The Bluebells Dishcloth is a very quick and easy knit that has a wonderful stitch detail. If you haven’t knit cables before, this is a great way to get introduced to them. It uses only one cable stitch and the rest of the stitches are simple knit and purl. The yarn used in this project is the King Cole Cottonsmooth DK. It’s 100% Mercerized Cotton and is oh-so-amazing to work with! It’s a dk weight, so it doesn’t make a bulky dishcloth, making it easy to get into those delicate dishes.

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I named this pattern the Bluebells Dishcloth because the stitch reminds me of Bluebell flowers. The stitch pattern was found in a Japanese knitting book and it didn’t have a name to it, so that’s what I came up with. I do hope you enjoy working on this dishcloth as much as I enjoyed designing it.

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8.5” x 8.5” / 21.6 cm x 21.6 cm


12 rows of pattern = 2” / 5 cm

Materials needed:

  • King Cole Cottonsmooth DK (100% mercerised cotton; 218 yds / 200 m; 100g; dk / #3 weight) yarn in color “Pale Blue” or “Silver” – 65 yds / 59.5 m (To find your local stockist, click HERE; or you can purchase online through this affiliate link)
  • US size 3 / 3.25 mm knitting needles
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Lockable stitch marker (optional)

Stitches and abbreviations used:

Pattern is written in US terms

  • Bind off
  • Cast on
  • C4F: Cable 4 front – Slip 2 stitches purlwise from left needle to cable needle, hold at front of work, knit next 2 stitches on left needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Rep: Repeat
  • RS: Right side
  • St (s): Stitch (es)
  • WS: Wrong side

Directions for Bluebells Dishcloth

Using long tail cast on method or preferred method, cast on 46

Rows 1 – 4: Knit

Row 5 (RS): K3, *c4f, p4; rep * to last 3 sts, k3

Row 6: K3, *k4, p4; rep * to last 3 sts, k3

Rows 7 – 10: As row 6

Row 11: K3, *p4, c4f; rep * to last 3 sts, k3

Row 12: K3, *p4, k4; rep * to last 3 sts, k3

Rows 13 – 16: As row 12

Repeat rows 5-16 three more times (or to desired length)

Repeat row 5 once more

Knit 3 rows

Bind off knitwise

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