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Simple Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

The garter stitch dishcloth is super fun easy to make!  This pattern is beginner friendly and whips up in less than an hour – perfect for that last minute gift!

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

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Today I am sharing a fun new dishcloth pattern with you – the garter stitch dishcloth.  As the name implies, this pattern features the garter stitch which is the name of the fabric formed when you work the knit stitch on both the front and back of your piece.

To break up the monotony of the stitch, I added in two stockinette stripes in a contrasting color.  The two stripes give the dishcloths a little more style without over complicating the pattern and also a bit of a retro feel… what do you think??

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

The garter stitch dishcloth is made with 100% cotton yarn and is super absorbent, durable, and stretchy.  I hope you have fun with this pattern.  If you’d like to give it a try, keep on scrolling!

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

A printable version of this pattern is available for purchase here.

Simple Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern



k – knit


Cast on 33 stitches

With main color, cast on 33 stitches

Rows 1 – 8: knit

Cut main color, attach contrast color.

Row 9: knit

Row 10: k5, purl up to last 5 stitches, k5

Row 11: knit

Row 12: repeat Row 10

Cut contrast color, attach main color.

Rows 13 – 18: knit

Cut main color, attach contrast color.

Row 19: knit

Row 20: k5, purl up to last 5 stitches, k5

Row 21: knit

Row 22: repeat Row 20

Cut contrast color, attach main color

Rows 23 – 58: knit

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Block if desired. (Dampen dishcloth, and lay flat and shape.  If using a blocking board, pin each corner in place to make defined corners.  Let air dry.)

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Pattern


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  1. thank you for this pattern — starting to knit dishcloths for Christmas gifts will start with this pattern. thanks again

    1. I love ? all these cotton dishc cloths hard to decide which one fjrst, guess try them all, thanks.

  2. I just finished knitting up
    the “Simple Garter Stitch Dish Cloth” and it’s really cute ! I used the colors Ecru and Tangerine for the stripes. I’m wondering how many stitches I would cast on to make it about an inch
    larger ?
    Thank you for this fun pattern 🙂

    1. Hi Becky! I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern! The nice thing about this dishcloth is that the cast on stitch count does not matter, you can add as many stitches as you like and the pattern will still turn out. Since everyone knits with a different tension it’s hard to say exactly how many extra stitches you would need, but I would maybe start with 5 extra stitches and see if you like the width. To make the dishcloth longer, you can continue to knit past row 58 until your desired length.

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