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Flowerburst Dishcloth

While knit washcloth patterns are great for using up scrap pieces of yarn, they're also wonderful opportunities to create a small piece of art for the kitchen. This gorgeous Flowerburst Dishcloth mixes cool blue and purple edges with an explosion of pink color in the center of the dishcloth. Make a splash in your kitchen with this modern pattern that's full of color and fun!


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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

Approx 10” [25.5 cm] square.


  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Lily Sugar’n Cream (70.9 g / 2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
    • Contrast A (00046 Rose Pink)
    • Contrast B (01740 Hot Pink)
    • Contrast C (01317 Hot Purple)
    • Contrast D (01742 Hot Blue)
    • Contrast E (01215 Robin’s Egg)

Note: 1 ball each of A, B, C, D and E makes 2 Dishcloths.


20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stocking st.

With A, cast on 6 sts.
1st row: (RS). (K1. yo) 5 times. K1. 11 sts.
2nd row: (P1. K1) 5 times. P1.
3rd row: K1. (P1. yo. K1. yo) 4 times. P1. K1. 19 sts.
4th row: P1. (K1. P3) 4 times. K1. P1.
5th row: K1. P1. [(K1. yo) twice. K1. Inc 1 in next st] 3 times. (K1. yo) twice. K1. P1. K1. 30 sts.
6th row: P1. K1. (P5. K2) 3 times. P5. K1. P1.
7th row: With B, K1. P1. (K2. yo. K1. yo. K2. P2) 3 times. K2. yo. K1. yo. K2. P1. K1. 38 sts.
8th row: P1. K1. (P7. K2) 3 times. P7. K1. P1.
9th row: With A, K1. P1. (K3. yo. K1. yo. K3. P2) 3 times. K3. yo. K1. yo. K3. P1. K1. 46 sts.
10th row: P1. K1. (P9. K2) 3 times. P9. K1. P1. Break A.
11th row: With B, K1. P1. (K4. yo. K1. yo. K4. P2) 3 times. K4. yo. K1. yo. K4. P1. K1. 54 sts.
12th row: P1. K1. (P11. K2) 3 times. P11. K1. P1.
13th row: K1. P1. (K5. yo. K1. yo. K5. P2) 3 times. K5. yo. K1. yo. K5. P1. K1. 62 sts.
14th row: P1. K1. (P13. K2) 3 times. P13. K1. P1.
15th row: K1. P1. (K6. yo. K1. yo. K6. P2) 3 times. K6. yo. K1. yo. K6. P1. K1. 70 sts.
16th row: P1. K1. (P15. K2) 3 times. P15. K1. P1.
17th row: With C, K1. P1. (K7. yo. K1. yo. K7. P2) 3 times. K7. yo. K1. yo. K7. P1. K1. 78 sts.
18th row: P1. K1. (P17. K2) 3 times. P17. K1. P1.
19th row: With B, K1. P1. (K8. yo. K1. yo. K8. P2) 3 times. K8. yo. K1. yo. K8. P1. K1. 86 sts.
20th row: P1. K1. (P19. K2) 3 times. P19. K1. P1. Break B.
21st row: With C, K2. M1. (ssk. K7. yo. K1. yo. K7. K2tog. K1. M1. K1) 3 times. ssk. K7. yo. K1. yo. K7. K2tog. M1. K2. 91 sts.
22nd row: P1. K2. (P19. K1. P1. K1) 3 times. P19. K2. P1.
23rd row: K3. M1. [ssk. K15. K2tog. (M1. K1) 3 times. M1] 3 times. ssk. K15. K2tog. M1. K3. 97 sts
24th row: (P1. K3. P17. K3) 4 times. P1.
25th row: (K1. M1. K3. M1. ssk. K13. K2tog. M1. K3. M1) 4 times. K1. 105 sts.
26th row: (P1. K5. P15. K5) 4 times. P1.
27th row: With D, (K1. M1. K5. M1. ssk. K11. K2tog. M1. K5. M1) 4 times. K1. 113 sts.
28th row: (P1. K7. P13. K7) 4 times. P1.
29th row: With C, (K1. M1. K7. M1. ssk. K9. K2tog. M1. K7. M1) 4 times. K1. 121 sts.
30th row: (P1. K9. P11. K9) 4 times. P1. Break C.
31st row: With D, (K1. M1. K9. M1. ssk. K7. K2tog. M1. K9. M1) 4 times. K1. 129 sts.
32nd row: (P1. K11. P9. K11) 4 times. P1.
33rd row: (K1. M1. K11. M1. ssk. K5. K2tog. M1. K11. M1) 4 times. K1. 137 sts.
34th row: (P1. K13. P7. K13) 4 times. P1.
35th row: (K1. M1. K13. M1. ssk. K3. K2tog. M1. K13. M1) 4 times. K1. 145 sts.
36th row: (P1. K15. P5. K15) 4 times. P1.
37th row: With E, (K1. M1. K15. M1. ssk. K1. K2tog. M1. K15. M1) 4 times. K1. 153 sts.
38th row: (P1. K17. P3. K17) 4 times. P1.
39th row: With D, (K1. M1. K17. M1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. M1. K17. M1) 4 times. K1. 161 sts.
40th row: (P1. K19. P1. K19) 4 times. P1.
41st row: With E, (K1. M1. K39. M1) 4 times. K1. 169 sts.
42nd row: (P1. K41) 4 times. P1.
43rd row: (K1. M1. K41. M1) 4 times. K1. 177 sts.
Cast off knitwise (WS).
Sew seam using half stitch only on each side.

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This is a very pretty way to do a dish cloth! Although it looks lovely with the colors above, I think with the lacy textured design it would look good in a solid color, too. Or just use up various colors in your stash and make your own color combination!

Comments below tempted me into solving the problem. The pattern is perfect. This a circular pattern that starts at the center. I used 5 colors from my stash and was well pleased with the resulting dishcloth.

There may be some major issues with this pattern-I always read through every pattern before I start it, sometimes several times-what dishcloth is going to be 177sts at the end of row 43-I've been knitting for 40 yrs. and this pattern is impossible to follow, usually I can see the errors and correct them for myself-not this one!

This pattern is not correct starting with row 21. In order to make row 21 come out correctly, it is necessary to change the last set of stitches. Rows 23 and 25 have the same problem. I ran out of stitches on row 21 (pattern shows plus 8 stitches); row 23 was 9 stitches more than was shown in the pattern and row 25 was 16 stitches more. I do not want to change the pattern to make the stitches match the number stated at the end of the row. I do not know if the stitch count stated at the end of the row is incorrect or the number of stitches shown in the row are incorrect. It appeared to me that M1 was counted as 1 stitch instead of 2 stitches. Any ideas on how to correct the problem?

I have received no help regarding the problem of running out of stitches before I completed row 21. I have wrote Sugar N Cream on Facebook and have received no reply. Today, 6-3-13, I left a message on their contact number and they have 48 hours to respond according to the recorded message.

Is this pattern correct? I had so many problems with the number of stitches not working out to the pattern repeats. Also the color pattern was right but the design didnt work at all. I've never had so many problems with a pattern, especially such a simple patter.

I am stuck on row 23. If I do ssk as you mentioned, slip slip knit or if I do ssk as I have done on previous patterns as slip slip and knit the 2 slipped sts, I run out of sts before I get to the end of row 21. I also noticed all rows except 21 and 23 increase by 8 sts. Is there an error in the pattern?

I think there is errors in this pattern as I had some of the same problems you did all over the pattern and the design didn't come out at the end.

What is ml and ssk how may st do you ssk

Make one and slip slip knit. You slip two stitches as if you were knitting them and then knit them together.

what is m1

It stands for "make one" and is used as an increase stitch.

Very sweet, definitely on my "to do" list

This is beautiful. Can't wait to try it. I can't remember if I knew what the letter "M" and "ssk" stand for. Can you let me know. thanks

M1 stands for make 1 and SSK is slip slip knit.


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