Mom-in-law's dishrag

Jeff1201PA's picture

My boyfriend's mother is awesome.  One late, drunken night, shortly after I just started knitting, I was telling her that I was having trouble with purling.  She wanted so desperately to help me with it (my own mother crochets but knows nothing about knitting - besides, she's not nearly as cool) that, lacking any knitting supplies whatsoever, she grabbed a pair of chopsticks and some of my boyfriend's crochet thread and cast on. 

Somehow through the Jagermeister haze, she succeeded in teaching me to purl and every time I see her, she asks me about my knitting.  She was so amazed when I started knitting in the round on DPNs and she loves my tube scarf.  She oooed and aaahed over the coasters I made for my boyfriend. 

As integral and supportive she has been to my new hobby, it is astonishing to me that I haven't made anything for her yet.  The last time I saw her, she said that she had never used a hand-knit dishrag.  I told her that once she uses one, she'll never go back to those cheap woven ones.  I have several sitting around that I finished but haven't given away or used yet (they last forever) but I wanted to make one specially for her. 

Given the popularity of the basketweave pattern, I decided to make a 4x4 basketweave dishcloth to present to her.  I am pleased with the results - not a mistake to be seen (unless you're sharp enough to find the two twisted stitches that I decided were so unnoticable that it wasn't worth going back to correct).  I hope she likes it as much as I do.


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charmingbilly's picture

those dishclothes are a

those dishclothes are a great way to find the guage when knitting a pattern intended for something larger, too!  you've inspired me to do something more useful with these swatches i accumulate.  

Aaronknits's picture

Very nice basket weave!!! 

Very nice basket weave!!! 

 One of my co-workers recently went on a business trip to China, and came back with chopsticks (really nice ones) for everyone.  I initially thought he was giving me a pair of knitting needles.  At least I know how to use those!  Still haven't managed to master the art of using chopsticks.

Well done Jeff. Im really

Well done Jeff. Im really impressed. Ive been following you threads for a while now and I can see you are really getting the hang on this knitting thing. I always look forward to seeing your next creations, they just keep getting better and better. Excellent.


Sounds like she's pretty

Sounds like she's pretty lucky too.  Great job.


Jeff, Great work!  What a


Great work!  What a wonderful pattern.  Good for you.  Sounds like you've got a winner as far as Inlaws go.   I do too.  Ya can't beat having a wonderful family around.

 I'm gonna have to do some of those dishcloths for us, also.  Really  choice!



~Mike in Tampa