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Easy How to Add a Hanging Loop to a Knit Dishcloth

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Learn how to easily add a hanging loop to your knitted dishcloths in this free pattern and tutorial. You don’t need to know how to knit an I-cord to do this technique.

The easy knitted cast on is a great way to add a hanging loop to the corner of your handknit dishcloths or wash cloths.

Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.
Add hanging loops to dishcloths, washcloth or hand towels.

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It’s a very useful and beginner friendly cast on too. I often recommend it to new knitters. Find more easy cast on methods for new knitters here.

Being able to quickly dry a knit dish cloth is very important. If you don’t dry them they can mold in between uses, eww.

Check out my beginner knit scrubby for a face cloth pattern that’s ultra simple.

Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop.
Just continue from the last stitch.

Learning new stitch patterns is fun as a knitter. Dishcloths are a quick knitting project that allow you to make something useful while learning new stitch!

If you’re not up for learning a new stitch, then just choose a simple stitch that lays flat like seed stitch. Or add a garter stitch border to any of your favorites with an easy repeat row.


You’ll need a dishcloth to add this hanging loop too. The one I use for this tutorial is made with worsted weight cotton yarn. You can find the knit dishcloth pattern here.

I recommend a cotton yarn that will hold up to the wear and tear of dishwashing, and you’ll likely want to machine wash and dry these when you’re done too. Here is the 100% cotton yarn* I use.

Skill Level


Stitches / Abbreviations

BO – bind off

CO – cast on here I use the knitted cast on

K – knit

rep – repeat

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial on YouTube for how to add the hanging loop both with the last stitch on the needle and by picking up a stitch.

Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.

How to Add a Hanging Loop to A Knit Dishcloth

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Add a hanging loop easily to hang your knit dishcloth to dry.


  • Complete or almost finished dishcloth. I made this one in #4 medium worsted weight yarn that's 100% cotton.


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


  1. You'll need a finished dishcloth. You can continue from the last stitch, or join new yarn.

Add Hanging Loop From Last Stitch (Still on the needle)

  1. On the last row, after last stitch is bound off, turn your work so you are on the wrong side.Hands on needles poised to knit.
  2. With the last loop still on your needle cast on stitches with the knitted cast on for your hanging loop.
  3. Knit the stitch on your needle, but do not slide it on to your right hand needle. Pull through to knit it.
  4. Instead, use the right needle tip to lift the stitch on to the left hand needle. Two stitches cast on needle.
  5. Now knit that stitch, but don't slide it on to the right needle, place on the left needle. Insert right needle into stitch on left needle.3 stitches on left hand needle.Keep repeating.
  6. The number of stitches you need will depend on your yarn weight and needle size. I cast on 20 stitches for about a 2" finished loop. You can adjust this number for any length you like. Just remember you will fold it in half so make it twice the finished length you want.Cast on stitches for loop.

Add Hanging Loop After You Bind Off (pick up a stitch)

  1. On the RS of your work choose any corner stitch, insert your needle under the two loops of the bind off (or cast on) stitch.Needle inserted in bind off stitch.
  2. With a length of matching yarn, wrap the yarn over the needle the same way you would as if to knit, or when you join new yarn.
  3. Pull the yarn through. You'll have 1 stitch on your needle.One loop on needle.
  4. Be sure to leave about a 6" tail to weave in.
  5. Slide the stitch on to your left hand needle. 1 stitch on left needle.
  6. Now you're ready to use the knitted cast on to add stitches for your hanging loop. (See step 3 above or the full knitted cast on tutorial here.)

Once You Have Cast On As Many Stitches As Needed

  1. K all. You are knitting toward the dishcloth corner here.
  2. Turn your work and BO. As you are binding off you are working away from the dishcloth.Bind off loop stitches.
  3. Once last st is bound off, pull up a long loop through the last st, and cut the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew.
  4. Use the tail to sew the loop down to in the corner st.
  5. Weave away ends.Beige knit dishcloth with hanging loop on blue background.
  6. Now use your dishcloth and hang to dry!


An alternative is to add an i-cord loop.

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