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Simple Dishcloths

Knit an easy dishcloth with ridges or an eyelet design for the kitchen. These easy dishcloth knitting patterns from Lily Sugar n' Cream are great for last-minute gifts. A convenient hanging loop is included in the instructions for this dishcloth knitting pattern.

Simple Knit Dishcloths




  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream 4 Ply (Solids 2.5 oz / 70.9 g / Ombres 2 oz / 56.7 g)

Main Color (MC) 1 ball Solids or Ombres
Note: 2 balls will make 3 dish cloths

  • Knitting Needles: Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Crochet Hook: ize 4.50 mm (U.S. 7) crochet hook

Size: 7 ins [18 cm] square.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins {10 cm} with 5 mm needles in stocking st.


Dish Cloth with Eyelets: Cast on 1 st.
1st row: (RS). (K1. yfwd. K1) all in st. 3 sts.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: Inc 1 st in first st. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 5 sts.
4th row: Knit.
5th row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to last 2 sts. Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
6th row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more. 11 sts.
11th row: As 5th row.
12th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
13th row: As 5th row.
14th row: Knit.
15th row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. *yrn. P2tog. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P1. Inc 1 st in next st. K1.
16th row: Knit.
17th row: As 5th row.
18th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
19th row: As 5th row.
20th row: Knit.
21st row: As 5th row.
22nd row: Knit.
23rd row: As 5th row.
24th row: Knit.
Rep 11th to 24th rows once more. 39 sts.
39th row: As 5th row. 41 sts.
40th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
41st row: As 5th row. 43 sts.
42nd row: Knit.
43rd row: K1. K2tog. *yrn. P2tog. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P1. K2tog. K1.
44th row: Knit.
45th row: K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
46th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
47th row: As 45th row.
48th row: Knit.
49th row: As 45th row.
50th row: Knit.
51st row: As 45th row.
52nd row: Knit.
53rd row: As 45th row.
54th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
55th row: As 45th row.
56th row: Knit.
Rep 43rd to 56th rows once more. 15 sts.
71st row: As 43rd row. 13 sts.
72nd row: Knit.
73rd row: As 45th row. 11 sts.
74th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
75th row: As 45th row. 9 sts.
76th row: Knit.
77th row: As 45th row. 7 sts.
78th row: Knit.
79th row: As 45th row. 5 sts.
80th row: Knit.
81st row: K1. K3tog. K1. 3 sts.
82nd row: Knit.
83rd row: K3tog. Fasten off.

Simple Ridge Dish Cloth: Cast on 1 st.
1st row: (RS). (K1. yfwd. K1) all in st. 3 sts.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: K1. (K1. yfwd. K1) in next st. K1. 5 sts.
4th row: K2. P1. K2.
5th row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to last 2 sts. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 7 sts.
6th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
7th and 8th rows: Rep last 2 rows once more. 9 sts.
9th row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Purl to last 2 sts. Inc 1 st in next st. K1. 11 sts.
10th row: Knit.
11th and 12th rows: Rep last 2 rows once more. 13 sts.
Rep 5th to 12th rows 3 times more, then 5th to 10th rows once. 43 sts.
43rd row: K1. K2tog. Purl to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. 41 sts.
44th row: Knit.
45th row: K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. 39 sts.
46th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
47th and 48th rows: Rep last 2 rows once more. 37 sts.
49th row: As 43rd row. 35 sts.
50th row: Knit.
51st and 52nd rows: Rep last 2 rows once. 33 sts.
Rep 45th to 52nd rows 3 times more. 9 sts.
53rd row: As 45th row. 7 sts.
54th row: K2. Purl to last 2 sts. K2.
55th row: (K1. K2tog) twice. K1. 5 sts.
56th row: K2. P1. K2.
57th row: K1. K3tog. K1.
58th row: Knit.
59th row: K3tog. Fasten off.

Hanging Loop: With crochet hook, make a chain 2-1/2 ins [6 cm] long. Sew in position to top corner as illustrated.



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I LOVE this pattern! they are so easy, and knit up so quickly, I made a bunch for my family members and gave them as Christmas Presents this year, they all absolutely loved them!!

Another dish cloth to add to my repertoire! I think my children will be just interested in seeing all the variations there are available and if I color coordinate them right they'll have a set that will last them a good long time! I'm anxious to get started on these so I had better go choose my tools!

The simple dish cloth pattern is really easy to work up. This is great for a beginner and anyone who needs a quick project to do. I have made these in the lighter weight cotton also. I would use smaller needles and they do take a bit longer than using the suggested yarn in this pattern. As the pattern says, it is simple so give it try.

Great pattern! I have a question though...maybe it's a bit of a daft question, but here goes. Do these dishcloths work well? I've seen many patterns for them and have often thought of knitting some, but then I wonder how well would they work in comparison to regular, shop bought dishcloths? They look super cute though so perhaps I should just knit one and find out for myself )

I made the diagonal eyelet Bernat's Tie Dye Blues..and it looks really now I am using the eyelet in a straight dishcloth with Beach Ball Blues............I am just using 4 rows from the pattern for it.........(1)Co 40 sts......Knit 3 row......(2) K2,Purl to last 2, K2......(3) Knit row......and (4) P2, yo, P2tog, rep to end, ending with p 2.......(5) Knit row.........then repeat rows 2 to 5 til desired length ending with 2 Knit rows..........the eyelet is so much fun now that I have learned it a bit that I want to try it out on a number 3 yarn next.....Have a great knitting day......I have learned so much from this site........Thank you.....

Seriously?? You give this pattern 1-star because you don't know how to read a knitting pattern?? I've only been knitting for a few months but even I have read enough to understand a good portion of this, it's a typical written knitting pattern. You want visual, go sign up for some classes at or find videos on YouTube.

I am new the knitting and I do not under stand what you are telling me to do. I am more visual


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