LHITS Knit Dishcloth Pattern: Blackberries

by Daisy

This is the first knit dishcloth pattern Daisy ever made!

This pattern is inspired by our first decent year for blackberries. Now, I know blackberries aren’t exactly purple, but I found this shade of Soft Violet (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream) particularly fetching, and it is in the arena of blackberry-color. Right?

It looks bluer in the photos than it is in person. It’s more violet. However, if you want an alternative color, I also love the Hot Purple and this delicious Black Currant shade.

The “blackberries” are nice and scrubby. They hold up well over time too.

Use this knit dishcloth pattern in a gift basket with a jar of blackberry preserves, perhaps?

Knit Dishcloth Pattern: Blackberries


For this pattern, I used size 6 circular needles, but you can use straights in whatever size you prefer for working with dishcloth cotton.

CO 32
Rows 1-4: K
R5: [RS] K4, *[K1, YO, K1] into next st, P3, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
R6: K4, *P3tog, K3, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
R7: K4, *P3, [K1, YO, K1] into next st, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
R8: K4, *K3, P3tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Rep rows 5-8 nine more times, or until desired size.
K 4 more rows for border.
Bind off.

Here it is hanging out on its namesake.  Doesn’t it look lovely?:

Happy knitting!


P.S. Even though this was my very first knit dishcloth pattern, it’s still a favorite in my house.  Any and all mistakes have been corrected over the years.  Many new knitters have used this pattern as their maiden voyage into dishcloth-making. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Please do read the comments below first, however, as many questions have already been answered over the years.

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DayPhoto October 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I printed this out! THANKS!


Tomato Lady October 30, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Hi Linda!
If you knit it, please let me know if it has errors. I’m new to pattern writing– even though this is just a dishrag I very well might have made a hash of it.

Abigail October 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

As soon as I find my knitting needles and yarn I’m going to try this! Granted I haven’t knitted in years, but that is SUCH a pretty dish cloth! I just Stumbled Upon this blog and I am LOVING it!!!

Brin October 31, 2008 at 6:59 pm

My computer just did something funny, so in case the comment I just left didn’t really “leave”:

I think I’m in love with your blog.



Tomato Lady October 31, 2008 at 8:37 pm

abigail–Thank you! Like I told Linda, if you see an error let me know if I dropped the ball.

brin–chile, back at you.

anajz November 1, 2008 at 12:03 pm

These are lovely. Now….if I ONLY knew how to knit.
Do you sell yours?

Tomato Lady November 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm


You are sweet. Thank you. You’d love knitting, I bet. It is easy and addictive. I might sell them if I had more time to knit. So many projects out there to try!

Ruth Osborn August 1, 2009 at 2:59 am

What does {K1, YO, K1} into next st. mean? I know to knit 1 and yarn over and knit 1 but what does into next st mean to do.

Ruth Osborn August 1, 2009 at 3:01 am

The site had a nice selection of items to knit

Tomato Lady August 1, 2009 at 7:11 am

Ruth Osborn–Perhaps I should say, “Into the same stitch”. It means to indicate the need to knit, yo, knit into one stitch. It is an increase. Does this help explain it any? Let me know because I know sometimes this can be confusing. I will be glad to help any way I can.

Grin August 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

I still am not clear on this.
knit, yarn-over, knit…then what? the yarn over is the increase right?

Tomato Lady August 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Grin–Yes, it’s an increase. Where are you having trouble? Let me know how I can help.

Grin August 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I am unclear on the “into the same stitch”. If it means knit, yo, knit….then go to the next stitch, I am okay.

Tomato Lady August 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Grin–Actually, you are doing all three things (K,yo,K) into the same stitch before you take it off the left hand needle. It’s kind of a squeeze, but once you do it you’ll see what it means–knit 1, don’t take the stitch off the l/h needle, yarn over, then knit into the stitch again, THEN remove the stitch from the left hand needle. Kind of confusing? Let me know if you need me to find you some more resources and I will do a search for you. Hope this helps!

Sue April 2, 2010 at 3:24 am

Thank you so much for sharing your knitting patterns. I like this pattern and I will give it a try this weekend. Again, thank you, thank you.

Victoria May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I am making this washcloth right now!! I absolutely love a challenge and it looks complicated, but it is really very easy. I have done the repeat of rows 5-8 about 3 times and you can definitely see the pattern emerge already…..it is really very beautiful.
Thank you for your pattern!! Keep them coming!

Tomato Lady May 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Victoria–Thank you! I’m glad it’s coming along so nicely!

julia May 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I LOVE this pattern,
i am still very very confused on k1yok1.
help me please!

Tomato Lady May 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm

julia–If you are having trouble with the yo (yarn overs) here is a link with video, just scroll down to the bottom of the page on this link and choose English or Continental yarn over.
If you are having trouble with any other aspect of this, holler back and we’ll figure it out together.
Happy knitting!

Julia May 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thank you for your quick responce.
I understnad the YO.. but its the ‘in same stitch’ i am getting confused on.

Julia May 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Sorry.. “into next stitch”

Tomato Lady May 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

julia–Okay–it means that everything in the parentheses is done in the same stitch, that next stitch on the left hand needle that you were going to stitch next anyway. Knit it, then yarn over, and knit it again. If it’s still confusing, let me know and I’ll try to help!
Oh. I should add, the first time you knit it, don’t take it off the lhn. Leave it on, yo, then knit again, then take it off the lhn.

Julia May 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

okay… thank you so much for your quick responses. i was actually doing it right (go figure eh).. it was really tight and awkward at first so i thought i was completly lost.
thank you so so much!!!!

Joan Hand July 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I love the pattern but I do not know how to do the K1, YO, K1 if you knit into the next stitch. The pattern is beautiful. I would like to do this but I just don’t understand it.


SUSAN MYERS November 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I am looking for a knitted hand towel.Like the square dish.Which you start with 3sts. andknit first row #knit 2 yo knit yo the end of row& so forward.I would really like this pattern.
Thank you…..Susan Myers

Tomato Lady November 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Susan Myers–I think you’ll find one like you described among these: http://dishandwashclothmania.com/grandmas-favorite-dishcloth-knit/

Good luck!

Canuck Knitter February 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

I think that I can solve the small [K1 Yo,K1] problem, once and for ALL your ladies out there; I hope! lol
Here we go.
K1 = but do NOT remove it from the LEFT needle.
Yo= bring the wool forward as if to “purl”
K1 = You knit into the BACK the same stick on the left needle.
Here is something else that hasn’t been mentioned yet.
The [K1Y0K1] is actually a double increase since you create not only 1 but “2” extra stitches.
That also explains why the following row you must Purl “3” stitches togther.
I am long winded, sry, but I hope this helps.
I was confused also at first.
Now I am ready to tackle the cloth.
Canuck Knitter – Love the pattern.

Moonflower February 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I do believe there is an error in row 7. There seem to be 2 “extra” stitches when I get to the end of the row (before the K4 border). I like the pattern– how can I fix this problem?

Janet Adams March 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Tomato Lady – For the K1,YO,K1 did you knit the last K1 in the back of the stitch or in the front like the first K1 stitch? This is a beautiful pattern but I am doing something wrong.

Tomato Lady March 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Janet Adams–I knit it into the front of the stitch, just like the first stitch. Was that it or is something still not right?

Christine April 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I made this out of blackberry colored yarn and it turned out so well! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! You just made my Christmas giving so easy! 🙂

trudy May 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Love the pattern and have tried several times to knit it..for whatever reason, I end up one stich short every row even tho I have increased as called for…will try it again sometime…..your picture of it is so pretty!

Ilene May 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

Found your website while looking for knitted dishcloth instructions and I have to say I’ve been enjoying reading in lots of other areas as well. Great job, and thanks so much for this pattern. I haven’t done any knitting in years but I think I’ll take up the needles again for this one!

Julie June 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Hi there-
This is such a beautiful pattern – I really want to try it. But I have a question about this infamous “[K1, Yo, K1] into the same stitch” increase. I’ve read all the helpful questions and replies above – I understand that those three things are done on one stitch, and that the stitch should stay on the LH need the entire time…but I’m wondering…when you say to knit the first stitch, do you mean that you knit it COMPLETELY (except taking it off the LH needle)? Meaning, do you do the entire knit stitch including pulling it back to the front?…then do the YO, then knit, then take off LH needle? Good grief – hope I’m being clear!

Tomato Lady June 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Julie–What an adorably phrased question! I think I know what you’re asking, and if so, the answer is yes. Try it on some practice yarn and see how it does and feels. I think you’ll know if you’re doing it correctly. If it still isn’t clear, check back and I’ll see if there’s anything I can do.

Kitten 2007 March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I made this cloth and I just love it. It is sort of scrubbie.

Tomato Lady March 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Kitten–Thank you for letting me know! I appreciate your input!

Robin March 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

hi, whats the finished size of this cloth, please?

Tomato Lady March 22, 2012 at 6:17 am

Robin–Mine is 8 in. square, although different tensions and blocking may affect the finished size.

Judy March 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I just finished this dishcloth. I belong the the KAL group. Love this pattern! I may try to adapt it for the next prayer shawl I make. Love the texture. I also have blackberries in my back yard, but no photo of the cloth on the canes.

Robin March 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

Finished one! Used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. Making an afghan with many squares (or rectangles) with different patterns in 5 different shades of purple. So far so pretty! Easy pattern to take to ball practices. THANKS TOMATO LADY FO SHARING.

Jill September 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Such a beautiful cloth! I love the idea of knitting dishcloths – they make learning to knit less intimidating. Thanks for sharing your work and talent!

Daisy September 13, 2012 at 8:02 am

Jill–I agree. Dishcloths are the perfect little project, plus they’re so useful and good for gifting.

Gma short for my grandchildren on facebook. September 21, 2012 at 1:18 am

I really like your simple down to earth site. I am a very busy working nurse and need quik easy to find and fun to do sites. yors is great.

wilma March 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

I just started knitting an am anxious to try the pattern

Michelle April 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thank you so much for this pattern. At the beginning of the year I decided to knit one dishcloth a month. I started off easy with the grandma’s favorite. Each month I try to add to my knitting abilities. This pattern was easy, fun and definitely taught me a new technique! I think it would be pretty as a baby blanket. 🙂

Daisy April 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

Thanks, Michelle! Glad you like the pattern!

LADYSTART April 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

I LOVE this pattern! I’ve used it to make baby blankets in a soft material and it’s great….it molds around a baby’s form for great snuggling. You just have to add enough stitches, depending on how long/wide you want it and the knitted borders really offset the “popcorns”!!

LADYSTART April 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

PS. I just read many of the comments about the K1YOK1 in same stitch…when I’ve done this for the abovementioned baby blankets, I K1P1K1 in the same stitch, then take off the left needle. The knits go the the front loop, bring yarn forward, then pearl throught the front loop, take yarn to the back and knit through the front loop again!!

Roberta Duncan July 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Hello…love this blackberry pattern…I have tried several times but always end up the same. I have 2 extra stitches left before the k4 border. I looked through comments and this was brought to your attention by…moonflower in February 2011 but I cany seem to find a reply…could you please let me know how to fix this…I am very anxious to knit this pretty pattern….thank you sooooo much in advance…anxiously waiting your response….Roberta

Mike Corbeil July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I’m not someone to know about knitting and once tried to learn it, but no, leave me outdoors in the garden or on a farm, instead. Knitting was driving me batty within a half hour; a half hour during which I kept wishing that I was out in a garden. A young woman, 20s, living with family on a farm tried to teach me knitting. Like some of my female relatives, she seemed to love knitting things and they all knitted a variety of useful things. For what I got from them, it was winter socks, mits and tuques, but they knitted other things as well. It’s a good and very useful skill; just that it isn’t for me. I guess it’s a question of patience as well as interest, but before knitting myself anything, I’ll throw rags on for clothing; just not having “what it takes” to be a knitter. Sewing is different though and I’m not bad when it comes to patching clothing. 🙂

What I wonder, however, about this dishcloth is how long it takes to dry.

For colour of blackberries, I think we can say a purple, a very dark one; sort of like with blue, where we have light to navy blue and navy easily looks black. Or, are blackberries black? The only plant stuff we eat that I know to be black, for what immediately comes to mind anyway, is black beans. Those are truly black from what I can tell, but blackberries seem to be a very dark purple.

Why not use hemp? I’m thinking of the old-fashion ropes made of hemp; thick ropes, 1in and more in diameter. They give me an impression of having a mild abrasiveness and I think this sort of material might be very good for cleaning dishware, cookware, and more.

Knitting might not be the way to make cloth-like materials using hemp and I don’t know what the method, say, would be called. But, it should be a very good material for cleaning cloths. It apparently makes very lasting, durable clothing; apparently far more durable than cotton. This quality plus mild abrasiveness should make good material for washing dishes, etc.

Some people in southern USA, maybe also elsewhere, have begun using hemp for constructing housing and it seems to be a good material for this. It apparently is very versatile, say.

I don’t like the idea of using steel or even copper wool pads for cleaning pots and pans made of stainless steel, but would have no worry about using a pad made of hemp fibers. Perhaps, it would also be good for washing vegetables and fruits.

If that’s all true about hemp, then you could use it for making dish- and cook-ware washing material, house cleaning material, vegetable and fruit cleaning material, etc. That’s besides other known and proven uses.

Carol August 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

love the pattern for dishcloths

Barbara August 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I like this pattern but would like to make it larger. How can I do this?
Thank you for your response.

Daisy August 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

Barbara–Thanks! Just do some more repeats of the pattern stitches before you do the border stitches.

Alisha September 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

hi, this pattern is gorgeous but I am at a loss, I am definitely a novice but I found that as I continued I was losing stitches. And am really not sure what I did or where I went wrong. After the first set of k and yo the p follows and then return do I again do the p3? I think I was losing stitches during the p3 together not sure. Any help would be lovely!

Daisy September 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Alisha–Hello! Yes, you do the p3 again after your () stitches until you reach the last 4 stitches (for the border). P3 is a bit fiddly, especially if you are a tight knitter. Loosening up a bit if possible can make it easier.

Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I have tried knitting the pattern “blackberries”. I seem to be getting extra stiches. After ripping it out several times, I am thinking that I must be missing something in the directions. In “Row 5: {RS} what does the RS mean? I love the look and hope you can help me. I am a self taught knitter so that may explain things.

Daisy September 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Linda Schumacher–RS simply means “right side.” If you have looked through the comments and haven’t found any help there, you can try commenting back with more questions. Also, there are lots of super youtube tutorials for bobbles/popcorn stitches and techniques. I hope we can figure this out!

Linda Schumacher September 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

And after each row should there be a count of 32 stitches?

Daisy September 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Yes, the stitch count should remain constant.

Polly September 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I think most people do not understand the concept of K1, YO, K1 INTO ONE STITCH. Don’t move the triple stitch (thus created) from the left needle to the right needle until you have done all three stitches. It seems awkward at first, but is really very easy.

anne conover September 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I am a very experienced knitter and following the pattern to the letter! On rows 7 and 8 there is always an extra stitch. When I get to the border I have 5 stitches instead of 4. I’ve repeated the pattern over and over, being very careful, and still have this problem on rows 7 and 8.

Daisy September 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

anne conover–Hm. Do any of the previous commenters have the answer? I am perplexed as well. My apologies.

Diane Shaw October 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi – I love this pattern but I am having the same trouble others have commented on with an extra stitch before the K4 border stitches on rows 7 and 8. I don’t see an answer for a solution to this. Do you know if the pattern is correct as written or have corrections been made?

Thanks! D

Diane October 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Nevermind – I think I figured it out…I was ending on the P3 in Row 7 rather than the [K1,yo,K1]!

Blanche December 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Guess I don’t understand the (knit 1 yo knit 1)into next stitch, I ended up with 6 stitches at the end of the first row and needed 7 stitches.

Blanche December 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Finally saw the answer to my question, thanks!!!

Karey January 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

I appreciate all the comments being that the first time I knitted rows 5-8 it didn’t work out.I ran out of stitches and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I went back and read all the comments and then tore out my work. Second time around worked like a charm. Thanks for the posts. I really like this pattern now.

Marsha March 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Love the Pattern, Maybe I’m doing something wrong but I knit the 1st 4 rows with 32 stitches. Row 5 I end up with 44 stitches then Row 6 -32 stitches, Row 7 – 44 and Row 8 -32! I had help doing the K1 Yo K1 into same stitch, local yarn shop owner helped me along with my Swedish friend! Always fun to learn new patterns – and this one is very pretty – seems too nice as a dishcloth!

Sue March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

@ Marsha–you are correct. Each row in which you do K, YO,K you are creating extra stitches (adding 12 stitches for a total of 44). In the rows where you purl 3 together you are reducing the number of stitches back to the original number (32). I’m not sure why the author (Daisy) says the number of stitches should remain constant; in fact they alternate back and forth every other row between 32 and 44. Is that correct, Daisy?

Daisy March 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Yes, Sue. I should be more clear, my wording is confusing. I mean the sts always re-adjust to the same # once the reducing is done. Thanks.

Marsha March 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Sue and then Daisy! I think these follow up instructions are helpful to others – or that Daisy could rewrite the instructions.
I have also found that purling 3 together you can inadvertently pick up an extra stitch. Just a note for anyone struggling with picked up stitches.
Thanks again, hate to use this as a dish cloth, too pretty.

Anne July 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I knitted this pattern in pure white cotton, and it looks so pretty and lacy hanging on the towel rod. It doesn’t take long to dry, and I like to use it to dry my hands with it after washing hands. It’s a good pattern.

Mary December 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I have knitted 5 rows. When starting the 6th row I knitted 4 and then it says P3tog. The next 3 stitches are a P stitch from row 5 and I know it should not be the P3tog. What am I doing wrong. It says repeat K1,YO K1 into next st,. P3 until last 4 stitches, K4 so that leaves the P3 after knitting 4S in row 6.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

Not sure if I made myself clear.
Row five ends with P3, K4 so that when I start with row 6, I K4 and the
it says to P3tog. I am sure that is not suppose to be on the P3. Have I knitted row 5 wrong?

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Mary–Hi, I wanted to let you know I’m not ignoring you, I just haven’t had time to reknit this and see if I can see what you’re doing. I have one of those brains that has to DO it, not read it to figure things out. As soon as I have some knit time I’ll see if I can figure it out. In the meantime, anyone else feel free to help. Thanks for your patience!

Mary December 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thanks so much. I guess I am just anxious to knit this dish cloth.

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Mary–Are you concerned about purling into a knit stitch? If so, that’s ok, it’s just a part of the pattern. I reknitted it and didn’t find it to be a problem. I hope that answers your question; if not, check back and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I do not know how to explain. When I knit the 5th row I have 44 stitches which ends with P3, K4. Now when starting 6th row I knit four and now am on the P3 stitch. If I use the P3 stitches to P3tog, K3, I end up with having 7 stitches left after the final P3tog which would make me knit all seven. I am not sure what to do.

Daisy December 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Mary–On row 5, are you doing the [K1, yo, K1] into the same stitch? Sometimes this is where people get off on their stitch numbers.

Mary December 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

First 4 knit, (K1,YO,K1) on 5, P3 on 6,7,8–(K1,YO,K1) on 9, P3 10,11,12–(K1,YO,K1) on 13,
P3 on 14,15,16, (K11,YO,K1) on 17, P3 on 18,19,20–(K1,YO,K1) on 21, P3 on 22,23,24.
(K1,YO,K1) on 25, P3 on 26,27,28 which leaves 4 stitches to knit.
Now I start row 6 and knit 4 and you can read the end of my reply at 10:13 about what happens.

Daisy December 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

Mary–If your concern is those 7 knit stitches, it’s okay, that’s part of the pattern. You haven’t done anything wrong. It just works out that way with a 4 stitch border like this one has.

Rachel Caissie February 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Could you please señt a picture on how to make that stiche on row 5

Judy G February 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Here’s a YouTube video
All three stitches (K1 YO K1) are done on the same left hand needle stitch.
Hope this helps.

Martha June 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for sharing the pattern. Just finished my first one and love it. I used denim color Sugar and Cream with 7 needles and like the feel.

melbatoast August 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Love this! I use this pattern all the time for all sorts of things. I’ve modified it to make a nice long back scrubber with handles, a baby blanket using extra soft yarn, and now I am making a scarf using extra large needles and a marled yarn. It’s a great way to add a little bit of texture and interest without having to deal with a complicated pattern or distracting too much from the beauty inherent in a fancy yarn.

Daisy August 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

melbatoast–You are industrious! I’m very impressed with your projects. I’m glad you’ve gotten good use out of it.

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