How to Knit a Farmhouse Kitchen Dishcloth

Learn how to knit a farmhouse kitchen dishcloth with this simple, beginner pattern commonly known as Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth.

Learn how to knit a farmhouse kitchen dishcloth with this simple, beginner pattern commonly known as Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth.
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All right friends, it’s time again for another instalment of our cozy living series, hosted by my friend Jennifer at Town & Country Living. I always look forward to seeing the cozy inspiration that everyone has to share each month!

Fall comes early for us here in Northern Alberta, this year even more so. The crisp, cool Fall air has been creeping in for weeks now, changing our leaves all those lovely Fall colours and coaxing us to pull out all of our coziest sweaters and blankets.

With Fall rolling, I’ve got to say, I’m craving all the cozy lately… and really, what could be cozier than curling up on the couch with a pair of knitting needles working away in your lap?

Especially when they’re knitting up such a simple & nostalgic little project.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s Grandma knitted up stacks of dishcloths for anyone and everyone. Not only were they pretty, but even better, they were so practical and useful.

It’s been years now since my Gran has knitted up a stack, but I still find myself thinking about them every once in a while. Even after all these years, they still top my list of favourites.

And so, I dug out that old knitting pattern for the perfect little dishcloth, the one that every knitter seems to know – commonly known as Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth, the pattern has been passed down through generations, nobody really knowing the original source.

Because of its simplicity, this is one of those patterns you can just mindlessly knit without having to pay much attention at all once you get those needles moving. It’s truly the perfect dishcloth pattern for even the most inexperienced knitter and I promise that once you try one, you’ll be knitting up your own stacks too!

Learn to Knit Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

What you’ll need:

A pair of size 4 knitting needles and your favourite yarn.


Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: knit 4
Row 2: k2, yo, k to end of row
*Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on your needle
Row 3: k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row
*Repeat Row 3, decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches left on your needle
Row 4:  k2, k2Tog, k1
Bind off the last 4 stitches.

K – knit
YO – yarn over to increase
k2Tog – knit 2 stitches together to decrease

If you’re new to knitting, I’ve broken everything down, step-by-step in the video below:

Learn how to knit a farmhouse kitchen dishcloth with this simple, beginner pattern commonly known as Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth.

Now, don’t forget to check out the other cozy living ideas below:

September 2019 Cozy Living

Why Fall is Best Season to Enjoy Gardens / Roasted Summer Squash with Orzo / How to Press Flowers in Microwave / How to Hang Onto Summer

September 2019 Cozy Living

September in the City / How to Knit Kitchen Dish Cloth / Fall Dining Table

Wishing you SUCH a lovely weekend!

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8 thoughts on “How to Knit a Farmhouse Kitchen Dishcloth

    1. Thanks so much Dawn! I’ve always wanted to try crocheting! Knitting is such an easy thing to pick up, especially for a simple project like this. If you check out the video, I walk you through every step. Let me know if you do give it a try, I’d love to see how it goes for you.

  1. I have never knitted a thing but have a We Are Knitters package waiting for me to tackle! Oh, and I’ve been putting this project off for YEARS so I’ll be coming back (hopefully soon!) to watch your knitting primer video! Love those cozy Grandma knitted dish cloths! 🙂

  2. How many cloths can you get from 1 skein of yarn? I am working on a cardigan for myself right now but this would be a good football game project! I’ve been wanting to knit some wash cloths and dish cloths.

  3. Wow, they’re so pretty and cozy! Love the colors and nuances you went with. You’re crazy talented for knitting and the instructions you gave are so useful and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog post!

  4. These are THE best dish cloths! My mother used to buy them from a local knitter for me and my sister when we were first married. I need to dig out my knitting needles and give this a try, because I don’t have any left! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and the memories!

I can't wait to hear your thoughts?