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It’s summer and hot and perfect time to knit for the household. Normally, I’m a sweater gal, but I’ve been taking some time off from sweaters to try my hand at other knits. One way for me to try a knit stitch is to make a dishcloth out of it.

Knit ted dishcloth that looks like it has knit cables as the pattern , but it’s only knit and purl stitches.

Normally I would a knit a standard “Grandma’s Dishcloth.” Either I would knit it bottom up or diagonal, but I wanted to take a different approach. I like working on stitches that are knit, purl and occasionally cabled. This time, I’m just going for a simple knit and purl stitch. Also, I like them to be easy and something that doesn’t take too much thought. But at the same time have a nice effect. This pattern had everything I was looking for, and I just had to share it with you!

It’s a traveling stitch or mock cable stitch. The knit and purls lie in a way that makes it seem like there are cables, but there’s not. It’s an easy 6 row and six stitch pattern to remember. I have yet to try it on solid cotton yarn, but I will do that soon enough.

Knitted dishcloth that was taken at an angle to show details of the knit and purl stitches.

Mock Cable Pattern Chart

Screen capture of a chart to show the  knitting pattern for this stitch.
The dots are purl on right side, and knit on the wrong side.

Written Instructions

(Multiples of 6)

Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches.

Row 1(RS): knit 4 stitches, purl 2.

Row 2 and all WR rows: knit the knits and purl the purl.

Row 3: knit 2, purl 2, knit 2.

Row 5: purl 2, knit 4

That’s it! It’s so simple! To make the same size dishcloths, I used 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles and Sugar and Cream cotton yarn. I don’t know that colorway for this yarn, but any 4 worsted weight cotton yarn would do.

I cast on 34 stitches, and completed a garter stitch bottom. I also used two stitches on each side as selvage edge. That I knit for 3 rows. Then I began the pattern until my item was about 5 3/4 if an inch. Finally I ended it with 3 rows of barter stitch. That brings the final length to 6 1/2 inches.

The complete size of the dishcloth is 6.5 (l) x 7.25 (w).

Three dishcloths on a foam mat that shows the mock cable knit pattern.

I really like this pattern and I can see me using it for different quick items. Overall, this is a great all over Pattern and I hope you like it.

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