It was near midnight, the house was dark and muggy, and I was zoning out watching YouTube videos. I tried knitting on an acrylic afghan block, but in the high humidity it felt like my fingers had a light coating of pancake syrup. I needed something mindless, something breathable. There was some dishcloth cotton yarn and straight needles at hand, so I picked them up with a notion of knitting a basic corner-to-corner Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth. Somehow I cast on 46 stitches instead of 4. It was late, and sometimes when you get going with a long-tail cast on you just forget yourself and keep cranking out loops until something draws your attention back to your hands, like remembering what it was you were trying to make. I thought about it for a minute, then dropped a stitch back off for a more easily divisible 45 stitches and took off with a vague shape of pattern in mind.
This is as simple as it gets. Knit a few stitches, purl a few stitches, lather, rinse, repeat, stop when it's big enough (or in my case, when your remnant of a skein runs out).
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream, yellow, 54 yds
Needles: US 9
Gauge: 4.5 sts/in
CO 45 sts
Row 1: (K5, P5) 4x, K5
Row 2: (P5, K5) 4x, P5
Repeat these two rows once. This creates the first row of blocks. The next rows will reverse the directions, to alternate the purl and knit blocks from the first row.
Row 5: (P5, K5) 4x, P5
Row 6: (K5, P5) 4x, K5
Start again from the beginning, and repeat this sequence of 8 rows 5 times or until washcloth reaches desired size. BO all stitches and weave in ends.