Thursday, March 21, 2013

Knitted Dishcloths

Part of my quest to become a full-time housewife is to learn to do more and make more things myself. I want to learn to be more sustainable and less reliant on buying "stuff". I've already shared some of my goals in this area, such as having a vegetable and herb garden, canning and freezing foods, making my own cleaning supplies and cooking from scratch. I'm always open to trying new things and learning as I go as to what works and what doesn't.

A few weeks back, I decided I wanted to knit myself some dishcloths. I found a pattern for them on this blog called DIY Natural and they looked easy enough. Can I just take a moment to say that this blog is awesome? If you've got some time, check it out, it's worth it.

A few days ago I picked up some 100% cotton yarn from Walmart and set to work on my very first dishcloth. It was so easy and fast! I spent two hours the first evening and finished most of my first one. The second evening I had finished it off and whipped up another one.

The other bonus to this pattern is that since it's so simple, you can multitask while knitting. I got caught up on some TV shows while putting together these two dishcloths.

I had fun choosing some pretty colours and I'm really pleased with the choices I made. I love how these dishcloths turned out and I will probably be whipping up some more soon!

Have you ever tried knitting a dishcloth before? If not, do you think you'll give it a try now? (I'm looking at you Cora). Are there any other things you make yourself instead of buying? I want to hear about it!


  1. Those turned out so great! I love knitted dishcloths but I don't know how to knit. Guess I will have to add that to the list of DIY stuff I want to try!

  2. Erin - Thanks! I was really pleased with how they ended up. And you totally have to give it a try, these are perfect beginner projects. :D

  3. My first knitting project was a dishcloth!

  4. Casey - I hear that they usually are first knitting projects for people. Weird that I've never done one until now, I guess I do things backwards.

  5. They look great Jenn! I love knitting or crocheting dishcloths. When I was homeschooling my kids, I made quite a few of them because they were easy to work on while facilitating with school work. Keep up the awesome work!

  6. Janell - Thank you! I can't believe it took me this long to make one, since I've been knitting for a quite a few years now. I was homeschooled too. :)

  7. Jennie, I do enjoy reading your blog. Amazing, absolutely amazing how you write ... and what you write!! I pray that you will continue to impact many women ... and hopefully a few men in the process.
    I will be on the lookout for napkins here ... but unfortunately, they don't use them very often ... but will look.
    I look forward to more posts ... and will be trying recipes, etc. Oh yes, read an article the other day about using black rice. Actually, very tasty as rice pudding (with coconut milk, of course. They also said how very healthy it is and one should try to get used to eating it regularly. Wonder if you could add some to your rice mixture ... and perhaps some Thai red rice too. I'll bring a common mixture of rice & grains when I go back next visit

  8. Bunny - Thank you. I love hearing that people enjoy reading my blog and look forward to my posts. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :)

    Thanks for being on the lookout for napkins, I enjoy getting some from other countries or special places. And I may have to start experimenting with some different rices. For now though, I think I'll still with the white and brown mix until Dan gets a little more used to it. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see you on your next visit back.