Quickly knit up several washcloths with this Daisy Stitch Knit Dishcloth Pattern. They are perfect for gifts or for your own use.
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This pattern is one of many free knit & crochet washcloth patterns that I’ve shared. It is also my second favorite after the Chinese Wave Washcloth Pattern.
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This pattern uses the daisy stitch, which to me, is an easier version of the lotus flower stitch. If you’ve never done a daisy stitch knitting pattern, the key is not to knit too tightly.
what you need to knit this daisy stitch dishcloth pattern (10.5″ X 10.5″)
- I skein worsted weight, 100% cotton. 200 yards made 2 washcloths. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream. (Make sure to see the list of best yarns for knitting washcloths/dishcloths below!)
- Size US 6 knitting needles or to fit your gauge.
- 3.75 MM Crochet Hook
daisy stitch knit washcloth pattern instructions
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Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch
If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth or Towel.
- Cast on 49 stitches
- Row 1: Knit all
- Row 2: Knit 1 *Purl the next 3 stitches together, but don’t drop them off of the needle. Bring your right-hand needle from the back to the front, Yarn Over and purl the same 3 stitches together again, and drop them from the left needle. Knit One.* See the video at the end of the directions for an illustration of this repeat.
- Row 3: Knit all
- Row 4: Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1 *Purl the next 3 stitches together, but don’t drop them off of the needle. Bring your right-hand needle from the back to the front, Yarn Over and purl the same 3 stitches together again and drop them from the left needle. Knit One.* This row will end with a Purl 1, Knit 1.
- Row 5: Knit all
- Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach 9 inches.
- Bind off, but don’t cut yarn.
- With your crochet hook, work evenly spaced single crochet stitches into each side of the dishcloth, working 3 single crochet stitches into each corner stitch.
- Single Crochet 2 more rows around the washcloth, working 2 more stitches at the corner of the next row and then 3 stitches in the corner of the last row.
- Bind off and weave in all your loose ends.
These really knit up pretty quickly. It’s nice to have a stash of hand-knit washcloths for last-minute gifts.
This little video, though maybe not the best quality, should help you see how to knit the Daisy Stitch.
give your washcloths as gifts
You could easily put together a little basket with your knit dishcloths, maybe some lovely soap or other spa items. I’m going to be putting together some ‘packages’ for some friends and family and have included some of my finds for your convenience.
make your own spa items!
some common questions about knitting dishcloths:
what kind of yarn is best for dishcloths?
Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths. If you go the blended route, make sure it is primarily cotton (70/30 or 80/20), as the cotton is what makes the yarn absorbent.
mercerized or unmercerized cotton?
For the most absorbent dishcloth, you want unmercerized cotton, as the mercerization process reduces the absorbency of the fibers. Unmercerized cotton is nubbier and has a more ‘natural’ look to it.
However, mercerized cotton dishcloths will have a nicer sheen, come in a wider range of rich colors, will most likely last longer, and won’t get as ‘soaking wet’ as a result of the mercerization process. So, it’s a ‘personal choice’…not sure that there is a right or wrong.
how big should a knit dishcloth be?
It seems the standard dishcloth, washcloth or facecloth size is about 10 inches by 10 inches (25 cm by 25 cm). That being said, make the size you want!
dishcloth yarn recommendations:
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