How to Make Knitted Dishcloths

    by Katelyn Kelley

    About the Author

    Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.


    Knitted dishcloths make practical housewarming gifts at any time of year and are a good project for the beginning knitter. This particular dishcloth requires only the knit stitch and simple increases and decreases at the ends of the rows to complete. These dishcloths are so quick to knit, you could make several in one day. The square dishcloth is knitted from corner to corner like a diamond. Yarn made from 100 percent cotton is recommended for its absorbency and durability.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 ball 100 percent cotton worsted-weight yarn
    • 14-inch knitting needles, size 5
    • Scissors
    • Yarn needle

    Cast on three stitches and knit one row.

    Increase in the first stitch of the next row by knitting into the front and back of the same stitch.

    Knit across to the last stitch.

    Increase again in the last stitch using the same method as in Step 2.

    Repeat steps 2 through 4 to add one stitch on every row at the start and end of the piece until your dishcloth is the width you want it. This will be the midpoint of your dishcloth.

    Knit two stitches together at the start of the next row, then knit across to the last two stitches. Knit those two stitches together.

    Continue to decrease one stitch on each end of the row as explained in Step 6 until you have only three stitches left on the needle.

    Bind off the last three stitches and use the yarn needle to weave in the loose ends.