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Free Knit Dishcloth Pattern: A Knitted Kitchen Sink Necessity!

Updated on June 29, 2017
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E. L. Danvers is a full-time professional writer and investigative journalist based in Southern California.

Bias Knit Garter Stitch Dishcloth

Why knit a dishcloth?

Knitting with cotton dishcloth yarn is a great way to be frugal with your knits - and everyone loves a hand knit dishcloth!

Hand knit dishcloths are machine washable, and can be washed along with your regular laundry. And this bias knit garter stitch dishcloth has the "scrubbiness" that you need when washing dishes.

Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Gauge: 5 st/inch over garter stitch

Needles: Size 7, or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn: Cotton dishcloth yarn, such as LIly Sugar 'N Cream or Pisgah Peaches and Creme. You will need two colors, 15 grams of each.


1. Cast on 3 stitches in color 1.

2. Work 2 Increasing Rows, then join color 2.

Increasing Rows:

  • * k, kfb, knit across *

3. Work Increasing Rows, 2 rows in each color (i.e. one garter stitch ridge per color) until you have 40 stitches on the needle.

4. Switch to Decreasing Rows.

Decreasing Rows:

  • *k, k2tog, knit across*

5. Work Decreasing Rows until only 3 stitches remain. Bind off, and weave in ends.

Knit Dishcloth Care Instructions

After you finish washing the dishes, rinse out the dishcloth and hang it up to dry. This helps keep it from getting musty.

Better still, knit a big stack of them, and grab a fresh one every day!

Got a particularly funky dishcloth? Soak it in a 50/50 mixture of cold water and white vinegar for a few hours before laundering it. Or just throw it away... it's just a dishcloth, you can always make more!

When a dishcloth gets worn or tattered, it's time to let it go. Hum "Taps" as you set it gently in the trash, if that makes you feel better. Then get to knitting!

Learn how to kfb

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      megan 5 months ago

      how do you join color 2

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      Donna 7 months ago

      kfb means knit in the front & back of the same stitch.

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      christine sable 8 months ago

      What does kfb mean?

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      sara 15 months ago

      what does kfb mean?