Monday, February 20, 2012

petite French farmhouse dishcloth pattern no.1

Susan is a new knitter and
 asked for a pattern for the dishcloths
pictured in my last post,
so I've typed up one for the double stripe
for those who are interested.
Since I love French striped linens, 
and since it's a smallish size,
I've named it the ... 
petite French farmhouse dishcloth
pattern no.1
Finished Size:
Approximately 6 1/2 inches square

cotton worsted weight yarn {I used Lion Brand}
in main color & stripe color

Size 4.5mm/US 7
crochet hook about same size
tapestry needle

Approximately 18 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches

Note:  If you are a new knitter and unsure as to how to start a new color yarn, here are a few tutorials that I hope will help:,

Cast on 30 stitches with main color.

Row 1 & 2: knit
Row 3: knit
Row 4: knit 2, purl to last two stitches, knit 2
Rows 5 - 18:  Repeat rows 3 & 4 seven more times
Row 19: knit
Row 20: {with stripe color} knit 2, purl to last two stitches, knit 2
Row 21: {with main color} knit
Row 22: {with main color} knit 2, purl to last two stitches, knit 2
Row 23: {with stripe color} knit
Row 24: {with main color} knit 2, purl to last two stitches, knit 2
Rows 25 - 40:  Repeat rows 3 & 4 eight more times
Row 41 - 42:  knit
Bind off, leaving a 6 - 8 inch tail to crochet the loop, if desired.  With your crochet hook, chain 12 sts, then secure to dishcloth {with a slip stitch} to form a loop.  Weave in all ends.



  1. Oh my goodness, these are so lovely. I must make some for my kitchen, and I have a kitchen tea to go to in a few weeks what a great gift.

  2. Those are so wonderful-- I guess these could be crocheted too!
    I've made a few dishcloths...and I even made a few with wide strips. I like the narrow stark contrast of the looks so 'farmhouse-ISH'

    I have been practicing learning to knit and tat...the knitting seams a little easier. I must say, I still don't know the difference in a 'knit' and a 'purl'... I must go find these things out!


    1. Anonymous7:29 AM

      u tube will teach u everything

  3. you have a gift for making simple knits quite elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Deb, this is why I think your blog is one of the best. Your creativity and willingness to share that with your readers is remarkable. I've put a link to your blog in my book - it's for the now famous waffle weave pattern. I'll be trying this one too. It's beautiful. Thank you.

    1. Rhonda, thank you--your kind words mean a lot. And, I'm sure that the waffle weave pattern is popular in no small part due to you mentioning it on your blog.
      Congratulations on the new book--I've just seen the cover, which is beautiful, and hope to get my hands on a copy if it comes to the States...Deb

  5. Thank you so much for the pattern and the links to the videos. I can't wait to try this! :-) You are so talented.

  6. Thank you so much for this new pattern.........beautiful as usual! You are such a "sweet sharer"! I will have a bag ready with my knitting supplies~ smile~

    Hugs from my farm,

  7. Love the colors :)

  8. I was hoping you would give us the pattern for the dishcloth. Thanks so much.

  9. Deb,

    I really like this pattern, it's so simple and pretty. Ok, I asked you about your Book planner a while ago, now what is the book you made for your project notes? Is it just a covered journal?
    I agree with the above comments. You are very creative and talented, and willing to share. God has blessed you!


    1. Kim, it is just a covered journal--original post about it here:

  10. Deb,
    Thank you for posting your dishcloth pattern. It is elegant in its simplicity.

  11. I will try this tonight! And why is it called pattern no. 1? Is there a pattern no. 2??

    1. Just a variation--if I can get it typed up :)

  12. So lovely! I am due for a few new dish cloths, thanks for the pattern!

  13. Thank you for another dishcloth pattern---I love the classic simplicity of the design. I've made 30 or so of the waffle pattern dishcloth, for my own use and to share. It's always gladly received.

  14. Christine Warren11:32 AM

    Thank you! I love the pattern and have made two already. I'm going to make some for my friends who don't knit. Thank you for sharing. You are very kind.

  15. I love this dishcloth pattern and want to thank you for posting it.
    I'm wondering if I'm knitting it correctly or not and was hoping you might be able to help me if I can explain myself correctly.
    When I knit Row 20, which is the stripe color, then I knit Row 21 (main color)I had to cut the yarn (of the main color) because when I'm finished with the stripe row the main color is at the other end of the dishcloth. That probably doesn't make sense to you but is that correct or am I doing something wrong?
    Thank you,

    1. Debbie, it would be easier if I were actually knitting the dishcloth and explaining it at the same time, but I will give it a go here and hope I can help. If you have more than one ball of the main color, you could carry your yarn from row 19 to the start of row 24--that would mean using a separate piece of the main color to knit rows 21 & 22. When you finish row 20 with the red, it can be carried along the edge to be used on row 23. I hope this makes sense...let me know how it works out for you. Thanks, Deb

  16. Always looking for new dishcloth patterns.

  17. Anonymous6:44 PM

    I come back to your blog again and again... this post is another reason why!

  18. I just stumbled on your blog and LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Anonymous2:14 AM

    Thank you Deb for this pattern, I am going to make some Petite French Dishcloths next week! Ann

  20. thank you thank you thank you for sharing. I just finished the Edge-stripe dishtowel this morning and intend to do this next!. It is so cute.


Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb


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