Basketweave Dishcloth

by Daisy


This is a basic cloth in one of my favorite patterns. This is also the start of a dishcloths-to-blankets project I am working on–a series of dishcloths of the same dimensions (same number of cast on stitches) which can be knitted as individual dishcloths or knit in continuous strips of alternating patterns and sewn together to make a blanket. More on this later as I add patterns to the project.

Basketweave Dishcloth/Washcloth

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, here shown in ecru, or your favorite color

Needles: US size 6 or your preferred dishcloth needles

Cast on 36 sts.

Rows 1-2: K

Row 3: K.

Row 4: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 5: K 3,*K1, P4, K1, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 6: K 3, *P1, K4, P1, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 7: As row 5.

Row 8: As row 6.

Row 9: K.

Row 10: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 11: K 3, *P2, K2, P2, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 12: K3, *K2, P2, K2, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 13: As row 11.

Row 14: As row 12.

Repeat rows 3-14 2 more times.

Repeat rows 3-10 one time.

P one row.

K one row.

Bind off. Sew in ends.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

nancy September 18, 2009 at 6:37 am

Oh, hurray!! I just love your wash cloth patterns! I’ve been hooked on Hugs ‘n Kisses and the fingertip cloth for Christmas presents. Thanks so much for a new pattern! I can’t wait to begin this one. My daughter will be thrilled too, as she always gets the first one of any pattern I try. Yea!!

Tomato Lady September 18, 2009 at 7:44 am

nancy–So glad you like the hugs and kisses! Thank you, ma’am! I just made a correction to this pattern–after row 14 I amended it to read “repeat two more times” instead of “repeat 3 times”. Hope you hadn’t printed it out yet! Let me know if you see anything else wrong. I can get crosseyed going over the patterns sometimes.

Michelle September 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

So cool…if I only knew how to KNIT!

Gloria Carrington-Ferrira September 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

I’m just loving what you put out there. Am passing this onto a friend of mine that is an avid knitter. Looking forward to seeing what’s next. Fabulous!!! And thanks so much for sharing!!

Vanessa September 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Have you done the “ball band” dishcloth from Mason Dixon knitting/the Elmore Pisgah website? It is gorgeous. Also, you can make a pretty cool dishcloth knitting on the bias. Just increase 2 ever other row and work in garter stitch (it is not as pretty as the one you made).

Cori September 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I don’t knit, but your cloth looks like it would inspire me to wash the dishes :-))

Judy in Indiana September 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love your dishcloth. Someone suggested to me that I make some for a silent auction project. Right now I am collecting scarves for teachers at a local inner city school our church sponsors with tutoring, supplies and such. They will be for the staff with a tag on them so they know they are wrapped in our love. No wonder my family only gets the occasional handknit at Christmas, the rest of the year I knit for Charity. 🙂

tanya walton September 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I am just learning how to knit… ( I actually started last night) this is a bit beyond me yet but hopefully I will get there soon!!!

Dorothy September 19, 2009 at 9:05 am

Do you happen to have this pattern in crochet?
Would love to make one!!
I don’t knit.

Viggie's Veggies September 19, 2009 at 9:40 am

It looks great! I’m a crocheter, but I did start learning to knit last year. I got as far as making dishcloths, but they still don’t look so good. I’m thinking my goal of knitted socks may never be reached 🙂

busywithkids September 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Makes me wish I knew how to perl. I can manage knitting, just not perling (stupid being left-handed and not knowing anyone who wants to teach me!). *sigh* It’s so pretty….

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

Dorothy–I will defer to Ivory on this one–I don’t crochet!

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 7:21 am

Viggie’s Veggies–This is an easy knit/purl one. I know you could do it!

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 7:23 am

busywithkids–How are you with online video instructions? Try this:
Good luck!

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

Judy in Indiana–I think it’s sweet you give all your knitting for charity, and I bet your family does, too. You sound like a lovely person.

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

Cori–Thank you! You’re sweet!

Tomato Lady September 24, 2009 at 8:43 am

Vanessa–Yes! I have. I love it and I love the Mason-Dixon ladies. The other one is like the one my grandmother used to give all her girls for Christmas. Some people just keep going and make them into baby blankets–have you seen those?

nancy September 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

I didn’t get my weave quite right. I have one knit column that goes all the way through the dishcloth. I didn’t take a picture yet. I think it’s beautiful, but it’s not quite right. I’m going to try another over the weekend.

Thanks so much!

nancy September 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

I see my error – I misread rows 11 & 12. The next one will be better. =)

Tomato Lady September 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

nancy–How’s it working out now? Let me know if you still have problems. Might be my error!

Tomato Lady September 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

tanya walton–Oh, you will love knitting! Welcome to the club! I’d love to see your first projects.

steve October 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

sweet i’m going to try it. It is for my mommy, I hope she adores it! p.s I’m 18!

christiana October 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

I love this dishcloth pattern. However, I think that the patterns is in need of some more corrections. Especially with rows 5 and 6. I kept trying to get it right and ended up frogging it three times. I think I’ll try one of your other patterns.

Tomato Lady October 15, 2009 at 12:27 am

christiana–I’d love to help you figure out what’s going wrong. I knitted it again today to be sure and it turned out okay. I can try to talk you through it if you want to give it another try!

Adele November 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Tomato Lady, where can I get a copy of the hugs and kisses dish cloth pattern that Nancy spoke about in her post on Sept 18, 09? I just finished the basket weave cloth and love it. I am a self taught beginner in knitting and am enjoying it very much.

Tomato Lady November 5, 2009 at 12:57 am

Adele–Here it is:
Good for you teaching yourself to knit. Hope you enjoy the pattern–don’t worry about the cables, these are fun and easy!

Adele November 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Tomato Lady, Thank you for the hugs and kisses pattern. Cable knitting was the next thing I wanted to try. I guess this is a good place to start. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Ana December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I just finished using you pattern for this and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

Tomato Lady December 17, 2009 at 1:31 am

Ana–Oh good! I’m glad you liked it!

Christine February 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Just wondering if your still planning on posting more of these dish cloth to blanket patterns or can you share where you found them….waiting anxiosly for the next one!

Tomato Lady February 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Hi Christine–I’m embarrassed to report that I’m slow in getting more of these up and running. I’m going to have to get on it because it’s a project I want to finish before Christmas. (Just around the corner, you know).

linlin June 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

hey! i was working this cloth and i realized that you must have a misprint because i did the pattern exactly as stated and it turned out funky so i ripped it out to row ten so i could redo rows 11 and 12 and i think they are supposed to go like this..
11: k3, p2 k1 *k1 p4 k1, rep from * to last three sts, k3
12: k3, k2 p1 *p1 k4 p1, rep from * to last three sts, k3
after i got this figured out it turned out exactly like the picture. it is a great pattern and i love the cloth! this misprint just really confused me so i hope you take a look a see if i may be correct. thanks!

Tomato Lady June 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

linlin–Thank you, I’ll check it out!

Annie M October 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm

linlin-THANK YOU for posting the amended rows!!! I love this pattern b/c its simple but the two dish clothes I made do NOT look like the picture. I’m sure this will become my standard dishcloth pattern now.
Thanks Tomato Lady for the original post! Your patterns are lovely (and free).

Lenora Ziobro November 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

I am working on my second afghan using the basket weave stitch in crochet.I dont know how to knit but love this stitch in crochet!Thank you for your news letter and posts,I Love it.

selina from kilkivan qld April 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

lovely pattern but the start for the border is a tad wrong for what is showing between the picture & wording. i pulled mine undone several times cos it didn’t look right. i think it should be either knit 2 rows then do the purl row or knit 4 rows then the purl. the written pattern has one row of garter under the pattern, which doesn’t look right.
the rest of the pattern is fine, no problems there as far as I can see
you have a lovely blog too thanx for sharing this lovely pattern :))
selina from kilkivan qld

Carolyn Ambrose August 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

I loved the pattern but I feel like the last 4 rows should be knit 2 rows and then the purl (knit 3, then purl the rest) should be the final rows so that it would look as if it had been framed (equally knitted like the first row ). I did that and everybody complimented it.
Thanks Carolyn

Daisy August 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

Good idea!

Mary Harris January 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

What are the * for?

Mary Harris January 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

never mind. I figured it out. DUH

Mary Harris February 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Can someone explain to me how to finish it off. I did what I thought but did not work out. I knit one knit two together but it does not work. How many stitches are on at the end. I am new I think I need more direction on finishing it. Love the pattern just can’t seem to finish it off.

Daisy February 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Mary Harris–Are you trying to cast off?

Mary Harris February 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

At the end it says to bind off and sew in ends. Not sure what that means or how to do it.

Daisy February 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

Mary Harris–OK, congratulations on getting this far! I think now the best I can do for you is to show you a selection of youtube videos that would show you step by step how to do this. Check out this group and find the one that makes it most clear to you. A video or a demonstration is almost always better than written instructions when it comes to knitting. Here they are:
I think that will help you to see the method. It is really very easy once you get the knack for it. Happy knitting and best of luck as you do more projects. It’s a very rewarding hobby and dishcloths are a great place to start and learn the different techniques.

Mary Harris February 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

Thanks for the help Daisy. Makes sense.

PATRICIA August 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

hi just discovered your basketweave dis the direhcloth want to make it but i did read the
comments and some people say its wrong are the directions correcrted now
i love it but dont want to start it yet if dirctions are still wrong please email me thanks

TMorris January 2, 2017 at 7:35 am

Does the wrong side not have the same look? Mine doesn’t show the same on the back and I just wanted to make sure that I was doing the pattern right.

Daisy January 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

TMorris–The back should have largely the same look. How does the back of yours look?

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