Knitted Dishcloth Pattern #1: Blackberries

by Daisy on 10/30/2008

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This pattern is inspired by our first decent year for blackberries. Now, I know blackberries aren’t exactly purple, but I found this shade of Soft Violet (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream) particularly fetching, and it is in the arena of blackberry-color. It looks blue in the photos, but it is violet in person. I also love the Hot Purple and this delicious Black Currant shade. The “blackberries” are nice and scrubby. In a gift basket with a jar of blackberry preserves, perhaps?

This has not been test-knit by anyone besides me. Let me know if you see any mistakes.

I used size 6 circular needles, but you can use straights in whatever size you prefer for working with dishcloth cotton.

CO 32
Rows 1-4: K
Row 5: [RS] K4, *[K1, YO, K1] into next st, P3, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 6: K4, *P3tog, K3, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 7: K4, *P3, [K1, YO, K1] into next st, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 8: K4, *K3, P3tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Rep rows 5-8 nine more times, or until desired size.
K 4 more rows for border.
Bind off.

Here it is hanging out on its namesake:

Happy knitting!


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Corbeil July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I’m not someone to know about knitting and once tried to learn it, but no, leave me outdoors in the garden or on a farm, instead. Knitting was driving me batty within a half hour; a half hour during which I kept wishing that I was out in a garden. A young woman, 20s, living with family on a farm tried to teach me knitting. Like some of my female relatives, she seemed to love knitting things and they all knitted a variety of useful things. For what I got from them, it was winter socks, mits and tuques, but they knitted other things as well. It’s a good and very useful skill; just that it isn’t for me. I guess it’s a question of patience as well as interest, but before knitting myself anything, I’ll throw rags on for clothing; just not having “what it takes” to be a knitter. Sewing is different though and I’m not bad when it comes to patching clothing. 🙂

What I wonder, however, about this dishcloth is how long it takes to dry.

For colour of blackberries, I think we can say a purple, a very dark one; sort of like with blue, where we have light to navy blue and navy easily looks black. Or, are blackberries black? The only plant stuff we eat that I know to be black, for what immediately comes to mind anyway, is black beans. Those are truly black from what I can tell, but blackberries seem to be a very dark purple.

Why not use hemp? I’m thinking of the old-fashion ropes made of hemp; thick ropes, 1in and more in diameter. They give me an impression of having a mild abrasiveness and I think this sort of material might be very good for cleaning dishware, cookware, and more.

Knitting might not be the way to make cloth-like materials using hemp and I don’t know what the method, say, would be called. But, it should be a very good material for cleaning cloths. It apparently makes very lasting, durable clothing; apparently far more durable than cotton. This quality plus mild abrasiveness should make good material for washing dishes, etc.

Some people in southern USA, maybe also elsewhere, have begun using hemp for constructing housing and it seems to be a good material for this. It apparently is very versatile, say.

I don’t like the idea of using steel or even copper wool pads for cleaning pots and pans made of stainless steel, but would have no worry about using a pad made of hemp fibers. Perhaps, it would also be good for washing vegetables and fruits.

If that’s all true about hemp, then you could use it for making dish- and cook-ware washing material, house cleaning material, vegetable and fruit cleaning material, etc. That’s besides other known and proven uses.

Carol August 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

love the pattern for dishcloths

Barbara August 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I like this pattern but would like to make it larger. How can I do this?
Thank you for your response.

Daisy August 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

Barbara–Thanks! Just do some more repeats of the pattern stitches before you do the border stitches.

Alisha September 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

hi, this pattern is gorgeous but I am at a loss, I am definitely a novice but I found that as I continued I was losing stitches. And am really not sure what I did or where I went wrong. After the first set of k and yo the p follows and then return do I again do the p3? I think I was losing stitches during the p3 together not sure. Any help would be lovely!

Daisy September 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Alisha–Hello! Yes, you do the p3 again after your () stitches until you reach the last 4 stitches (for the border). P3 is a bit fiddly, especially if you are a tight knitter. Loosening up a bit if possible can make it easier.

Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I have tried knitting the pattern “blackberries”. I seem to be getting extra stiches. After ripping it out several times, I am thinking that I must be missing something in the directions. In “Row 5: {RS} what does the RS mean? I love the look and hope you can help me. I am a self taught knitter so that may explain things.

Daisy September 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Linda Schumacher–RS simply means “right side.” If you have looked through the comments and haven’t found any help there, you can try commenting back with more questions. Also, there are lots of super youtube tutorials for bobbles/popcorn stitches and techniques. I hope we can figure this out!

Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

And after each row should there be a count of 32 stitches?

Daisy September 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Yes, the stitch count should remain constant.

Polly September 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I think most people do not understand the concept of K1, YO, K1 INTO ONE STITCH. Don’t move the triple stitch (thus created) from the left needle to the right needle until you have done all three stitches. It seems awkward at first, but is really very easy.

anne conover September 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I am a very experienced knitter and following the pattern to the letter! On rows 7 and 8 there is always an extra stitch. When I get to the border I have 5 stitches instead of 4. I’ve repeated the pattern over and over, being very careful, and still have this problem on rows 7 and 8.

Daisy September 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

anne conover–Hm. Do any of the previous commenters have the answer? I am perplexed as well. My apologies.

Diane Shaw October 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi – I love this pattern but I am having the same trouble others have commented on with an extra stitch before the K4 border stitches on rows 7 and 8. I don’t see an answer for a solution to this. Do you know if the pattern is correct as written or have corrections been made?

Thanks! D

Diane October 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Nevermind – I think I figured it out…I was ending on the P3 in Row 7 rather than the [K1,yo,K1]!

Blanche December 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Guess I don’t understand the (knit 1 yo knit 1)into next stitch, I ended up with 6 stitches at the end of the first row and needed 7 stitches.

Blanche December 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Finally saw the answer to my question, thanks!!!

Karey January 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

I appreciate all the comments being that the first time I knitted rows 5-8 it didn’t work out.I ran out of stitches and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I went back and read all the comments and then tore out my work. Second time around worked like a charm. Thanks for the posts. I really like this pattern now.

Marsha March 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Love the Pattern, Maybe I’m doing something wrong but I knit the 1st 4 rows with 32 stitches. Row 5 I end up with 44 stitches then Row 6 -32 stitches, Row 7 – 44 and Row 8 -32! I had help doing the K1 Yo K1 into same stitch, local yarn shop owner helped me along with my Swedish friend! Always fun to learn new patterns – and this one is very pretty – seems too nice as a dishcloth!

Sue March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

@ Marsha–you are correct. Each row in which you do K, YO,K you are creating extra stitches (adding 12 stitches for a total of 44). In the rows where you purl 3 together you are reducing the number of stitches back to the original number (32). I’m not sure why the author (Daisy) says the number of stitches should remain constant; in fact they alternate back and forth every other row between 32 and 44. Is that correct, Daisy?

Daisy March 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Yes, Sue. I should be more clear, my wording is confusing. I mean the sts always re-adjust to the same # once the reducing is done. Thanks.

Marsha March 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Sue and then Daisy! I think these follow up instructions are helpful to others – or that Daisy could rewrite the instructions.
I have also found that purling 3 together you can inadvertently pick up an extra stitch. Just a note for anyone struggling with picked up stitches.
Thanks again, hate to use this as a dish cloth, too pretty.

Anne July 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I knitted this pattern in pure white cotton, and it looks so pretty and lacy hanging on the towel rod. It doesn’t take long to dry, and I like to use it to dry my hands with it after washing hands. It’s a good pattern.

Mary December 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I have knitted 5 rows. When starting the 6th row I knitted 4 and then it says P3tog. The next 3 stitches are a P stitch from row 5 and I know it should not be the P3tog. What am I doing wrong. It says repeat K1,YO K1 into next st,. P3 until last 4 stitches, K4 so that leaves the P3 after knitting 4S in row 6.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

Not sure if I made myself clear.
Row five ends with P3, K4 so that when I start with row 6, I K4 and the
it says to P3tog. I am sure that is not suppose to be on the P3. Have I knitted row 5 wrong?

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Mary–Hi, I wanted to let you know I’m not ignoring you, I just haven’t had time to reknit this and see if I can see what you’re doing. I have one of those brains that has to DO it, not read it to figure things out. As soon as I have some knit time I’ll see if I can figure it out. In the meantime, anyone else feel free to help. Thanks for your patience!

Mary December 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thanks so much. I guess I am just anxious to knit this dish cloth.

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Mary–Are you concerned about purling into a knit stitch? If so, that’s ok, it’s just a part of the pattern. I reknitted it and didn’t find it to be a problem. I hope that answers your question; if not, check back and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I do not know how to explain. When I knit the 5th row I have 44 stitches which ends with P3, K4. Now when starting 6th row I knit four and now am on the P3 stitch. If I use the P3 stitches to P3tog, K3, I end up with having 7 stitches left after the final P3tog which would make me knit all seven. I am not sure what to do.

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Mary–On row 5, are you doing the [K1, yo, K1] into the same stitch? Sometimes this is where people get off on their stitch numbers.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

First 4 knit, (K1,YO,K1) on 5, P3 on 6,7,8–(K1,YO,K1) on 9, P3 10,11,12–(K1,YO,K1) on 13,
P3 on 14,15,16, (K11,YO,K1) on 17, P3 on 18,19,20–(K1,YO,K1) on 21, P3 on 22,23,24.
(K1,YO,K1) on 25, P3 on 26,27,28 which leaves 4 stitches to knit.
Now I start row 6 and knit 4 and you can read the end of my reply at 10:13 about what happens.

Daisy December 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

Mary–If your concern is those 7 knit stitches, it’s okay, that’s part of the pattern. You haven’t done anything wrong. It just works out that way with a 4 stitch border like this one has.

Rachel Caissie February 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Could you please señt a picture on how to make that stiche on row 5

Judy G February 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Here’s a YouTube video
All three stitches (K1 YO K1) are done on the same left hand needle stitch.
Hope this helps.

Martha June 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for sharing the pattern. Just finished my first one and love it. I used denim color Sugar and Cream with 7 needles and like the feel.

melbatoast August 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Love this! I use this pattern all the time for all sorts of things. I’ve modified it to make a nice long back scrubber with handles, a baby blanket using extra soft yarn, and now I am making a scarf using extra large needles and a marled yarn. It’s a great way to add a little bit of texture and interest without having to deal with a complicated pattern or distracting too much from the beauty inherent in a fancy yarn.

Daisy August 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

melbatoast–You are industrious! I’m very impressed with your projects. I’m glad you’ve gotten good use out of it.

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