Easy dishcloth knitting pattern

A free knitted dishcloth pattern for beginners in Moss Stitch with a little white accent.

So, you are looking for a free knitted dishcloth pattern? Then you came to the right place. I put together an easy to knit dishcloth suitable for beginners that will look lovely even if it’s your first project and, of course, does its job.

two knitted dishclohts in blue and green hanging from a hannger

Fast knitters will finish this dishcloth in 45 minutes or less, so you can easily produce a couple of spares – for yourself or as a gift (and if you are a bit slower yet, don’t worry and check out my free knitting school with tons of tutorials). I made sure to take detailed pictures of all important steps, so you can follow along knitting this washcloth with ease. If you scroll further down, you will find a slight variation of this pattern as well.

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two knitted dishcloths in green and teal
You will need:

Important note: Don’t knit a dishcloth with wool or wool blends. You want a fiber that soaks up water well, dries fast, and you can put into the laundry at high temperatures without felting. Linen is a good and very durable alternative to cotton.

Anyways, let’s dive right into it, eh?

Tip: Here’s a more detailed post about the basic knitting supplies every beginner needs.

How to knit A dishcloth: The instructions for the Double Moss Stitch Version

I feel the classic Double Moss Stitch is ideal for a dishcloth. It creates a texture-rich and reversible fabric that is perfect for scrubbing. It’s also an easy 4 row repeat that only involves knit stitches and purl stitches – so very easy for beginners. I also added a 3 stitch garter stitch selvege to keep it from curling.

Knitting this dishcloth pattern in green with one finished dishcloth in the background

Note: Please read this tutorial if you don’t know how to read a knitting pattern yet.

Cast on 30 stitches with needles size 7 leaving a tail of 5 inches for tidying up. Here’s my cast-on tutorial for beginners, if you don’t know how yet. I picked a long tail cast on for my project.

  • Row 1- 5: Knit
  • Row 6: K3, *K2, P2*, K3
  • Row 7: K3, *K2, P2*, K3
  • Row 8: K3, *P2, K2*, K3
  • Row 9: K3, *P2, K2*, K3

Repeat row 6-9 eight more times.

  • Row 42- 45: Knit all stitches
  • Row 46: Change the yarn color (I use white contrasting yarn) and knit all stitches. When you reach the end of the row, tie the two ends hanging down at the beginning of your row together with a simple knot. You can cut the other yarn (the green in my case) off leaving a little tail of 5 inches.
changing the yarncolor for a nice finish of this knitted dishcloth
Help for beginners:

Is this your first time knitting a knitting pattern? Here are some pointers to understand the instruction. “K” is the abbreviation for the Knit Stitch. and “P” for the Purl Stitch. “K3” means knit three stitches in a row with the knit stitch. P2 means knit two purl stitches in a row, etc. Find out more common abbreviations in my knitting glossary

Instructions between two asterisk (“*”) mean you have to repeat these stitches over and over again until you reach the designated spot. So, for row 6 it says “K3, *K2,P2*, K3”. With 30 stitches on the needle, this actually means K3, *K2, P2* (6 times), K3. or “K3, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K3”

When you only have one stitch left on your needle after the cast-off, it’s time to knit the little strap. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest way to do so is with a knitted cast on.

What you have to do is, you have to knit into the last stitch on your needle instead of tying a knot. But you don’t slip the stitch after you knitted it. Instead, keep it on the left needle. Now knit into the loop of this new stitch again and keep it on the left needle, etc. Here’s a more detailed tutorial on knitted cast on.

Cast on 18 stitches with a knitted cast on.

knitted cast on for the strap of this dishcloth

Now, turn the project around, and cast off all stitches right away and cut off the yarn leaving a tail of 5 inches.

Last, but not least, you have to tidy up. First, you are going to finalize the strap. So, pick up the tapestry needle and sew the strap to the dishcloth using the tail. Remember to tie at least one knot so it won’t unravel.

Attaching the strap of the dishcloth

Now, you should have 3 more tails sticking out of your dishcloth. Use the tapestry needle to weave the ends through the little ribs between two rows for maybe an inch and then weave the tail into the other direction once more. Then you can cut it off.

sewing in the tails of the dishcloth

Important: Normally, you don’t tie knots when you tidy up the tails in knitting. But for a dishcloth, I always add one knot per tail so it won’t unravel even if you put it under stress. You want to use it to scrub after all, not just look at it, eh? As there are plenty of purl bumps, you will barely notice the knot (here’s a detailed tutorial on how I weave in the ends).

The finished seam after you cut the tail
Can you still spot where I weaved in the tail?

And tada – there is your finished dishcloth. Wasn’t all that hard, eh? Now go out and knit a couple of them!

Instructions for the Dishcloth in Irish Moss Stitch

two dishcloths on a board with a lot of clean dishes

If you want to knit a couple of dishcloths, then I feel a little bit of variety makes things a bit more interesting. The Irish Moss Stitch is perfect for that. You can follow the above instructions almost to a word with only a few differences.

If you want same sized dishcloths, you either have to use one needle size bigger (so US size 8 instead of 7) or cast 32 stitches. As it’s a bit easier to do so with needles one size bigger I’ll stick that that:

CO 30 stitches with needle size 8

  • Row 1-5: Knit all stitches
  • Row 6: K3, *K1,P1*, K3
  • Row 7: K3, *K1,P1*, K3
  • Row 8: K3, *P1,K1*, K3
  • Row 9: K3, *P1,K1*, K3

Repeat row 6-9 8 more times and then continue like above.

Once you get the hang of this, you can, of course, find your own variations. The Star Stitch makes a fantastic alternative. It’s very lovely to look at and creates a great structured fabric for a dishcloth.

Simple dishcloth in star stitch

So, over to you. Try to create your own dishcloth knitting patterns. It’s fairly easy to do. A lot of people also like to add yarn overs between the selvedge and the repeat. This will create lovely little eyelets.

That’s it. That’s my knitted dishcloth pattern. I hope you were able to follow along. Make sure to comment with your questions and certainly tell me how your first dishcloth turned out!

Easy knitted dishcloth pattern for beginners

29 thoughts on “Easy dishcloth knitting pattern”

  1. Thank you for sharing this pattern with us Norman. It was very easy to follow and I loved the pictures and the step by step explanations. best I have seen so far. All other patterns were so short and cryptic. keep it up!

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    • Hi Norman,
      I I’m still working on my dish cloth. I had to frog several rows because I kept dropping and adding stitches but I think I’m back on track. When I look at your picture mine looks a little different but maybe it’s because I’m using variegated yarn but I’m still interested and I plan to finish. Thank you Leslie

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      • Hey Leslie,
        you can fix dropped stitches with a crochet hook as well. I have a link here on my blog.
        And yeah, variegated yarn will make things look a bit different, but not too different, really. But do ask away if you need any help!

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  2. Hi Norman. Thank you for this lovely, helpful tutorial and website.
    I’d like to know what cotton you use for these dishcloths. There’s a small typo above where that is omitted. Thank you again

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      • Norman, I’m using Opera Browser. I read the entire page and still do not see Catania Grande (but now I know and merci beaucoup!) Here’s a cut and paste from the green box on my laptop.
        [You will need:
        Pure cotton yarn for needles size 7 in at least two different colors. I am using the in this tutorial.
        Knitting needles size 7 (doesn’t matter if they are single-pointed or double-pointed; though single-pointed bamboo needles are probably easier for beginners; The needles I used were the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz. You could also check out my knitting needle guide here)
        A tapestry needle and scissors.]
        And again, thanks so much for the reply.
        Best wishes and thanks for making me smile every time I hear your intro. Daphne

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    • Hey Laura,

      there are two versions. the standard moss stitch has is a 2 stitch repeat and the double moss stitch 4. So, just subtract however many stitches (multiples of 2/4) you want or need.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    I just learned the star stitch knit from you and want to incorporate it into the dishcloth pattern but not quite sure how. There is a picture on your star stitch knit page of it and would really love the pattern! <3

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    • Hey Sandra,

      not sure what you are struggling with. My original dishcloth pattern is with the moss stitch. And instead of the moss stitch, you simply knit the star stitch in the middle. Just replace those lines in the pattern.

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  4. Thanks for such a quick reply!! Apologies, I am new to knitting ant not quite sure how everything really work yet.

    The start stitch pattern seems a little more complicated than the moss stitch. I can do the moss stitch easily. What I am confused about is how to change the moss stitch part to start stitch. I understand that the *K1P1* is the moss stitch and the K3 before and after is the border, but how would the star stitch fit? Would it look something like this?

    CO 30

    Rows 1-5 Knit
    Row 6: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3
    Row 7: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3
    Row 8: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3
    Row 9: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3..

    ..then the rest of the pattern?

    Appreciate your help, thank you.

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    • Hey Sandra,

      yeah you figured it out. You simply add 3 knit stitches on each side of the repeat and then 5 rows of garter stitch at the beginning and the end.
      However, you messed up the repeat of the star stitch. So, row #7 should be a knit row, and row#8 should start with k3, *p3, p3tog, yo, p3tog….etc

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      • You are amazingly helpful, thank you so much!! Could you confirm that this would be the pattern?

        CO 30
        Rows 1-5 Knit
        Row 6: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3
        Row 7: Knit Row
        Row 8: K3 *P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again* repeat* to last 3 stitches, K3
        Row 9: Knit Row
        Repeat Rows 6-9 8 more times
        Row 42- 46: Knit all stitches
        Row 47: Cast off

        I am not adding the white tail/top part, though, it is very nice and might try it another time!

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        • Hey Sandra,
          i really don’t have the time to figure out individual patterns, sorry 🙁
          Kindly look at the star stitch repeat and don’t make your own alterations. Row 8 is wrong.

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          • No worries, thanks. I have been back and forth between the two patterns trying to figure it out for a couple days before asking your assistance. Guess I still don’t understand…lol. I will try again in the future when I figure out how to blend patterns. Appreciate the help you gave.

  5. Thank you so much for this dish cloth pattern. I am making it now and am really enjoying it. For this first one that I am making (for myself!) I don’t hang my washcloths on hooks and was wondering how I would finish this up without the loop at the end or contrasting color. Would you be so kind as to tell me how I would finish it up without those features? Thank you!
    Susan

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    • Hey Susan,
      that’s quite easy. Just don’t change colors in row 46 and then bind off all stitch as normal in row 47 🙂

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      • Thank you so much! I am so proud of my new dish cloth! Thank you for sharing your patterns and your wonderful explanations.
        Susan

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  6. How much yarn is required? Will I have enough of a 50 g ball to knit the dishcloth in one color without the strap?

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  7. Norman – I am so happy I have just finished my first little dishcloth! It’s so cute and I’m quite proud of myself. Thank you for your pattern and tutorial. Your blog and videos are great. My next goal is to try and learn continental knitting as here in Australia I was taught the English way by my grandmother. My hands can’t get it so far but I’ll keep trying by watching your videos. Again, thank you!

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  8. Hi Norman,
    Since this is my first comment, I’ll let you know that I found your blog by way of YouTube. I like both of your channels, expertly styled and most helpful! It was no surprise that your blog is too. Now onto the dishcloth pattern. I’m working the double moss stitch variation, and it’s so lovely! I’m glad I signed up to receive the PDF pattern and your emails. If I may continue, I wanted to share something that has really brought a smile to my face. I started knitting about three months ago. I picked up the skill as a birthday gift to myself! I ended up really loving it. So, first I knit several flat fabrics just to begin using and practicing the basics. But I quickly became eager for more, and I knit one sock! There was much to learn and I enjoyed the challenge. However, the exercise showed me that my handling skills needed improvement. Continental style for the knit stitch and English style to purl, I was moving my hands around too much. I was very inconsistent. And as such, I decided to knit your dishcloth pattern as carefully and consistently as possible. I realized that despite my wanting to knit Continental style exactly like you do, I needed to follow the other advice you’ve given multiple times: Knit however is most comfortable and natural for my own hands. Now I’m confidently using the working yarn with my stronger right hand, and I’m able to alternate between the knit stitch and the purl stitch without fuss. My knitting has absolutely leveled up while making the dishcloth! So, I’m really really happy that I’ve been knitting with you because you have helped me not just with the “how-to” of it all, but also with the “however works best for you” aspect of knitting! I’m a fan 🙂 Thanks!

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    • Aww…thank you so much Joseph! Feedback likes this really means the world. It’s one thing to put instructions out there on the internet but it’s quite another to hear that they are truly helpful!

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    • Hey Lisa,
      that I cannot answer as it will depend on the yarn you are using as well. But you can just cast on any number (dividable by 2) and see where it gets you. If you feel your dishcloth is too small, you can unravel it and start over again with more stitches.
      Just fill the center with moss stitch (or double moss stitch).

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