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Make her proud! Knit Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth

Make her proud!  Knit Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth

Inside: Needle knit Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern with tutorial videos for both left and right handed knitters.

Classic, timeless,and able to handle the toughest jobs. That’s Grandma. We can also say that about Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern.  

I always called my grandma, Mamaw. After Mamaw passed away my grandfather, Papaw, gave me some of her knitting needles. Included with the needles was, of course, some yarn, and a special treasure.

I have Mamaw’s handwritten dishcloth pattern with her partially finished dishcloth still on the needles!

Handwritten pattern from my Memaw with her knit sample.
Memaw’s pattern and WIP

I remember Mamaw knitting this pattern. It was the “go to” pattern for everyone back then. It was a favorite with good reason. It’s simple to knit, easy to memorize and is easily adjusted to any size.

Knit this iconic dishcloth from corner to corner in garter stitch by using some simple increases and decreases.  Once you learn the techniques this pattern will be sure to become your favorite too.

New to knitting? I’ve got a How to Knit Beginner Video Series to teach you ALL the basics.

Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


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Medium (#4) weight cotton yarn
Bernat Handicrafter Twists (43g / 1.5 oz, 62 meters / 68 yards) used in sample.

US 7 (4.5 mm) Knitters Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Needles used in sample.  

Tapestry needle

K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 together
K3tog = Knit 3 together
YO = Yarnover
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

17 sts x 34 rows = 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in garter stitch (before washing)


Approx 8.5” x 8.5” (21.5 x 21.5 cm)

Longtail cast on recommended. 

knit Grandmas Favorite Dishcloth sample


Cast on 3 sts.

Foundation Row (WS): Knit 3.

Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k1. [4 sts]

Row 2: K2, yo, knit to end of row. 

Repeat Row 2 until 48 sts on needles or continue until desired length and even number of stitches. 

Row 3: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end of row. 

Repeat rows 3 until 5 sts remain. 

Row 5: K1, k2tog (twice)  [3 sts]

Row 6: K3tog. 

Cut tail and pull through last loop to fasten off. Weave in ends.


Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth Video Tutorial

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Right Handed Tutorial

Left Handed Tutorial

If you like this one check out my other dishcloth knitting pattern:

Tumbling Moss Blocks Washcloth

Be sure to follow all the How to Knit for Complete Beginners Lessons.

  1. How to Knit – Garter Stitch for Complete Beginners includes Basic Garter Scarf pattern
  2. How to Knit – Purl stitch for Stockinette
  3. How to Knit – Stockinette with Garter Border includes Basic Bordered Dishcloth pattern
  4. How to Knit – Ribbing 1×1 and 2×2 includes Easy Ribbed Headband pattern
  5. How to Knit – Seed Stitch for Beginners includes Seed Stitch Washcloth pattern
  6. How to Knit – Moss Stitch for Beginners includes Moss Stitch Washcloth pattern
  7. How to Knit – Basketweave Stitch for Beginners includes Basketweave Cowl pattern
  8. How to Knit – Knitting in the Round includes Moss Cowl pattern.
  9. How to Knit – 5 Cast Ons for Beginners
  10. How to Knit – 4 Increases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  11. How to Knit – 5 Decreases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  12. How to Knit – Slip Stitches


Wednesday 8th of November 2023

I love grandma's favorite. Have used it to make many baby blankets, too.


Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Looking for old pattern. "Knitted sailboat cloth". Corrections published 2005. My copy dated 4//7/2005. I only have page one, ending with row 53.


Thursday 21st of October 2021



Sunday 19th of April 2020

Very easy and fun to make ?