This post may include affiliate links because I found an awesome pattern book…
I’ve been thinking about Christmas lately. A lot. Every year, I’ll find myself in a need for a Christmas projects to do.
The thing with Christmas knitting is that we want it to be quick, easy and awesome enough for last minute gifts. Agreed? Well, this is it…
I’m sure you have been seeing those knitted dishcloth dresses (or aprons as I would say) floating around in Pinterest. And all those dresses came from this pattern book Laisure Art is offering – “Dishcloth Dresses”. Fun little project to dress up dish detergent bottles.
I’ve been thinking to buy this e-book for quite some time, but…I don’t know…timing wasn’t right I guess. And I thought it’s not worth the money… All those typical knitter thoughts 😀
Reason why I changed my mind is this review on their website:
“I only have one problem: I could only give 5 stars!!!
This is an awesome pattern book – I’ve made them all and have so much fun knitting them and twice as much fun giving them away! People always enjoy them – what a fun way to *dress up* your kitchen sink!!“
Well, I bought it. Only $5.99 (at least it was this price when I bought it). And I would recommend it.
12 patterns, all easy to read and follow. Very quick and fun. And I think these cute little knit dresses would be fantastic Christmas gift, or a product idea for a Christmas fair.
That is where my inspiration came from.
See, I don’t want to take the dress off to wash dishes and then put the used and wet apron back on (sounded weird, but you know what I mean). Also, I have separate knitted dishcloths always lying around, so it would be great if everything is in one place. Hence the dishcloth dress with the pocket…
Pattern for the knit dishcloth dress
Note: you don’t have to use same colors as I did 🙂
- heavier cotton yarn (I used DROPS Muskat)
- straight needles size 3,5 mm / US 4
10 cm x 10 cm (4” x 4”) = 20 sts x 30 rows
Cast on 40 stitches with black.
Rows 1 – 2: knit (with black);
Rows 3 – 4: knit (with turquoise);
Continue with black.
Row 5: knit;
Row 6: knit 3, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3;
Repeat rows 5 and 6 three times (total of 10 rows done);
Rows 11 – 12: knit;
Row 13: knit 3, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 3;
Row 14: knit 4, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 4;
Repeat rows 13 and 14 until you reach 15 cm or to the part where the bottle has a waist 🙂
Working the waist:
- ssk – slip, slip, knit together;
- k2tog – knit 2 together;
Row 1: knit 4, ssk 8 times, k2tog 8 times, knit 4, turn;
Row 2: knit to the end (don’t turn), cast on 40 stitches, turn;
Row 3: knit to the end (don’t turn), cast on 40 stitches, turn;
Row 4: knit;
Row 5: cast off 40 stitches, knit to end;
Row 6: cast off 40 stitches, knit to end;
You have a waist and strings now.
Working the top of the apron:
Row 1: knit;
Row 2: knit 4, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 4;
Repeat rows 1 and 2 ten times (or until you have about 1 inch left from the bottle cap).
Working around the bottle cap:
Row 1: knit 7, cast off 8, knit 7;
Now work only those last 7 stitches by knitting back and forth 31 times, or as long as you need, to make around your bottle cap.
Cast off and sew on to those first 7 stitches that were waiting.
Work Stockinette stitch knitting back and forth over 32 stitches in total of 30 rows, or as long as you reach the waist. Sew on, so that first row of the pocket is inline with the row 12 from skirt part (purl row if looking at the right side of work).
Hide all your yarn ends.
Tuck the dishcloth in the pocket and dress your dish detergent bottle.