Someone I follow on MeWe posted a photo of a dishcloth that got my attention. When I tried the link to the pattern I got a 404 error page, so she started looking into it and it seems that the pattern is nowhere to be found online anymore. It is the French Country Dishcloth by Willow Yarns, but Willow Yarns has removed it from their site.
It’s easy enough to figure it out though. It calls for a main color and two contrasting colors for stripes at the beginning. I used worsted weight, coned cotton and a size 7 needle, casting on 51 stitches. It’s a simple two row pattern:
Right Side: K3, *P1,K3 across. Wrong Side: K1, *P1, K3 across, end P1, K1. Knit until your cloth measures 10″ and bind off. You can knit the first 4 rows in the main color and alternate contrasting colors in two or three bands, 4 rows in each color, before resuming the main color to finish. I settled on two contrast bands for my test knit. I’m not fond of weaving in the ends of worsted cotton yarn on something that I’ll use in the kitchen, but we’ll see how it works out! I may just stick to solid color or variegated yarn for the entire cloth next time.
The vertical rib is reversible and gives the cloth a nice texture. I still have plenty of yarn in yellows and blues, as well as white and off white, to try out several different combinations to add to the collection I am knitting for Audrey.