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. CBO

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.

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ChrishaelJ

2 days ago

Where did I go wrong?? I am following instructions, but it doesn’t look right on the decent! (First time knitter here)

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Penolopy BulnickChrishaelJ

Reply 2 days ago

I think that looks right :) It might look a little different because I tend to knit very tight. It looks like maybe your stitches are just a bit looser on the sides making them look more holey?
But really, I think it looks fine :) If you look at step 2 I think the holes just might get a little bigger with the decrease.
I really think you have nothing to worry about there :)

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RoseB94

Question 14 days ago on Step 3

Does it really start with casting on with 4 stitches? Will this actually make a washcloth,,yours are beautiful...I wrote everthing down,,@ saved it to my favorites,,,if I get mixed up ,,can I write you,,,Thank you so much..

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RoseB94

Tip 14 days ago

Is binding @ castin off 2 different things....can you explain the binding off? I am so sorry to bother you,,,,

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AlyssaD41

2 months ago

This is my first time knitting dish cloths and your pattern is very easy. These are the only dish cloth I use. I am making some for my family members for Christmas present.

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RoseB94AlyssaD41

Reply 14 days ago

Can you tell me how to bind off,,much appreciated,,,Rosie...Niagara Canada...

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Cliffsclips

7 months ago

Penolopy thank you so much for commenting on something I have made been busy browsing all your goodies. This is so cool and like you said "Everyone needs dishcloths and washcloths."

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IxchelsSongkazrid

Reply 12 months ago

Also, if you'd rather have a pdf, after you are in the print window you can select "save as pdf."

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Penolopy Bulnickkazrid

Reply 1 year ago

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 :)

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IxchelsSong

12 months ago

I love the colors! I've made a few of these in my knitting career, but I'll have to branch out, color-wise. :)

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Penolopy BulnickIxchelsSong

Reply 12 months ago

Colors are so much fun and variegated colors are great for basic patterns like this. I like I need to make one with one of my fun variegated yarns :)