Freebie Pattern: Let's Knit a Dishcloth!

A knitted dishcloth is the perfect pattern when you’re looking for a quick and easy project. This garter stitch and slipped stitch dishcloth looks beautiful in both a solid and variegated cotton yarn. Knit a few for your own home or whip up a quick set to give as a gift – you’ll find this pattern simple and soothing to make.

Finished Size
7” (17.75 cm) x 7” (17.75 cm)

– 70 yards of worsted weight dishcloth cotton yarn
– US Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
– Tapestry needle
– Locking stitch marker (optional)

20 sts & 32 rows = 4” (10cm) in patt st

Gauge is not critical for this pattern; however, a different gauge will affect size of dishcloth and amount of yarn used.


Using the long tail cast on, CO 35 sts.
Knit 1 row on WS.

Note: You may find it helpful to use a locking stitch marker to mark the RS of the work.

Row 1 (RS): K3, *sl1 wyib, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): K3, *sl1 wyif, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K1, *sl1 wyib, K3; rep from * to the last 2 sts, sl1 wyib, k1.
Row 4: K1, *sl1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl1 wyif, k1.

Rep rows 1 – 4 another 12 times (48 rows).
Rep rows 1 – 2 once more.
Knit 2 rows.

BO loosely on RS. Using a tapestry needle, weave in ends.

BO: Bind off
CO: Cast On
k: knit
patt: pattern
rep: repeat
RS: Right Side
sl: slip stitch purlwise
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: Wrong Side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front

Related Video: Long Tail Cast On, and With Yarn in Front vs. With Yarn in Back

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31 Responses to “Freebie Pattern: Let's Knit a Dishcloth!”

  1. Cee Sullivan

    no comment

  2. Denise Dickey

    Thanks for your hat patterns, knitting hats for my daughters patients.

  3. Pat

    Thank you for the pattern

  4. Edith Braunstein

    How do I print these instructions? I don't see a printer icon.


    I already get your emails -- is there another way to download this pattern?

  6. Jean Eafrati

    Would love to learn how to knit different items. I love the pattern of the aqua dishcloth.

  7. Judy Craven

    How can I get a free hat pattern?

  8. Claudette Lautermilch

    Would love the pattern to make some as gifts

  9. Barbara Vanzant

    Nice. Getting beginners type patterns. Thanks. I’ve never commented on thus. Subject

  10. Barbara Vanzant

    Nice. Getting beginners type patterns. Thanks