ll learn a new craft and make your kitchen a bit more eco-friendly at the same time! If you’re brand new and need to learn the basics of knitting, I highly recommend the book Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. It’s got some great visuals to help you out! You can also look up videos on YouTube if you’re a more visual learner.
- 1 skein of cotton yarn (I usually grab Sugar n’ Cream, because it’s cheap and comes in tons of colors)
- Size 7 knitting needles (I use the Interchangeable Rosewood Circular Knitting Needle Set from KnitPicks)
- Darning needle
- 5 mm crochet hook (optional, for edging)
Cast on 27 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2-??: Repeat row 1 until your dishcloth is a square. Mine are 40 rows of knit stitches, but your tension may be different.
Bind off and weave in loose ends.
Optional crochet edging:
Now, if you don’t know how to crochet, your dishcloths are done.
However, if you want to give them a more finished look, you can add a simple crochet border around the edge! Here’s what I did:
Using a 5 mm crochet hook and a new strand of yarn, pull up a loop in one corner of the dishcloth.
Round 1: SC in that loop, and repeat this process on every other row on the sides, and every stitch on the ends. When you get back to your first SC, join your work with a slip stitch and ch 1. Turn.
Round 2: SC in every stitch around for one more row. At the end of this row, chain 8 sts. Join to the first stitch in round 2 with a slip stitch. (this will create a loop).
Work one slip stitch in each stitch around. When you get back to your loop, tie off and weave in ends.
To get us started, I worked up four of these. I plan to work up a few more, because I want to have plenty on hand for laundry days, but so far I love them more than my old sponges! I can replace them a lot more often without guilt, because all I have to do is toss them in the wash with our towels!
These are such a simple, mindless knitting project that turn into an incredibly useful finished product. Knit some for yourself and ditch those sponges!