A free pattern for a waffle stitch knit dishcloth pattern. An optional crochet edging finishes this washcloth nicely.

I have had this little waffle stitch knit washcloth on my to-do list for too long. Once I sat down and started this little project, it was a very quick knit. Simple knit and purl stitches result in a reversible knit washcloth…and you know I love my reversible knits! The simple stitches also make this a great project for new knitters, looking for ways to stretch beyond stockinette.

And not for nothing, the waffle stitch results in a knit fabric that doesn’t curl!

Stack of Waffle Stitch Knit Washcloths

Materials Needed for two 11” by 11” Dishcloths

  • 1 skein worsted weight (4), 100% cotton yarn. I use Lily Sugar ’n Cream. 200 yards makes 2
  • washcloths
  • • Size US 6/UK 8/ 4.00mm knitting needles, or to fit the gauge
  • • 3.75mm crochet hook (G6)

Stitches Used

• K – Knit
• P – Purl
• SC – Single Crochet
• CS – Crochet Chain Stitch

Two Waffle Stitch Knit Washcloths

Instructions for Waffle Stitch Dish Cloth

Cast on 52 stitches ( a multiple of 3 plus 1)
• Row 1 *K1, P2, repeat from *, K1
• Row 2 P1, *K2, P1, repeat from *
• Row 3 K
• Row 4 P
• Repeat these four rows 18 times for an 11” by 11” dishcloth.
• Bind off. If you will be adding a crochet edge in the same color, then don’t tie off after the last
stitch. Just slip your knitting needle out of the last stitch and slip your crochet hook in. If you
will be using a different color yarn for the edge, then tie off your yarn.
• While this is a reversible knit pattern, chose the side you want to be the right side. With the
right side facing you, go down about 1/2” from the corner, on the side of the dishcloth to begin
adding the crochet edge using SC, working 4 stitches into each corner.
• If you are unfamiliar with adding crochet to knit projects, check out this post on adding a crochet edge to your knitted piece.

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If You Want to Gift Your Waffle Stitch Knit Washcloths

Two Waffle Stitch Knit Dishcloths with heel balm, hand balm and bath salts.

Pair your washcloths with bath salts, a lovely bar of soap, a tin of handmade hand balm, or a tube of handmade heel balm.

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  1. Carol Whittaker

    March 26, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Could you please explain the stitch repeats on Rows 1 and 2? There is no asterisk in the printed pattern above indicating what the repeats should be across the rows. Thank you.

    • lynn

      March 26, 2022 at 10:54 am

      Oh geez! I have fixed it, but it should be:

      Row 1 *K1, P2, repeat from *, K1
      Row 2 P1 *K2, P1, repeat from *

      I’m sorry for the frustration, but thanks for catching and letting me know.

  2. Laurie C

    December 18, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Real beginner here, how would I reduce the size to, say 8×8 or 9×9?


    • lynn

      December 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Good Morning, Laurie

      Casting on 43 stitches should get you to a size between 8″ and 9″. Let me know if you have further questions!

      Happy Knitting,


  3. Martha Gomez

    December 19, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Can this pattern be used with a softer yarn for washcloths or even a baby blanket? If I wanted to gift these as washcloths and not dishcloths can I use a softer yarn? Sugar n Cream yarn is a little stiffer. What yarn would you recommend for baby blanket?

    • lynn

      December 19, 2022 at 9:47 am

      Good MOrning Martha,

      Of course you could! I have always loved Berroco Modern Cotton for my baby blankets. I prefer a cotton, which may be a a little stiffer than some of the blends. But I think when washed, the cottons do soften.


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