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How to Knit a Dishcloth: Free Knitting Pattern - Baby Stroller Pt2

Updated on January 20, 2016

The Completed Baby Cradle Dishcloth

Create this simple knitting pattern of a baby stroller today! Follow this article to learn how to knit this dishcloth with step by step videos.
Create this simple knitting pattern of a baby stroller today! Follow this article to learn how to knit this dishcloth with step by step videos. | Source

Part one of this article will teach you how to knit so that you can knit this pretty baby cradle. This article was too lengthy to be all inclusive, so I have split it into two parts. This part of the article will teach you the knitting basics. Be sure to check out part one so that you can get the pattern for the baby stroller.

Learn how to knit with the tutorials in this article!
Learn how to knit with the tutorials in this article! | Source

I had one beginner knitting book that taught me how to knit. At that time, I was confident I could learn the knitting basics just from the book. However, I could not quite figure out how to Purl (P). After struggling with this, I asked around about the best way to learn how to do this stitch.

I knew that if I learned how to Purl (P) I could do SO many different kinds of knitting projects than just the plain garter stitch ones I was currently doing. I was recommended to view You Tube videos in order to learn how to knit. Once I viewed a few You Tube videos on how to knit I realized that my learning method was flawed.

I created this article for those of you who enjoy knitting dishcloths. I have a binder full of dishcloth patterns – each with a particular design. This is helpful, because there are often birthdays, holidays, baby showers, or weddings that I am invited to and need to bring a gift.

Not only can this washcloth be used as a dishcloth, but it could also be used as a potholder if you use a chunkier yarn or double up on the worsted weight yarn you plan to use. I make a variety of dishcloths like this one, and we use them under our hot plates at my house. They work great at keeping us from burning our hands or our legs if we are eating in the living room.

Use a counter to keep track of what row you are on. There are many cool apps for your smartphone that can do this!
Use a counter to keep track of what row you are on. There are many cool apps for your smartphone that can do this! | Source

Tips for Knitting this Dishcloth

Here are some tips when knitting this dishcloth:

  • A counter can help you keep track of what row you are on, so that you do not make a mistake when knitting this dishcloth. You can use a knitting counter from the store or find a free knitting counter application for you phone.
  • Keep your project’s supplies together for easy access if you think you may not have the time to finish this pattern in one sitting.
  • As you are knitting this free pattern, every couple rows, examine your work to ensure that you have not made an error that will set you back.
  • Watch out that you are not knitting too tight or too loose. Try to knit smoothly with the flow of the yarn on the needles.
  • If needed block the project to maintain the desired look.
  • If this is a gift, I would recommend tying a nice matching ribbon around it to make it look extra sweet.

Pick an alternative needle to vary it up!
Pick an alternative needle to vary it up! | Source

Alternatives for this Knitting Pattern

  • Border – you can make the cast on a larger number provided it is an even number; then just increase the number of stitches you use for the border.
  • Color – choose a color you like, a color suited for the sex of the baby, or find two complimentary colors and double the strands of yarn you use when casting on.
  • Needle Size – you can use a larger or smaller needle; a smaller knitting needle will make the dishcloth tighter and a larger needle will make it looser. I would not recommend going up or down more than one size.

Learn How to Knit

The following information and videos will help anyone who wants to learn how to knit. If you are a complete beginner and wish to make this or any other starter pattern, these videos can equip you with everything you need to know in order to become a valuable knitter.

Knitting: Learn How to Easily Tie a Slip Knot

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By Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter)

Date: November 25, 2015

Casting On (CO)

In a pattern, if it says, “CO 20,” that means cast on 20 stitches. This entails putting 20 stitches on your knitting needle to get you started. It is a bit more difficult than just knitting. It took me a long time to learn how to do this!

Casting On begins the knitting process, and this video will teach you how to cast on stitches in the easiest way possible. This video is excellent for beginners, because it is short, but slow enough to show you the method with ease.

Knitting Lesson: How to Cast On

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Date: April 21, 2011

The Knit Stitch (K) or Garter Stitch

Knitting is the most basic stitch that you can do. When a pattern states that you should only do garter stitching, basically the pattern is saying use the Knit stitch only. The knit stitch may initially be difficult for a beginner, but it truly is one of the easiest crafts to learn how to do. Plus, once you master the Knit stitch, a valuable skill or lifelong hobby, it becomes routine and repetitive.

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If you only know how to do the Knit stitch, you can do quite a lot – bookmarks, washcloths, dishcloths, scarves, coasters, or even blankets. Until you learn how to knit a different kind of stitch, your projects may look a bit plain, but by changing colors, sizes, and needles, you can still create beautiful objects, objects that can be given away to charities that call for them or as holiday presents.

Another one of my favorite parts of just doing the basic Knit stitch (K) is that you can practically do it in your sleep once you become an expert with the Knit stitch. You can do it before bed as you are winding down, as a simple craft to calm your nerves and help you sleep a good night’s rest. The following video will help you become a professional. It is short and sweet, but it has everything you need to know on it.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch

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Date: April 21, 2011

The Purl Stitch (P)

Learning how to knit the Purl stitch can be quite challenging for a new knitter or someone who is used to only doing easy, small knitting projects involving only the Knit stitch. I found it difficult to learn how to do the Purl (P) stitch when I was just starting out, because I read how to do it in a book and saw pictures of how to do it.

The best way to learn how to do the Purl (P) stitch is to watch a video like the one shown below. Purling could be described as a “reverse method of knitting” or as the second stitch you must learn how to use when knitting.

Just by learning how to purl along with your mastery of the Knit stitch allows you to widen the variety of patterns that you are able to do. Watch the following video a few times to ensure you have the Purl (P) stitch mastered, and with practice, it can be done with ease.

Knitting Lesson: How to Knit the Purl Stitch

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Date: April 21, 2011

Binding Off (BO)

Binding Off (BO) in a pattern is the method in which you finish a knitting project. It is a crucial part of learning how to knit. For a beginner, there is usually only one method to do this. The video below will easily explain this.

An advanced knitter can actually bind off in the same manner in which the knitting project was knitted if the instructions insist this is how the project is to be finished, but this is usually not required. Binding off (BO) requires a different method than just straight knitting. You must get all of the stitches off of your knitting needles neatly and in a professional way. Once you learn how to bind off, it becomes a natural method in finishing your knitting projects.

Knitting Lesson: How to Bind Off

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Date: April 21, 2011

3 Easy Knit and Purl Starter Coasters

Use the two links to the left to make these beautiful knitted coaster sets!
Use the two links to the left to make these beautiful knitted coaster sets! | Source

This free knitting pattern offers the perfect homemade gift for a new mother. Part one of the article has provided a free dishcloth pattern, and part two provides general instructions on how to knit. Follow the links and videos in this article to learn how to knit this easy pattern. Anyone can do it! Everything is provided in this article! You can make this beautiful dishcloth in less than a day – today!

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Dear Readers:

The images in this article were created and published by Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter).

Please feel free to ask a direct question about any of the information provided in this article or any questions you may have about the free knitting patterns provided above.

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Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoyed these free knitting patterns for beginners!

Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter)


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