I had to replace a tattered dishcloth earlier this week, so I decided to knit a striped garter stitch dishcloth.

garter stitch dishcloth on table

The dishcloth features a simple garter stitch pattern with stripes. The garter stitch pattern produces a fabric that is soft, thick and absorbent.

garter stitch pattern

I used some excess Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn from my Red, White and Blue Scarf project to create a patriotic, yet warm color palette to commemorate the 4th of July holiday. The main color is red while the complementary colors (the stripes) are white and hot blue. You could change the main and complementary colors with each dishcloth.

The striped garter stitch dishcloth will complement any kitchen. Dishcloths are wonderful hostess gifts, so you could make a few of these and give to your friends.

The dishcloth takes no time to knit. You could make one in an afternoon if you are a slow knitter like me. If you are a fast knitter, then you could possibly make a few dishcloths in one day.

Please remember to carry the main color (in this case, color A or Red) along the side while knitting the dishcloth. You may cut the excess yarn for colors B and C when you’re done knitting each stripe.

Here are the instructions:

Striped Garter Stitch Dishcloth


materials for garter stitch dishcloth

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

Red (color A)

White (color B)

Hot Blue (color C)

US 9 (5.25 mm) needles (straight or circular)

tapestry needle


dimensions: 9″ square

gauge: 4 stitches/inch (5 rows/inch) in garter stitch pattern


CO – cast on

WS – wrong side


Step 1: CO 37 stitches with color A using the long tail cast-on method. Knit all rows until dishcloth is approx. 2 inches long.

Step 2: Add color B. Knit 2 rows with color B.

Step 3: Switch to color A and drop color B. Knit with color A until dishcloth is 4.5 inches long.

Step 4: Add color C. Knit 2 rows with color C.

Step 5: Switch to color A and drop color C. Knit with color A until dishcloth is 7 inches long.

Step 6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until dishcloth is approximately 9 inches long.

Bind off on WS knitwise. Cut excess yarn with the scissors. Weave in ends with the tapestry needle.

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

I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please contact me through the Comments section below.

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Spinster Simone 🙂

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