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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 awesome pattern for anyone who is new to knitting and learning simple knitting stitches.

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

Irish moss stitch dishcloth

Make An Easy Knit Dishcloth

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

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

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

Related Post: Diagonal Knit Dishcloth Pattern

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basic knitted dishcloth

Reusable and eco-friendly too!

Making dishcloths is really eco-friendly, as they are easily washable and ready to reuse.

They will also look amazing in your kitchen or make a really amazing 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 your colors to match your kitchen or use up 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 dishcloth 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.

There is also a 6-stitch garter border on either side of the main stitch pattern.

This 4-row repeat knit stitch pattern is a variation of the Seed Stitch and has a really 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.

Irish moss stitch knitted dishcloth

Irish Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)


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

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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.

washcloth knitting pattern

The supplies you need




Irish moss stitch knitted dishcloth

Abbreviations (Abbreviations and terms + free PDF download)

  • 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 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!