The spotlight is on


Pattern: Clover Tweed Dishcloth by noelle
Yarn: Ella Rae Baby Cotton (88% cotton, 12% nylon), colorways Ink and Ecru
Needles: U.S. 6 Signature straights

Does a humble dishcloth deserve its own blog post? Depends on how much you love it.


I picked up all of this yarn I could find at an outlet store, immediately went home and cast on. Dishcloths and washcloths are great to have on hand for last-minute hostess and thank-you gifts. The black and natural colors seemed like they might make an unusually elegant specimen. How could I have known how soft this yarn is, how beautifully it drapes at the gauge specified on the ball band? How could I have known how addictive and arresting this stitch pattern would be in smooshy, irresistible garter stitch?


In one night, it was finished. My daughter looked at it today and identified the garter ridges — a knitting spotter in the making. I cast on for another black-and-white cloth to make a set, and to continue knitting with this glorious yarn on these glorious needles. Watch out — I may knit with little else until the 13 balls I bought are all gone.


It’s just a washcloth, just cotton, just destined for soap and water and scrubbing and tossing in the washer. But its style and touchability inspire me. Imagine a scarf in this pattern, gray on black for a man, bright contrasting colors for a woman. Imagine a whole array of knitted fabrics in the color palette for the home. Sometimes a dishcloth is enough to make you fall in love.

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4 Comments on “The spotlight is on”

  1. Doc Thelma Says:

    Someone recently brought a bunch of hand-knit dishcloths into the church kitchen. I love ’em. Someday I’m going to volunteer to do the laundry after Wednesday night supper… and they’ll just have to forgive me if a few accidentally don’t make it back….

  2. Lisa Says:

    Very sharp. I love the B&W. looks quite like herringbone to me. nice.

  3. Shirley Says:

    Ohhh, I like! I’ve given lots of these as gifts… now I have a new pattern just in time to make a couple as a thank you gift for someone.

  4. […] this was exactly what I wanted. After the joyful experience of knitting this cotton for three elegant washcloths, I could not wait to drape my daughter in its sproingy […]

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