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Irish Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern


In this post, you will see a beginner-friendly Irish moss stitch dishcloth knitting pattern.

This is an excellent pattern for anyone new to knitting and learning simple knitting stitches.

You can also grab your free pattern PDF below to print and enjoy!

Irish moss stitch dishcloth

Make An Easy Knit Dishcloth

Dishcloths are great first projects for beginners because they’re small and quick.

They will also allow you to work on practicing your newly learned stitches.

This pattern only uses knit and purl stitches to create the textured Irish moss stitch.

Related Post: Diagonal Knit Dishcloth Pattern (Free + Easy For Beginners)

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It is reusable and eco-friendly, too!

Making dishcloths is eco-friendly, as they are easily washable and reused.

They will also look amazing in your kitchen or make a fantastic gift for friends and family.

You can make one in around an hour to two and a whole stack in a weekend of knitting!

Choose colors to match your kitchen, or use whatever you have leftover in your yarn stash.

You can learn how to knit the linen stitch with a free dishcloth pattern – How To Knit The Linen Stitch (Tutorial + Pattern).

Irish Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

The Irish Moss Stitch Pattern

In this dishcloth pattern, you will create a garter stitch border at the top and bottom of the design.

A 6-stitch garter border is on either side of the main stitch pattern.

This 4-row repeat knit stitch pattern is a variation of the Seed Stitch (how to knit seed stitch for beginners) and has a great texture.

American moss stitch or double moss stitch are other terms used for this pattern.

If you already love this stitch pattern, you may also enjoy this Irish moss stitch hat pattern or this Irish moss stitch cardigan knitting pattern.

Related Post: To learn more knitting techniques, please visit 12 Simple Knitting Stitches For Beginners

What Is The Difference Between Irish Moss Stitch and American Moss Stitch?

The Irish Moss Stitch and the American Moss Stitch (often referred to simply as “Moss Stitch”) are both popular knitting patterns that create a textured, pebbly surface on the fabric.

Despite their similar names, they are distinct in their construction and appearance.

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between them:

Irish Moss Stitch

  • Pattern Construction: The Irish Moss Stitch consists of a four-row repeat. Two rows of knit 1, purl 1, followed by two rows of purl 1, knit 1. This staggered approach creates a dense, textured fabric that is somewhat similar to Seed Stitch but with a “double” appearance of each texture due to the two-row repeat for each texture.
  • Appearance: The fabric produced is thick and has a more pronounced texture compared to the American Moss Stitch. The double row of each stitch type before switching gives it a chunkier, bolder texture.
  • Use: This stitch is excellent for items that need a sturdy yet textured fabric, such as bags, outerwear, or blankets.

American Moss Stitch

  • Pattern Construction: The American Moss Stitch consists of a two-row repeat. The first row is knit 1, purl 1 across, and the second row is to purl over knit stitches and knit over purl stitches. This creates a fabric where the bumps (purls) and flats (knits) alternate with every row.
  • Appearance: The resulting fabric is less dense and has a more subtle texture compared to the Irish Moss Stitch. The alternating structure of the stitches gives it a fine, even texture that is versatile for many projects.
  • Use: This stitch works well for a wide range of projects, including sweaters, hats, and scarves, where a lighter texture is desired without bulkiness.

Key Differences:

  • Complexity: The Irish Moss Stitch is slightly more complex due to its four-row pattern, making it a bit more challenging for beginners compared to the straightforward two-row repeat of the American Moss Stitch.
  • Texture: The Irish Moss Stitch produces a more pronounced and bulky texture, while the American Moss Stitch offers a finer, more subdued texture.
  • Versatility: Both stitches are versatile, but the American Moss Stitch might be more adaptable to a wider range of projects due to its less bulky nature.

Despite their differences, both stitches are beloved for their ability to add texture and visual interest to knitting projects.

Whether you choose Irish Moss Stitch for its chunky texture or American Moss Stitch for its subtle elegance, both techniques can enhance your knitting repertoire.

Irish moss stitch knitted dishcloth

Irish Moss Stitch Knitting Pattern (Dishcloth)

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)


This dishcloth knits up quickly, and the simple design makes it a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

You will cast on an even number of stitches for this pattern, which is an easy combination of simple knit and purl stitches.

The Irish moss knit stitch pattern is a popular vintage design that is an excellent reversible pattern.

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Gauge – 17 sts x 24 rows = 4×4″/10x10cm in Irish moss stitch.

You can learn more about measuring gauge here – How to measure gauge in knitting.

Size – 26×26 cm/10×10 inches.

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The supplies you need




Irish moss stitch knitted dishcloth

Knitting Abbreviations

Abbreviations and terms (US and UK)

  • 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
dishcloth on the needles

Dishcloth Pattern

Cast on 46 sts

K6 rows.

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.
  • Row 3 (RS) – K6, sm, *K1, P1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, sm, K6.
  • Row 4 (WS) – K6, sm, *P1, K1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, sm, K6.

Rep rows 1-4 slip the markers as you work until the piece measures 24cm/9.5″ from the cast on edge (the beginning).

K6 rows.

Cast off.

If you enjoyed this pattern, you may also like this set of three dishcloth knitting patterns (to practice basic knitting stitches) and this Celtic cable dishcloth knitting pattern.

Irish moss stitch dishcloth

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    1. Hello Anita,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the pattern and the blog.
      Happy knitting!

  1. I am on a path to sobriety and decided to pick up knitting to pass the time and occupy my mind. I’ve made a few scarfs and know a few basics, I started this project today and so far it’s turning out beautifully. Thank you for posting the instructions. I’m very proud of myself and being able to create beautiful things

    1. Hello Nicole,
      I’m so happy that you are finding knitting helpful to focus your mind.
      It is a great way to do that and has a lot of benefits, including helping you to de-stress and feel calm.
      Thank you for sharing that you are enjoying this pattern, it is a very useful piece.
      Happy knitting!