Patterns we love Garter stitch dishcloths

Published on April 8th, 2017 | by Merion


How many of these patterns have you tried?

They’re fun to knit, eco friendly, and you can match them to your kitchen! Let’s knit dishcloths!



Not another dishcloth – a free pattern from Pia Koch-Hansen

There’s a hugely satisfying feeling about knitting your own dishcloths – and facecloths (washcloths) too! There are thousands of patterns, and these little squares are a fantastic way of teaching yourself a new stitch, and a perfect project for beginners. Mostly knit in cotton yarn (although cotton/linen blends can be used too), they are fun quick knits to keep your fingers busy without being too taxing. They make the most fabulous new home gifts, bundled up with treats for the bathroom or products for the home! A simple gesture that is so personal – make them for the kitchen, bathroom or nursery!

1. Garter Stitch Washcloths


Garter stitch dishcloths

These little squares are knitted corner to corner – and you can customise them anyway you like, with stripes or colour blocks! Match the shades to your kitchen or bathroom in your favourite cotton yarn – these are designed for aran weight yarn, but if you make them with DK, they’ll just come out a little bit smaller.

2. Star Stitch Dishcloth by Stay@Home Stitchings


star stitch dishcloths

A great opportunity to try Star Stitch!  This pretty little dishcloth has lots of texture and a neat garter stitch border to keep it from curling. A good worsted weight cotton like Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Solids would be perfect here – and there are lots of fantastic Sugar n’ Cream variations to try – including Stripes, Scents, and Twists!

3. Mock Smock Block by Margaret machines


mock smock dishcloth

I love this Mock Smock Block! It’s a fantastic texture – and a gorgeous stitch to practise, one that you could easily incorporate into a sweater or a cardigan, or use as a block for an afghan too! Knit in your favourite worsted or aran cotton yarn!

4. His & Hers by Steph Thornton


his & hers dishcloths

It’s amazing what you can achieve with just knit and purl stitches! I love these personalised knit/purl relief patterns, and with some careful planning you can create pictures and words of anything at all into your dishcloths and washcloths!

5. Band of Dishcloths by Beth Graham


band of dishcloths

A gorgeously clever slipstitch technique will keep you engrossed while you knit – and your yarn is carried up the side of the work, hidden in a stocking stitch selvedge. These are great fun to make!

6. Knitted Hanging Kitchen Towels by Dixie S


hanging dishcloths

These handy hanging towels are perfect for bathrooms and kitchens! Use your favourite aran weight cotton, and you’ll need buttons to match for the loop for hanging. We love the way these are mocked up to look like towels with that clever moss stitch band!

Do you knit dishcloths and washcloths? We’d love to see them! Share your photos in the Community!

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: August 11th, 2017.

7 Responses to How many of these patterns have you tried?

  1. SarahJane says:

    I think pattern 3 is by Margaret MacInnis.;)

  2. Rita says:

    I have been making the one which is K2P2 for 2rows…then P2K2 for 2 more rows…nice little bumps…want to figure out how to accent the bumps…not new to knitting just forgot everything I knew 40yrs ago…my little dishcloths make me want to knit or crochet them together as a patched throw…nice change from all of my material/cloth quilts. new patterns good… 🙂

  3. Emjay says:

    Re: designer of pattern 3 – Ain’t auto-correct wonderful?? I see so many really bad examples of it and this is one.

    Doesn’t anyone proofread any more?

  4. Janice says:

    Anxious for my yarn order of 56 skeins of cotton yarn to artive🤓 Perfect for these exciting dishcloth delicates!!

  5. Kate Beaumont says:

    Tried No. 1 which was a nice easy pattern but then unpicked it – so no pictures. Enjoying learning new stitches and patterns to try out and challenge to break up my work on normal projects.

  6. Kate says:

    Tried No. 1 which was a nice easy pattern but then unpicked it – so no pictures. Enjoying learning new stitches and patterns to try out and challenge to break up my work on normal projects.

  7. Helen says:

    A lot we make care packages for the homeless and we put the washcloths soaps and toothpaste and toothbrushes and things like that in the package and it was easier to make them so our group makes them

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