Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Aunt May Dishcloth

Every day I have thought I would get this pattern posted, and every day life pulls in the opposite direction.  It has been a month since I said I would share the pattern 'soon'...
In that month there has been lots of weeding, planting, hen keeping, biking, walking, and outdoor living going on as we enjoy one of the nicest Springs in many years.
And it's that time of year that some dish cloth knitting is about all the craftiness I manage to squeeze in.
This pattern is simply ribbing and garter stitch with a 12 row repeat and a crocheted border {if desired}.
If you make any, please let me know what you think,
especially if you find any mistakes :)

Aunt May Dishcloth

from homespun living

My great Aunt May lived in a farmhouse in the country. A favorite memory from my visits is of the old-fashioned hand-operated water pump perched next to her kitchen sink, which she was still using in the 1960’s to get water from the well every day. This dishcloth is named in memory of her.



Yarn: Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in desired colors

Needles: Size 7 US {4.5mm}; crochet hook size H {5.0mm}

edited 3.21.12  I have corrected a major error in how I wrote this pattern, many thanks to those who have brought it to my attention.  Please let me know if you have any problems with these instructions...I promise that from now on, I will ask for someone to test knit a pattern before publishing...thanks much,  Deb
edited 6.9.10  Finished cloth measures about 8 inches square.

Notes: Pattern calls for slipping the first stitch and purling the last stitch of every
row ~ this makes for a very neat selvedge edge, which I learned thanks to
an Elizabeth Zimmerman book. I slipped the first stitch purlwise, holding the working
yarn to the back.

Tip: By casting on and binding off with a needle a couple sizes larger, it will be
much easier to insert your crochet needle into those stitches for the crocheted edging.

Begin: CO 37 stitches

Row 1: Slip 1, {K1, P1} x 2, * K7, P1, K1, P1 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with K1, P1.

Row 2: Slip 1, * {P1, K1} x 2, P1, K5 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with {P1, K1} x 2, P2.

Row 3: Slip 1, {K1, P1} x 2, * K7, P1, K1, P1 – repeat from * 2 more  times, end with K1, P1.

Row 4: Slip 1, * {P1, K1} x 2, P1, K5 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with {P1, K1} x 2, P2.

Row 5: Slip 1, {K1, P1} x 2, * K7, P1, K1, P1 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with K1, P1.

Row 6: Slip 1, * {P1, K1} x 2, P1, K5 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with {P1, K1} x 2, P2.

Row 7 : Slip 1, * K5, {P1, K1} x 2, P1 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with K5, P1.

Row 8: Slip 1, K6, * P1, K1, P1, K7 – repeat from * 1 more time, end with P1, K1, P1, K6, P1.

Row 9: Slip 1, * K5, {P1, K1} x 2, P1 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with K5, P1.

Row 10: Slip 1, K6, * P1, K1, P1, K7 – repeat from * 1 more time, end with P1, K1, P1, K6, P1.

Row 11: Slip 1, * K5, {P1, K1} x 2, P1 – repeat from * 2 more times, end with K5, P1.

Row 12: Slip 1, K6, * P1, K1, P1, K7 – repeat from * 1 more time, end with P1, K1, P1, K6, P1.

Work these 12 rows a total of 4 times. Bind off on last row, in pattern.

For optional crocheted edging:

Using crochet hook size H {5 mm}, join yarn to dishcloth and work 25 single crochet stitches along each side of dishcloth—this includes 2 single crochet stitches in each corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Credit:  Ribbing and garter stitch pattern is from The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey; Viking Press, c. 1971.


53 comments:

  1. Super! I love this dishcloth. I can't wait to make one.
    Thanks so much for including the pattern.
    You have done your Aunt May proud.

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  2. Oh, yay! I have checked here often to see if it was posted yet. I'm past the first week of recovery, and can actually make sense of what I read now, so I'm going to copy the pattern to try. Thanks so much for sharing! It's been crazy busy around here, too. Enjoy your summer, Deb.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  3. Hi Deb,

    I think this one looks really old-fashioned and country. I'm looking forward to trying it. I'll have to get some #7 needles first.

    I posted about this on my blog. Here's the link.

    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/aunt-may-dishcloth.html


    Thanks for your generosity!

    Laura

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  4. It has indeed been one of the most beautiful springs in NY. I,too have not been able to update my blog... but have had time to read here and there :) Love the dishcloth pattern! Will cast on for it soon!

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  5. Deb that's such a simple stitch but so scrumptious! You are the queen of dishcloths, thanks for posting the pattern.xHope this finds you well and enjoy summer.

    Your Aussie mate,
    Rose

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  6. Lovely dishcloth... nice memories as well.. thanks for sharing the pattern

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  7. I'm heading out Friday on a very, very long plane ride to a week long vacation and then a very, very long plane ride home. I'd gathered materials for knitting dishcloths. This one looks like I may have to include it in the plans! Thanks, great timing!

    Karen B.

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  8. Thanks for the pattern - and just in time! In a few weeks a group of friends at church is putting together gift baskets for the Habitat homeowners whose houses we helped build this year, and I'd love to add one of these to each basket.

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  9. Yea! Can't wait to try it. Thank you.

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  10. Aloha Deb;
    I miss your posts, welcome back. Yes, you definitely sound busy! I love your Aunt's dishcloth.I've found these knitted towels really handle the jobs at hand when it comes to wiping down, so absorbent. I'll have to try this pattern next. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. I loved your first pattern, and I've been waiting for this one. Thanks so much for sharing! Now I know what I'll be working on tonight.

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  12. Thanks so much for this pattern. Could you please tell me what size the dishcloth is once it is finished.
    Thanks so much.

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  13. This looks like a lovely pattern, and I can't wait to get a chance to give it a try! Thanks for sharing it. Glad to hear you are enjoying your great weather!
    ~Elissa

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  14. Lena~
    I meant to include the size and forget. The finished dishcloth is about 8 inches square,

    Deb

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  15. Deb, I loved your last pattern and can't wait to try this one!
    Enjoy this wonderful Spring!

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  16. Beautiful blog, I love the effortless crafty vibe you have! Gorgeous pictures too, I'll be sure to continue checking back for inspiration.

    -Van

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  17. I love this dish cloth pattern and I hope to give it a try soon. I have been knitting some other ones with just a plain pattern, so it will be nice to give this one a try.

    Thanks for posting the pattern!

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  18. Oh I like aunt May's dishcloth. Thank you for the pattern xoxox Clarice

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  19. Hi Deb,

    I still haven't mastered knitting, but I've been leaning to crochet, and I'm really enjoying it. I like your dishcloth.

    This might seem a silly question, but I just bought some cotton yarn, and I love it, but I was wondering, will I have to think a lot about shrinkage if I use it in something that will be washed often?

    Thank you,
    Lena

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  20. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I tried it today and love the result. I made mine a little bigger, 5 stitches and 6 rows more. The crochet edging is really cute.

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  21. Love a new dishcloth pattern -- thank you!
    Blessings,
    G

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  22. I can't wait to try this patter! I just started another set of your waffle weave patterned dishclothes for my sister who just moved into her first apartment. Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. Hi, I've just tried to make this dishcloth but am stumped on the first direction which is to slip the first stitch. I know how to slip a stich at the end of a project when casting off ( first knit then pull one stitch over another and slide off). Do you do the same thing here? Sorry I'm just learning to knit and appreciate you sharing the pattern. It is very generous of you and I like your other pattern too.

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  24. Tonight I have cast on for the coffee cup cozy and it's going great so far!

    I am doing the Aunt May Dishcloth next. What is the color you used around the edging? Mustard maybe?

    Thanks!

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  25. I can't wait to try this patter! I just started another set of your waffle weave patterned dishclothes for my sister who just moved into her first apartment. Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. I love this dish cloth pattern and I hope to give it a try soon. I have been knitting some other ones with just a plain pattern, so it will be nice to give this one a try.

    Thanks for posting the pattern!

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  27. Beautiful blog, I love the effortless crafty vibe you have! Gorgeous pictures too, I'll be sure to continue checking back for inspiration.

    -Van

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  28. This looks like a lovely pattern, and I can't wait to get a chance to give it a try! Thanks for sharing it. Glad to hear you are enjoying your great weather!
    ~Elissa

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  29. Aloha Deb;
    I miss your posts, welcome back. Yes, you definitely sound busy! I love your Aunt's dishcloth.I've found these knitted towels really handle the jobs at hand when it comes to wiping down, so absorbent. I'll have to try this pattern next. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  30. Thanks for the pattern - and just in time! In a few weeks a group of friends at church is putting together gift baskets for the Habitat homeowners whose houses we helped build this year, and I'd love to add one of these to each basket.

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  31. It has indeed been one of the most beautiful springs in NY. I,too have not been able to update my blog... but have had time to read here and there :) Love the dishcloth pattern! Will cast on for it soon!

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  32. Hi Deb,

    I think this one looks really old-fashioned and country. I'm looking forward to trying it. I'll have to get some #7 needles first.

    I posted about this on my blog. Here's the link.

    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/aunt-may-dishcloth.html


    Thanks for your generosity!

    Laura

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  33. Theresa1:47 PM

    I have many dishcloth patterns but none that are basket weave. What a nice change to my collection! The dishcloths have that country appeal I'm looking for. Thanks! Theresa

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  34. You're welcome Theresa--enjoy!

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  35. kericho1201:36 AM

    I like this dishcloth and I've just made my first one though I have yet to crochet the edge. I didn't use a plain coloured yarn, just what I had on hand so now have to scrounge for a plain coloured trim. I enjoyed making this but am not the best knitter so the concentration aspect really has to be there for me. There is nothing wrong with pattern at all. I like how you repeated each line of the pattern, rather than just say "work the pattern". It took me a while to figure out how to slip the first stitch being newish to knitting but I found instructions on youtube. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm sure to make it again ;-)

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  36. You're very welcome!

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  37. Redmms8:59 PM

    I was reading the pattern and I'm trying to try a very simple pattern as I have not knited in years. I guess I'm a little confused what the "slipping the first stitch" is about. Can you explain this to me?

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  38. From what I've heard, slipping the first stitch of the row can make for a neater edge--so I decided to try it with this pattern.
    You just insert your needle purlwise into the first stitch and slip it onto your right hand needle; continue knitting as directed in pattern.  And, if you prefer, you could just eliminate the slipped stitch and knit/purl it normally--it will not make a huge difference in the finished product.
    Hope this helps!

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  39. well for me...I could not * K7, P1, K1, P1 – repeat from * 3 times, end with K1, P1.
    if you do this from the star (asterisk), you cannot repeat it 3 times? what am I doing wrong

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    1. you have to count the first one you do as part of the 3 times. i figured that one out the hard way...

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    2. Diane,
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I have read your email over numerous times, intending to respond, but apparently I was having a mental block...I could not see what was wrong. Thanks to 3girlsmom for making it all obviously clear! A pattern writer I am not :(
      I will make the change to the pattern instructions...I am so sorry you had to struggle with this....Deb

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  40. thanks for this beautiful pattern. i just finished my first one. i knitted the main body in white and used an aqua border and it came out gorgeous! will be making about 5 more to complete the set for my niece's wedding. i will do three different colors for the borders; aqua, chartreuse, and orange or blue. haven't decided on the third color yet. thanks again!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you're finding it useful. Most of all thank you for helping out Diane with my pattern mistake...I'm off to correct the instructions now...Deb

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  41. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Greetings from a rainy Old East Coast of England......and thank you for posting this pattern. I have done it in discloth cotton that was sent to me from the States and it hascome out lovely. I imagine that once my daughter sees it, it might just disappear!!! Oh well, I take that as a compliment. Thanks again, Marlena

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    1. Marlena, you're welcome! Thanks so much for your kind comment. Best wishes, Deb

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  42. robsDaughter8:04 AM

    I absolutely LOVE the look of this pattern....however, as I'm sitting down to knit this., I keep getting a count of 29 stitches instead of 37. What in the world am I doing wrong?

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  43. robsDaughter8:07 AM

    As I'm writing down., what I'm doing for u to see.....I think I just figured it out. Give me a second....

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  44. robsDaughter8:13 AM

    Sorry! Not enough coffee yet, this morning.... I was "seeing" the * after the (P1 K1) 2 times, instead of before.

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    1. So glad it worked out...I make those same sort of mistakes!...Deb

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  45. Anonymous9:29 AM

    I would just like to say, this is my absolute favorite dishcloth pattern. It has enough "scrubbiness", looks great, and its easy to make :) Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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    1. You're welcome--thank you for stopping by. So glad you like the pattern...Deb

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  46. Hi Deb,
    I love this pattern, thanks much for sharing this with us. Do you have an updated version correcting the mistakes? If not, I will send them to you as soon as I write them down. I will be making another one soon and scribe as I knit.
    Again, thanks for sharing.

    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat,
      If you don't mind sending me an updated version, that would be great. I will check it against my latest updates to make sure all is correct.
      I'm glad you're enjoying the pattern!
      Thanks so much for offering to do this for me,
      Deb

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