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Free Knitting Patterns for Beginners


Free Designer Dishtowel Knitting Pattern
Dishtowels so easy to make that you can watch TV while you're knitting.
Dishtowels so easy to make that you can watch TV while you're knitting.

Making dishcloths is a great way for a knitting novice to practice new stitch patterns.These projects are quick, fun to make, and useful. Try the three patterns shown here, and beware: They're habit-forming!

Techniques

Binding off -- BO

Casting on -- CO

Garter stitch

Knit stitch -- k

Purl stitch -- p

Weaving in yarn tails Size

9x11 inches (23x28cm)

Gauge

Blue dishcloth: 19 stitches/32 rows=4" (10cm) in pattern

Yellow dishcloth: 18 stitches/28 rows=4" (10cm) in pattern

Multicolor dishcloth: 19 stitches/33 rows=4" (10cm) in pattern

Note: Exact gauge isn't necessary; the finished dishcloths will either be slightly smaller or larger if your gauge is a bit off.

What You'll Need

Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn, about 75 yards (69m) for each dishcloth

We used: Lily Sugar'n Cream (100% cotton): #26 Light Blue, 1 ball; #86 Lemon Chiffon, 1 ball; Lily Sugar'n Cream Crafter's Cotton (100% cotton): #201 Cool Breeze, 1 ball

Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm)

Notion: Tapestry needle

Making the Blue Dishcloth

Cast on 43 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 3, *purl 1, knit 3**; repeat from * to ** to end of row.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 110 (28cm). Bind off. See Finishing, below.

Making the Yellow Dishcloth

Cast on 42 stitches. Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) for 6 rows.

Begin main pattern

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Knit 4, purl 34, knit 4.

Row 3: Knit 4, purl 5, [knit 4, purl 6] 2 times, knit 4, purl 5, knit 4.

Row 4: Knit 4, purl 34, knit 4.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: Knit 4, purl 34, knit 4.

Row 7: Knit 8, [purl 6, knit 4] 3 times, knit 4.

Row 8: Knit 4, purl 34, knit 4.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern. Work even until piece measures about 101/4" (26cm), ending with row 8. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch. Bind off. See Finishing, below.

Making the Multicolor Dishcloth

Cast on 43 stitches.

Row 1: [Knit 1, purl 1] across row.

Repeat for desired length, beginning each row with a knit stitch to create seed-stitch pattern. Bind off. See Finishing, below.

Finishing the Towel

Cut yarn, leaving about 6" (15cm) tail. Thread tapestry needle, and secure yarn by weaving across a few stitches on wrong side of work.

Another beginners' favorite is the pot holder. On the next page we have found a great, classic pattern for you to try out.