The Upside Down Dishcloth
I’ve made mitered square dishcloths (July 2020 post ) by casting on a specific number of stitches and then knitting the double decreases every other row to create the mitered square. The Upside Down Dishcloth is a garter stitch mitered square dishcloth knit flat and in reverse. The advantages of knitting a reverse mitered square include fewer stitches to cast on and an avoidance of playing yarn chicken. With this reverse mitered technique dishcloths can be knit as large or as small depending on the yardage of yarn available. It’s also a great way to use up leftover over yarn from other projects. For the Upside Down Dishcloth, a few stitches were cast on and the mitered square dishcloth was knitted with double increases every other row.
Yarn: PREMIER HOME® COTTON CONE YARN Colorway: Jelly Dots
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream in Colorways: Country Red (for the single crochet border)
Knitting Needles: US #8 and US #7
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook
Gauge: Not needed for this project
- K: Knit
- P: Purl
- Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
- rm: remove marker
- sm: slip marker
- wyif S1: with yarn in front slip one stitch purlwise
- RS: right side
- WS: wrong side
The Upside Down Dishcloth*:
- Cast on 5 stitches with US #8 needles
- With US #7 knit
- Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, Kfb, pm, K1, pm, Kfb, pm, wyif S1
- Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K2, sm, P1, sm, K2, sm, wyif S1
- Row 3: K1, sm, knit to 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, K1, sm, Kfb, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
- Row 4: K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, P1, sm, knit to the marker, sm, wyif S1
- Repeat Rows 3 and 4 till the desired dishcloth length is reached.
- Bind off stitches loosely with US #8 knitting needles.
- Crochet edging: Starting at the cast on edge to the right of the center knit stitch, pick up and single crochet around the dishcloth edge. At the two non-mitered corner single crochet twice into the same corner edge stitch. Slip stitch into the first single crochet border stitch and crochet 10 chain stitches. Slip stitch into the single crochet stitch on the other side of the center knit stitch.
- Weave in the ends.
- Wash and block the dishcloth.
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