"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

kitchin knittin'

After all of the holiday knitting and just a couple of weeks before we'll know the sex of the baby (because you know what I'll be casting on for then), I'm up for a bit of quick dishcloth production.  My dear friend in Montana placed an order and I'm happy to oblige.  This is a simple basket weave that probably has a more 'correct' application, but I've been making mine this way for quite some time and find it just right.  If you want some mindless knitting that requires limited skill and almost no concentration, (in other words you may watch your favorite television program or chat away with friends while clicking away) yet looks great and does the job... this is your workhorse.  

Here's how I do it:

Using Peaches and Cream cotton and size 8 or 9 needles (depending how loose you like your fabric),

CO 36

K3 rows

*K3, K5, P5, K5, P5,K5, P5, K3  
repeat from* for 4 more rows

*K3, P5, K5, P5, K5, P5, K5, K3
repeat from * for 4 more rows

Repeat the pattern shown between lines until you have a square

K3 rows

BO and sew in ends

Easy peasy and that's the way something so utilitarian should be.  I've finished 2 and would like to do a few more before sending them to their new home.  I don't think Tami reads the blog so hopefully the fact that these are almost on their way will be a surprise.  :)

I almost forgot to mention the book!  This is actually Erin's, I borrowed it for the post because I'm not reading anything lately except for recipes.  The Masterpiece is book 2 of 3 in The Alcott Legacy (historical fiction) series by Maryann Minatra.  Erin isn't here for me to question right now.  All I can say is that she devoured book 1 in 2 days and said I need to read them.  I'd call that a recommend!  

Blessings, Debbie 


  1. Ah! What a wonderful Grandma you will be - how thrilling. Congratulations and blessings to you all xx
    Love the dishcloth yarn and thanks for sharing the pattern xx

  2. Lovely colours. It looks like we are both knitting at the moment!

  3. 100 years ago I did a little knitting and I do remember the basket weave stitch! Love the colors:@)

  4. I need to follow you and cast on a few dishcloths myself, mine are about worn out...guess that just goes to show how many dishes I do wash!

    I love when one of the kid's falls deep into a book. I had to send Alex to bed at 1:40 this morning to get a little sleep as he was on the couch lost in his book and didn't realize the time.

    Happy Wednesday.

  5. I love easy knitting patterns and it's been quite a while since I've made some wash clothes. I bet you are beside yourself with the upcoming baby to be!!! How exciting!

  6. Should the first line read K3, P5 to start? I'd like to try it -


    ps- Can't wait to hear what gender the baby is!!!!

    1. Nope. It really is as read. Thanks for keeping me in check though Deanna. I certainly do make mistakes! :{

  7. I think that is something that even I could knit! And it looks great when finished.
    Happy day today, Debbie...

  8. Sounds easy enough for me, I am hoping to try to do some crocheting and knitting this year, that is as soon as I get this house back in order. ~smile~ I am looking forward to seeing what color you will be knitting soon.

  9. Thanks for sharing the pattern! Pretty and useful, what more could you want! :)

  10. Thanks so much Debbie for sharing the dishcloth pattern. Very gracious of you. I like the basket weave pattern and I bookmarked this page. I hope that the baby is healthy whatever sex it is.

  11. thanks for sharing your pattern....I can always use another dishcloth!!

  12. I've been working up washcloths for the kitchen, too. The daughter-in-law's ultrasound is tomorrow a.m., so I'll be knowing who I'm knitting for! So exciting. :) Blessings, ~Lisa

  13. Thanks for the pattern. I'll give that a try. And congratulations on the new grandbaby!

  14. I love getting new dishcloth patterns, thanks! And yes they are the perfect no brainer knits when you need some knitting threaphy but don't want to think too much. [o=

    It looks like you got your picture issue worked out, yeah!

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  15. Love knitted dish clothes, i have been doing these for years. Congrats on the new baby.

  16. I like your kitchen knittin', but I can't wait to see the baby knittin'!

  17. i love handknitted dishcloths too, and it's time i made more for my home and my childrens. thank you for the reminder! congratulations on your upcoming baby. so exciting!

  18. I can't wait to hear...how fun! Our is coming at age 2 and they have changed his middle name to my son's middle name...we all can't wait to see him, we have only seen pictures so far. Have fun...and great dishcloths

  19. I don't recommend books - I have far too many to read!! ;) If you like mystery, a friend of mine turned me on to Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series.

    That same friend is taking me to buy yarn next week so she can teach me how to knit. :)

  20. Hi Debbie
    I have been enjoying your blog- It's wonderful and very encouraging. Thanks for posting your knitted dish cloth pattern. I only know how to knit 1 thing and that is my grandmothers slipper pattern. I am so excited to try these dishcloths out. The book recommendation also is now on my list! Always looking for good reads.

  21. I'm knitting dishrags right now too. I add your pattern to my knitting board on Pinterest. The book sounds like a good read too. I'll have to add it to my list.



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