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How to Knit a Dishcloth: Free Knitting Pattern - Baby Stroller Pt1

Updated on January 20, 2016
Create this easy knitting project of a baby cradle today! Follow this article step by step to learn how to knit this dishcloth.
Create this easy knitting project of a baby cradle today! Follow this article step by step to learn how to knit this dishcloth. | Source

As a beginner knitter, you probably only know how to do the stitches of Knit (K) and Purl (P). When I began knitting, I only knew how to do the Knit (K) stitch. It took me a while to learn how to Purl (P).

Put your supplies together, and you may have everything you need to knit this simple free pattern. It’s fast and easy; it’s also perfect for a beginner!
Put your supplies together, and you may have everything you need to knit this simple free pattern. It’s fast and easy; it’s also perfect for a beginner! | Source

Learning How to Knit

Because this article became so long, I have split it into two parts. The second part of this article will teach you how to knit and purl so that you can create this washcloth. Be sure to catch the short and sweet videos to learn how to knit.

It is much easier to learn how to knit by watching a You Tube or other kind of video rather than it is to read a book that teaches you how to knit. This includes books with pictures! You may be able to master the basic stitches of knit and purl with proper pictures, but if you struggle, I strongly recommend checking out a video. Part two will provide you with plenty of videos to learn from.

Dishcloth: A Beginner's Washcloth

This dishcloth was created for first time knitters who only know the stitches of knit and purl. I have only included those two stitches. Therefore, you only need to know the knitting basics and the easiest knitting stitches in order to create this knitting pattern, so have no fear! It is not too advanced for anyone!

Why Make a Homemade Dishcloth?

Some of the great reasons to make a homemade knitted dishcloth for a special occasion include:

  • A way to save money – you probably already have the supplies you need so it’s free to make!
  • A personal gift – making a gift like a baby cradle shows that you care about the occasion you were invited to or that is going on, and you are offering the new mother a homemade gift showing a personal touch which often means more than a store bought gift.
  • A way to use your favorite hobby – rather than walking around a crowded store trying to find a perfect gift for a specific occasion, you can do something you enjoy for a good and worthy cause, which will bring you a sense of joy while doing something you love!
  • A learning opportunity – if you are a beginner who has previously only done garter stitch patterns, this is an opportunity to branch out and learn something new since this pattern includes both the knit and purl stitches.

Learn this age old hobby today, because it has made a big come-back! Have fun!
Learn this age old hobby today, because it has made a big come-back! Have fun! | Source

Pattern Attributes of this Knitting Pattern

This article will be very easy to do, because not only are the instructions written out in detail, but there are also many pictures that show how to knit this baby stroller or baby cradle step by step. These images should show you how the dishcloth will look as you knit it up into completion. The following table will explain the pattern attributes for this dishcloth.

Knitting Pattern Baby Stroller Dishcloth Attributes

 
Detailed instructions with step by step pictures
A list of abbreviations used in this pattern
The proper supplies to use for this knitting pattern
Tips for knitting a dishcloth (Part 2)
Alternative instructions or ideas for this knitting pattern (Part 2)

Why Knit a Baby Stroller Dishcloth?

Since the subject of this dishcloth is a baby stroller, there are many reasons to knit this particular free pattern. If you have a baby shower to attend coming up, this would make the perfect gift. You could even knit multiple dishcloths in different baby colors, tie them together with a lacy bow, and offer them as a cute baby washcloth set!

Have fun when picking what color you want your dishcloth to be!
Have fun when picking what color you want your dishcloth to be! | Source

With a smaller weight yarn or a baby type yarn, you could make some adjustments to the pattern, like using smaller knitting needles, and this would make this particular dishcloth even more useful for a new mother as she could use it as a baby washcloth.

Some of the other characteristics of this free knitting project are:

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Fun
  • Rewarding
  • Simple

The Free Knitting Pattern for a Baby Cradle Dishcloth

This is an original pattern created by Michele Kelsey! Please use for your enjoyment!
This is an original pattern created by Michele Kelsey! Please use for your enjoyment! | Source
Pick from a variety of yarn types and colors; although I do recommend worsted weight for beginners!
Pick from a variety of yarn types and colors; although I do recommend worsted weight for beginners! | Source

Supplies for this Knitting Project: A Free Knitting Pattern of a Baby Cradle

  • Yarn: (1) Worsted weight is recommended due to the ease of using it, (2) Pastel colors such as pink for a girl and blue for a boy make the pattern show up nicely, and (3) The brand Red Heart carries a great line of worsted weight yarn skeins with a wide variety of colors, and this brand is quite affordable compared to many others.
  • Knitting Needles: (1) Metal is what I recommend as I find it smooth and fast to work with, plus I love the clanking noise the needles make as I knit, (2) I prefer 10” as that perfectly fits the project and is a great size for your hands, and (3) Size US 7 or 4.5 mm knitting needles is the best size for this knitting pattern.
  • Knitting Accessories: (1) Point protectors, (2) Stitch markers or place markers, (3) A row counter, and (4) A knitting tote to carry the project [Note that all of these knitting supplies may be needed, but they may make knitting this pattern easier]

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Knitting Abbreviations You May Need to Know for this Project

K = Knit

P = Purl

CO = Cast On

BO = Bind Off

Measurements of the Free Knitting Dishcloth:

9” X 8”

Step by Step Instructions on How to Knit the Baby Stroller


Begin by tying your slip knot.

Tie a slip knot
Tie a slip knot | Source

Cast on 36 stitches

Cut off the end after you cast on the stitches, and begin knitting.

Cut off the end after casting on.
Cut off the end after casting on. | Source

Create the border by knitting 4 rows.

Begin the border
Begin the border | Source

Begin the stockinette section of the pattern.

Row 1-4, and all even rows: *K*

Row 5: K3, *P*, K3

Begin the stockinette stitching
Begin the stockinette stitching | Source

Begin knitting the free knitting pattern for the baby stroller.

Begin the pattern
Begin the pattern | Source

Row 7: K3, P4, K2, P14, K2, P9, K3

Row 9: K3, P4, K1, P14, K4, P7, K3

Row 11: K3, P4, K1, P14, K6, P5, K3

Row 13: K3, P4, K1, P14, K8, P3, K3

Row 15: K3, P4, K1, P14, K9, P2, K3

Row 17: K3, P4, K1, P14, K9, P2, K3

Row 19: K3, P4, K1, P14, K9, P2, K3

Row 21: K3, P2, K26, P2, K3

Row 23: K3, P4, K24, P2, K3

Row 25: K3, P4, K23, P3, K3

Row 27 and 29: K3, P5, K22, P3, K3

Row 31: K3, P6, K20, P4, K3

Row 33: K3, P6, K19, P5, K3

Row 35: K3, P7, K17, P6, K3

Rows 37 and 41: K3, P10, K3, P5, K3, P9, K3

Row 39: K3, P9, K5, P3, K5, P8, K3

Row 43: K3, P9, K5, P3, K5, P8, K3

Rows 45 and 47: K3, *P*, K3

Rows 48-51: *K*

Bind off.

Bind off
Bind off | Source

Finish knitting properly so that you can cut off ends and weave in.

Complete the finishing touches of this project.
Complete the finishing touches of this project. | Source

Cut the ends before weaving them into the project for a neat look.

Cut the ends before weaving them in.
Cut the ends before weaving them in. | Source

Weave in ends.

Weave in ends.
Weave in ends. | Source
This is what the beautiful free knitting pattern of this dishcloth will look like when it is complete. Choose any color and make it your own!
This is what the beautiful free knitting pattern of this dishcloth will look like when it is complete. Choose any color and make it your own! | Source

Conclusion

This free knitting pattern offers the perfect homemade gift for a new mother. This article has provided a free dishcloth pattern. This pattern only uses the knitting basics. Anyone can do it! Everything is provided in this article! You can make this beautiful dishcloth in less than a day – today!

Other Resources

Please enjoy these additional free knitting resources in order to further your knitting skills and learn more!

3 Easy Knit and Purl Knit Starter Coasters

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Hobby Lobby Headquarters

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This is one of the best craft stores for knitters and/or crocheters with weekly sales. They have a large variety of yarn, needles, and accessories.

Michael's Craft Store Headquarters

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8000 Bent Branch Dr, Irving, TX 75063, USA
get directions

Another fun craft store for needlework lovers! It's full of different kinds of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and more - Perfect for knitters!

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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