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Nana's Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

This dishcloth is just like the kind Nana used to make!

Nanas Favorite Dishcloth Pattern
Nanas Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

Nana's Favorite Dishcloth Pattern is a simple kitchen dishcloth with an easy-to-memorize repeat that knitters of any skill level can work up. Knitted dishcloth patterns like these are perfect for scrubbing off dishes because the purl bumps on both sides allow for plenty of grabbing and friction. The best yarn to use for this knit dishcloth pattern is cotton, since it easily absorbs water and is washable, so you can use it again and again. Since this kitchen dishcloth is so versatile, you could knit up a bunch in the colors of your kitchen!


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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

Finished Size9.5" wide x 9.5" long (24.13cm wide by 24.13cm long)

Materials List

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream The Original Yarn - Ecru (71g / 2.5 oz, 109 meters / 120 yards) - Less than 1 skein
  • Size US 7 (4.5mm) straight needles


CO 41 sts longtail.

Rows 1-4: K across
Rows 5, 7 & 9: K3, *P2, K1; rep from * to last 5 sts, P2, K3
Rows 6, 8, 10 & 12: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 11: K across

Rep rows 5-12 seven more times, or until desired length of dishcloth, ending the final repeat on row 9.

Next 4 rows: K across

Bind off. Weave in ends.


cast on
Rep from * the number of times specified

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Where is the "save pattern" button located?? Can't seem to find it.

Hi auntyemnh, you can find the "save pattern" button in the row of buttons just above the pattern picture. It has the big "plus" sign on it. We hope this helps! Happy knitting! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

This was one of my first knitting patterns, and I was so pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to complete! It took me a long time because I am a slow knitter, but the instructions are well-written, and I really enjoyed knitting this dishcloth pattern. Since I find longer dishcloths to be more useful, I added some extra rows to the design and used about two balls of Sugar n' Cream yarn. The design looks more complex than it is, so it also would make a great gift.

Ive used the pattern on multiple occasions to make gifts and just looked it up as Ive had a request for more dishcloths in this pattern. I was shocked to see a 2 star rating and felt the need to throw in this absolutely deserved 5 stars! Great, easy pattern with beautiful results!

I tried this, but keep ending up with four stitches to knit instead of three on the row with the purl two together pattern. I've started over several times but can't find my error

Hi pwbluestone, there is no purl 2 together in the pattern. When you see P2, you should simply purl the next two stitches. We hope this helps! Happy knitting! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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