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Diamond Dishcloth/Potholder – Traditional – Worsted Weight

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Diamond Dishcloth/Potholder – Traditional – Worsted Weight

The classic garter-stitch dishcloth every beginner should knit

Category: Home
Technique: Fearless Knitter
Yarn Weight: Aran (8 wpi)
See also: Full-sized rectangle hand towel

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Dishcloth: This is a traditional pattern whose designer is unknown. I call it the Ubiquitous Dishcloth because almost every book and class teaches this dishcloth to its new knitters, and for good reason. It’s quick, cheap, and teaches you what you need to know so that you can move on to harder and more interesting projects.

Add an optional crocheted edging and loop to hang the dishcloth from.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: One size
  • Finished Measurements: About 7.5 in (19 cm) square, 14 in (35 cm) wide by 20 in (50 cm) long
  • Yarn Weight: Aran (8 wpi)


  • Yarn: Dishcloth: 60 yds (55 m) 1 ball Lily Sugar n’ Cream Stripes or any worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. Hand towel: 250 yds. (230 m) above yarn. Optional (for crocheted border): 50 yds. (45 m) above yarn in a contrasting color.

  • Needles: 1 pair straight needles,
  • Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm
  • Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, Optional (for crocheted border): One crochet hook US size G or H (4.0 or 5.0 mm).

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Published July 16, 2018
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  1. Finally, I find a place for my question. Lol! In my reading, I see tutorials, also cd’s, and also some internet lessons. I work better with cd’s than lessons on internet. The paper book lessons would be best of all. Not sure what I would get if using the full priced lessons. Because I am 85 years young not understanding the differences! It, knitting is really my last bucket list. Crochet with smoke off my needle, so love fiber arts, I can get it all alike, & understandable. Having some corrective surgery last day of this month, so need some answers before middle of March! Have studied the dictionary part pretty well. Thanks, & will be using light-weight yarn here in warmer than usual Arizona! Are you selling yarns, or maybe not with postage being so terrible. Thanks, Frieda Christianson, & husband Bill Christianson!

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