FREE PATTERN #11 - Knitlist Lacy Round Dishcloth

Many of us found the Knitlist when we were first exploring the internet.  Started by Jill McAllister in 1994 at the University of Minnesota, this bulletin board and listserve newsletter opened a whole new world for beginning and intermediate knitters.

We suddenly had access to patterns, techniques, yarns, instruction, and encouragement right on our home computers. We made our tiny blue lapel pins and found "knitting groups" posted from the List, long before the era of meet-ups.  And we've been knitting these round dishrags ever since. The design has traveled the world and been made with every kind of yarn, needle size, and stitch count.  It's still fun to create, lovely as a gift, and useful for dishwashing, too.  Now you can knit it with just one ounce of cotton yarn.   Enjoy.


KNITLIST LACY ROUND
A One-Ounce Dishcoth

Size:  approx. 8.5 in. across
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. utility cotton, 44-46yds.
          (done here in Peaches & Creme, Bright Blue)
Gauge:  approx. 16 sts = 4 in.

Stitch definition:   Sl1p = slip one stitch purlwise  (Video)

The shaping is done with short rows:  leaving sts on the left needle, turning, then continuing in the opposite direction.  If this is a new technique for you, simply count the sts and watch how each section is magically shaped.

CO 15 sts loosely.

Row 1:     K3, yo, K11, turn.
Row 2:     Sl1p, K14.
Row 3-6:  Rep rows 1 & 2, twice.
Row 7:     BO3, K2, yo, K8, turn.
Row 8:     Sl1p, K11.
Row 9:     K3, yo, K8, turn.
Row 10:   Rep row 8.
Row 11:   Rep row 9.
Row 12:   Rep row 8.
Row 13:   BO3, K2, yo, K5, turn.
Row 14:   Sl1p, K8.
Row 15:   K3, yo, K5, turn.
Row 16:   Rep row 14.
Row 17:   Rep row 15.
Row 18:   Rep row 14.
Row 19:   BO3, K to end, including all slipped sts.
Row 20:   K15.

Repeat rows 1-20, six times—seven sections in all.
BO all sts loosely.
Using tail end, sew the CO row to the BO row, sew around the center sts and pull to close.
Weave in both ends.

adapted from a post on the "Knitlist" bulletin board, 1995  
   Our sincere apologies for not knowing the original designer.

As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use only one ounce of yarn.




Peaches & Creme, Seaside Stripes


FREE Pattern #10 - INTO THE WIND


As summer is ending and autumn peeking through the trees, let's sit in the sun and work on our knitting. This diagonal rib gives you lots of texture for scrubbing.  It's pretty in your sink and quick to make.



INTO THE WIND
A One-Ounce Dishcloth

Size:   approx. 8 x 8 in.
Needles:   U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:   1 oz. utility cotton, 44-46 yds. 
            (this is Lily, Sugar 'n Cream, Summer Prints)
Gauge:   approx. 16 sts. x 24 rows = 4x4 in.

Cast on 33 sts. 
Knit across 4 rows.

Begin pattern:
            Row 1:  K3 (P3, K3, rep to last 6 sts) P3, K3
            Row 2:  K3, K2, (P3, K3) rep to last 4 sts, P1, K3
            Row 3:  K3, K2, (P3, K3) rep to last 4 sts, P1, K3
            Row 4:  Repeat Row 1.
            Row 5:  K3, P1, (K3, P3) rep to last 5 sts, K5
            Row 6:  K3, P1, (K3, P3) rep to last 5 sts, K5
           
Repeat Rows 1-6, seven more times, 48 rows.

Knit across 4 rows.
Cast off all sts loosely.  Weave in ends.


As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use only one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #9 - ROMAN ROWS One-Ounce Dishcloth


ONE-OUNCE ROMAN ROWS DISHCLOTH


Worked out while traveling cross country.
Now it's ready for you to enjoy.

Nicely set ribbing rows and garter stitch give plenty of surface texture and a classic pattern.


Size: approx. 8 x 8 in.

Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. kitchen cotton, 45-47 yds
      (pictured Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Mod Ombre)
Gauge:  17sts and 24 rows = 4"

CO 34sts.
Knit across 4 rows for border.

Begin pattern:
Row 1:  K3, p1, k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to last 4 sts, p1, k3.
Row 2:  K4, p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 3:  K3, p1, k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to last 4 sts, p1, k3.
Row 4:  Repeat Row 2.
Row 5:  Repeat Row 3.

Row 6-9:  Knit across.

Repeat rows 1-9  three times.

Pattern rows 37-41:  Repeat rows 1-5.

Knit across 4 rows for border.
Bind off all 34 sts.
Weave in ends.

As always, every knitter's tension is slightly different and you may need to adjust your needle size to use just one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #6 - Diamond Lil One-Ounce Dishcloth

ONE-OUNCE DIAMOND LIL DISHCLOTH


Just K and P.
What could be simpler?
Textured pattern has a different look on the front and back.  Use brightly colored yarns to show off your diamonds.



Size: approx. 8 x 8 in.
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. kitchen cotton, 44-46 yds (pictured, Peaches & Creme, Bright Orange)
Gauge:  17sts and 24 rows = 4"

CO 34sts.
Knit across 4 rows for border.

Begin Diamond Pattern:
Row 1 (WS): K3, *P1, K8; rep from * to last 4 sts. P1, K3.
Row 2 (RS):  K5, *P6, K3; rep from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Row 3:  K3, *P3, K4; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 4:  *K7, P2; rep from * to last 7 sts, K7.
Row 5:  K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 6:  Rep Row 4.
Row 7:  Rep Row 3.
Row 8:  K5, *P6, K3; rep from * to last 2sts, K2.

Rep Rows 1-8 four more times.
Then knit across 4 additional rows for border.

BO all 34 sts in knit.
Weave in ends.


As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use just one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #7 - Ye Olde Corner-to-Corner ONE-OUNCE DISHCLOTH

ONE-OUNCE CORNER-TO-CORNER DISHCLOTH

Everyone's auntie made these in the 1960s, but I've reworked the pattern to make it One-Ounce Friendly.
Looks great in variegated yarns or solid colors.
Make one for your auntie today!


Size: approx. 7.5 x 7.5 in.
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. utility cotton - 44-46 yds (pictured, Peaches & Creme, Gumdrop)
Gauge:  approx. 16 sts x 32 rows = 4x4 in.

Stitch Guide:  
Kfb - inc1 by knitting front and back of same st (Help?  Video)
Sl 1 purlwise - makes even loop on edges (Help?  Video)
CO 3 sts.  
Begin increase:
Row 1:  Sl 1 purlwise, Kfb , K1 - 4sts.
Row 2:  Sl 1 purlwise, Kfb, K2 - 5 sts. 
Row 3:  Sl 1 purlwise, Kfb, K3 - 6sts.
Row 4:  Sl 1 purlwise, Kfb, K4 - 7sts.

Cont each row in pattern as follows:  sl 1 purlwise, Kfb, K to end, 32 more rows, until there are 39sts.

Next row:  Sl 1 purlwise, K to end. - 39sts.

Begin decrease:
Row 1 (RS):  Sl 1 purlwise, K2tog, K to end - 38sts.
Row 2:  Sl 1 purlwise, K2tog, K to end - 37sts.

Cont each row in pattern:  Sl 1 purlwise, K2tog, K to end,  34 more rows, until 3sts rem.
BO 3sts.

Fasten off.
Weave in ends.


As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use just one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #8 - Go 'ROUND THE BARN One-Ounce Dishcloth


ONE-OUNCE 'ROUND THE BARN DISHCLOTH

Like grandma's favorite quilt block.
Don't like counting stitches? Insert marker before the "K1, psso" and work to the corner.
Use self-striping yarn or make it a scrap project.



Size: approx. 7.5 x 7.5 in.
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. kitchen cotton, 44-46yds.  (Lily, Sugar 'n Cream, Country Stripes)
Gauge:  approx. 16 sts x 32 rows = 4 in.

Stitch guide:
Cable cast on - makes smooth cast on edge (Need help?  Video)
Sl 1 purlwise - makes even loop at edges  (Need help?  Video)

Cast on 60 sts in cable cast on.

Row 1 (RS):  Sl 1 purlwise, K27, K2tog, K1, sl 1, psso, K28.
Row 2 and all WS rows:  Sl 1 as to P, K to end.
Row 3:  Sl 1 purlwise, K 26, K2tog, K1, sl 1, psso, K27.

Cont in pattern, dec 2 sts at the center of every RS row until 3sts remain.
K 3sts tog.

Fasten off yarn.  Weave in ends.


As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use only one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #5 - CREEMSICLE SCRUBBER One-Ounce Dishcloth


ONE-OUNCE SCRUBBER
Creemsicle Style


The sight of orange and white yarn in the scrap basket triggered the cool summer taste of popsicles and those dreamy orange-covered ice cream bars.  Makes my mouth water.
So when I started thinking of a way to combine the colors and still use only one-ounce of yarn, I had to come up with a pattern that would make you think of summer and sunshine.
So ruffles it is with a solid ribbed center.  Yum.

Of course you can do the pattern in one ounce of your favorite color or leftover scraps.
You'll soon find these are your favorite kitchen cloths for getting glasses and jars clean.


Size: approx. 7 x 7 in.
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. kitchen cotton, any color
          (for Creemsicle, approx. 1/2oz (23 yds) ea. Peaches &
         Creme, white and bright orange)
Gauge:  24 rows = 4" in ribbing


Cast on 33 sts for Ribbing.  (White cotton for Creemsicle Style)
Row 1 (WS):  P3, * K3, P3, rep from * across.
Row 2 (RS):  K3, * P3, K3, rep from * across.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2, twelve more times, ending RS row - 26 rows.

(For Creemsicle Style, change to bright orange yarn.)
Begin Ruffle:
Row 1 (WS):  P3, * K3, P3; rep from * four more times.
Row 2 (RS):  K3, * P3, K3; rep from * four more times.
Row 3:  Repeat Row 1.
Row 4:  K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, * P3, K1, yo, K1, yo. K1, rep from * four more times - 45 sts.
Row 5:  P5, * K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, P5; rep from * four more times - 55 sts.
Row 6:  K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, * P5, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2; rep from * four more times - 67 sts.
Row 7:  P7, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2,  * P7, K2, yo, K1,yo, K2; rep from * four more times - 77 sts.

Cast off 77sts in knit.
Fasten off.

(For Creemsicle Style, change to bright orange yarn.)
Second Ruffle:
On WS of CO end, pick up 33 sts in this way:
Pick up 3 sts as if purling, then pick up 3sts as if knitting, following the rib pattern across.
On RS, begin Ruffle pattern Row 2 and continue through Row 7.

Cast off 77sts in knit.
Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use only one ounce of yarn.

FREE PATTERN #4 - SNOWFALL One Ounce Dishcloth

ONE-OUNCE SNOWFALL DISHCLOTH





The simple six-sided eyelet pattern makes a perfect winter design in white or do a leafy green ombre to celebrate spring's arrival.







Size: approx. 8 x 8 in.
Needles:  U.S. Size 6  (4 mm)
Yarn:  1 oz. utility cotton  (pictured, Bernat Handicrafters, white)
Gauge:  approx. 16 sts. x 24 rows = 4x4 in.


CO 33 sts.

Knit across 4 rows for border.

Begin Snowfall Pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K2, sl 1, K1, psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog, *K3, sl 1, K1, psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog - rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 2 and all WS rows:  K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 3:  K3, yo, sl 2, K1, p2sso, yo, * K5, yo, sl 2, K1, p2sso, yo - rep from * to last 3sts, K3.
Row 5:  K2, sl 1, K1 psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog, * K3, sl 1, K1, psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog - rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 7: K6, sl 1, K1, psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog, * K3, sl 1, K1, psso, yo, K1, yo, K2tog - rep from * to last 6 sts, K6.
Row 9:  K7, yo, sl 2, K1, p2sso, yo, * K5, yo, sl 2, K1, p2sso, yo - rep from * to last 7 sts, K7.
Row 11:   Rep Row 7.
Row 12: Rep Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-12, twice more.
Repeat Rows 1- 6, once more.

Knit across 4 additional rows for border.
BO 33sts in knit.

Weave in ends.

As with other dishcloth patterns, you may need to adjust your needle size to accommodate your knitting tension and still use just one ounce of yarn.

FREE Pattern #2 - TEXTURED HEART One Ounce Dishcloth


Simple and sweet in red, pink tweed, or your favorite color.


Size: about 8 in. x 8 in.
Needles: Size 6 (US) or 4mm
Yarn: One ounce of 4-ply cotton yarn, approx. 42 yds.
Gauge: about 16 sts x 24 rows = 4 in.


CO 33 sts.

Rows 1-6: K across.

Row 7: K across.
Row 8: K 4, P to last 4 sts, K 4.
Rows 9 & 11: Repeat Row 7.
Rows 10 & 12: Repeat Row 8.

Begin heart---
Row 13: K16, P1, K16.
Row 14: K4. P11, K3, P11, K4.
Row 15: K15, P3, K15.
Row 16: K4, P10, K5, P10, K4.
Row 17: K14, P5, K14.
Row 18: K4, P9, K7, P9, K4.
Row 19: K13, P7, K13.
Row 20: K4, P8, K9, P8, K4.
Row 21: K12, P9, K12.
Row 22: K4, P7, K11, P7, K4.
Row 23: K11, P11, K11.
Row 24: K4, P6, K13, P6, K4.
Row 25: K10, P13, K10.
Row 26: K4, P5. K15, P5, K4.
Row 27: K9, P15, K9.

Rows 28, 30, 32: K4, P4, K17, P4, K4.
Rows 29, 31, 33: K8, P17, K8.

Row 34: K4, P5, K7, P1, K7, P5, K4.
Row 35: K10, P5, K3, P5, K10.
Row 36: K4, P7, K3, P5, K3, P7, K4.
End heart.

Rows 37, 39, 41: K across.
Rows 38, 40, 42: K4, P to last 4 sts, K 4.

Rows 43-48: K across.

BO, weave in ends.


---designed by Debby K.


FREE PATTERN #3 - THE WAVES One Ounce Dishcloth


A textured, two-sided pattern made with a simple wave stitch.

Work with one ounce of 4-ply cotton yarn on Size 6 (US) needles.

CO 33 sts.

Next row: K across.

Begin pattern---
Row 1: K4, yo, K4, K2tog twice, K4, yo, K1, yo, K4, K2tog twice, K4, yo, K4.
Row 2: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 3: K across.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Rows 1-3.

Repeat Rows 1-6 six times.

Work Rows 1-3 one time.

Next row: Repeat Row 1

Last row: K across.

Bind off evenly in K.


---submitted by Karen C.

FREE Pattern #1 - BASKETWEAVE One Ounce Dishcloth


THE PERFECT ONE-OUNCE DISHRAG


Size: approx. 8 x 8 in.
Needles: U.S. Size 6 (4mm)
Yarn: 1 oz. utility/kitchen/craft cotton yarn, 4-ply, 44-46 yds.
Gauge: approx. 16 sts x 24 rows = 4x4 in.


Cast on 33 sts.
Knit across 4 rows.

Begin basketweave pattern:
Row 1: K3 (P3, K3, rep to last 6 sts) P3, K3
Row 2: K3 (K3, P3, rep to last 6 sts) K6
Row 3: rep Row 1
Row 4: rep Row 2
Row 5: K3 (K3, P3, rep to last 6 sts) K6
Row 6: K3 (P3, K3, rep to last 6 sts) P3, K3
Row 7: rep Row 5
Row 8: rep Row 6
Repeat Rows 1-8, four more times.
Knit across 4 rows.
Cast off all sts. Weave in ends.