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Dishcloth Knitting Pattern: Easy Garter Stitch

This Easy Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern is the perfect pattern for new knitters. Using only knit or purl, this pattern gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect one stitch and still create something useful.

If you are new to knitting or are just looking for an easy, do in front of the TV, kind of knit project, then this Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern has your name all over it!

What I like about it for new knitters is that as it uses only knit or only purl, you can really focus on getting comfortable with that one stitch. Further, working with just one stitch gives you the opportunity to concentrate on your tension and getting it consistent.

What I would recommend for those new to the craft is to knit one washcloth using only the knit stitch and then a second dishcloth using only the purl stitch. One ball of Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream will be enough to knit two washcloths.

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A zippered pouch.

What Materials Are Needed?

White Garter Stitch Knit Dishcloth Pattern with a bar of soap on a wood surface.

This bar of soap smells heavenly!

How to Knit the Garter Stitch Dishcloth

  • Knit a gauge swatch of 4″ by 20 rows. Grab your ruler and place it against your swatch.

The gauge is 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch. If you have too many stitches and/or rows, then go up a needle size. If you have too few stitches/rows, then go down a needle size. All that being said, this is a washcloth and if it is an inch bigger or smaller, that is not a big deal.

Count the stitches and rows on your Garter Stitch swatch as follows:

how to count stitches in garter stitch.
how to count rows of garter stitch.
  • Cast on 40 stitches. To refresh yourself on Casting On.
  • · K every row until work measures 9.5” from beginning. (Alternately, you could P every row until work measures 9.5” from beginning). To refresh yourself on How to Knit the Knit Stitch or How to Knit the Purl Stitch.
  • · BO loosely. To refresh yourself on How to Bind Off and Weave in Your Tails.
  • · Weave in your tails.

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Garter Stitch Dishcloth with bar of soap.
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  1. Hi Lynn,
    Thank you for the pattern. I love handmade washcloths.
    Would you provide a link to purchasing the soap?
    Thank you, Lynne

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