Introduction: Easy Knit Dishcloth

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I've recently become obsessed with knitting dishcloths and washcloths. I've been experimenting with creating my own designs, but then thought I should try something simple. This is a very basic knit dishcloth pattern that is great for beginners. It doesn't require a lot of knitting knowledge to do and can be pretty soothing to make.

Try it out and see what you think.

Step 1: Supplies and Stitches

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This is the easiest dishcloth pattern out there and you aren't going to need much to make it.


  • Cotton yarn of choice - since this is a dishcloth/washcloth, you want 100% cotton, mercerized cotton should work as well; both single and variegated colors work for this pattern
  • Knitting needles size 7 (sizes 5 - 7 should work, the end size of your washcloth will depend on the needles you have, how tight or loose you want the stitches, and how thick or thin your yarn is)
  • Counter (optional) - this can be helpful with keep track of stitches or rows. I didn't use it so much for this pattern, but there are future patterns I plan to make where this can be handy to have
  • Yarn Needle (not pictured)

Stitches you need to know:

  • Cast On (CO)
  • Knit (K)
  • Yarn Over (yo)
  • Knit 2 Together (k2tog)
  • Bind off (BO)

Step 2: Pattern

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This pattern is pretty easy. You only need to know how to do a couple rows and then you pretty much repeat the rest of the time.

With the counts below, I ended up with a dishcloth that is about 6½"x6½". If you want a bigger one, just continue to increase until the sides are your desired dimensions.


  1. CO 4
  2. K 4
  3. K 2, yo, knit to end

Repeat step 3 until you have 45 stitches across (or however many you want, it will depend on your needles and yarn size, as you can see in the pictures above, mine ended up having about a 9" diagonal with 6.5" sides).

  1. K 1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end

Repeat step 4 until you are down to 4 stitches

  1. BO

When you are done, just put the end of the yarn through your last loop, tighten it, and then hide both your ends.

How this pattern works is, each time you yarn over you are creating that "hole" along the edge of the dishcloth while also increasing each row by 1 stitch.

The reason you knit 2 together twice as you decrease is so you can continue to do the yarn over and continue the "hole" border while also decreasing 1 stitch for each row.

Step 3: Make 'em and Use 'em

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Or give them as gifts. Everyone needs dishcloths and washcloths.


kazrid (author)2017-06-09

How can I print this out?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)kazrid2017-06-09

If you are premium Instructables member you can download the PDF. Otherwise you can copy and paste the directions to print them. Or you should be able to do File > Print and just print the webpage off :)

kazrid (author)Penolopy Bulnick2017-06-09

Thank you!

CynthiaC79 (author)2016-12-05

I love making these. I give them as gifts.

They are really soothing to knit :)

GeekCrafterGirlz432 (author)2016-11-18

I make these to sell!!! They go like hot cakes!!!

How did you decide to price yours? I have people all the time ask me how much do you charge. I usually give them as gifts.

johngriswold (author)2015-12-09

Cute - thanks for the pattern.

dianeritchie2003 (author)2015-10-25

I used 2 strands of acrylic yarn and size 17 knitting needles to make this as a throw blanket, it worked great. Thank you for the great pattern.

That sounds nice! Do you have a picture of how it came out?

dianeritchie2003 made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2015-11-14

my son and our cats like the blanket

That looks great!

chabias (author)2015-10-05

This is the same knit pattern I use, and I love it. It's super easy and turns out great. Love the colors you used! I'm going to 'favorite' this, as I'm always losing the pattern I printed out.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)chabias2015-10-05

Thanks! Yeah, it's nice to have it easier to find, I can never find my patterns at my house :P

nuthara (author)2015-10-04

I knitted a white dishcloth

Penolopy Bulnick (author)nuthara2015-10-04


Baliqueen (author)2015-09-11

I have been making dishcloths for years, mine have a lace edge to them. I sell them 3 for $5.00 the are about 6" by 6" all colours.

They sound cute! Can I see a picture of them?

Sunglowart (author)2015-09-10

i want to try this soon!

I'd love to see the results if you get a chance!

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)2015-09-10

My uncle used to make these for Christmas gifts all the time and there were some half finished ones in with his craft supplies that were passed down to me, but I never really learned how to knit. Thank you for the pattern and the nice clear pictures. They will be very helpful if I decide to give it a try.

I hope you find some time to try it out :) It's very relaxing.

sunshiine (author)2015-09-09

This is such a pretty washcloth. This winter I might try this. Thanks for sharing Penolopy and I look forward to seeing your design.


Thanks for taking a look sunshiine! Knitting is such fun, isn't it :)

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)sunshiine2015-09-10

The cotton yarn is really soft too. They are great for babies, or anyone who has sensitive skin.

JON-A-TRON (author)2015-09-09

Nice photos! You make this look easy.

Thank you :) The knitting is much easier than getting good photos :P

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