Easy Knit Dishcloth / Washcloth

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Introduction: Easy Knit Dishcloth / Washcloth

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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.

If you aren't into knitting, try out my Easy Crochet Dishcloth pattern!

Step 1: Supplies and Stitches

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

Supplies:

  • 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)
  • Cast off (CO)

Step 2: Pattern

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.


Pattern:

  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. CO

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

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

2 People Made This Project!

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58 Discussions

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purplerosecrafts
purplerosecrafts

Question 3 months ago on Step 1

Hello, I'd like to use this page & your pattern in a Youtube video. Is that possible? I'm teaching beginner knitting on a brand new channel, but I will link to your page in the description for credit. Thanks for considering!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 3 months ago

Yes, if you link to the page that should be just fine :) I'd love to get a link to the video once it's up so I can check it out :)

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks for sharing the link! Video looks great :)

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 6 months ago

All the directions are in Step 2, but once it is as wide as you want it you just repeat this row until you reach the end: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end

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Portcitygal
Portcitygal

Question 8 months ago on Step 3

I so excited to make these! I'm a total beginner in knitting so I know nothing! I really liked the 3 above, but could you tell me what weight yarn you used and what size needles? I did find medium weight (4) that I could easily pick up in town, but what size needles would I use to get the tight stitches? It's a 2.5 oz ball or 120 yds. Would 1 ball suffice for 1 cloth? Many thanks and many thanks for posting!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 8 months ago

I used size 7 needles but I already knit pretty tight. It really depends how tight you knit. You can always start with one set and if you don't like the tightness try a smaller set. And the cotton yarn I used was also medium weight (4). If you are looking into purchasing needles and you are really into knitting, I recommend getting a kit so you have a variety of sizes.

I normal ball of cotton yarn should be enough for a dishcloth/washcloth.

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 11 months ago

Sorry about that! It should just say CO for cast off :)

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kdenues
kdenues

1 year ago

These are so fun and useful to make! Thanks, Penolopy! Your pattern is easy to follow and has helpful pictures!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you! I'm glad you found it useful :)

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audrey.frank.af
audrey.frank.af

1 year ago

Hi! I am putting together a beginning knit class and was wondering if I could use this pattern and photos for advertising and teaching. Please let me know if that is OK! If not, I understand!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 1 year ago

I'll send you a message on the site.

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Belleinohio
Belleinohio

Question 1 year ago

Hi, I am a beginner and I love making these washcloths, I am addicted!
Could you tell me how I would figure out this pattern if I wanted to make a baby blanket the same way?
Thank you!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 1 year ago

You would just need to keep going with the increase until it was the size you wanted and then start decreasing. If you look at the I Made It above, you can see that you just need to keep going (probably need longer needles and way more than 45 stitches) before you start decreasing your rows.

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GrammaJo59
GrammaJo59

Question 1 year ago

I've made this pattern. My first one was good. The next two I made once I started decreasing it seemed like that half came out longer than the first half. I looked at the pattern again and I'm doing it correctly...K1, K2tog, yo, K2tog, knit to end. Could it be doing this if I'm knitting looser? Any suggestions are appreciated. The pattern is beautiful! I really want to figure this out so I can make dishcloths for my daughters. Thanks for you help!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Answer 1 year ago

Hmm, I would guess you might be knitting a little looser. As long as you are knitting 2 together twice you should be decreasing as much as you were increasing. Any pictures?

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GrammaJo59
GrammaJo59

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you for the input. I made a couple more and I think I figured it out. It was as I suspected, I was knitting looser on the decrease section. :) It's a beautiful pattern, and I'm going to make a bunch for my daughters and friends. Thanks again!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 1 year ago

I'm glad you were able to figure it out and are enjoying knitting them :D