Sunday, March 16, 2008


I decided to take a break from Coachella to knit a few dishcloths. Dishcloths tend to be easy and fast, which are both in the recipe for instant knitter's gratification. Sometimes, you just need to finish something.

I found a pattern for a Star Trek dishcloth that I fiddled with a bit to give me this:
trek cloth 1

I also hatched an idea for a new cloth that was based on a pattern called Grandmother's Favorite. It's one of the simplest dishcloth patterns out there, but it is very boring to knit. Thinking that a horizontal rib would be fun, I started knitting and voila:
horizontal rib washcloth

I'll get a better picture in later. Here's the modified pattern:

Cast on 4
row 1: k4
row 2: k2, yo, k to end
rows 3 and 4: k2, yo, p to last 2 sts, k2
row 5: k2, yo, k to end

repeat rows 2-5 until the cloth is big enough for you, then decrease like so:
row 6: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end
rows 7 and 8: k1, k2tog, yo, p2tog, p to last 2 sts, k2
row 9: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end

repeat rows 6-9 until there are 4 sts on needle. Bind off.

This variation makes this cloth less boring to knit, but still very effective for scrubbing. Now I have two new dishcloths and no progress on Coachella. Oh, well. :)


Lisa said...

The Star Trek one is fantastic! I really hope to see you make the other ones we talked about :) Live long and prosper.

Courtney said...

Thanks, Lisa! I don't know if I could tackle faces, though. Maybe one day, when I decide to dedicate time to a major intarsia project, I will knit up a Spock pillowcase or something. But the profile of the Enterprise? I am SO there!

Liz said...

I LOVE the Star Trek dishcloth. That is awesome. And what a neat idea to change the grandma's favorite into a horizontal rib.

I make this pattern all the time cause it's so mindless.

Naomi said...

Oh, I'm loving the Star Trek cloth. How hard is it to knit? I need to actually pick up a project and just do it. I've had my knitting needles for a few years and have done nothing. *sigh*