I don’t remember when it began, but at some point my parents started knitting mopinas. This is the Italian word my father uses for dishcloths and both my parents would knit them.
There is so much to be said for these simple squares. Made out of cotton they can be washed and used many times. Eventually they fade and acquire holes, but it is only the beginning of its second life as a cleaning rag! If you want them to last EXTRA long I would recommend darning the holes, but they’ll clean away a while yet even in holey form.
Possibilities are endless with the patterns you can choose or create. Whether you want to simply do a square of garter stitch for a quick, practical cloth or if you want to go the other extreme and use graph paper to figure out images to portray in stitch you can do that too!
The pattern I will share here is somewhere in between. A simple use of knit and purl stitches to make something a little fancy looking. I make no claims on being a pattern writer, and will do my best to at least make it basic and hopefully understandable!
🍎Basket Weave Dishcloth🍎
1. Cast on 34 stitches
2. Knit three rows
3. Knit 2 stitches, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, knit 2
4. Repeat step 3 nine more times (for a total of ten rows)
5. Knit 2 stitches, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 2
6. Repeat step 5 nine more times (for a total of ten rows)
7. Repeat steps 3 and 4
8. Repeat steps 5 and 6
9. Repeat steps 3 and 4
10. Knit three rows
11. Cast off
12. Sew in ends