Elizabeth's First Pattern Dishcloth
At age nine, she became even more keen, and I took her instruction to a new level, introducing cables and the concept of lace. It was clear that she wanted more of a challenge, so I whipped up a beginner pattern for her, which took into account the fact that she already knew how to cast on, knit, and purl. The item: a dishcloth! (Dishcloths are fantastic beginner projects: not too big, and no need for shaping, but you still get a practical item at the end.) I avoided abbreviations and used more natural language than one usually finds in knitting patterns. I also didn’t tell her what it was going to end up looking like, so the heart motif emerged as a delightful surprise as she followed the instructions row-by-row.
The sample shown was her first attempt at executing this pattern. Both she and I are very proud!
6.75" wide x 5.75" high
Yarn: Worsted weight, approximately 30 yards - model used 17g of Bernat "Handicrafter Cotton", 100% cotton, 80yds/50g, colour Hot Pink/Rose Chaud/Rosa Caliente
16 stitches and 14 rows to 4" on 4mm needles
Exact gauge is not required, as this is a dishcloth, but if your gauge is smaller or larger, your yardage requirements will change accordingly.