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, 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. 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 – wool is neither of them. 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

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

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.

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.

  • 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.

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 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

8 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!

  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

      • 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

    • 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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