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Basic Cotton Dishcloth



Use cotton yarn to create practical and attractive dishcloths with this basic dishcloth knitting pattern from Bernat Yarns. Homemade kitchen items such as these hold up better and bring personality to your home. All you need is one ball of washable cotton yarn.


  • Yarn: 1 ball of Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton Naturals (340 g / 12 oz), or 2 balls (42.5 g / 1.5 oz)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) or size needed to obtain gauge.

16 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins 10 cm in garter st.

Approx 10" [25.5 cm] square.


Cast on 3 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 53 sts.
Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 3 sts. Cast off.

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May 10, 2014

I Knit and crochet these. For the crochet ones I use a J needle and 25 stitches. Then triple crochet until I get the size I want!


Feb 20, 2013

Can you use Sugar and Cream I have purchased alot of them in my local Micheals store. michelle


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Jul 10, 2012

Okay, I'm not getting the same kind of "edge" that is shown in the picture. I'm inc. by knitting into the next st.


Jul 10, 2012

I started knitting this pattern and realized that it is not the same as the picture. Is there anyone out there who has tried this with the same results?


May 26, 2012

I love this pattern and have done it many times. I also like to crochet, but prefer knitting and have an easier time reading patterns. Certain yarns work up better in knitting also.


Dec 21, 2010

I'm trying to knit this dish cloth. I used to make them many years ago and was thrilled to find the pattern again! One problem I'm having is in the decreasing. Don't you have to do a yo in order to make the holes that appeared on the increasing? Norma


Sep 7, 2010

I have made this pattern serveral times. I have knitted dishclothes for years. I give them to friend and relatives. They last forever. When they get dingy, I just make some more. I like the knitted one better thanthe crocheted one. they are softer. Will be making more later.


Sep 6, 2010

I have made this dishcloth many, many times...sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller...and find it difficult to keep up with the requests from family. Also, a local church tucks one into the Thanksgiving baskets that they give to the less fortunate which seems like a wonderful idea. Several of us Linus Blanketeers have used this pattern with softer yarn and larger needles to make baby blankets.


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