Sunday, July 22, 2012


Here is a very clever pattern for a dishcloth with cables of 1 by 1 rib and seed stitch. It is completely reversible! Thanks to Lily Chin for this amazing stitch pattern!

The chart below (click to enlarge) has shaded areas to make the seed stitch cables stand out. The unmarked squares are to knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side. The squares with the "O" are to purl on the right side, knit on the wrong side. Of course you have to be able to TELL which is the right or wrong side, not a straightforward task with a reversible pattern! I strongly suggest that you mark the side facing you on even numbered rows with a pin or paperclip. This is the RIGHT side.

 Cast on 52 stitches with #4 needles, and knit the first four rows of the chart (two repeats). Note that there are two edge stitches which are kept in rib. The smaller needles are to help keep the ends of the cloth from flaring out. Slip the cloth to #6 needles and complete the 36-row chart, repeating back to Row #1, until your work is square, and you have just finished a cable row. Return the cloth to the smaller needles and knit until the row just before the next cable, then bind off.

I used Knitpicks Dishie for this cloth (7 inches square), but if you prefer a thicker yarn such as Peaches & Creme, I would go up to knitting needles #6 and 8.

Note: If this chart looks different than the one you might have seen or printed before, it's because I updated it to make it prettier. It is the same chart!



  1. Beautiful, I think this be a great pattern for a scarf.

  2. I doubled the pattern and made an endless scarf for my daughter. Turned out beautifully!, thank you very much! It was fun to make.

  3. I am working the Great American Aran Afghan and I learned something on keeping an edge from flaring: you do M1's where you are going to cable. This means you cast on less. You don't need to use smaller needles on the several rows either in garter or seed stitch.
    You do this also in pattern when you increase when making a sweater. If you put the M1's where you need them, there is no wavy edge.