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Stars and Stripes Dishcloth

For that little detail nobody will expect at your 4th of July party, knit a Stars and Stripes Dishcloth or two! You'll never believe how crazy simple these free knitting patterns are to create, not to mention economical as you can get multiple dishcloths out of just one skein of yarn. You'll be happy you made these when you whip them out every Independence Day, and every year, someone new is impressed by them. Alternatively, if someone you know is hosting an Independence Day party, knit them a few of these as some quick thank-you gifts.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (Stripes: 56.7 g/2 oz; 86 m/95 yds) 21705 (American Stripes) - 1 ball
  • Set of 4 size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.


Measurements: Approx 10” [25.5 cm] diameter.



K = knit

tog = together

P = purl

yo = yarn over

ssk = slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.

Inc 1 = Increase 1 stitch in next stitch by knitting into front and back of next st.

Gauge: 19 sts and 38 rows = 4 in [10 cm] in garter st.



Cast on 5 sts. Divide sts evenly over 3 needles and join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

1st rnd: *Inc 1. Rep from * around. 10 sts.

2nd and alt rnds: Purl.

3rd rnd: *Inc 1. K1. Rep from * around. 15 sts.

5th rnd: *K1. yo. K1. yo. K1. Rep from * around. 25 sts.

7th rnd: *K2. yo. K1. yo. K2. Rep from * around. 35 sts.

9th rnd: *K2tog. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. ssk. Rep from * around. 45 sts.

11th rnd: *K2tog. K1. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K1. ssk. Rep from * around. 55 sts.

13th rnd: *K2tog. K2. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K2. ssk. Rep from * around. 65 sts.

15th rnd: *K2tog. K3. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K3. ssk. Rep from * around. 75 sts.

17th rnd: *K2tog. K4. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K4. ssk. Rep from * around. 85 sts.

19th rnd: *K2tog. K5. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K5. ssk. Rep from * around. 95 sts.

21st rnd: *K2tog. K6. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K6. ssk. Rep from * around. 105 sts.

23rd rnd: *K2tog. K7. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K7. ssk. Rep from * around. 115 sts.

25th rnd: *K2tog. K8. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K8. ssk. Rep from * around. 125 sts.

27th rnd: *K2tog. K9. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K9. ssk. Rep from * around. 135 sts.

29th rnd: *K2tog. K10. Inc 1. yo. K1. yo. Inc 1. K10. ssk. Rep from * around. 145 sts.

Cast off purl-wise.

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This is a fun dish cloth pattern, not your typical square shape! My only disappointment with the pattern is that you need to buy a particular cotton yarn (Lily Sugar n Cream American Stripes) so it will come out looking like the picture. Guess I'll have to find some on sale or with a coupon so I can make a few of these for our house!

I really like the way the cloth looks, too, but I am afraid it would be hard, even with the right yarn, to make the stripes come out perfectly, since everyone's gauge is slightly different. I don't think I'm going to try it, but if you do, let us know how hard/easy it was to work out right.


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