Free Travel Project of the Month - December

Holiday Swirls Dishcloths

Please the hostess this holiday party season with these handy helpers.

Skill Level

Finished Size
Approx 8 1/2 inches across


  • Worsted weight cotton yarn* (120 yds/70g per ball of solid color or 95 yds/56g per ball of ombre): 1 ball red #00095 or mistletoe ombre #00138
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
*Sample project was completed with Sugar‘n Cream (100 percent cotton) from Lily.


  • 4 sts = 1 inch/2.5cm in garter st
  • Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


  • Cast on 15 sts.
  • Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7: K15.
  • Row 2: K3, yo, k11; turn, leaving 1 st on needle.
  • Row 4: K3, yo, k11; turn, leaving 2 sts on needle.
  • Row 6: K3, yo, k11; turn, leaving 3 sts on needle.
  • Row 8: Bind off 3 sts, k2, yo, k8; turn, leaving 4 sts on needle.
  • Rows 9, 11 and 13: K12.
  • Row 10: K3, yo, k8; turn, leaving 5 sts on needle.
  • Row 12: K3, yo, k8; turn, leaving 6 sts on needle.
  • Row 14: Bind off 3 sts, k2, yo, k5; turn, leaving 7 sts on needle.
  • Rows 15, 17 and 19: K9.
  • Row 16: K3, yo, k5; turn, leaving 8 sts on needle.
  • Row 18: K3, yo, k5; turn, leaving 9 sts on needle.
  • Row 20: Bind off 3 sts; knit rem 14 sts. (15 sts on needle)
    [Rep Rows 1-20] 7 times more.
    Bind off, leaving an 18-inch end.


Sew cast-on edge to bound-off edge, forming a circle.

Copyright © Fall 2006 Secrets of Successful Knitting, House of White Birches.

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