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Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth


Updated July 10, 2015
(21 Votes)


There's never a bad time to start collecting more free dishcloth knitting patterns, and this one is definitely a keeper. Use this pattern for Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth to make all of your friends a practical gift that looks great too. Knit with several yarn overs, this cloth features a framed edge, making it as visually appealing as it is great for using in the kitchen. Dishcloths are great beginner knitting patterns because they are such quick knits. You'll easily be able to make a few of these for everyone you know.

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth
Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth
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Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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Considering the cost of dish clothes that are useless and last for a short time - this uses up leftover yarn and makes a sturdier and attractive dishcloth. Great idea

This is by far my favorite dish cloth pattern.

someone gave me a knitted dish cloth like this. I am glad to find the pattern, but I sure can't figure it out. How do you increase in the 3rd row. I need it explained clearer.

The 3rd row starts the decreasing. When you get to row 44, you should have a triangle that will become the bottom half of the square that you will have when you finish.

on the third row decrease, you K1, k2 tog. yo, K2 tog-this keeps your pattern of the "yo" from previous rows consistent, while decreasing 1 stitch that will allow you to decrease to the original cast on stitch amount. so, after you have 44 or more stitches on the needle you will begin to decrease-it will be making the triangle you've created into a square as you decrease. hope this helps, its a lot easier to do, than explain.

This is the first thing I learned to knit, this very pattern!! My Aunt gave it to me to knit for the church bizarre about six years ago and I've been knitting them for that ever since.

i have enjoyed this pattern for years, and old friend gave it to me many years ago

Since learning to make these dishcloths, I have made about 600 of them. I sell them at craft shows and give them to my 7 children and several grandchildren, sister-in-laws and friends at Christmas and birthdays. It gives me something to do in the evenings while I sit and watch TV. I think I could make them in my

This is a good basic pattern, my mom does it alot and I've done a few. I am at crocheting though so I do tunisian crochet dishcloths, I think they are faster! And I like the results of 2 color linen stitch dishcloths, but they take longer to do(for me). I also found the stitch for both of these to be stronger, as it produces a denser fabric swatch. But I was wondering, I usually use crochet cotton, are there some fibres stronger for this pattern, or are there some fibres that would be better ie. softer for a baby's washcloth?

the easiest and most fun. works up quickly. and i make the small version for the baby washcloths. goes through the washer and dryer with no problems. i've made these for the last few years. more than 50, and everyone loves them. thank you

I have found that in making dishcloths it is fun to use a second strand of crochet thread in a coordinating color.........I use Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 (or DMC) crochet thread and just work with the two balls at once. (one sugar and cream and one size 10 crochet thread) I have varied this pattern also and have been having great luck with it. I start by casting on 4...........then increase in the 3rd loop every row up until you have 40 rows.......then decrease by knitting 2, then knit 2 together........all the way down till you have 5 loops left.........then I knit two, bind off, knit 2 together, bind off, knit two together and bind off..........then the corner doesn't seem to stretch out and is more uniform and matches the other 3. I use size 9 bamboo circular needles with a 16" connection. Have been making these by the dozens lately in all sorts of pretty varigated colors. It's amazing what the extra crochet thread worked in the dish cloth a more substantial structure too. I am so happy I met a lady in the yarn isle one day and she told me about this wonderful dishcloth pattern. By only going up to 40 rows, it is a much nicer size to use also and I can get two cloths from one standard Sugar and Cream ball of yarn.

I love this pattern. BUT, no matter what I do, every time I finish one it's lopsided and ends up taking a diamond shape instead of square. What could be causing this?

I make this same dishcloth only my pattern reads: Cast on 4 stitches... knit 2 rows even on these four stitches... knit 2 stitches...Yarn over...knit to the end.... repeat this to row 45.... now you decrease.. knit 1....knit 2 together ...Yarnover... knit 2 together. Hope this helps, it worth a try. repeat until you have 4 stitches left on needle.... then bind off.

Mine do the same thing. I've tried all the standard suggestions, and so far nothing works. I've even had a friend - whose dishcloths by this pattern work just fine - sit with me, and she verified that I'm doing it right. Mine, for some weird reason, just come out wonky. Can anyone help us??

I have done this pattern for years and cannot keep them in stock...All my friends and family love them....I also used this pattern with Baby Clouds Yarn and made a Baby Blanket that was just enough to lay over the top of the carrier.... as well as to not having the blanket DRAGGING the ground..All my new Mothers have loved this size for New Borns as well...I never leavr home without needles and yarn to work on a Dish Rag...Easy..Easy...Easy...Enjoy!!

That is a very good idea!

I am having trouble getting the edges to have that loop/space on the sides of the dishcloth created while increasing the length of the rows. Any suggestions?

When you K1 K2tog, yarn over, K2tog--the yarn over makes the loop/space. Perhaps your stitches are too tight and you are not getting the loop??? Try loosening up your stitches and do not pull the "yarn over" too tight. Good luck!

same for the increase rows. sorry--read your post incorrectly. good luck!

love this pattern. I have been making these for several years. Easy to make and everyone loves them. My sister-in-law gave me the pattern.

i am so glad to find this dishcloth pattern. I have looked and looked for this one. I have made it but see my mistakes now. Thats so much to your grandma wanting some more dishclothes and thanks to you for sharing the pattern.


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