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Decorative Knit 5 Heart Dishcloth Pattern

Updated on November 30, 2019
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I write paint decoupage knit & crochet. As a craft enthusiast it seems my hands have a natural desire to bring my ideas to life

Yarn crafts are a delightful hobby
Yarn crafts are a delightful hobby | Source

This Project Only Takes a Day or Two to Create

As of late I have been having fun designing decorative knit patterns using hearts in a variety of displays to create an array of delightfully unique washcloths. This 5 heart pattern is now one of my favourite craft projects. Knit in 100% cotton yarn it creates an absorbent cloth that is strong and durable ideal for the practical project it is used for.

Once complete they can be used in the kitchen as a dishcloth or in the bathroom as a washcloth. I have always used handmade cloths for my dishes but last year also added them to my bathrooms. They are enchantingly old fashioned, wonderfully soft, and to my surprise they have proven to be very durable.

I have also gifted quite a few to friends and family. Once completed these hand knits are a sweet gift for wedding or new baby shower gifts, actually they are ideal for most holiday gift giving occasions. If you are looking for a money maker for craft sale fairs these are also perfect for that as well. Their low cost and attractive design make them a highly popular item for summer farmer's markets or for seasonal Christmas fairs.

Right side and reverse of knitted work
Right side and reverse of knitted work | Source

Pattern Instructions:

Using 100% cotton yarn and size 4mm needles Cast on 41 stitches

Rows 1 to 4: K1 P1 across row

Row 5: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 6: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1

Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P1, K5, P1, K21, P1, K5, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 8: K1, P1, K1, P5, K3, P19, K3, P5, K1, P1, K1

Row 9: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, P5, K17, P5, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 10: K1, P1, K1, P3, K7, P15, K7, P3. K1, P1, K1

Row 11: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K13, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 12: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P11, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 13: K1, P1, K1, P12, K11, P12, K1, P1, K1

Row 14: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P11, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 15: K1, P1, K1, P6, K1, P5, K11, P5, K1, P6, K1, P1, K1

Row 16: K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, P3, K3, P13, K3, P3, K3, P2, K1, P1, K1

Row 17: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 18: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1

Rows 19 to 24: *Repeat rows 17 and 18* 3 times


Row 25: K1, P1, K1, P1, K16, P1, K16, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 26: K1, P1, K1, P16, K3, P16, K1, P1, K1

Row 27: K1, P1, K1, P1, K14, P5, K14, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 28: K1, P1, K1, P14, K7, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 29: K1, P1, K1, P1, K12, P9, K12, P1, K1, P1 K1

Row 30: K1, P1, K1, P12, K11, P12, K1, P1, K1

Row 31: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P11, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 32: K1, P1, K1, P12, K11, P12, K1, P1, K1

Row 33: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P5, K1, P5, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 34: K1, P1, K1, P13, K3, P3, K3, P13, K1, P1, K1

Row 35: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 36: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1

Rows 37 to 42: *Repeat rows 35 and 36* 3 times


Row 43: K1, P1, K1, P1, K5, P1, K21, P1, K5, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 44: K1, P1, K1, P5, K3, P19, K3, P5, K1, P1, K1

Row 45: K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, P5, K17, P5, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 46: K1, P1, K1, P3, K7, P15, K7, P3. K1, P1, K1

Row 47: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K13, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 48: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P11, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 49: K1, P1, K1, P12, K11, P12, K1, P1, K1

Row 50: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P11, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 51: K1, P1, K1, P6, K1, P5, K11, P5, K1, P6, K1, P1, K1

Row 52: K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, P3, K3, P13, K3, P3, K3, P2, K1, P1, K1

Row 53: K1, P1, K1, P1, Knit to last 4 stitches P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 54: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1

Rows 55 to 58: K1 P1 to end of row. Cast off on final row.

Finished Piece:

Delightfully Heartwarming Hearts
Delightfully Heartwarming Hearts | Source

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It is Quite Easy to Design Your Own

Working with graph paper you can plot out a design then work from one side to the other to create an entirely new pattern simply by adding or deleting hearts from the pattern or by shifting the hearts into different positions. Increasing the size of the heart also brings a completely new image to the finished cloth.

The pattern is created using a stockinette stitch which is a series of alternating rows of knit and purl. I repeat the knit one row purl one row sequence throughout the pattern. When it comes time to add in a heart I reverse the stockinette stitch to use purl stitch where the knit would be and vice versa for the purl row. This creates the design. The heart image is created when the reverse side of the stockinette stitch shows through. Our heart picture is then actually the reverse side of the stockinette stitch. When the cloth is reversed we see the right side of the heart pattern.

The washcloth pattern uses an odd number of stitches. Most standard homemade dishcloths are 39, 41, or 43 stitches in size but I have also made smaller cloths of 37 stitches to which I add a decorative crochet border after it is finished.

Plotting the pattern out on graph paper makes it much easier to design and can help to eliminate errors in your work. Each X on the paper is one reversed stockinette stitch. I graph out the number of stitches I will cast on and draw out the hearts using X's for stitches that will create the heart. This graph will be used to complete my washcloth pattern (for the 3 hearts featured below I will have 37 stitches).

Up the left side of the page I write the number of rows my pattern will require. The first row (right side of work) will be knitted from left to right while the second row (reversed side) will be knit from right to left in alternating directions. Once I have the pattern graphed out I can write it out in standard form. As I knit the piece I check for errors I may have made while writing it out.

You can graph out virtually any pattern of your choosing
You can graph out virtually any pattern of your choosing | Source

I Try to Get it Right but Occasionally an Error Can Slip Through

I generally knit the pattern a few times before I post it to insure that it is free of errors. Unfortunately sometimes the mind will ignore something it doesn't want to see and fill in the blank thus making it difficult to spot a mistake. If you discover an error in this pattern please let me know in the comments section. I would very much appreciate it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Lorelei Cohen

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is so timely. Now I know where to go to do some knitting projects. I am practising knitting and your patterns are just what I need.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      24 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Marlene I've been hooked on making these for about a year now. There are so many different variations you can do too. If you knit I hope you'll try out some of my patterns for your friends and relatives. I am sure they will love these.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      24 months ago from USA

      These are gorgeous. I have never seen anything like them. I like to make homemade items and give as gifts. These are so adorable I know they will be gifts people will enjoy.

    • Ladymermaid profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Aw that is such a sweet thing to say Flourish I of course make my own dishcloth and facecloths (they just feel so much softer and more durable than store bought). I think these make lovely wedding and baby shower gifts too as the hearts are ideal for those occasions.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      These are so pretty I can't imagine messing them up with yucky food scraps and other stuff.

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