Basketweave Dishcloth


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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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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).

  5. 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. :)

  6. 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!!!

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

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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….

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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).

  21. 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!

  22. 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).

  23. 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.

  24. g’day
    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

  25. 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