The main techniques included within this pattern are the knit stitch worked flat and color blocking. Depending on the construction method you choose, you may also find yourself working purl stitches and either duplicate stitch or stranded colorwork. This is a great pattern for an adventurous beginner that is interested in working a project with multiple colors. More information on techniques can be found here.
The United States Flag Dishcloth uses 25 grams or less of three different colors in worsted weight yarn. For more information on yarn requirements, click here.
As you've already noticed by now, the United States Flag Dishcloth was inspired by... you guessed it, the United States flag. 😄 That in and of itself is pretty simple and self-explanatory.
The release of this pattern is around the 4th of July (Independence Day within the United States), so I think it is also important to discuss the minority groups (particularly Native Americans and Blacks) that have suffered, and continue to suffer, from the colonization of our country.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot from listening to these communities, and as a result my perspective of Independence Day has changed. My perspectives continue to evolve, but for the present, I like to use the holiday as an opportunity to feel thankful for the freedoms and privileges I have, to consider/learn from those that still don’t have the same opportunities, and to reflect on how we can continue to better our country. What does the 4th of July mean to you?
Time to do the dishes. Ugh. You *hate* doing the dishes. There's always dishes needing washed. (How is it that someone *always* seems to have another dirty dish to add to the sink as soon as you've finished washing all the dishes?) And if there aren't, the dishwasher is needing unloaded. It's a frustrating, endless cycle.
And while a dishcloth won't magically take care of the dishes for you, it *will* add a touch of handmade cheer and joy to the dreaded chore.
A hand knit dishcloth adds a piece of happiness to the kitchen, whether it's acting as decor or a cleaning tool. And, while you might still hate doing the dishes, you'll hate them a little bit less.
The United States Flag Dishcloth is a quick and simple knit that requires minimal attention from experienced knitters, and is a fun project for beginners.
The pattern includes three different construction methods, so you can choose the one that best fits your skill level and interest.
This is the perfect knit for the summer road trip when you want something to keep your hands busy, but you don't have the capacity to give it a lot of attention -- and you definitely don't want a big, wool project!
This pattern primarily includes knit stitches. If you choose to work Option 1 or Option 2 of the pattern, you will also be working purl stitches and either stranded colorwork or duplicate stitch. This is a great pattern for the beginner knitter that's interested in working with multiple colors in one project. (Trying to decide which construction method to work? Check out this blog post!)
All of my patterns include clear, step-by-step (written and charted) instructions and linked video technique tutorials that walk you through the pattern with confidence and joy. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.
Width: 8 (12) in / 20 (30) cm
Height: 6.5 (9.5) in / 16.5 (24) cm
20 (44) yds / 18 (40) m, 12 (26) grams Worsted Weight Yarn in red
17 (36) yds / 15 (33) m, 10 (21) grams Worsted Weight Yarn in white
11 (25) yds / 10 (22) m, 7 (15) grams Worsted Weight Yarn in blue
Designed using Lily Sugar 'n Cream (100% Cotton, 120 yds / 109 m, 71 g), shown in White, Dazzle Blue, and Red.
Get color combination & alternate yarn recommendations here.
17 stitches, 32 rows = 4 in / 10 cm in garter stitch
Flat, from bottom to top
4.0 mm (US size 6) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, minimum 9 in / 23 cm long