Knitted Dishcloth Pattern #1: Blackberries

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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. 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!

Tomato Lady



{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Mike Corbeil July 31, 2013

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.

52 Carol August 13, 2013

love the pattern for dishcloths

53 Barbara August 15, 2013

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

54 Daisy August 16, 2013

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

55 Alisha September 11, 2013

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!

56 Daisy September 11, 2013

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.

57 Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013

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.

58 Daisy September 17, 2013

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!

59 Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013

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

60 Daisy September 17, 2013

Yes, the stitch count should remain constant.

61 Polly September 20, 2013

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.

62 anne conover September 27, 2013

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.

63 Daisy September 29, 2013

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

64 Diane Shaw October 28, 2013

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

65 Diane October 28, 2013

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

66 Blanche December 8, 2013

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.

67 Blanche December 8, 2013

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

68 Karey January 3, 2014

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.

69 Marsha March 21, 2014

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!

70 Sue March 22, 2014

@ 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?

71 Daisy March 22, 2014

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.

72 Marsha March 23, 2014

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.

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