The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth Pattern

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth is knit in the round from the center using the magic loop cast on and knitting method. I’ve used magic loop cast on and knitting method to knit top-down hat (posted here), blanket (posted here), etc.  Although a bit fiddly the first few rounds, magic loop cast on and knitting method makes customizing to preferred size more straightforward. 

In the Center Out Mitered Dishcloth pattern, eight stitches are cast on using the magic loop cast on method (several tutorials available on YouTube), and then 8 stitches are increased every other round to the preferred size. A 2 stitch I-cord bind off border including a hanging loop is added to finishing the dishcloth.

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth Pattern (text and images for personal use only):

Yarn: Premier Home Cotton® Cone in Jelly dots colorway 
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream in Country Red colorway (for the 2 stitch I-cord border and loop)
Knitting Needles: Circular US #7 knitting needles (16 and 32 inches cable length), and US #6 knitting needle
Gauge: Not needed
Abbreviations:

  • 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)
  • ssk: slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • BOR: beginning of round marker

With Premier Home Cotton® Cone yarn in Jelly dots colorway, cast-on 8 stitches using the magic loop cast-on method and 32 inches or more US #7 circular needle . Divide the stitches equally (4 stitches) between the left and right of the 32 inches US #7 circular needle.

  • Round 1: Kfb all stitches
  • Round 2: Knit all (16 stitches)
  • Round 3: Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, place BOR marker
  • Round 4: Knit all stitches (24 stitches)
  • Round 5: Kfb, K4, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K4, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K4, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K4, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 6: K1, P7, sm, K1, P7, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P7, sm, K1, P7, slip BOR marker (32 stitches)
  • Round 7: Kfb, K6, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K6, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K6, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K6, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 8: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (40 stitches)
  • Round 9: Kfb, K8, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K8, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K8, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K8, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 10: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (48 stitches)
  • Round 11: Kfb, K10, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K10, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K10, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K10, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 12: K1, P13, sm, K1, P13, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P13, sm, K1, P13, slip BOR marker (56 stitches)
  • Round 13: Kfb, K12, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K12, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K12, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K12, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 14: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (64 stitches)
  • Round 15: Kfb, K14, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K14, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K14, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K14, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 16: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (72 stitches)
  • Round 17: Kfb, K16, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K16, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K16, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K16, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 18: K1, P19, sm, K1, P19, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P19, sm, K1, P19, slip BOR marker (80 stitches).
  • With US #7 16 inch circular knitting needles knit the following rounds:
  • Round 19: Kfb, K18, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 20: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (88 stitches). 
  • Round 21: Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 22: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (96 stitches)
  • Round 23: Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 24: K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, slip BOR marker (104 stitches)
  • Round 25: Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 26: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (112 stitches)
  • Round 27: Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 28: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (120 stitches)
  • Round 29: Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 30: K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, slip BOR marker (128 stitches)
  • Round 31: Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 32: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (136 stitches)
  • Round 33: Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 34: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (144 stitches)
  • Round 35: (With Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Country Red colorway) Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, slip BOR marker (152 stitches)
  • Round 36: Bind off with the 2 stitch I-cord bind off method using a US #6 needle
    • Knit 2 stitches with US #6 knitting needle, then place them back on the US #7 needle, K1, ssk (with US#6 needle), place the 2 stitches back onto US#7 needles. Repeat this till 1 stitch left on the US #7 needle
    • Knit the hanging loop by knitting 10 I-cord rows with US #6 needles, then transfer the 2 stitches back onto the US #7 needle that has 1 stitch remaining. Repeat the I-cord bind off one more time and then graft the 2 stitches on the needle to the first two I-cord bound off stitches.

To tighten the gap in the center, insert yarn tail with a tapestry needle through the first eight stitches and pull them tight to close the gap. 
(Optional) Pass the Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Country Red colorway several times around the bottom of the hanging loop for a more finished look.
Weave in the ends, wash and block the dishcloth.

The dishcloth can be knit with any cotton or cotton blended worsted weight yarn. The dishcloth below is in a solid color yarn and was knit using a size US #8 circular knitting needles.


~coffeeteaknits

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern

The Knotted Dishcloth
KnottedDishcloth

I have wanted to knit the knot stitch pattern ever since I came across it and also because the first post in my previous blogsite was titled “To knit or to knot”. Although this knot stitch pattern is not nålbinding/nålebinding, it is a lovely pattern that I’ve wanted to knit. Being more of a product knitter, a dishcloth with this stitch pattern seemed a perfect project for me to learn more about this knot stitch pattern.

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern is knit flat with a two row pillared knot stitch pattern. The knots are made by purling, knitting, and then purling the same three stitches together. The edge stitches around the Knotted Dishcloth are picked up with another yarn colorway and bound off using a two stitch I-cord bind off in the round method (several tutorials available on YouTube). I like the crochet look of this stitch pattern and the dense or open lacelike fabric it creates depending on the knitting needle size. Making these knots may cause some hand fatigue if the yarn is held too tightly. By pulling out more yarn while making these knots seemed to reduce some hand fatigue for me.

Yarn: Any cotton worsted yarn. I used Premier Home® Cotton Cone Yarn Colorway: Jelly Dots and a solid color for the I-cord edging
Knitting Needles: US #7 and US #9 (for cast on and bind off only)
Gauge: Not needed for this project
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • *makeknot: Purl three stitches together, then knit the same three stitches together and then purl the three stitches together again
  • ssk: slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip one stitch purlwise
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • […]: stitch pattern repeats

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern (text and images for personal use only):

Loosely cast on 47 stitches using the long tail cast on with US #9 knitting needles

With US #7 knitting needles knit the following pillared knot stich pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K1, sm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 twenty more times and then bind off loosely in pattern with US #9 knitting needles in the last row (WS)

2 stitch I-cord in the round bind off edging:

  • Starting from top left corner of the dishcloth, pick up stitches all around the dishcloth with US #7 knitting needles. Yarn over at each corner for a rounded corner edge.
  • Knit the first two stitches, return the two stitches to the left hand needle knitwise.
  • Knit the first stitch on the left needle, then ssk the next two stitches. Return the two stitches back to the left hand needle. Repeat this till 4 stitches remain on the left hand needle. This will be around the top left corner of the knitted piece.
  • For the hanging loop (optional) knit a 2 stitch I-cord fifteen times then ssk to the same bottom stitch and continue with I-cord in the round till last 2 stitches on the right hand needle.
  • Graft the two stitches to the beginning two I-cord stitches (several tutorials on this are available on YouTube)

Weave in ends, wash and block the dishcloth


Enjoy knitting this knot stitch pattern!
~coffeeteaknits