April 18, 2020

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

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


(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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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    Very easy and fun to make 😃

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