striped diagonal cloth

Sometimes I get a little bored knitting the typical “granny’s diagonal dishcloth” and I also have a lot of half balls of cotton yarn to use. I decided to see what a striped diagonal cloth would look like.

This is an ordinary pattern using self striping yarn

I knitted a cloth up with magicline self striping yarn. It looks good. :)

Granny cloth with 2 different yarns…

I then knitted a diagonal cloth with 2 different yarns. One magicline self striping yarn and one plain DK cotton yarn. To keep the square shape and the uniformity of the pattern I used the below pattern:

Row 1: Knit both colours together
Row 2: Knit with just magicline
Row 3: Knit with just magicline
Row 4: Knit both colours together
Row 5: Knit with just plain cotton yarn
Row 6: Knit with just plain cotton yarn

Use these 6 rows and repeat until the cloth is finished.

I used this pattern which is widely available on the internet:

Granny Dishcloth
CO 3 sts
Increase Row: K1, yo (in the opposite direction – this prevents a hole when knit), Knit to the end of the row.
Repeat the Increase row until reaching a total of 43 sts. Knit 1 row even.
Decrease Row: K1, K2tog, Knit to the end of the row.
Repeat the Decrease row until reaching a total of 3 sts. BO all sts.

You can find a printable version of this pattern here: Free Dishcloth Patterns from

  1. Anonymous’s avatar

    I just love all your clothes. In fact I am donating clothes to Relay for Life and am using your latest Cast off Twirl because it works up so nicely. I have made them all and love each one. I like the gramma’s favorite but mine comes out like a diamond. Yours are perfectly square. Not sure why. Anyway beautiful work.
    Nanner1950 in FL


  2. Grand Purl Baa’s avatar

    These are beautiful. Now is you were to make TWO a bit bigger, secure the bottom corners with buttons draw the top up into a star shape and secure with buttons, you would have a fab tea cosy!!!!


  3. Norma in NZ’s avatar

    Great dishcloths! love the vibrant colours!


  4. Márcia’s avatar

    I loved this idea. Knitting two colors together. It’s so beatiful!
    I love all your dishcloths!


  5. Alice Halma’s avatar

    Hi, In your pattern-striped diagonal cloth What do you mean in the first line yo (in the opposite direction- this prevents a hole when knit.
    Please e-mail me back with your answer. ALICE HALMA


    1. Sew Funky’s avatar

      It basically means to wrap the yarn around the needle from the back of the needle rather than the front, as a YO is usually done.

      Did I make sense with that?



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