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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, Memaw. After Memaw 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 Memaw’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 Memaw 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.

If you’re new to needle knitting I have a video series just for you that walks you through all the basics.

How to Knit for Beginners

Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

By Kristen Mangus


(Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I used to make this project. Using these links cost you nothing, but helps support GKK.) 

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.

knit grandmas favorite dishcloth pin image

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


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Sunday 19th of April 2020

Very easy and fun to make ?