I confess, I wash my dishes by hand. I have a dishwasher but I don't use it. I actually hate the silly thing and would rather have the cabinet space! It doesn't get the dishes clean and it doesn't put the dishes away, so what's the point?
I do have a top secret device that makes it more enjoyable...........what's that? You want to know what it is? What's that? No, no I don't make The Man or The Youngun do them. It does however involve sticks of steel (or wood, or plastic) and cotton balls. Or wait, is it bolls? Are you ready? Ok........here goes.
Yup, hand knit cotton dish rags. The psyche is an amazing thing and when I'm washing dishes with one of these they just don't seem as bad!
Would you like to have the pattern? Well good, cause I'm gonna give it to you right now! I'm not a very talented knitter so I know you can do these. I'd love to be able to make socks and mittens and sweaters and such, but I just can't figure out how to do them so I make dish rags.....lots and lots of dish rags! LOL!
Oh yeah, were you wondering what the other necesary evils are that I referred to in the title? Well, having the house on the market means one thing and one thing only.......CLEANLINESS! My house is cleaner than it's ever been. This isn't a bad thing mind you, I love having a nice clean house and it's so much easier when you keep up with it. Putting your house up for sale is a GREAT motivator for keeping things spic and span!
Anyway, here's the pattern for the dish rags. I use Peaches and Cream cotton thread. You can sometimes get good deals on it at Wal-Mart. Happy Knitting!
Knit Dish Rags
These are worked with two colors, referred to as Color A and Color B. When asked to slip stitches, do so purlwise.
Using a #9 needle (I sometimes use a #8) cast on 45 stitches with color A
Row 1 - (color A) Knit
Row 2 - (color A) Purl
Row 3 - (color B) K4, slip 1 *K5, slip 1* K4
Row 4- (color B) K4, YF, slip 1, YB *K5, YF slip 1, YB* K4
Row 5 - (color B) P4, YB, slip 1, YF * P5, YB, slip 1, YF* P4
Row 6 - (color B) K4, YF, slip 1, YB * K5, YF, slip 1, YB* K4
Row 7 - (color A) Knit
Row 8 - (color A) Purl
Row 9 - (color B) K1, slip 1 *K5, slip 1* K1
Row 10 - (color B) K1, YF, slip 1, YB *K5, YF, slip 1, YB* K1
Row 11 - (color B) P1, YB, slip 1, YF * P5, YB, slip 1, YF* P1
Row 12 - (color B) K1, YF, slip 1, YB * K5, YF, slip 1, YB* K1
Repeat to desired length, finishing with rows 1 and 2. Bind off loosely and tuck in stray ends.
I like to use the same colors, but switch the order (ie. color A becomes color B). Have fun and I hope you try these. If you have a favorite dish rag knit pattern please share it! Til next time..........God Bless!