Friday, November 23, 2012

How to make knitted dishcloths

Detail of the pretty edge on the Lacy Dishcloth (directions below)
I have had many requests for the directions for the dishcloths I posted about on Nov. 21. Here is information about the two types I make. Knit!… have fun, make something useful, and reduce your stress level! Plus, these are fabulous dishcloths; they are so much better than anything store-bought I’ve ever had.

These yarns work great for dishcloths
1 ball of knit worsted weight cotton in solid or varigated color (see source info below)

knitting needles (I prefer circular needles) size 4-1/4mm or American size 6
yarn needle

Note: Some of these yarns are widely available in craft stores such as Michaels. 
Lily’s Sugar ’n Cream:
Peaches & Creme:
Lion Brand’s Kitchen Cotton:
Knit Picks’ Dishie:

Super-Easy Dishcloth
Super-Easy Dishcloth directions
This is the easiest dishcloth to knit; it’s a perfect project for a child or a beginner. I make this kind when I don’t want to have to think about what I’m doing at all.
Cast on 40 stitches (or 50 sitches if you are using a lighter-weight yarn such as KnitPicks’ “Dishie”)
Knit each row for a total of 40 rows (or 50 rows if using Dishie). 
Cast off. Use yarn needle to bury yarn tails along the edge of the first and last rows.

Lacy Dishcloth

Lacy Dishcloth directions
This version has a nice lacy edge and creates diagonal rows. 
Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across this row
Row 2: K2, YO, then knit to the end of the row.
Repeat row 2 until there are 40 stitches (or 50 stitches if using Dishie).
Next row: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Continue decreasing until you have 4 stitches left. 
Cast off.
Use yarn needle to bury yarn tails along the edge of the first and last rows.


  1. Susan, thank you so much for these instructions, now all I need to do is find a YouTube video to learn to knit...which I understand is readily available. You are always so generous with your knowledge and resources. Thank you for being that kind of leader, artist, friend, and playmate. Mama Crow.

  2. This may be the perfect project for me! I love the relaxation of simple knitting projects, but don't know what to make. I'm not much of a dishcloth user - but our guild quilt show boutique wants hand made items to sell - I can make groups of dishcloths! And maybe I will like this kind of dishcloth. Thank you! ~ Karen

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I so agree with knitting preventing the mind from going to scary places. I heard knitting is the new yoga. And I don't even have to get off the couch!


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