February 13, 2017

ZEROwaste Knitted Dishcloth


Aiming for a more ZEROwaste daily life, one thing we have done this fall  - as many others around us - is to replace all our multi-use yellow cloths - the ones that actually contains microplastic - with knitted organic cotton dishcloths.

You can find the knitted organic cottons dishcloths on sale many places, online and in shops - or you can knit some yourselves.

It is a really easy knit and hey, maybe just an ideal first knit for someone who has not been into knitting before. Or you might know someone looking for something to put on the needles, who could knit cloths for you!

Actually we also use these handknitted ones for other types of cleaning than as a dishcloth. 

Here comes two easy patterns for dishcloths:

The turquoise one:

One skein of organic cotton suitable for needles 3-4. I used needle 3.

This is made in rib stitch all the way.

Cast on 60 stitches.

First row is k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6, k6, p6. Second row do the opposite. Continue like this until the cloth measures approx. 20 cm.

Bind off and sew in ends.

The red one:

Cast on 58 stitches.

1st row: knit 25, start double moss stitch on the following 10 stitches (k2, p2, k2, p2 and k2), knit the remaining 25 stitches.

Knit 2nd row as 1st row.

3rd row: knit 25, continue double moss stitch on the following 10 stitches, i.e. the opposite as the first two rows (p2, k2, p2, k2 and p2), knit the remaining 25.

Knit row 4 as 3rd row.

Repeat these 4 rows until you have knitted 9 cm.

On the following row, after knitting two equal moss stitch rows, start to knit double moss stitch, starting with 2k, on all 58 stitches the following 5 cm or 12 rows.

When the dishcloth measures 14 cm, go back to knit only the middle 10 stitches in double moss stitch and continue doing that.

Bind off when the cloth measures 23 cm.

Sew in all ends.

You can start using the dishcloth right after knitting it, no need for washing before.

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