Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

Okay, so this is NOT my pattern, it’s an old classic that probably everyone has knit at least once. But the link to this pattern on Ravelry goes to an archived blogspot in the Internet Archive and that makes me a bit nervous that one day it’ll disappear completely.

So, I am posting it here mostly for my personal use. I have noticed my blog gets a tiny amount of traffic related to knitting searches so maybe someone will see it but mostly it will be for myself.

Grandmother’s Favorite-The Original

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
Designer: Unknown
Rating: Easy
Materials: Any cotton yarn yarn; Size 6 or 7 needles (US)


Cast on 4 stitches

Row 1: Knit 4

Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches* on the needle.

*Note: You can increase until you have the number of stitches you want. I personally don’t like HUGE dishcloths so I usually start the decrease around 40 stitches but I’ve also made even smaller ones that start the decrease at like 36 stitches. It’s really up to you.
*Second note: The reason I don’t like huge dishcloths is because once they get wet they’re all floppy and I find it more efficient to not have to fold the dishcloth over itself. But it’s totally your prerogative.

Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle.

Once you have four stitches you can bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.

Again, this pattern is not mine!