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I''m confused. No, wait, maybe I''m not. Oh, yeah, I guess I am. I don''t know. How can you tell?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Garterlac Dishcloth

(Edited March 16, 2009, to indicate that an alternate way of knitting this with NO cast-on edige is available here.)

(Edited August 25, 2006, to indicate that a PDF version of this pattern is available here)

(Edited March 25, 2007, to indicate that the tutorial that was previously on line seems to be no more. It was not my tutorial, and I can''t re-create it. I can say that where people run into trouble with this pattern seems to be when it comes to picking up stitches for the next section. The simplest way I can say this is to look where your yarn is right now. It''s coming from the right hand needle. Immediately coming off the needle to the left is an edge from the previous "row". Start knitting up stitches (draw through a loop using the working yarn) right where the edge meets your right hand needle and work towards the left until you come to the next batch of live stitches, or the end of the edge. The stitches you just picked up form the basis for the next portion of the pattern, and you join them to live stitches by either K2tog or SKP, depending where you are in the pattern.)

(Edited April 29, 2007 to indicate that a pictorial tutorial can now be found here.)

(Edited April 18, 2008 to indicate that Laura has a devised a very cool and very stretchy cast-on that works wonderfully for entrelac - give it a try!)

(Edited May 12, 2010, to add a link for another way to begin this cloth that starts with a cast-on of just one stitch -- perfect!)

There have been a few requests for a pattern for these dishcloths, so here goes.

They''re just entrelac, done all in garter stitch. Because there is no right or wrong side, and because you just use the same "colour" throughout, and because its just a *dishcloth*, you don''t have to worry about blips showing through -- in essence, entrelac simplified.

Garterlac Dishcloth

Materials required: 1 ball dishcloth cotton & appropriate needles


K -- Knit

K2tog -- Knit two stitches together

K-FB -- Knit into the front of the next stitch and, before removing it from the needle, knit into the back of the same stitch

SKP -- Slip one stitch knit-wise, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over

Turn -- Put the stuff in your right hand into your left hand and the stuff that used to be in your left hand into your right hand

Pick up -- Insert right hand needle from front to back into side of previous layer between two garter bumps, wrap the yarn around the needle and pull a stitch through


Very loosely, cast on 24 stitches.

Bottom Triangle:

K 1, turn, K 1, turn.
K 2, turn, K 2, turn.
K 3, turn, K 3, turn.
K 4, turn, K 4, turn.
K 5, turn, K 5, turn.
K 6, turn, K 6, turn.
K 7, turn, K 7, turn.
K 8, do not turn.

Repeat the directions for the Bottom Triangle twice more – three triangles in total. They look a little twisted right now. Don’t worry; they’ll sort themselves out as you go along. Turn and make an Increasing Side Triangle.

Increasing Side Triangle:

K 1, turn, K-FB, turn.
K 1, SKP, turn, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 2, SKP, turn, K 1, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 3, SKP, turn, K 2, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 4, SKP, turn, K 3, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 5, SKP, turn, K 4, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 6, SKP, turn, K 5, K-FB, K 1, turn.
K 7, SKP, do not turn.

Now make a Square.


Pick up 8 stitches along the side of the previous row, turn.
* K 8, turn, K 7, SKP, turn. *
Repeat between the *s another seven times, but do not turn at the end of the eighth repeat.

Make another Square, and then a Decreasing Side Triangle.

Decreasing Side Triangle:

Pick up 8 stitches along the side of the previous row, turn, K 8, turn.
K 6, K2tog, turn, K 7, turn.
K 5, K2tog, turn, K 6, turn.
K 4, K2tog, turn, K 5, turn.
K 3, K2tog, turn, K 4, turn.
K 2, K2tog, turn, K 3, turn.
K 1, K2tog, turn, K 2, turn.
K2tog, turn.

You are left with one stitch on the left hand needle. Transfer it to the right-hand needle. Pick up a further 7 stitches down the side of the previous row so you have 8 stitches in total, turn, and continue with the directions for Square.

Make two more Squares.

Continue adding layers in a similar manner.

The next layer will be Increasing Triangle, two Squares, then Decreasing Triangle.

The next layer will be three Squares.

The next series will be Increasing Triangle, two Squares, then Decreasing Triangle.

Now it is time to make triangles along the top. Transfer the remaining stitch to your right hand needle and proceed with Top Triangle.

Top Triangle:

Pick up 7 stitches along the side of the previous row, turn.
K 6, K2tog, turn, K 6, SKP, turn
K 5, K2tog, turn, K 5, SKP, turn
K 4, K2tog, turn, K 4, SKP, turn
K 3, K2tog, turn, K 3, SKP, turn
K 2, K2tog, turn, K 2, SKP, turn
K 1, K2tog, turn, K 1, SKP, turn
K2tog, turn, SKP.
K 1 and pass the second stitch on the right-hand needle over the first. You are left with one stitch on the right-hand needle.

Make 2 more Top Triangles, fasten off last stitch and weave in ends.

Posted by Dave at 6:55 PM

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82 people had something to say:

Michelle said...

Thanks for the pattern. I have always wanted to do entrelac with the garter stitch, but was unsure how it would turn out.

Now I know. Yours look great!

7:50 PM
trek said...

Thanks, dude!

7:57 PM
Jane said...

Many thanks! It''s all so clear to me now!

8:47 PM
Laura said...

Oooh, these look fun. Now I know what to do with all the dishcloth cotton I have lying about! :)

9:07 PM
Kelly said...

ohhhh thank you!
I loove those dishcloths and have been thinking of them for the past two weeks!

10:49 PM
Terby said...

Those are very cool. I''ve been meaning to try out entrelac, and I have cotton - sounds like a great match.

11:00 PM
S.B. Naas said...

I am gonna dig out my cotton yarn just to try this awesome pattern! What a great why to get comfy with Entrelac! Thanks for the pattern, I am thrilled to start it!

2:23 AM
Charles said...

HI Dave HOW~~~ i was thinking knitting some Dishcloth for my mom!!!
It loooks really great!!!
Thank You the pattern!!
Visit my blog also...BYE

3:22 AM
Ava said...

LOVE these dishcloths (and the bags too!) Thanks for the pattern.

11:57 AM
April said...

those aren''t dishclothes, they''re little works of art. they''re beautiful! thanks so much for what will now be my introductory lesson to entrelac.

12:41 PM
lexa said...

Thanks so much for posting the pattern! I''ve got three or so full balls of Handicrafter left to do dishcloths. (My other ones are terribly faded.) I''m getting bored of doing the same couple of patterns over and over again. This will be a great change!

5:06 PM
Nicole said...

Just stumbled onto your blog by chance, and I have to just tell you that I think your dishcloths are absolutely terrific.

My best friend and I are on a dishcloth kick, and I''m officially adding this to the list of things we must make!


5:13 PM
Olga said...

I agree with April...those are almost too beautiful to use! thanks for posting the recipe...and thanks for the good wishes on my blog!

6:31 PM
Buecher-undWollkistchen said...

Thanks for this great pattern. I''ve never done this before, but now I''ll try.

Kristin from Germany

1:06 PM
aquaknits said...

Wow, great pattern! I love the texture and the colors. I''ll definitely give these a try for some entrelac experience.

6:19 PM
Ted said...

Hey, these are very cool. Thanks for them.

8:05 PM
Wendy Merganser said...

Thanks for the pattern! I can''t wait to try it out.

4:03 PM
Priscilla said...

These are wonderful! Thanks so much. I can''t wait to try wone. I mean one.

5:41 PM
Ginger said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. I just finished one and I had never done entrelac, wonderful way to try it out.

9:22 PM
Joni said...

Well done Dave! I love it--I''m definitely going to be making one. Printing the instructions now!

12:04 PM
KnitNana said...

Dave! That''s so cool...thank you! Now come join us at Cloths for Crisis? (button on the sidebar of my blog...)

1:55 PM
Priscilla said...

Dave, please tell us what brand and colors of dishcloth cotton you used. I haven''t seen those colors before.


5:37 PM
Jason said...

Thanks for the pattern, Dave! Time to try some cotton knitting. :-)

7:35 PM
Rosetta said...

Thank you so much for the entrelac patterns. I once started a shawl but due to extreme frustration, I threw it down. I am so thankful that you have a pattern for a smaller item. Thanks so much!!