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Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

The Classic Knitted Dishcloth is the perfect dishcloth to knit up for any occasion.  Switch up color combos to make it festive for any holiday season!  Made with 100% cotton yarn, these cloths are all natural and provide durability to tackle the toughest of messes!

Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

Hello there and welcome back to my blog!  Today I am sharing a fun pattern just in time for the 4th of July holiday coming up this week – the Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern. 

When I think of a knitted dishcloth, it is this very design that comes to my mind.  (What about you?  What design do you think of when you hear the term knitted dishcloth???)

Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

What I love about this pattern is that this classic style can be easily transformed by simply utilizing color changes to completely change the look of the dishcloth!  I thought it would be a fun spin to work this pattern up in Red, White, and Blue to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

Like all of my dishcloth patterns, this dishcloth is worked up with Lily Sugar n’Cream cotton yarn.  This is my favorite yarn to use for dishcloths and washcloths because it is super durable, easy to find/purchase, comes in a variety of colors, and is very affordable!

To make your own dishcloth, keep scrolling below!

Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

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Classic Knitted Dishcloth Pattern


Finished Measurement

  • Approximately 7.5″ by 7.5″


  • 4 inches is equal to 16 stitches by 32 rows
  • Tip – This pattern looks best when you knit with a tighter tension


  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • yo – yarn over


Cast on 6 stitches.

Rows 1 – 2: knit

Row 3: k3, yo, k to end of row

Repeat Row 3 until piece measures 3″ from cast on edge or until you have approximately 30 stitches on your needle (must be an even number of stitches on needle).

Cut color 1, attach color 2.   (The next row will be the front of your work.)

Repeat Row 3 until color 2 portion is 1.5″ or you have approximately 42 stitches on needle (must be an even number of stitches on needle).

You will now begin decrease rows.

Decrease Row – k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end of row.

Repeat Decrease Row until color 2 portion measures 3″ or you have approximately 32 stitches on needle (must be an even number of stitches on needle).

Cut color 2, attach color 3.

Repeat Decrease Row until 6 stitches remain on needle.

Knit 2 more rows.

Bind off.  Weave in ends.

Make sure your block your dishcloth!

Wet block to finished measurements.  I used this blocking board set but you can use an old yoga/exercise mat and straight pins or simply shape with your hands and let dry.


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One Comment

  1. How do you connect the colors when changing colors in the multicolor knitted dishcloth? I’m fairly new to this. Thank you.

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