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Dishcloth Knitting Patterns {To Practice Basic Knitting Stitches}

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In this post, you will see three dishcloth knitting patterns that will help you to practice basic knitting stitches.

Dishcloths are a great first knitting project, as they are small squares and are easy to make.

These free patterns only use knit and purl stitches, creating different textured designs.

Grab your free PDF pattern at the end of this post.

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Make A Knitted Dishcloth Set

Hand-knit dishcloths are a great alternative to buying them from the store as they are long-lasting and washable.

This means they are super eco-friendly and can be used again and again.

Knit cloths will look chic in your kitchen and you can gift them to friends and family too!

basic knitting stitches dishcloth set

Give As Gifts To Friends And Family

Make a set of three or more cloths to tie with ribbon and give as a housewarming gift.

They can be made in any colors you like, to match your kitchen, in brights or neutrals.

You may also like this Irish moss stitch dishcloth pattern and this Celtic cable dishcloth pattern.

I would recommend making them in 100% cotton.

knitted dishcloths

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following these patterns:

This pattern is great for any beginner knitters.

knitted dishcloths in three different stitch patterns

Dishcloth Knitting Patterns

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Notes

This dishcloth set of three knits up quickly and the simple designs make for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Scroll down for the pattern instructions and grab your free pattern PDF to print out and enjoy!

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dishcloth knitting patterns

Gauge (Learn more about gauge here)

Dishcloth 1 – Garter Stitch – 18 sts / 32 rows = 4×4″/10x10cm in garter stitch.

Dishcloth 2 – Stocking Stitch – 18 sts / 25 rows in 10x10cm/4×4 inches in stocking stitch.

Dishcloth 3 – Moss Stitch – 16 sts / 28 rows in 10x10cm/4×4 inches in moss stitch.

Size

  • Garter stitch dishcloth – 10×10 inches / 26×26 cm
  • Stocking stitch dishcloth – 10×10 inches / 26×26 cm
  • Moss stitch dishcloth – 10×11.5 inches/26×30 cm
knitted dishcloth set

The supplies you need

Yarn

  • For one dishcloth – 1 x 30/50g ball of yarn is suitable for 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles.
  • I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m/93yds in the colors nature (60), Clay (51), and pastel pink (02).
  • Any DK/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.

Needles

4.5mm (US 7) Knitting needles

Notions

rico creative cotton aran in nature

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Cast on 46 sts

Row 1 – Knit to the end of the row.

Continue to knit every row until the piece measures 25cm/10 inches.

Cast off.

Video Tutorial – How to knit garter stitch.

garter stitch dishcloth knitting

Stocking (Stockinette) Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Cast on 46 sts

K6 rows.

Now you will start the 2-row repeat pattern:

  • Row 1 (RS) – K6, pm, knit to the last 6 sts, pm, K6.
  • Row 2 (WS) – K6, sm, purl to the last 6 sts, sm, K6.

Rep rows 1-2 slip the markers as you work until the piece measures 23cm/9 inches from the cast-on edge (the beginning).

K6 rows.

Cast off.

Video Tutorial – How to knit stocking (stockinette) stitch.

stocking stitch dishcloth knitting

Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Cast on 46 sts

K6 rows.

Now you will start the 2-row repeat pattern:

  • Row 1 (RS) – K6, pm, *K1, P1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, pm, K6.
  • Row 2 (WS) – K6, sm, *P1, K1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, sm, K6.

Rep rows 1-2 slip the markers as you work until the piece measures 24cm/9″ from the cast-on edge (the beginning).

K6 rows.

Cast off.

Video Tutorial – How to knit seed stitch/moss stitch

moss stitch dishcloth knitting

Finishing and blocking

You may wish to block your dishcloths, you can do that as follows:

  • Make sure all ends are woven in using a tapestry needle or method of choice.
  • Gently block by stretching out and pinning with blocking pins to a blocking mat.
  • Spray with water and leave to dry.
  • When dry remove the pins and your dishcloth will be lying flat.

Blocking Tutorial

If you want to learn more about blocking, you can view this blog post here – Blocking Knits – 3 ways to reshape your knitting.

Blocking knitting on blocking mats

Download your free PDF

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the dishcloth set, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

If you are on Facebook, stop by the handylittleme Facebook group and share a photo, I’d love to see your work!

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4 Comments

  1. Hello, Thank you for posting these dishcloth patters. I look forward to a making a few for myself and family members for Mother’s Day. I’m a pretty good knitter and I was interested in making some table place mats and a table runner. Not to difficult of a pattern. Thank you. Jackie

    1. Hello Jackie,
      I’m so happy you like the dishcloth patterns, making them for Mother’s day sounds wonderful, a very thoughtful gift.
      Sorry, I don’t have any patterns for table placemats and table runners.
      You might find some patterns on Pinterest or Ravelry?
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  2. Thank you, Louise, for sharing your wonderful patterns! I am looking forward to refreshing my rusty, beginner-level knitting skills, and your patterns will be so very helpful. I love the colors you choose as well!
    Warm regards, Lisa in Oregon