Knit Your Own Dish Cloth


My New Legs

After a stressful few weeks after having a accident which has left me on crutches I have now found a comfortable way to sit and blog at the same time, yipee.

As part of trying to make our house and family more environmentally friendly by cutting out nasty chemicals, reusing as much as possible and only filling our home with essential items. Dish cloths have been a puzzling WHAT DO WE DO question. We don’t have a dishwasher  and hand wash all our dishes so a dish cloth is really important. But most dish cloths only have a small life time and end up in the rubbish.

But while being laid up due to my accident I was reading one of my online magazines and I came across the the answer to my question. Knit your own dish cloths! I have some old wool jumpers that have been in my recycling box not really knowing what to do with yet so bingo, I can unravel these jumpers and knit some dish cloths while I sit and rest for hours.

Knitted Dish Cloth

I found this pattern in the  Mollie Makes issue 25  By Meredith Crawford who blogs at One Sheepish Girl

Meredith’s pattern is so easy to follow and I knitted a dish cloth in half a day (But I am resting and not allowed to do any thing until my knee has healed from the accident)


What  you need 

  • 1 Jumper unraveled jumper or 1 ball of wool
  • 1 Pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) knitting needles
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors


  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Garter stitch – knit every row


  1. Cast on 31 sts and then k 6 rows in garter stitch
  2. Row 7 – k 4 sts, place marker for garter stitch border, k to last 4, place marker, k 4
  3. Row 8 – k 4, p to marker, k 4
  4. Row 9 – k 4, k 1, p 1, k1, p 1 repeat to the marker, k 4
  5. Repeat these 3 rows until your piece measures the desired length you wish your dish cloth to be
  6. Finish k 6 rows in garter stitch for the boarder
  7. Cast off and weave in all the ends

The first dish cloth I knitted I used wool from a 100% full wool jumper and although we loved the bright pink colour of our new dish cloth and it work fantastically. After a few uses the dish cloth self felted and shrunk down in size and became extremely thick and we were unable to use it as a dish cloth any more. Sorry new dish cloth you have been put back in the recycling box for your next project.

Self Felted Dish Cloth


I recommend you use wool that is mixed with cotton to stop this self felting happening to you. So I started knitting another dish cloth that wont self felt on me. And yes after a evening of knitting our second dish cloth was born and works extremely well at cleaning our dishes.



Happy Knitting 



5 responses to “Knit Your Own Dish Cloth

  1. I wouldn’t have thought about the dishcloth felting. Here’s a l ink to some dishcloths made from Sugar N Cream cotton yarn. I have made and used them for years. They never seem to wear out. I don’t wash dishes with them, but use them for cleaning in the kitchen. I have used the Simple Ridge Pattern without the ridges; just knitting each row.

  2. Brilliant idea! The texture of a knitted cloth will work so much better at cleaning dishes than just a smooth, cotton rag. I have a lots of yarn just sitting around. I’ll make a few of these. Thank you for the post 🙂

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