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Easy Dishcloth Free Knitting Pattern

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Knit dishcloths are so fun and useful to make. I love a simple knitting pattern that’s relaxing and mindless to work on in the evening.

This easy pattern is made of mostly knits with just one purl row. It’s a basic four row repeat so you can watch a show and not pay too much attention.

Sage green knit dishcloth on white wood board.

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The fabric this stitch pattern makes lies nice and flat. Even so, I add a few selvedge stitches just to frame it out nicely.

Note: Selvedge stitches are the edge stitches, usually the first and last stitch, or several stitches to start a row and finish it.

Finishing Options

To give you plenty of options there are 3 different edges: no treatment which gives it that beaded edge look, a 1/2″ edge of 3 stitches and a full 1″ border of 5 stitches.

The hanging loop is optional as well. Be sure to check out the hanging loop tutorial on how to add it.

Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.
The hanging loop makes this cotton dishcloth easy to dry.

New knitters will enjoy this simple dishcloth pattern. If you’re a total beginner knitter and looking for your first knitting project then check out the knit scrubby pattern.

Dishcloths are great gifts for Christmas, or as a house warming gift. They’re also a great way to learn new stitches while using up small amounts of leftover yarn!

If you find yourself inundated with acrylic leftovers (or other fibers that aren’t so dishcloth friendly) then try making blanket squares with your scrap yarn.


To knit this dishcloth you’ll need 30 yd to 60 yd of cotton or cotton blend yarn. I’m using Dishie* a #4 medium worsted weight yarn that’s 100% cotton.

Read more about why to use cotton yarn in your dishcloths here.

Of course you’ll need a pair of knitting needles. Here I use US Size 7 / 4.5 mm needles*. This pattern is knit flat so you can use straight needles. I use my circulars, I love my Knitter’s Pride Karbonz metal tips for knitting with cotton.

Other notions you’ll need are your tapestry needle, measuring tape and scissors.


Gauge is not terribly important for a dishcloth as any size will really work for its purpose. So I recommend using the yarn and needles that you knit comfortably with for this pattern.

4″ / 10 cm x 4″ 10 cm = 16 sts x 28 rows in pattern

White knit dishcloth with beaded edge on wood board.
You can knit this dishcloth simply with a 4 row repeat.


For this easy knitted dishcloth I include 3 sizes: 6″, 8″ and 10″. These sizes also work well as wash cloths in the bathroom. You can never have too many of those it seems.

You can easily adjust the width of your dishcloth by casting on more or less stitches. 4 stitches will give you about an inch difference.

For changes to the length of this pattern just add or subtract sets of the 4 row repeat.

Beige, green and white knit dishcloths on blue background.
This free dishcloth knitting pattern includes 3 size options.

Skill Level


Stitches / Abbreviations

BO – bind off

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

rep – repeat

RS – right side if you’re new it’s helpful to place a stitch marker on the RS of your project to help you keep track.

3 folded knit dishcloths in white, beige and green stacked one on another.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Beige, green and white knit dishcloths on blue background.

Easy Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Knit these easy dishcloth patterns with or without a hanging loop for quick drying.


  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn, preferably 100% cotton.


  • US Size 7 / 4.5 mm knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape


Cast On

For a 6" dishcloth CO 24
8" CO 32
10" CO 40

No Edge Treatment

Row 1. K
Row 2. (WS) P
Row 3. (RS) K
Row 4. K
Rep Rows 1 - 4 to desired length.
BO. Optional go to Add Hanging Loop below.

White dishcloth hanging on wood square.
1/2" Bordered Dishcloth

Row 1. K
Row 2. K
Row 3. (WS) K 3, P until 3 sts remain, K 3.
Row 4. (RS) K
Repeat Row 1 - 4 until you're length is within a 1/4" of the desired length.
K two more rows.
BO on RS. Optional go to Add Hanging Loop below.
Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.

1" Bordered Dishcloth

Row 1. K
Rows 2 - 4. Rep Row 1 for 1".

Main Stitch Pattern

Row 5. K
Row 6. (WS) K 5, P across until there are 5 sts remaining, then K last 5 sts.
Row 7. (RS) K
Row 8. K
Rep Row 5 - 8 until 1" less than your desired length.
Rows 9 - 12. K for 1"
BO on RS. Optional go to Add Hanging Loop below.

Sage green knit dishcloth on white wood board.
Add Hanging Loop

After last stitch is bound off, turn your work.
Use the knitted cast on to cast on stitches for your hanging loop.Cast on stitches for loop.
For about a 2" finished loop I cast on 20 sts. You can adjust this number to your needs.
K all.
Turn your work and BO.Bind off loop stitches.
Once last st is bound off, cut the yarn and pull it through the last st.
Use the tail to sew the loop down in the corner.
Weave away ends.Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.


If you would like more free knit dishcloth patterns please let me know in the comments!

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