I like to practice different stitch patterns by knitting dishcloths. One pattern that I wanted to practice is the reverse garter stitch pattern, so I knit a reverse garter stitch dishcloth.

reverse garter stitch dishcloth folded (side view)


The reverse garter stitch dishcloth features a knit pattern that is the opposite of a garter stitch pattern – all purl stitches. Purl stitches are shorter than garter stitches, so the resulting piece will be flatter(i.e. less absorbent than a regular garter stitch dishcloth). However, the dishcloth still washes and dries surfaces effectively.

close up of purl stitches on the reverse garter stitch dishcloth

Like the garter stitch dishcloth, I used ½ a skein of red cotton yarn. You could also use linen, a cotton/linen blend, or any yarn that will be strong and absorbent. I love using bright colors in the kitchen, but you could also choose a neutral palette if you prefer.

The reverse garter stitch pattern is:

  • easy
  • practical
  • quick
  • portable

If you want to practice your purl stitches, then the reverse garter stitch dishcloth is the perfect project for you.

Here are the instructions:

Reverse Garter Stitch Dishcloth


Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn (100% cotton; 2.5oz/70.9g; 120yds/109m) in Red

US 8 (5 mm) needles (straight or 2 double point needles (DPNs))

crochet hook or tapestry needle



gauge: 9 stitches/2” (7 rows/1”) in reverse garter stitch pattern

dimensions: 9” square


CO – cast on

WS – wrong side



CO 42 stitches using the long tail method

Purl all rows until dishcloth is approx. 9” long

Bind off on WS knitwise.Cut excess yarn. Weave in ends.

Wash in water with a capful of white vinegar. Squeeze excess water in towel. Dry flat.

Your dishcloth should look like this:

reverse garter stitch dishcloth flat on table



I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please let me know through the Comments section below. You may also share a picture of your results on Pinterest.

If you like this project, then check out my other dishcloth projects.

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