The Cables & Lace Dishcloth came to be when I was learning some Japanese knitting stitches. This particular stitch really called out to me. This wonderful stitch requires some concentration, but is not nearly as difficult as it looks.
The yarn used is Cottonsoft DK from King Cole. It’s a lovely 100% cotton yarn that is a light #3 / DK weight yarn. It is wonderful to work with & you can make a couple dishcloths with only one skein!
I’d like to extend a huge “Thank you” to my wonderful testers that helped me to finalize this pattern. To see their beautiful dishcloths, check out their projects linked in Ravelry.
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9” x 9” / 22.9 cm x 22.9 cm
20 sts x 24 rows of stockinette stitch = 4” / 10 cm (Gauge isn’t critical in this project but will affect yarn usage)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
To see a video tutorial on how to knit the Cables & Lace Dishcloth, please click on the video link below.
- King Cole Cottonsoft DK (100% Cotton; 229 yds / 210 m; 100g; #3 / DK weight) – 64 yds in color “Pale Blue” (To find your local stockist, click HERE; or you can purchase online through LoveCrafts at this affiliate link)
- US size 3 / 3.25 mm knitting needles
- Cable needle
- Tapestry needle
- Lockable stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn (optional)
Stitches and abbreviations used:
Pattern is written in US terms
- Bind off knitwise
- C4F (Cable 4 Front): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and place at front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle
- C4B (Cable 4 Back): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle
- K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
- K: Knit
- Long tail cast on
- P: Purl
- SKP: Slip a stitch knit-wise, k1, then pass the slipped stitch over
- Yo: Yarn over
- X: Times (Example: 2x = 2 times)
Directions for Cables & Lace Dishcloth
Using long tail cast on method or preferred method, cast on 48
Set up rows:
Knit for 4 rows
Pattern (optional: use lockable stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to indicate RS of work):
- Row 1 (RS): K3, (P2, C4B, C4F) × 4, p2, k3
- Row 2 and all WS rows: K3, (K2, p8) × 4, k5
- Row 3: K3, (P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) × 3, k1, p2, k8) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 5: K3, (P2, k1, (yo, skp) × 3, k1, p2, k8) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 7: K3, (P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) × 3, k1, p2, C4B, C4F) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 9: Repeat row 5
- Row 11: Repeat row 3
- Row 13: Repeat row 1
- Row 15: K3, (P2, k8, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) × 3, k1) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 17: K3, (P2, k8, p2, k1, (yo, skp) × 3, k1) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 19: K3, (P2, C4B, C4F, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) × 3, k1) × 2, p2, k3
- Row 21: Repeat row 17
- Row 23: Repeat row 15
- Row 24: Repeat row 2
- Repeat rows 1 – 24 once more
Next row (In this row the cables will be worked in a different order):
K3, (P2, C4B, C4F, p2, C4F, C4B,) x 2, p2, k3
Knit for 3 rows
Bind off knit-wise
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