I’ve been thinking about making a knitted cloth for a while now because let’s be honest, the standard yellow dish cloth is practical, yes. But cute…
…most definitely not.
Not only that, but I’ve also wanted to give knitting a go and I thought what an easier way to learn than by knitting a basic rectangle.
So, with trusty YouTube in tow, I battened up this weekend and about 8 hours later came out with this bad boy.
Now, as a beginner – I didn’t have speed on my side. Plus, I made the rookie error of using size 12 needles first time round.
Word to the wise, size 12 will give you tiny stitches which means it takes twice as long to knit a line. Plus, it’s quite difficult to get thread your needle because the holes are so. goddam. small.
After around 4 hours of struggling with the size 12’s, I made the switch to size 9 needles and oh my god — it was so much easier.
I flew through the whole knitted cloth in around 4 hours with the size 9 needles!
The whole thing didn’t even take up a whole ball of cotton which means each cloth should cost you less than a dollar, as you can buy a ball of cotton from the dollar store.
This knitted cloth is also totally reusable, meaning you can just throw it in the washing machine whenever it is starting to look a little grubby.
And the best thing, it looks way better than my ugly, yellow one. Happy days.
Instructions to make a Knitted Cloth
The materials you will need to make this dish cloth is a ball of cotton, pair of knitting needles, scissors.
1. Firstly, you will need to cast on.
To do this, start by creating a loop knot.
Then, insert the knitting needle through the loop and pull the working end of the cotton to tighten.
Position the working end of the cotton in your left hand and pull a thumbs up.
Wrap the cotton around your thumb in a clockwise direction.
Feed the needle in between the cotton and your thumb.
Release the cotton from your thumb so that the loop ends up on the needle.
Repeat this step until you have around 20 loops.
3. Now you’re ready to start the knit stitch.
To do this, thread your right needle in between the cotton loop (underneath your left needle).
Wrap the cotton anti-clockwise around the right needle.
Insert the right needle around and through the front of the left needle.
Lift the stitch off the left needle and thread onto the right needle.
Continue until the desired length is achieved.
You’re now ready to bind off to finish your wash cloth.
If you’re still confused – watch this video. I found it very informative and easy to follow.