When I lose my knitting mojo; when I just can’t finish or get going on a knitting project, I find knitting a dishcloth is a satisfying stop-gap measure. Dishcloths are (generally) a fast, easy knit that provides instant gratification. They quickly burn up small amounts of excess cotton stash.
My favourite pattern at the moment for this is the double-bump dishcloth (pictured above, using Anchor Magicline cotton I received in a swap). The pattern is easily memorised and less tedious than plain garter or stocking stitch. It’s reversible, doesn’t need blocking and looks good in both plain and variegated colours.
Cast on 37 stitches (multiple of 3 plus 1)
Row 1: slip first stitch, *purl 2, k1* Repeat from * to * to the end
Row 2: slip first stitch, *knit 2, p1* Repeat from * to * to the end
Row 3: slip first stitch, knit across
Row 4: slip first stitch, purl across
Do 12 1/2 repeats of the pattern (ending on row 2) and bind-off in purl. Weave in ends.
So what to do with all these dishcloths? Some I use (a baby provides lots of opportunities for this), some I send off to fellow knitters in swap packages and half-a-dozen have just been sent to be included in care packages for the victims of Australia’s latest natural disasters (floods and cyclone in Queensland, floods in Victoria, fire in Perth). A lovely woman on Ravelry that goes by the moniker Ozifarmer has been coordinating such packages since the Victorian bushfires two years ago.