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Free Seed Stitch Dishcloth Beginner Knitting Pattern

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The seed stitch makes a perfect dishcloth pattern for beginner knitters and seasoned knitters alike. The textured fabric is great for scrubbing. And the simple pattern is easy to memorize.

This stitch is just knits and purls alternated throughout the row. It lays nice and flat so you don’t even need edge stitches.

Whether you’re looking to knit a seed stitch washcloth or dishcloth, this pattern is a great idea for gifting to friends and family members!

Turquoise blue knit dishcloth on white wood square with notions.

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The Stitch Pattern

The seed stitch pattern is always a combination of knit stitches and purl stitches. But depending on how many stitches you cast on your knitting needle you will either have one repeat row or two.

When you start with an uneven number of stitches you’ll only have a one row repeat. When you have an even number you’ll have two repeat rows.

I include both even and odd cast ons for this pattern.

Blue dishcloth draped on square to show texture.

Another great feature of this stitch is the front and back of the work look the same. This makes it a great pattern for knitted dishcloths since you don’t have to worry about the wrong side.

The little purl bumps are what give this knit fabric its texture. I like to think of them as scrubbing bumpies. They look excellent in a solid color like this.

Seed stitch textured dishcloth folded in a square.

The seed stitch lays flat and is often used as a border so no need to add any edge stitches. Unless you want to, then I recommend a garter stitch border like on this easy knit dishcloth pattern.

Dishcloths are a great way to use up bits from your yarn stash into useful (and gift-able) projects!

Materials

You will need 50 (60, 70) yd of #4 medium worsted weight yarn that’s 100% cotton, or a cotton blend and 4.5 mm US size 7 needles.

I use Dishie yarn for this knit dishcloth pattern. It’s a 100% cotton yarn and comes in so many different colors!

You can choose a different brand yarn but stick with the same yarn weight. A cotton or cotton blend yarn is highly recommended for use in the kitchen. Read more about why cottons are the best fiber to use for washcloths and dishcloths.

I use my circulars which are good for both knitting in the round and for flat projects like this one. Of course, you can use straight needles for this pattern.

You will also need scissors, a tapestry needle, and a measuring tape.

Notes

For this pattern you knit the purls and purl the knits. This will help you to remember to use the opposite stitch than what you’re looking at while you’re knitting.

Stitches / Abbreviations (US Terms)

BO – bind off The easiest way to bind off is with the basic bind off. The seed stitch looks great when you bind off in pattern. This keeps the texture of the knitted fabric consistent through the bind off edge.

CO – cast on

K – Knit

rep-repeat  

st(s) – stitch(es)

Skill Level

Beginner

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Gauge

4″ / 10 cm x 4″ / 10 cm = 18 sts x 32 rows in pattern

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Pin image of blue dishcloth with color palette on bottom.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube.

Scroll down for the Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern!

Blue dishcloth draped on square to show texture.

How to Knit Seed Stitch Dishcloth

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 27 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

Learn how to knit a dishcloth in the easy seed stitch.

Materials

  • 50 (60, 70) yds of #4 medium weight yarn, 100% cotton or cotton blend.

Tools

  • 4.5mm needle size US 7. I use circular needles but you can use straight needles.

Instructions

With an odd number of stitches.

Cast On

For a 6" dishcloth CO 27
8" CO 37
10" CO 45

  1. Row 1. K1, *P1, K1 rep from * to the end of each row. The last stitch will always be a knit.
  2. Row 2. Rep Row 1 for the next row and for every row until you reach your desired length.
  3. Go to Finishing.

With an even number of stitches.

Cast On

For a 6" dishcloth CO 26
8" CO 36
10" CO 46

  1. Row 1. *K1, P1 rep from * across to the end of the row.
  2. Row 2. *P1, K1 rep from * across to the end of row.
  3. Rows 3 - 4. Rep Rows 1 - 2 for length.
  4. Go to Finishing.

Finishing

BO in pattern on the next right side row.

Add a hanging loop with this tutorial.

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