Dishcloth Knitting Patterns - Simple, Easy Knitting

Ready for a couple of dishcloth knitting patterns? Knitting dishcloths is fun, useful and a great way to spice up your kitchen or bathroom with fresh new colors. It's also a portable, fun knitting project right at your fingertips. 

Why would anyone want to knit dishcloths when they're so readily available to buy? They're simple and easy to knit. They're a nice break after a long knitting project. And cotton yarns come in so many vibrant and fun colors it'll brighten your day simply by knitting one.

Knit washcloths are great for things like:

  • practicing your knitting skills
  • testing out a new stitch pattern
  • testing your own knitting designs
  • knitted gifts

And I just know that once you start knitting them you'll be hooked and you'll never buy dishcloths again. They're fun and addictive.  Just make sure to use your knit dishcloth once you make it!  Some are just so pretty...haha

Yarns For Dishcloth Knitting Patterns

Knitted dishcloths need to be made with cotton or even some cotton blends work well like cotton/bamboo, or cotton/linen and cotton/hemp. 

If you choose 100% cotton yarn there are many different brands to choose from and the colors are just amazing. Try different kinds and see which brands you like best. 

Grab some of your favorite colored cotton yarns and lets get started with these dishcloth knitting patterns. They are fun and easy.


Dishcloth knitting patterns are fun and easy knitting

So the dishcloth pattern on the left is made with the waffle stitch pattern and the dishcloth on the right is a diagonal garter stitch pattern that's been around for ages. I'm including it because it's the most popular dishcloth knitting pattern around and I love it. The designer for it is unknown. 

You can download the dishcloth patterns here

Dishcloth Knitting Patterns #1 - Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

Skills Required:  Cast on, knit, purl, bind off

Gauge: Not important

Materials: Cotton yarn and needles size US7 (4.5 mm) or US8 (5.0 mm) 

Abbreviations:  K = knit, P = purl

Notes:  I included an extra stitch at the beginning and end of each row for a clean edge. Also slip first stitch of every row as if to purl with the yarn in back. Needle size is your preference and what's comfortable for you. 

Cast on 36 sts

Row 1:  K1, K1, *P2, K1, rep from * to last stitch, K1

Row 2:  K1, P1, *K2, P1 rep from * to last stitch, K1

Row 3:  Knit

Row 4:  Repeat row 2

Repeat these 4 rows until you reach approximately 8 inches or desired size.

Bind off loosely and weave in ends. 

Dishcloth Patterns #2 - Diagonal Garter Dishcloth

Skills required:  Cast on, knit, yarn over, K2tog (knit 2 together)

Materials:  Cotton yarn and needles size US7 (4.5 mm) or US8 (5.0 mm)

Abbreviations:  k = knit, YO = yarn over, K2tog = knit 2 together

Notes:  The needle size again depends on your preference and whatever the yarn label suggests. It's not overly important so whatever is comfortable in your hands. The 'yarn over' means to bring your yarn to the front as if to purl. If you'd like to try something different you can try the KFB (knit front and back) instead of the yarn over. I've done both and it's a nice variation for the pattern.

Cast on 4 stitches

Row 1:  Knit 4

Row 2:  Knit 2, YO, knit across the row

Repeat row 2 until you have 40 stitches on your needle

Next row:  K1, k2tog, yarn over, k2tog, knit to end of row

Rep last row until 4 sts remain on your needle

Bind off and weave in yarn tails

Where You Can Find Free Dishcloth Knitting Patterns

KnitPicks  They have a huge selection of free dishcloth patterns. When you click on the link you'll go to their homepage. Click on their patterns and then you'll find their huge stash of dishcloth patterns.  

Simply Notable  This is a lovely blog! And for a nice change you can knit up some round dishcloths. These are fun to knit and there's a knitting tutorial to show you how to make them.

Yarnspirations  I found some lovely dishcloth patterns here that I think you'll enjoy.


Happy Knitting



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