LHITS Knitted Dishcloth Patterns: Ramen Noodle

by Daisy

As knitted dishcloth patterns go, this is one of my favorite!

This pattern is kid-tested.

However, I don’t mean a child knitted it, or a child washed dishes with it.  I mean I’ve knitted it while kids were tugging on the tail of it, trying to make off with the yarn ball, lying across my lap, and asking repeatedly why they can’t play with the tapestry needle.  Which is a good thing because as hot as it is, this is the time to start Christmas knitting.

Work it in a simple (double) moss stitch with a three stitch garter border.

Oh, and the name–when some of you saw this when we featured it during our soap ‘n cloth giveaway you thought it looked like a cake of uncooked ramen noodles.  I had to agree!  Ha!

LHITS Knitted Dishcloth Patterns: Ramen Noodle

Yarn: cotton worsted (I used natural/ecru from Lily Sugar ‘n Cream)

Needles:  size 6 needles(or your preferred dishcloth needles)

Cast on 32 sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit all.

Row 4:  K3, *K2, P2, rep from * to last 5 sts., K5.

For Row 5:  K 3, *P2, K2, rep from * to last 5 sts, P2, K3.

Row 6:  As row 5.

Row 7:  As row 4.

Repeat rows 4-7, ten times or until desired length.

Knit all three more rows.

Bind off.  Cut yarn.  Sew in ends.

Dishcloths are one of my go-to-gifting staples.  And of all my knitted dishcloth patterns, this one gets the most repeat appearances.  I like to get this BIG cone of ecru Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and just knit off a ton of these throughout the year. In the meantime, I collect them in a neatly folded pile in a cabinet.  When an occasion arises, I grab one out of the cabinet, pair it with a bar of homemade soap, add a cute fabric ribbon, and I have a little homemade gift ready to go.  I’ve used these for teacher gifts, last-minute hostess gifts, and holiday/birthday presents. Handy pandy.

Here it is in red, looking less noodle-y:

To see more of our knitted dishcloth patterns, click HERE.

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Ashley August 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

I was reading the pattern and thinking: why do the instructions sound so familiar yet, the pattern doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen?? Oh duh! It’s like a condensed version of the basketweave pattern! The ecru does look more noodle-y, I’ll have to give this one a shot as I’ve always got some of that yarn hanging around. Great post!

Stitchknit August 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

Love the bit about ‘kid tested’. I call my knitting like this my ‘idiot knitting’. Meaning I can do it no matter what is going on here!

Mary August 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

Any suggestions on where to learn how to knit? I would have to start from the very beginning.

Tomato Lady August 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

Mary–While there are many books with written instructions and lots of youtube videos, I learned by taking a class at my local yarn shop. It was a great experience and I really needed a human to show me and coach me through my first projects. If you can take a class or find a patient friend to show you, that’s my best advice. Many people do learn from books and videos, though, and they are good for when you don’t have the opportunity of having someone to walk you through it. I don’t have a favorite book or video because of the way I learned. I can say that while everybody likes “their” way the best, I learned to knit the continental method–that is, I’m a “picker,” not a “thrower,” and I, naturally, prefer the continental style. I think it’s smoother and there are fewer wasted movements. Everyone has his or her own opinion on the issue, however. Plus, if you take a class or find someone to teach you, you will likely have to learn to knit like they knit. Whichever method you learn, it’s a fun and enriching skill. Let me know how it goes.

Kris B. August 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Re: Tomato Lady’s comments about learning how to knit. I agree, everyone has a favorite style of knitting. I am just learning, and my mom and sister (both nauseatingly talented knitters) kept telling me that b/c I am left-handed I should learn continental (aka, picking). I kept trying and trying, but it felt so awkward I gave up and started throwing. I agree that it is a bit of wasted movement, but I finally started enjoying knitting when I stopped trying to do it the way they thought I should. So, whichever way you learn, just make sure it’s the way you feel most comfortable. As Steve Martin said: “Let your mind go and your body will follow.”

Love the website, I’ll be back!

Kris B. September 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Knitted the ramen noodle dishcloth, I LOVE IT, and I am planning on giving it to my two sons’ teachers for Christmas with a soap dish and homemade olive oil soap…see my comments under Pure Olive Oil Soap.

Wanda September 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

This is really beautiful in the red! And I love the comparison to ramen noodles, something my son loves. Thanks for sharing.

Darlene September 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I just love this pattern it was fun to make , thank you for sharing.

SD Miracle October 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

I absolutely love this “Ramen Noodle” pattern because I didn’t really have to concentrate as hard as other patterns. Just discovered your new one, “Andalutheean” and will add it to my growing list of projects. I thank you and can’t wait for more to come! SD Miracle

Athena February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I made this pattern for my mother-in law and we both love it! I think this will be my go-to pattern when I make dishcloths from now on. Thanks!!

Tomato Lady February 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Athena–Cool! I’m glad you like it!

Alaina February 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Do you have the multiple of stitches thats needed for this? I want to make a larger version of this dishcloth. Thanks.

Tomato Lady February 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Alaina–It is in multiples of 4 sts plus two. Happy knitting!

Tomato Lady February 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Alaina–4 sts plus 2. Happy knitting!

Chris April 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

This is the April dishcloth KAL pattern I just joined. I’m making a yellow one. Easy and pretty.

Karen April 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

I just finished knitting this as the April dishcloth KAL too. Thanks for the pattern….it was fun and looks nice.

Judy April 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Love this pattern. I am going to help my daughter make some dish cloths to sell at the church Spring Fest. Would it be OK we used some of your patterns? Spring Fest is a fundraiser for the church.


Tomato Lady April 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

Judy–Sure, that would be just fine. Have a good fundraiser!

Michelle January 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

So, I’m a beginning knitter and I’m doing this pattern and it looks nothing like the picture. I’m getting rows, on both sides. It’s consistent, and kinda pretty, but not this. Is there something I’m missing?


Daisy January 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Michelle–When I was just starting, my worst thing was mysterious holes in odd places! And I had no idea how to frog or get back slipped stitches. My friend in this was both youtube and my knitting teacher at the yarn shop. I’m not sure how to help without seeing what you’re doing, but if it’s pretty, you may have invented a nice new stitch pattern! If you have a friend who knits or you can take it by a yarn shop, stand in the middle of the shop and shout “Knitting help, please!” It absolutely works! I wish I could help you more, Michelle!

kate September 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

thank you for the blog post. I wish I had more time to get to utilize the blogs. using public
computers. love the knitting. there are some websites. crochet videos, knitting videos, just
web surf, good luck. also try mary corbet. com very excellent arts & crafts website. thanks, katey 9/23/2015.

Sara October 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

First off, I want to thank you for this awesome pattern! I’m very new to knitting and this was the first pattern I decided to try. My dish cloth came out great and I owe it to you!

I’d also like to mention that I posted on my tumblr blog about this pattern, with links to this page and to your blog as well to make sure you get full credit. I couldn’t help sharing this on my blog and with those that follow it. I have the link provided to the blog post below but if you would like me to take it down I completely understand, there will be no hard feelings!

Once again, thanks so much for this super easy, non-stressful pattern!


Daisy October 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

You’re so sweet, Sara! Thank you and glad yours turned out so cute!

Suzanne Castanza May 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

I have a question regarding needle size for this pattern. It shows size 6 – is that metric or American sizing? Thank you.

Daisy May 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

That’s a US size 6.

Judy Goldthorp May 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm

I have used (American) size 6 or 7.

Marianne December 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm

I am making one of these for a Christmas gift for my daughter, almost done! It’s such a simple pattern which I appreciate as I am a beginner. I like how it’s simple to make but it looks so complicated. Thanks for sharing it!

Judy January 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm

I will be doing this next. I was invited to a Christmas party in someone’s home, and was not up to creating a hostess gift. Well this will be it, albeit late!
I’ve made dishcloths in the past, and while I love the idea of cotton, I find it takes them a very long time to dry, and they start to smell funky. So I may give something bamboo a whirl, but for me, I will more likely stick with acrylic for its quick-dry properties. Thanks for the beautiful patterns though. I am hoping to get this one done today!

Lea in NC February 14, 2017 at 7:26 am

Thank you these two pattern, Daisy! Do you find that these dishcloths shrink a lot when you use and wash them? Also, how to they “wear” with use?
Thanks. Knit on!

Daisy February 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Lea–They don’t seem to shrink and they wear very well. Of course the colors will fade like most cotton does. Knit on!

Trinity April 18, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Do you use circular needles or straight? Also what is the finished dimensions?

Daisy April 19, 2017 at 1:34 am

Trinity–I use circs, typically, but they can be made just fine with straight needles. It comes out about 8 inches square.

Kathryn May 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Love the pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it! I am busily “knitting for the nuns” and the dishcloths will be a great little something for them to sell at their fundraiser. Thanks again for creating such an easy, yet attractive pattern!

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