The humble homemade knit dishcloth is a favorite in many households, including mine.  They last a long time, wash up well, they’re sturdy for cleaning up.  Plus, it’s one of those fast little knitting projects that gives you the quick satisfaction of seeing your finished project.  I can often knit one up in an evening, provided I sit my butt down on the couch soon enough after dinner.


So for all the knitters out there, I thought I would share my favorite dishcloth pattern.  This is the basic “knit on the diagonal” pattern that’s been around for years.  I like it because it doesn’t take a whole lot of thinking or keeping track of a complex pattern stitch.  It’s a fun and relaxing way to Make Your Own dishcloths.


Print This Pattern

You Will Need:

  • 1 Ball Cotton Yarn (Sugar & Cream brand)

  • Size 10 Knitting needles

Cast on 4 stitches

Knit 2 rows even

Next Row:  Knit 2, Yarn Over, Knit across to end

Repeat this row until you have 47 stitches

Next Row:  Knit 1, Knit 2 together, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together, Knit across to end

Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches left

Knit 2 rows even

Bind Off

My Favorite Knit Dishcloth

My one frustration is that after making the dishcloth, there’s not quite enough yarn left in the ball to make another one, and so I have a nice little collection of remainder balls that I need to get busy and find a way to use up.

If you like easy knitting crafts like this dishcloth, you might like to check out my free pattern for newborn knit hats.  They knit up fast and they’re fun to make too!



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