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Dishcloth pattern cleans up for Special Olympics

Sinkmates dishcloth knitting for the Special Olympics
Sinkmates dishcloth knitting for the Special Olympics
courtesy Lorilee Beltman/

It's still early July and Lorilee Beltman has earned over $1000 in three days for the Special Olympics with her dishcloth pattern. Through her knitting design, she is honoring her late brother, Mark, who always 'got a kick out of participating' in the annual games.

One hundred percent of the $2.00 pattern price tag goes to the Special Olympics. In Beltman's blog post today she writes that the National and the Washington State Special Olympics committees have each been sent $500 already, plus donations are coming in from other sources as well. As of July 4, the dishcloth pattern has been sold 936 times. Make that 937, knitnscribble plans on knitting a couple, too.

The 'Sinkmates' dishcloth pattern is available on Ravelry where Lorilee says it is a 'clean simple design with some nice details.' For the edging she used Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in bright colors, about 3 of the 59 grams in the ball. Lily Sugar n'Cream natural was used for the base of the dishcloth. A super size ball yields about four dishcloths.

The knitting pattern uses a US 8 (5 mm) needle and the finished measurement is about seven inches. Each dishcloth requires about 60-70 yards (55-64 m) of yarn. What better time during our east coast Hurricane Arthur to sit down and knit a few. Great for gifts, maybe even for tomorrow's delayed 4th of July celebrations!

You will find the pattern in Lorilee Beltman's Ravelry store, only $2.00 and supports a very worthy cause. Help Lorilee make this lovely tribute in honor of her brother an even larger success for the Special Olympics.