How To Knit a Sunshine Dishcloth

Hi knitters! This is Jessica from Mama In A Stitch blog, and I’d like to share a pattern with you for a “sunny” little dishcloth.  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.  Feel free to use colors that match your kitchen.  These also make great hostess gifts, so get ready to get knitting!


Isn’t the texture wonderful? This is why I love the seed stitch. It’s so simple, yet gives you a beautiful looking fabric.  The little nubs from this stitch are also great to scrub dishes with.


This dishcloth is made with the seed stitch (Alternate the knit and purl stitches across the row. You will be knitting the purl stitches, and purling the knit stitches.)

I use cotton yarn for dishcloths and washcloths because of it’s ability to absorb.  It also feels nice on the skin!

Gauge isn’t important here, which makes this project even easier!


You will need:

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)

US Size 7 Knitting Needles

Tapestry Needle to weave in ends


This cotton is so incredibly soft. Perfect for a nice dishcloth!



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

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


Have you tried the seed stitch before?  Such a wonderful stitch that doesn’t take much thinking. Perfect for easy summer knits!

I hope you enjoy knitting your Sunshine Dishcloth!

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  • This is a very simple, and a very easy dishcloth. I made two of these in purple, and I just reversed the colors when I made the second.
    This is also a good dishcloth to do for when you are watching TV.

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Mary Ann! At this time it doesn’t’ look like we have any round dishcloths either, but we will keep it in mind for future magazine issues! – Nicola

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Cherie! You should be able to click on the little printer icon on the left side of your screen (it’s a little green square). Hope that helps! – Nicola

  • Dishcloths is the perfect item to learn a new stitch. This is also how I make my fingerless gloves (a.k.a. Texting gloves) ; then close the side leaving an opening for the thumb

  • Marylyn T.

    It’s going to be end of mine day, but before end I am reading this wonderful
    article to improve my know-how.

  • Toni D.

    I have been looking for a pattern I could use as a recover from back surgery , I have several “cords” of cotton

  • Sylvia R.

    Very easy and useful can also be used as oven cloth I made a few friends after making them


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