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Better Late Than Never: Box Stitch Dishcloth

For Mother’s Day, I made another dishcloth for my dear mum, who has discovered the joy of washing dishes with a hand-knitted cloth. We happened to be together in a craft store about a month ago, and I had her pick out the yarn for her cloth. I got to pick the pattern, and opted for Box Stitch: a simple four-row pattern that results in a reversible cloth with lots of scrubby bumps.

Mom picked Lily Sugar N’ Cream in “Landscape”. The hues are a light green, light brown/dark tan, and off white.

Box Stitch Dishcloth

I did a simple garter stitch border, with four rows of garter at top and bottom and four stitches of garter on each edge.

Edge and pattern detail

The pattern is fully reversible- a nice touch for a working dishcloth.

Reversible box stitch fabric

I am not fond of variegated yarns which have a very dark value along with lighter ones. I don’t care for the zig-zag that inevitably works up in the fabric.

Colorway detail

However, it does add interest to an otherwise simple piece.

Pattern detail

Yarn used: Lily Sugar n’ Cream Cotton in Landscape
Needles: US Size 4 (3.5 mm)
Worked over 46 stitches.

Finished size? eeep. I knew I forgot to do something before mailing this to Mom.

Box Stitch Cloth Pattern
Cast on a multiple of 4 + 2 stitches (i.e. 38, 42, etc).
Work 4 rows in garter stitch.
Begin pattern:
Slip the first stitch of each row, then knit the next 3 stitches, to make the 4-stich garter border. Also knit the last 4 stitches of each row.
Excluding the border stitches, work k2, *p2, k2, across row 1, then p2, *k2, p2 across row 2.
Excluding the border stitches, work p2, *k2, p2 across row 3, then k2, *p2, k2 across row 4.
Repeat the four pattern rows until desired length.
Work 4 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off, weave in ends.

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