“But honey, you LIKE doing the dishes!”
Misguided man-notions aside, why not make something you do anyway more enjoyable through knitting?
I’ve got two great easy projects for you that could revolve around doing dishes, if you so choose: the ubiquitous-for-a-good-reason Granny’s Favorite Dishcloth, and the technique of crocheting a border around it or around anything else.
These two exercises will improve your all-around knitting and pattern-reading skills, whether you choose to make the dishcloth for yourself or give it as a gift… maybe to a deserving boyfriend.
Great Beginner Pattern: Granny’s Favorite Dishcloth
This is a great pattern for beginners: after a basic garter-stitch scarf, this is the perfect next step for someone who has just learned how to knit.
For help with reading the pattern and understanding the abbreviations, please download the video knitting dictionary.
This is a traditional pattern whose designer is unknown. Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry.
Materials: Sugar and Cream cotton yarn, US size 6 or 7 straight needles
CO 4 sts.
Row 1: K4.
Row 2: K2, YO, knit across row.
Repeat last row until you have 44 sts on the needle.
Next: K1, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k to end.
Repeat last row until you have 4 sts on the needle.
Bind off and either leave as-is or add one round of single crochet to the edge, making a loop of chain stitches in one corner to hang the cloth up when you are finished using it (see below).
Adding a Simple Crochet Border
And speaking of how to do a round of single crochet around your dishcloth, look no further!
Even if you don’t know how to crochet, you can do this, because I show you every step.
If you liked this tutorial on how to add a crochet border to knitting, post in the comments!