Let’s Dish: 3 Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns Perfect for Your Kitchen





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As managing editor of I Like Knitting magazine, let me be the first to say welcome! I’ve been a yarn lover for most of my life (I was six years old when my grandma showed me how to make my own scarf) and I can honestly say that I have the best job in the world.

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by Jessica Potasz
During the warmer months of the year, it’s nice to have easy, small projects to throw in your bag to take the pool or on vacation. This is a super simple pattern that results in a pretty washcloth that you could be used to brighten up a bathroom or kitchen. While I’ve used shades of yellow here, you can certainly use whatever colors that you prefer.
Skill Level: Beginner

Size: The dishcloth/washcloth should measure approximately 9”X9” but may be slightly different depending on how tight or loosely you knit.


Yarn: One skein of Drops Paris 100% Cotton in Strong Yellow or comparable worsted weight cotton yarn (Main color). Small amount of Drops Paris 100% Cotton in Light Yellow or comparable worsted weight yarn (Contrast color)

Needles: US Size 7 Knitting Needles

Notions: Tapestry Needle to weave in ends.


Cast on 37 stitches

Row 1: K1, p1 across row

Repeat row 1 until piece measures 6”

Change color to light yellow

Repeat row 1 for 1”

Change color to main color

Repeat row 1 for 2”

Cast off

Weave in ends

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by Heidi Gustad

Ready for another super cute yet easy dishcloth pattern? This Simple Moss Stitch Dishcloth creates the perfect checkerboard pattern to make a super cute and usable dish cloth. If you’re a beginner knitter interested in graduating beyond stockinette stitch and garter stitch, this moss stitch knitting pattern is a great option. Moss stitch adds a lovely texture to your projects without being overwhelming or overly complicated. Check out the full pattern below to learn how to make this free knit dishcloth pattern.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: About 5×5 inches.

Gauge: Not important for this project.


Yarn: Any Medium or worsted-weight yarn

Needles: US size 7-9


Cast on 32 stitches
Row 1: knit 2, purl 2

Row 2: knit 2, purl 2

Row 3: purl 2, knit 2

Row 4: purl 2, knit 2

Rows 5 – 40: Repeat rows 1 – 4, 9 times

Rows 41 – 42: Repeat rows 1 and 2

Row 43: purl 2, knit 2
Bind off in purl 2, knit 2
Cut yarn and weave in ends

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by Heidi Gustad
You can never have too many dishcloths right? This Incredibly Easy Knit Dishcloth is an awesome knitting pattern that you can whip up in just one hour. Dishcloths can often get a lot of wear and tear so making your own knit dishcloths can save money. Plus, you can use whatever yarn you would like to make your DIY dishcloth as durable as possible. Check out this video tutorial to see just how easy it is to put together this multicolored dishcloth that all your friends will believe is store bought!

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Approximately 9×9 inches

Gauge: Not important for this project


Fine weight yarnYarn: Sport weight yarn in two contrasting colors

Needles: US size 3-5


CO 34 sts Clr A.
Row 1-2: Clr A: k across.

Row 3: Clr B: k across.

Row 4: Clr B: k1, (k2tog, yo, 1), rpt ( to )

Row 5-6: Clr B: k across
Rpt rows 1-6 until nearly to desired

Row 7-8: Clr A: k across.BO all sts.

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Alt – alternate
Beg – begin/beginning
Bet – between
BO – bind off
Cn – cable needles
CO – cast on
Cont – continue
Dec – decrease
Dpn – double pointed needles
Fl – front loops
Inc – increase
K – knit
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together
Kwise – knitwise
Lp(s) – loop(s)
M1 – make one stitch
M1 p-st – make one purl stitch
P – purl
Pm – place marker
Pop – popcorn
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
abbreviation chart
Psso – pass slipped stitch over
Pwise – purlwise
Rem – remain/remaining
Rep – repeat(s)
Rev St st – reverse stockinette stitch
Rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
Sk – skip
Skp – slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decrease
Sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together—two stitches have been decreased
Sl – slip
Sl1k – slip 1 knitwise
Sl1p – slip 1 purlwise
Sl st – slip stitch(es)
Ssk – slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together—a decrease
Sssk – slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together
St(s) – stitch(es)
St st – stockinette stitch
Tbl – through back loop
Tog – together
WS – wrong side
Wyib – with yarn in back
Wyif – with yarn in front
Yfwd – yarn forward
Yo – yarn over
Yrn – yarn around needle
Yon – yarn over needle
[ ] or ( ) – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed*– repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* * – repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions

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Before starting the slip knot, decide which method of casting on you want to try. If you choose the long-tail cast-on method, leave approximately an inch for every stitch that you’re about to place on the needle. For the knitted cast-on, leave eight to ten inches between the end of the yarn and the slip knot.

Slip stitch step 11 Hold the short end of the yarn in your palm with your thumb. Wrap the yarn around the index and middle fingers twice.
Slip stitch step 22 Pull the strand attached to the ball through the loop between your two fingers to form a new loop.
Slip stitch step 33 Place the new loop on the needle and tighten it by pulling on both ends of the yarn to form the slip knot. You are now ready to begin casting-on.

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Knitted cast-on step 11 Make a slip knot on the left needle. Insert the right needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit.
Knitted cast-on step 22 Draw the yarn through the first stitch to make a new stitch, but don’t drop the stitch from the left needle.
Knitted cast-on step 33 Slip the new stitch to the left needle as shown. Continue until all the stitches are cast on.

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Long tail cast-on step 11 Make a slip knot on the right needle, leaving a long tail. Wind the tail end around your left thumb, from the front to the back. Wrap the yarn from the ball over your left index finger and secure the ends in your palm.
Long tail cast-on step 22 Insert the needle upward into the loop on your thumb. With the needle, draw the yarn from the ball through the loop to form a stitch.
Long tail cast-on step 33 Take your thumb out of the loop and tighten the loop on the needle. Continue until all the stitches are cast on.

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Cable cast-on step 11 Cast on two stitches using the knitted cast-on method. Insert the right needle between the two stitches on the left needle.
Cable cast-on step 22 Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit and pull the yarn through to make a new stitch.
Cable cast-on step 33 Place the new stitch on the left needle as shown. Continue as needed, always inserting the right needle in between the last two stitches on the left needle.

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Knit stitch step 11 Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right. Wrap the yarn around your fingers.
Knit stitch step 22 Insert the right needle from front to back into the first cast-on stitch on the left needle. Keep the right needle under the left and keep the yarn at the back.
Knit stitch step 33 Wrap the yarn under and over the right needle in a clockwise motion.
Knit stitch step 44 With the right needle, pull the yarn through the cast-on stitch.
Knit stitch step 55 Slip the cast-on stitch off the left needle, keeping the newly formed stitch on the right one.

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Purl stitch step 11 Hold the working needle in your right hand and the needle with the stitches in your left. The yarn is held and worked with your right hand and is kept to the front of the work.
Purl stitch step 22 Insert the right needle from the back to front into the first stitch on the left needle. The right needle now is in front of the left with the yarn in front of the work.
Purl stitch step 33 Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the right needle with your right index finger.
Purl stitch step 44 Draw the right needle and yarn backward through the stitch on the left needle to form a loop on the right needle.
Purl stitch step 55 Slip the stitch off the left needle and onto the right one.

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Bind off step 11 Knit two stitches. Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle.
Bind off step 22 Pull this stitch over the second stitch and off the right needle.
Bind off step 33 One stitch remains on the right needle as shown. Knit the next stitch.

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3-needle bind off step 11 With the right side of the two pieces facing each other, and the needles parallel, insert a third needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit.
3-needle bind off step 22 Knit these two stitches together and slip them off the needles. Knit the next two stitches together in the same way as shown.
3-needle bind off step 33 Slip the first stitch on the third needle over the second stitch and off the needle.

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  • Jamee R.

    I’m a new member of the I Like Knitting family! Thank you for this mini guide with beginner dishcloth patterns. I’m new to knitting and starting out slowly.

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Eleanor! At this time, we do not have a library feature that lets you store individual patterns — but it is something we are looking into! For now, I suggest printing the patterns, bookmarking them with your web browser’s tools, or using Pinterest. Hope that helps for now! – Nicola

  • Carol A F.

    Thank you I love it already! I love how easy it is to follow the pattern I Think I’ll sign my Granddaughter up too

  • Knitting E.

    Is there any reason one cannot use wool in these dish cloths?

    • Nicola P.

      Hi there! From our friends over at FaveCreafts.com: “Cotton yarns are best for making knit dishcloth patterns, but blends work just as well. … When exposed to too much water, wool can felt, destroying your pattern and yarn in the process. If cotton yarns are the best yarns for making dishcloths, wool is the worst.” https://www.favecrafts.com/Kitchen-Knits/Best-Yarn-for-Dishcloths
      Hope that helps! – Nicola

  • Louisa T.

    Wow! Never knew about the three needle bind off. When will one use this method of binding off?

  • I’m new to knitting, haven’t got a finished piece yet, because I couldn’t understand some instructions nor could I grasp the videos. But this website is awesome! The descriptions are very plain and understandable and I think I’m going to love coming here to look for information. So far it is more than I could have hoped for

  • Evelyn S.

    I am looking for the how to knit a cable tutorial which is stated above please tell me how to get it. Thanks

  • Thank you for the dishcloth patterns. Recently I read an article and they were talking about doing away with your kitchen sponge and using a cloth/scrubber instead. It is eco friendly and cost effective as they can last for a very long time and are easily cleaned and disinfected. Not only are they good for the environment, they are easy on the pocket book, fun to make and are great gifts.

  • Janette A.

    Hi I would get the deal but my province doesn’t come up on the list I live in England, my city is west Yorkshire, my county is bradford

    • Nicola P.

      Hi! Our customer service team can make sure everything is in order if you shoot them an email. We are happy to help! Thanks

  • Glenys L.

    Thank you for this platform. I learned to knit when I was 4 years old in 1945 and have loved knitting every day since. Now retired and living alone I knit all day and night, only stopping for 4 meals daily! Glenys Little. Melbourne, Australia.


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