Washing dishes seems to be a never ending chore, doesn’t it? Even if you have a dishwasher, there will always be dishes that need to be washed by hand. I switched from regular fabric dishcloths to using hand knitted dishcloths several years ago.
I love them because they are strong enough to wash the dirtiest pan while being soft enough to use to wash the most delicate of our crystal glassware.
I found that regular fabric dishcloths began to wear thin after only a few months of use whereas the knitted ones last for years. Unfortunately they don’t last forever.
Our dishcloths were badly in need of replacing, so when weather and time allow, I’ve been enjoying sitting out on the back deck to knit some new ones for us.
The wooden yarn bowl that Dave made for me comes in really handy. I never have to worry that my ball of yarn will roll off the table making me go chase after it.
I’ve completed three new knitted dishcloths so far and am working on a fourth using the leftover yarn from those three.
I use seed stitch for my dishcloths as it has a nubbly texture that works great for scrubbing.
Don’t they look pretty stacked up here by the kitchen sink ready to be put into use?
I thought you might like this simple, quick pattern to knit some dishcloths for yourself!
Knitted Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern
2 – 1.5 oz (425 g) balls of 100% cotton yarn (each dishcloth uses approximately 2.5 oz or 71 g)
US Size 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles
Bodkin or tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
2 Cast on 50 stitches using the cable rib cast on method.
The cable rib cast on method is most often used when casting on for K1,P1 ribbing, but I really like the interesting effect it gives to the cast on edge when making this seed stitch dishcloth pattern.
If you aren’t familiar with the cable rib cast on method, I’ve demonstrated it for you in the video below:
You can of course, cast on using whichever method you prefer. 🙂
Knit 10 rows.
Row 11: Knit 5, K1, P1 to last 5 stitches. Knit 5.
Row 12: Knit 5, P1, K1 to last 5 stitches. Knit 5.
Repeat Row 11 and 12 for 60 rows (70 rows in total.)
Knit 10 rows.
Cast off, in a K1, P1 pattern (or using your preferred cast off method.)
Weave in all ends.
This next step is not strictly necessary but I like to put the dishcloths through a hot water wash before using them. The knitted stitches will tighten up quite a bit when they shrink.
Do you prefer crochet over knitting? I’ve got you covered!
Click through for my Crocheted Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern.
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Rachel LynnSeptember 2, 2017 9:08 pm
I like to knit to relax. Of course, I don’t do it vey often. Then again, maybe that’s why I rarely feel relaxed. lol Cute idea!
CarieSeptember 1, 2017 2:52 pm
that reminds me I need to knit some more for us – they see hard service around here and then all wear out at once!!
maryAugust 28, 2017 6:35 pm
Thanks so much for the great tutorial/pattern. I love the cable cast on idea.
JoyAugust 28, 2017 8:17 am
Great tutorial! I’ve pinned it 🙂 I haven’t made any knitted dishcloths for ages… should really do some again! xx
RachelAugust 28, 2017 2:45 am
It’s true that the fabric dishcloths don’t last long. I suppose I could crochet a dishcloth or two…
Celtic Thistle StitchesAugust 28, 2017 1:38 am
I have wanted to make dishcloths for ages, thanks for the pattern. Now I have no excuse for not whipping some up 🙂
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