The Coffee Bean Dishcloth – Free Knitting Pattern

Time for another free dishcloth pattern! The Coffee Bean Dishcloth is a quick and easy knitting pattern that features garter stitch and slip stitches. The best part about this pattern is that there are NO purl stitches. How can this be? You’ll see!

If you have made my Coffee Bean Headband pattern, this stitch will be familiar to you. If you’ve made any of my Coffee Bean Beanie patterns, it will be a little bit different since they are worked in the round and this is made flat. You can find all my Coffee Bean patterns in my Etsy shop as well as Ravelry. There are a variety of beanie patterns in different weights, a sock pattern, headband, and coffee cozy. You can find the FREE worsted sock pattern here on my blog.

A big THANK YOU for all the love you have given my Coffee Bean patterns. Let’s get started on the dishcloth!

What you’ll need:

  • Worsted cotton yarn. I always use Dishie cotton yarn from KnitPicks for my dishcloths. It’s soft, affordable, and comes in great colors. I used the color Begonia in these pictures.
  • Scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle


This is a list of the way stitches will be abbreviated in the pattern:

k – knit

p – purl

sl – slip (always purl wise)

st(s) – stitch(es)

** – repeat what is in between as directed


Note: ALL slip stitches are purl wise with the working yarn held in front.

Cast on 32 sts using the cast on method of your choice. I typically use the long cast on method.

Row 1 (wrong side): sl 1, k1, *sl 1, k2* repeat until end of row

Row 2 (right side): sl first st, k the rest of the sts across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your work reaches approx. 7″ long, or the same length as the width of the dishcloth to make an even square.

Work a standard bind off on the right side (row 2). Cut yarn, and weave in all ends on the wrong side.

Watch the video below for a visual of each row!

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Hope you love the pattern! If you make a dishcloth and post on Instagram, please tag me @kneedlesandlife so I can see! 🙂

xo, kalley

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  1. 7.23.22
    Cheryl B said:

    Is this a repeat of multiples of 3+2 if you wanted a wider cloth?

    • 7.25.22
      Kalley said:


  2. 8.24.22
    Jan Horn said:

    Is the coffee bean dishcloth pattern reversible?

    • 8.28.22
      Kalley said:

      No it is only one sided

  3. 10.29.23
    Lynne said:

    Thanks for these patterns. Great for Xmas gifts

  4. 1.5.24
    Laura Jueschke said:

    If I want a smaller dishcloth, what multiples do I need to cast on?

    • 1.11.24
      Kalley said:

      multiples of 3 🙂

  5. 4.30.24
    Gina said:

    At the beginning of the video you state that the pattern is “Knit 2, Slip 1.” As a true beginner this threw me off and I ended up unraveling several rows and starting over 2x. The instructions state the opposite, ” Slip 1, Knit 2.” ending the row with a Knit stitch not a slip stitch!
    I appreciate your video and once I checked the written instructions was able to complete my first knitting project. Thank you.

  6. 6.7.24
    Anika said:

    Great beginner pattern to teach my daughter how to knit! Thank you

    • 6.10.24
      Kalley said:

      Aww I love that!!