I don't have time to post many patterns, and I certainly don't share every project I knit. However, I thought it was high time I shared a free pattern with my friends. I am on a major dishcloth knitting kick at the moment, and I prefer lacy dishcloths which can dry quickly to avoid mildewing. This dishcloth manages to do just that.
Lace Cable Dishcloth
Materials: worsted weight cotton yarn, size 6-8 needles (gauge isn't crucial), yarn needle, cable needle.
Seed stitch (with odd number of stitches):
All rows: k1, p1 across (you will be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches)
Lace cable stitch (multiple of 11 sts plus 7):
Row 1 (and all odd rows): purl
Row 2: k1 *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k6 rep from * to last 6 sts before border, yo, sl1, k1, pss0, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
Row 4: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, sl next 3 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle, k1 rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 8: k2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k8, rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2.
Cast on 37 stitches. Work in seed stitch for one inch.
Work seed stitch over first and last four stitches of each row. Work lace cable stitch over central 29 stitches. Work to desired length minus one inch, work another inch of seed stitch for the border, bind off loosely and weave in ends.