Unnamed Dishcloth

by Daisy

I always reach for the smallest cloths in the drawer first. This one fits the bill and it’s scrubby, too. Knits up super fast, and there is a very simple crochet border to look forward to once you’re done knitting that even a knitter like me can do. I can’t think of a name for it, so if you have any ideas . . .

UPDATE: We have a name. Several cute ones were suggested, but the majority rules. Tammy Lyman came up with the winner. Thanks, Tammy and, everyone, thanks for playing Name That Dishcloth!

Introducing . . .

The Bubble Scrubber

Yarn: dishcloth cotton like Sugar ‘n Cream, assorted colors
Needles: your preferred for dishcloth cotton, I use size 6 usually
Cable needle, or improvised cable needle (bent paperclip, spare dpn, for example)
Crochet hook, size G

Make cluster: slip next 3 sts on cable needle, wrap yarn counterclockwise around stitches on cable needle 6 times, knit 3 sts from cable needle (note: don’t wrap the yarn too tightly or it will make the spaces on the sides of the cluster gap too much)

CO 21
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 and all even (WS) rows: Purl
Row 3: K5, make cluster, k5, make cluster, k5
Row 5: As row 1
Row 7: *K1, make cluster, k5, make cluster, k5, make cluster, k1
Repeat rows 1-7 two times.
Repeat rows 1-4 one time.
Bind off to last stitch.
Transfer last stitch to crochet hook.
For crochet border:
Sc all the way around
Sc, ch 3, sk 2, all around again.
Secure last stitch and weave in ends.

A reader asked for clarification of the cluster stitch.  Here is a series of photos which I hope will help:

Here I have placed the three stitches on the “cable needle” (a spare needle, in blue)

This slightly fuzzy pic shows how I have wrapped the first of 6 stitches counterclockwise around the stitches on the cable needle.

Now I have wrapped all six stitches around the stitches on the cable needle.

OK.  Here I replaced the stitches from the cable needle back onto the left hand needle.  Some knitters knit from the cable needle and that is fine, too.  However you do it.

Now I have knitted those three stitches and am ready to continue knitting 5 more sts before I knit another cluster.

The stitch in the middle of the row.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

carol lavers October 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm

i there i would love to do your on named cloth.but i dont know how to do a cluster st.
would like for someone to explain it i.ve tried can’ get to work………….please help me….ty………..l
i live in canada and love doning your cloths……………

Ana December 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I just tried this, but I don’t get the whole cluster thing at all!

Tomato Lady December 17, 2009 at 1:31 am

Ana–Let me know how I can help. Where is it giving you trouble?

Ana December 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

“knit 3 sts from cable needle” Does that mean knit three stitches using the right hand needle and the cable needle to pull the cluster off the the cable needle back into the regular stitching?

Tomato Lady December 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Ana–I just put the stitches from the cable needle back on the left hand needle and knit them there, as usual. Making any sense? Holler back and I will be glad to help however I can.

Sue April 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

I am still unclear of the statement “wrap yarn counterclockwise around stitches on cable needle 6 times”. I can’t seem to figure out how to do the cluster. Would you have a picture that you can post of how you make the cluster?

Tomato Lady April 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

Hi Sue–If you will return to the post, I took some photos of the stitch and added them to the bottom of the post, with explanations. I hope this helps clear things up. Thanks!

mj October 24, 2010 at 11:40 am

Finally a dishcloth that is not the size of a place mat. It sounds like you can wring it out with one hand too. I am starting right now. I will let you know the finished product.

Tomato Lady October 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I’d love to hear how it turns out, mj!

Andrea Burke April 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

Beautiful little cloth! Thank you for posting the pattern, and the pictures really help with those little ‘bubbles’!
Very cute!

Polly Shelley September 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

What size is your cute dishcloth? I would like to make it larger.

Daisy September 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Polly Shelley–It’s about 6 inches square. Happy knitting!

Polly Shelley September 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Thanks Daisy,
I think I’ll do a knit edge instead but six inches is just the right size, I have small hands also.

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