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 easy to make.
These free patterns only use knit and purl stitches, creating different textured designs.
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 are not only going to look chic in your kitchen but you can gift them to friends and family too!
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.
I would recommend making them in 100% cotton.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following these patterns:
This pattern is great for any beginner knitters.
- Knitting Lessons.
- Simple Knitting Stitches For Beginners.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should be comfortable working the purl stitch.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Dishcloth Knitting Patterns
Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)
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 download the pattern PDF to print out and enjoy!
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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.
- 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
The supplies you need
- For one dishcloth – 1 x 30/50g ball of yarn 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.
- 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.
Stocking (Stockinette) Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern
Cast on 46 sts
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 slipping the markers as you work until the piece measures 23cm/9 inches from the cast on edge (the beginning).
Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern
Cast on 47 sts
Now you will start the 4-row repeat pattern:
- Row 1 (RS) – K6, pm, *P1, K1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, pm, K6.
- Row 2 (WS) – K6, sm, *K1, P1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, sm, K6.
Rep rows 1-3 slipping the markers as you work until the piece measures 24cm/9″ from the cast on edge (the beginning).
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 matt.
- Spray with water and leave to dry.
- When dry remove the pins and your dishcloth will be lying flat.
If you want to learn more about blocking, you can view this blog post here – Blocking Knits – 3 ways to reshape your knitting.
I love seeing your finished projects!
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