Knit up some new fun and bright dishcloths with this easy knit dishcloth pattern using variegated cotton yarn and a garter stitch combination!
And last, the pattern I find the easiest to knit up is my framed zig zag dishcloth that was inspired by my baby blanket pattern.
You’ll find this pattern is the perfect rhythmic pattern to complete on autopilot in no time at all and an added bonus – it’s a beautiful visual distraction as a finished piece.
Learn how to knit this knit dishcloth pattern in this post
KNIT DISHCLOTH PATTERN
Knitting up dishcloths is a quick and easy hobby to pass the time away. I often find myself bulk knitting new dishcloths in the spring and summer.
They knit up quickly, and are light projects to pack along on a road trip, or to knit up while camping or sitting on the beach.
In fact beginner knit dishcloths are the perfect quick and easy knitting project that’s easy to start knitting from memory and to master before moving onto other projects.
Knitting dishcloths is also the perfect way to slowly expand your knitting skills. I’ve rounded up our best beginner knitting patterns to help you grow as a knitter.
As a beginner left handed knitter, dishcloth patterns are the best way to practice the basic skills, stitches and techniques. Plus, when you are learning dishcloth patterns will help you troubleshoot and save money with less expensive cotton yarns.
KNIT A SIMPLE DISHCLOTH
A dishcloth is often the easier of many knitting patterns for beginners. Simply cast on, complete the basic pattern stitches and cast off for a knit product you’ll use time and time again.
Not only are dishcloths simple to knit, they are my favourite way to practice and improve your knitting stitches and gauge for larger projects. The risk for making a mistake is less and it’s easier to fix with a dishcloth.
Dishcloths are knit using cotton yarn that’s soft and easy to manage with your needles and in your hands. Try a bold solid colour or enjoy the fun from a variegated cotton yarn.
CAST ON STITCHES
Dishcloths depending on the pattern often have an average of 40 or so stitches. In the pattern I’m sharing with you today you’ll cast on thirty. The amount of stitches you cast on really depends on the final size of the dishcloth and the pattern being used if the amount of stitches are odd or even.
KNIT DISHCLOTHS ARE GREAT
Knit dishcloths are great practical projects as they are perfect for hand washing dishes as the texture helps with cleaning. I use my own knit dishcloths for just about everything around the house, from wiping counters, cleaning the bathroom and general cleaning.
Here is what you need for the ZIG ZAG DISHCLOTH pattern:
Size 7 Knitting Needles– Size 5-7 should work, the end of your wash cloth will depend on the needles you have, how tight or loose you want the stitches and how thick or thin your yarn is.
Counter: This is optional as it can be helpful with keeping track of stitches or rows.
KNIT DISHCLOTH PATTERN TERMS
- Cast on ( CO)
- Knit (K)
- Purl (P)
- Cast off (CO)
ZIG ZAG KNIT DISHCLOTH PATTERN
Rows 1-5 Knit
Row 6: K 5, Purl 20, K last 5
Row 7: Knit
Row 8-24: Repeat rows 6 and 7
Rows 25-30: Knit
HOW TO WASH YOUR KNIT DISHCLOTH SO IT REMAINS HYGIENIC
Knit dishcloths are great to have on hand and are always appreciated as a housewarming or holiday gift paired with other handmade items like baking or preserving.
When you have a lot of knit dishcloths on hand, going through a new cloth with every wash is easy and fun to do.
Between washes simply rinse with cold water and hang to dry before throwing into the next load of laundry. If they start to smell, or to prevent that from happening try soaking.
To keep your dishcloths from getting that gross smell, soak them in a bucket of cold water with a cleaning solution until ready for the laundry. Read more about how to keep dish rags from smelling from Housewife How-To’s here.
This pattern is super quick and easy, fold a few up and tie with a bow for a quick gift or keep them and use them.
A beautiful fresh new dishcloth is a great motivator for doing your dishes and skipping the dishwasher. Hello lower electricity bill!
KNIT DISHCLOTH PATTERN COLLECTION
Check out all the free knit dishcloth patterns in our collection of patterns that are both easy to understand and follow, but also perfect for beginner knitters.
Browse the patterns below, or grab them all in our printable PDF pattern ebook.
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