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The Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern: Quick and Easy

Sharing this Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern, which is a perfect pattern for new knitters as it uses only the knit stitch, as well as increasing and decreasing techniques. This pattern is also called ‘Nana’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern.’

I hope you love a backstory as much as I do because I’m sharing a quick one with you today.

A partially folded beige knit washlcoth.

When we moved to Wilmington 18 years ago, we did not know a soul! But we liked the area and figured we would meet people soon enough.

Lucky for us, we met one of our first ‘friend families’ when our sons, then kindergarteners, became buddies. And, we were then blessed to meet their extended families, who lived in Wilmington as well. Bridget is the grandma of the young man whose friendship with our son brought our families together and we would cross paths over the years at various functions.

Fast forward 18 years and a little package is dropped off at my door about two months ago. This package contained two washcloths hand-knit by Bridget and gifted to me! Since we were smack in the midst of ‘quaran-cationing’ and feeling all blue and down-in-the-dumps-y, this thoughtful gift truly put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.

These dishcloths were a pattern and technique that I was unfamiliar with and luckily for me, and you, Bridget was kind enough to share her Knit Washcloth Pattern! After I published the pattern, many of you wrote in to tell me that this pattern is also called ‘Nana’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern.’

Overhead of one white and one beige washcloth.

If you are new to knitting or just want a quick and easy knit washcloth pattern, then this is the one for you! You only need to know how to Knit, Yarn Over, Make One, and Knit Two Together! With these 4 techniques, you knit the entire washcloth and edging at the same time!

Yarn Over (YO) is a way to increase stitches and make a purposeful hole in your knitting. Yarnovers are often used in lacey patterns. To make a yarn over between knit stitches bring the yarn around the right-hand needle between two stitches, from back to front, and knit the next stitch. (Normally, when you are working a knit stitch the yarn is in the back of your work, and after working the yarn over, the yarn will be in the back until you yarn over again.) This will create a hole in your work and on the other side, you will treat that yarn over as a regular stitch.

Make One (M1L) is another way to increase the number of stitches. To make an M1L or make-one-left, take the left-hand needle and pick up the bar between the stitches from front to back. Use the right needle to knit this bar.

Knit Two Together (K2T) is one of the most common ways to decrease the number of stitches on your needle. To knit 2 together, simply slip your right-hand needle through 2 loops on your left-hand needles instead of just the one you would normally do.

Overhead of beige washcloth with bar of soap

Knit on the Diagonal or Bias

Something that makes this knit washcloth pattern unique is that it is knit on the diagonal or on the bias.

Bridget Knit Washcloth knit on the bias or diagonal

Some Common Questions About Knitting Dishcloths

What Kind of Yarn is Best for Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths?

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.

Should You Use Mercerized or Unmercerized Cotton?

For the most absorbent dishcloth, you want to use 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.

Washcloth v Dishcloth and Sizes

OK, I don’t know what it says about me, but I never really thought there was much difference between a dishcloth and a washcloth. I mean, I wouldn’t go and wash my face with a cloth I had just used to clean a pan or the kitchen sink, but other than that, I guess I never thought there was much difference between the two.

But, I have recently learned that for many, there is a difference. It seems that washcloths are typically larger than dishcloths. Most standard washcloths are 11″ square, and most standard dishcloths are 8″ square. That being said, you can make your dishcloth or washcloth any size you want.

What Are Some Great Yarns to Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths?

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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.

Or, make Your Own Spa Items to Give with Your Washcloths!

If you are feeling a little crafty, you could make some of these bath and body products to include with your washcloth. These are all easy to make and greatly appreciated.

Make Sure to Nab These Wraps and Tags If You Will Be Giving These Dishcloths/Washcloths

These simple tags and wraps will ‘dress up’ your knitted gifts!

Peach washcloth in a gold mesh box with a bar of soap, a tin and a tube of heel balm in front.

Material to make 11” by 11” Knit Washcloth

· Ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton Yarn (1 skein will make 2 knit washcloths)

· US 7 (4.5 mm) Knitting Needles

A knit totebag.

Stitches and Methods Used in the Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • YO – yarn over
  • M1 – take the left-hand needle and pick up the bar between the stitches from front to back. Use the right needle to knit this bar through the back loop.
  • · K2T – Knit 2 together 
Bridget Knit Dishcloth with bath salts

Gauge

Using US 7 and Sugar’n Cream, 5 stitches and 6 rows in stocking stitch will result in a 1” by 1” square

Instructions to Make 11” x 11″ Knit Washcloth

  • Cast on 2 stitches
  • Knit 2
  • K1, M1, K
  • K1, M1,K2 (4 stitches)
  • K2, YO, K to end
  • Repeat the last row until you have 58 stitches
  • K1, K2T, YO, K2T, K to end
  • Repeat the last row until 4 stitches remain
  • K, K2T, K
  • K, K2T
  • Cast off
  • Weave cast-on and cast-off tails into the fabric of the washcloth

The printable PDF of this knit washcloth pattern is available to all subscribers of Nourish and Nestle in the Subscriber Benefits Library.

Alternatively, if you click the button below, I will gladly send the Bridget Knit Washcloth pattern to your email inbox…I’m just accommodating that way! 😉

Depending on how fast you knit, you could easily whip up one of these knit dishcloths in an evening or two. If you are knitting some of these for gifts, then be sure to pop over for the printable gift tags.

For more dishcloth or washcloth patterns, make sure to pop over where I have gathered all 6 of my free knitted washcloth patterns in one place.

Bridget Knit washcloths with gift wrap
A zippered pouch.

To refer back to the Bridget Knit Washcloth Pattern in the future, bookmark this page or pin the following image.

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14 Comments

  1. This pattern is usually called Grandma’s Washcloth. It is my go-to pattern for dishclothes. When I am teaching knitting, I use this pattern. It is a small project, easy to knit, and teaches the knit stitch, yarn covers, k2tog. There is also cast on and bond off. Purling is taught in another class.

    Joan

    1. Hi Joan, I think I must be the only knitter in the world who was not familiar with the Grandma’s washcloth! It is a delightful quick knit, isn’t it!? Perfect for knitting in the car or in front of the TV!

      Happy Knitting, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

  2. I hate to say it, but I was somewhat disappointed when I saw the new dishcloth pattern. These were the first dishcloths I’ve ever knitted and have been using this pattern for years. (My pattern starts with 4 stitches; the corners end up a little more rounded.) They are the favorites of some of my family members, so I always keep up with my stash. That being said, readers new to this pattern will love it and will be glad you shared it. They knit up so quickly and can be done while watching TV, since the pattern is so simple. I sometimes do them in stripes of two colors with leftover yarn, changing every two rows, so the yarn doesn’t have to be cut. They are also cute with variegated yarns. I stay away from darker yarns, though, because they tend to run at first and then fade. Happy knitting everyone!

    1. Oh Bette Ann…I hate that I disappointed you! I must have been the only knitter in the world who has never heard of Granny’s Favorite Dishcloth!! I agree that I really like not having to read a pattern, it is the perfect pattern to work in the car or in front of the TV. I like the idea of stripes! I promise you some other washcloths in the near future…I’ve been working on some baby washcloths if you have any babies in your world!

      Have a great day, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

  3. Thank you for the Bridget washcloth, others refer to it as grannys favorite dishcloth, either name I love to make them, very easy and simple no need to constantly read pattern. I love it my go to anytime pattern.😍😍😍

    1. Hi Belinda,

      I must have been the only knitter in the world who has never heard of Granny’s Favorite Dishcloth!! I agree that I really like not having to read a pattern, it is the perfect pattern to work in the car or in front of the TV!

      Have a great day Belinda!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

  4. Hi Lynne,
    The latest dishcloth pattern made me smile as soon as I saw the picture. I actually made one hundred of these to sell to parents from my sons tennis team. They were raising money to attend a tournament in Alice Springs , Australia, oh….. I too love Barrie Gibb. I saw the very first performance on TV many years ago. You are so much like me with all are likeminded interests . Marilyn (Aussie)

    1. Hi Marilyn,

      It does seem I was the last knitter on the planet to know this pattern! 😂 Oh well…better late than never. And what a great fundraiser! Australia is on my ‘travel wish list’…but man…that is one long flight! I’ll get there one of these days and then just plan to stay a while…or forever we don’t get our act together over here!

      Barry was my absolute favorite of all the Gibb brothers! And my mom’s too. When I was in high school and Saturday Night Fever came out, my mom had that album playing so loud that she blew out the speakers! We laugh about it to this day!

      Hugs to you, my friend! I guess you are enjoying your Spring now!

      Lynn

  5. I am new to knitting; I have just completed my 1st knitted scarf using the knit stitch! I’m loving it! I would like the pattern for the Bridget/Grandma washcloth sent to my email please! Thanks so much!!

  6. I would love to receive any knit or crochet patterns for washcloths/dishcloths you would care to share. I am in a group that knits and crochets for charity.

    1. Hi Karen,

      All subscribers to the site receive free access to all of my patterns. Subscribing is free and you’ll be notified of new patterns. Let me know if you would like for me to add you to the list!

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