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The Round Knit Dishcloth Pattern Explained for Non-Knitters Like Me

I saw someone making one of these and got stars in my eyes. She was kind enough to write down the instructions from memory, and they were probably very good instructions, but they didn't work for me.

Neither did any of the four other version I downloaded from the internet.

It's probably my own fault! I'm not a very good knitter. Someone called me a "beginning knitter"... but that's not fair when I've been knitting for years. I'm just not very good at it.

The problem was I kept ending up with the wrong number of stitches at the end of the section.

I'm either the lamest knitter on the planet, or can't follow simple instructions, or just can't count. 

Finally I wrote down a complete, row-by-row list of how many stitches I'm supposed to HAVE at the end of every single row, not just how many I'm supposed to add or remove!

I wrote it out for myself in knitting-kindergardener language and crossed off each row with a pencil as I completed it. Success!

free round knit dishcloth pattern written out  round knit cotton doily style dishrag

Here's my easy no-fail version for any other baby knitters out there  :-) 

Original is NOT by me - not sure whom to credit - it's all over the internet!

I just rewrote it make it easier to keep track

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The Cotton Knit Dishcloth (Written out with numbers)

worsted weight cotton yarn, size 7 US needles

Cast on 15 stitches

row 1: knit across. (ends with 15 sts on needle)

row 2: k3, yo, k11, leaving 1 st, turn.

row 3: knit across. (ends with 16 sts on needle)

row 4: k3, yo, k11, leaving 2 sts, turn.

row 5: knit across. (ends with 17 sts on needle)

row 6: k3, yo, k11, leaving 3 sts, turn.

row 7: knit across. (ends with 18 sts on needle)

row 8: bind off 3 sts, k2, yo, k8, leaving 4 sts, turn.

row 9: knit across. (ends with 16 sts on needle)

row 10: k3, yo, k8, leaving 5 sts, turn.

row 11: knit across. (ends with 17 sts on needle)

row 12: k3, yo, k8, leaving 6 sts, turn.

row 13: knit across. (ends with 18 sts on needle)

row 14: bind off 3 sts, k2, yo, k5, leaving 7 sts, turn.

row 15: knit across. (ends with 16 sts on needle)

row 16: k3, yo, k5, leaving 8 sts, turn.

row 17: knit across. (ends with 17 sts on needle)

row 18: k3, yo, k5, leaving 9 sts, turn.

row 19: knit across. (ends with 18 sts on needle)

row 20: bind off 3 sts, k across row (ends with 15 sts on needle)

Repeat these 20 rows seven times, draw up the center and sew together.