Free Pattern: Granny's Favourite Dish Cloth

I cannot find the origin of this pattern, but it seems like it's the one pattern that has transcended generations of knitters. Most knitters have made one of at some point, and they are loved by knitters and non-knitters alike. In fact, when I was still doing craft shows and markets, my dishcloth sets were my best seller.

A set of two green cotton knit dish cloths, laying on top of a pair of yellow rubber gloves next to a bottle of green dish soap.

They are one of my favourite quick knit projects and are a super affordable project, costing only about $1.50 per cloth. I use them all over the house for all sorts of cleaning projects. They also make a great gift for the eco-conscious friend on your list as they are machine washable, sturdy, and reusable. What's not to love!?

And with tons of colour options available, you can match your kitchen decor, grab your favourite colour, and even match the holiday or season.

So, if you've never made one of these clothes before or are ready for a walk down memory lane, let's get knitting Granny's Favourite Dish Cloth.

A ball of blue cotton yarn, a pair of knitting needles, a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle on a white background.

Pattern Name

Granny's Favourite Dish Cloth.




Bernat Handicrafter (100% Cotton) 80 yards (73 metres)/1.75 oz (50 g)

Approximately1/3 of a ball will make one cloth.


Approximately 20 sts by 40 rows in 4 inches (10 cm) of garter stitch. Gauge is not super critical in this project.


4.0 mm /US 6 knitting needles (or size required to obtain approximately gauge).

Other Tools

Tapestry needle, scissors.

Finished Measurements

Approximately 7 inches by 7 inches (18 cm by 18 cm).


  • B/O - bind off

  • C/O - cast on

  • k - knit

  • k2tog - knit two together

  • st/sts - stitch/stitches

  • yo - yarn over

Pattern Instructions

C/O 4 sts.

K one row.

Increase row: k2, yo, k to end(1 st increased).

Repeat the increase row until you have 44 sts (or until you reach the desired width) on your needles.

Decrease row: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end (1 st decreased).

Repeat decrease row until you have 4 sts remaining.

B/O all sts.

Break yarn. Weave in ends.

There you have it! Simple, quick and practical. This a great project for knitting on the go or in front of the T.V.

I like to pair two together with matching colours to create a set, wrapped with coordinated ribbon or string, and gift them with a nice soap or as part of a home gift basket.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions about this free pattern.

Until next time, happy knitting.


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