Commonly known as "Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth" or various other names. No one is certain who created this pattern, and it's been around for many years. These are so easy and fun to make that once I finish one I cast on another one!
This cotton dishcloth is a quick and easy knit. It is simple, symmetrical, and the two stockinette bands at each end mimic a traditional dishcloth, hence the name ‘Copycat Dishcloth’. By slipping the first stitch of every row and purling the last stitch, the 2 side edges maintain an attractive appearance and the dishcloth lays flat and square without the need for a border.
Knit dishcloths: Cast on 38 stitches. Knit 3 rows for border. Row 1: (right side): Knit. Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3. Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 10 times, p 2, k 3. Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 10 times, k 5. Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color. Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times. Knit last 4 rows. Bind off and weave in ends.