Feather and Fan Dishcloth

This super easy Feather and Fan dishcloth (which could also be knit shorter to make a washcloth) is a great way for people who are intimidated by lace to learn the basics.

The easy pattern only requires increasing and decreasing on one row of the pattern repeat; otherwise, it's straight knitting and purling. Combined with a self-striping yarn you get a finished product that looks a lot more complicated than it is.


  • one skein Lily Sugar 'n Cream or about 95 yards any dishcloth cotton yarn (We used color 21705, American stripes)
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • scissors
  • yarn or tapestry needle


About 22 stitches and 24 rows per four inches (5.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in pattern stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is 7 inches wide and 16 inches long.


  1. Cast on 36 stitches.
  2. Work in Feather and Fan stitch (see below) for 16 inches, or until you're about to run out of yarn.
  3. Bind off in pattern.

Feather and Fan

Row one: Knit.

Row two: Purl.

Row three: Knit two together three times, (yarn over, knit one) six times, knit two together three times. Repeat across the row.

Row four: Knit.