Learn to Knit a Dishcloth

I am offering this tutorial (pattern + instructional videos) for FREE! This is a traditional pattern, not my own design, that has been used for generations. I am presenting this for beginning knitters who would like to learn this technique, and to give a free sample of my video tutorials.

For knitters, knitting a dishcloth is similar to a chef cooking a perfect egg. It is a chance to really focus on basic skills and do them well. In knitting, that means beautiful stitches, even edge tension, and tidy finishing work.

Size: any size square, mine are about 9×9”
Needles: size 7 US, straights or circulars
Yarn: about 35 grams of worsted weight cotton (65 yards)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: really not important, but I got 4.5 stitches per inch in garter stitch

UPDATE – this pattern has been updated to include instructions for working rectangular dishcloths.

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135 comments on “Learn to Knit a Dishcloth

  1. Dear Staci, do you have a video for the rectangular dish cloths mine don’t seem to come out right I am wanting to make some
    For my daughter who will be moving soon.
    Thank you,
    Kay T
    Maple grove,MN

  2. Joan – look for the link, here on this website where you commented, that says, “Pattern + links to instructional videos FREE Ravelry download.”

    S t a c i

  3. Staci, I just wanted to say thank you! I knit this pattern fairly often, but haven’t done it in a while and mentally blanked on how to do it as a rectangle. I’ll be using the pattern for baby blanket and the recipient specifically asked for that shape.

  4. When I bind off my wash cloth, I have 4 stitches on needle . Can I knit one , than knit two together than bind off. It seems to come out better… more square.

  5. Staci: I love all your stuff and your videos are so easy to understand. My question Is this…I have made this as a baby blanket 100’s of times but cannot seem to get the corners to match any advice? I read on Ravelry and that seems to be a bone of contention with many people. No one seem to have an answer

  6. Denise – it is the nature of the knitted stitch. The corners are designed to match as closely as they can with each other in this stitch and gauge, but the CO/BO corners will never look identical to the side corners. For my own dishcloths, I square out the corners when they are warm from the dryer, and I’m always satisfied with look of the corners.

    S t a c i

  7. Thank you!…..2 weeks ago I decided I would learn to knit…since then I have knit 24 dishcloths….I am so enjoying the different colours, changed yarn to make designs…..they have turned out so great, that I have as of today started knitting the long cabin blanket…..BIG project….but excited. Your youtube videos save been a life saver…thanks for giving such clear instructions….will keep following you…..thanks again, and again and again……

  8. I love this pattern! Such a nice brake from knitting those bigger projects. I have 50g 1.75 oz 80 yards of bernat cotten yarn x2. Will this be enough for a couple of dish cloths?

    Also can I use this same pattern to make the rectangle scrubbies into towels?


  9. I love your vids! I’m not very advanced so alot I can’t do but you are aewsome! Make more for us beginnges! 🙂

  10. Thank you, for the video. I have made a dishcloth, love the pattern. I hated that the decrease end was goofy looking. Thanks to your video, I now know why and will wash and block them Thank you, for sharing your knowledge and know how.

  11. For some reason in the end I never wind up with just four stitches left to bind off with. Everything goes well until this last part. I always have just five stitches left. I did stop at 40 stitches total and started to decrease. Do you think that might have something to do with it?

  12. I love this pattern. I use SSK to k2tog for first decrease then YO, k2tog. I don’t know if it is me being clumsy with k2tog, but it seems to provide a tidier border. Thank you Staci. I have given a few dishcloths away and want to experiment with mercerised coloured cotton rather than the beige or white I have been using. – Australia. Yay!

  13. Staci,
    Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. I have learned so much from all of them. I have a question. I have knitted 3 of the dish cloths each different sizes just to see my preference. How do I keep my decreasing side border the same as my increasing side? My decreasing border is thicker and more prominent than the increasing side. Any suggestions? Thanks!


  14. This is a great washcloth! I am in love with the wholes on the sides. I’ve decided toeven make little square’s that are gonna be coasters.

  15. Hi stacy
    thanks for this pattern and tutorial. Love it.
    I knitted it yesterday in soft fine baby cotton as a face and handwasher to give a set for a new baby gift. It has turned out divine – so far

    I am not getting the bind off correct though and cant find a clear description in the pattern or video. Im so much a ‘monkey see’ person Im struggling to work out how I get down to 4 stitches within the K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog instructions.

    I know I have to drop steps in that sequence as the stitches get less but havent found Which, when, and how. Please advise

    Thanks SO MUCH Staci. I appreciate your generosity!

    Cheers. Seren

  16. Sorry for confusion in my prev comment Staci.

    My problem is: I get down to 5 stitches but not sure how to then go from 5 to 4 stitches to bind off.

    I also knitted this pattern in a 4×4 inch square in a very soft yarn that is perfect, and a perfect size, cloth for cleaning my (eye) glasses.

    With that one – to finish from 5 stitches, I K2tog near the centre and BO next row and it seems to work but Im not sure if Im correct. Thanks for any feedback.

    Thanks. Seren

  17. Hi again Staci,
    What am I doing wrong. I’ve made so many and always come to the same problem.

    My dishcloth always comes down to 5 stitches, not 4
    Im going crazy trying to work out why it’s not working for me.

    I’ve followed the pattern, watched the tutorial numerous times and still I end up with 5 stitches and don’t know what to do from there

    Please help thanks

  18. Seren – it’s nothing too much to worry about…all I can guess is that you’re missing a decrease somewhere, or adding an extra yarn-over. You can knit two together while you bind off, if you want to get to the four stitches.

    S t a c i

  19. I had a bit of trouble on the end and wasn’t sure how to finish it. Do I cast off when there are 4 stitches left on hook?

  20. I just adore this pattern. I use this for baby blankets…Do you have any tips on making the corners look even. Its a variety of answers on ravelry. None seem to really work or is this an impossibility? Thanks Denise a loyal follower.

  21. Thank you so much for posting this video and pattern. I love it! I’ve made one so far and I’m giving them to my Aunt as a birthday gift. Originally I wanted to do pot holders and coasters, but I don’t know how. This will be a great gift.

  22. First I wanna say thank you.My question is can these be used as face cloths as well ???…. I think your awesome. Your my go to when in need or just because. Thank you again for the pattern and tutorial.

  23. Can I ask whether you buy your cotton online? I’m having a hard time sourcing knitting cotton where I live in australia. Thanks.

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