If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love crochet. Well, I also love to knit. Here is a simple pattern for a knitted dishcloth. The stitch pattern is a multiple of 2, so feel free to adjust the width to your taste. It would also make a fabulous dish towel.
Why bother knitting dishcloths when they will just be used to scrub dishes? Here are some reasons:
- They actually work well.
- You can make custom-size, custom pattern versions. Harry Potter’s face? Bumblebee? The classic garter stitch on the bias? Easy peasy.
- You can make a swatch to test out a new stitch pattern, then actually use it for something.
- Hand-made dishcloths are a cult fave (I’ve seen people search for them on Facebook). Everyone took them for granted while their grandmothers were making them, then missed them once Grandma passed away.
- They’re great gifts! Whip one up as a hostess gift or make one to put in a spa gift basket.
- They are a quick project that can be completed in one evening. It’s a nice break from a larger project that’s taking forever.
- They are somehow just satisfying.
Knitting needles, 3.75 mm*
Bernat Handicrafter cotton (medium #4 weight) or your favourite cotton/cotton blend yarn. (Kitchen Cotton, Dishie, Scrubby Smoothie, etc.)
*Although gauge is not crucial, using smaller needles gives a good, firm fabric that won’t stretch out as much when wet. You could even try 3.5 mm.
- Cast on 50 stitches
- Rows 1-8 (lower border): Knit (makes 4 garter-stitch ridges).
- Rows 9-10: Knit 1, purl 1 across. (2 rows k1-p1 rib.)
- Rows 11-12: Knit.
- Repeat rows 9-12, 18 times or until dishcloth is nearly the desired length, then work upper border. This is the waffle-stitch pattern.
- Last 8 rows (upper border): knit.
- Bind off and weave in ends.
Feel free to use this pattern to make dishcloths for sale. Please give credit! Thanks and happy crafting.