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11-03-2007, 11:21 AM
Good morning! I am fairly new to knitting and would like to make two sets of dishcloths for Christmas gifts. I have never mad them before and wonder if you all can point me to a site or book that has some really pretty ones. Ideally I'd like to make a matching set / theme. Like maybe a winter theme or some such. I did find the ones at Knitting Pattern Central but it irritates me to have to open each one. I might be better off with a book, but have no idea where to start. Any suggestions would be most welcomed!

11-03-2007, 11:39 AM
I LOVE dishcloths! Here are my current favourite sites:
Dish and Wash Cloth Mania (http://dishandwashclothmania.wordpress.com/)
(the cloths are all in categories on the right hand side)
K1,P1 Keeping you in Stitches Studio (http://freepatterns.k1p1keepingyouinstitchesstudio.com/index.html)
(the cloths are on the left hand side and they're GORGEOUS!)
I have to say I love knittingpatterncentral for dishcloths though. It may be annoying to have to open each page and look at each one, but that's the downside of free patterns. There are dishcloth pattern books at craft stores, but I would honestly just recommend the free patterns- just as nice as any you could buy.
Watch out with the dishcloths...they're so addicting to knit!

11-03-2007, 11:44 AM
TY so much! I guess I'll start opening those links, LOL! I think if I bookmark the ones I like, I'll be better off. I tend to open things and then forget what I saw where. Live and learn...
Have a good weekend!

betty bat
11-05-2007, 03:50 PM
Take a look at the website www.craftster.org. It's a really fun, not too serious website for all kinds of crafts. Then, go to Knitting, look for Knit-alongs, and finally, look for 50+ Wash Cloths-along. There are links to 50+ wash cloth patterns, so you should be able to find something that you like!

It's one of my favorite sites (besides this one, of course!)

11-05-2007, 03:53 PM
For several pages of dishcloths in different stitch patterns, try this site - Dishcloth Patterns (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/%7Edishbout/kpatterns/knitting.html)

11-05-2007, 09:31 PM
I'm a newbie to this whole knitting thing too. And I LOVE it!!!!

I wanted to start knitting blankets! They are so beautiful!!! I was searching for an easy/beginner pattern when I ran across a dishcloth pattern book. And I thought to myself: Isn't a dishcloth just a scaled down blanket??? So I decided to start with dishcloths instead.

The pattern book I found is, Nifty Knit Dishcloths by Lesiure Arts. There are about 16 different patterns in it ranging from beginner to intermeadiate. I found it at my local Fred Meyers for about $6.

I've already finished 2 washcloths and I'm excited to start another pattern. I bought this book to make dishcloths for Christmas presents as well!

I've even thought of enlarging the patterns to blanket size and maybe making a baby blanket for my girlfriend's new baby???

11-05-2007, 09:33 PM
BTW thanks for all the links to the patterns. I needed them!!!

11-06-2007, 05:45 PM
TY all so much! I went to a Michael's two hours away yesterday (we are in a very small town with no craft stores, but were headed 2 hr. N. anyhow) and was sooooo disappointed to find a very limited supply of cotton yarn. I did manage to buy a pretty green, red, and white, however. 'Guess I'll be making some Christmas dishcloths!!!
The links are wonderful - I really appreciate them all and am no longer balking at opening individual links, LOL!

11-09-2007, 06:12 PM
What is the best kind/size yarn to use for dishcloths, and what size needles, in general?

11-09-2007, 06:15 PM
I generally use a worsted weight cotton, like Bernat Handicrafter, or something similar. I like the Handicrafter because it's pretty inexpensive, which is what you want in a dishcloth yarn! The pattern you use usually says what needle size to use, but I like to use a 6, even if the pattern specifies a 7 because it makes the cloth a tighter weave, which is good for dishcloths.

11-09-2007, 08:12 PM
Thanks, Knitgal!!! :D