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Summer Lighthouse Dishcloth

It's impossible not to smile while knitting the Summer Lighthouse Dishcloth. This nautical-inspired knit dishcloth pattern is not only a functional kitchen accessory, it's a great way to decorate your beach house or vacation home. This easy knitting pattern features a simple repeat pattern with charming stitch details. A simple hanging loop makes storage a breeze.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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


  • Lily Sugar 'n Cream (70 g/2.5 oz;109 m/120 yds)
    • Contrast A Bright Navy (00009) 1 ball
    • Contrast B White (00001) 1 ball
    • Contrast C Yellow (00010) 1 ball
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Small amount of yellow yarn for embroidery
  • Note: 1 ball each of A and B will make 4 dishcloths


Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.



With A, cast on 32 sts.
Knit 4 rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS.
1st row: (RS). K2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 30 sts.
2nd row: As 1st row. 28 sts. Break A.
3rd row: With B, K1. P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K3.
4th row: P2. (K4. P3) 3 times. K4. P1.
5th row: K2. P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K2.
6th row: P1. (K4. P3) 3 times. K4. P2.
7th row: K3. P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K1.
8th and 9th rows: (K4. P3) 4 times.
10th row: K3. P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K1.
11th row: As 6th row.
12th row: As 5th row.
13th row: As 4th row.
14th row: P2tog. P2. (K4. P3) 3 times. K1. K2tog. 26 sts.
15th and 16th rows: P2. (K4. P3) 3 times. K3.
17th row: P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K2.
18th row: P1. (K4. P3) 3 times. K4.
19th row: K1. P3. (K4. P3) 3 times. K1.
20th row: K2tog. K2. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K3. K2tog. 24 sts.
21st row: K1. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P2.
22nd and 23rd rows: K2. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P1.
24th row: K1. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P2.
25th row: K3. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4.
26th row: P2tog. P1. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P1. P2tog. 22 sts.
27th row: K3. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K2.
28th row: P1. (K4. P3) 3 times.
29th and 30th rows: (K4. P3) 3 times. K1.
31st row: P1. (K4. P3) 3 times.
32nd row: K3. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K2.
33rd row: P2. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P2.
34th row: K2. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K3.
35th row: P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4. P1.
36th row: K1. P3. (K4. P3) twice. K4. Break B.
37th to 46th rows: With A, knit.
47th row: K2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
48th row: Knit.
49th to 52nd rows: Rep last 2 rows twice more. 16 sts.
53rd to 56th rows: As 47th row. 8 sts rem at end of 56th row.
Cast off.

Hanging Loop
With A, cast on 20 sts. Cast off. Fold Loop in half and sew to top of Lighthouse.

With A, embroider Door and Door Knob using back st. With yellow yarn, embroider 'Light' using satin stitch and back stitch

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It's fun to find unique dish cloth patterns that are different from the rest. This one is really nice, and I think it would look good even without the surface embroidery. It might be interesting to try it in just a self patterning yarn and see how it comes out.


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