The Redbud Knit Dishcloth

Here’s another one for the knitters! This is the sister pattern to my Redbud Dishcloth crochet pattern. My favorite thing about this pattern is that the texture looks really detailed, but it’s actually super quick and easy!

I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton to design this dishcloth. This yarn says it is a category 4 worsted weight, but it feels more like a DK (3) weight compared to other cotton yarn I’ve used. If you knit tight, or use a thicker cotton like Lily Sugar’n Cream, for example, you may want to go up a needle size.

This dishcloth is pretty beginner friendly. If you know how to knit and purl, you should be golden! If there’s something you don’t know how to do, I always suggest going to youtube and typing it in the search bar. There’s sooo many amazing tutorials to help you out!

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Make sure you read through the notes and abbreviations before getting started. And remember to tag me on Instagram @kneedlesandlove and/or hashtag #madewithkneedlesandlove and #redbudknitdishcloth for a chance to be featured!

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  • Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn – about 50 yards or less
  • US 8 / 5.0mm knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tool
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  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • sl – slip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • * – repeat as directed


ALL slip stitches are purl wise.

This dishcloth is worked flat.

The odd rows are the wrong side, and even rows are the right side.

Pay careful attention to the beginning and end of each row so you have a lovely, i-cord edge. For example, each even row ends with a purl. If you accidentally knit the last stitch it will create an awkward bump on the edge.


Long tail cast on 32 sts. This will make about a 7×7 inch square. If you’d like a bigger cloth, simply cast on more sts in multiples of 2.

Row 1: sl 1 wyib, p 1, *k 1, p 1 until you have 2 sts left, sl 1 wyif, p 1.

Row 2: sl 1 wyib, k 1, *k until you have 2 sts left, sl 1 wyib, p 1.

Row 3: sl 1 wyib, p 1, *p 1, k 1 until you have 2 sts left, sl 1 wyif, p 1.

Row 4: sl 1 wyib, k 1, *k until you have 2 sts left, sl 1 wyib, p 1.

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until your height measures the same as your width. For example, my dishcloth was 7 inches wide, so I knitted until it was 7 inches tall.

Next, bind off in a row 2 or 4 pattern. I slipped the very last stitch k wise instead of purling it. Weave in both ends.

I’m lost…

Here’s a pro tip for how to tell what row you’re on!

What’s your favorite cotton yarn to use and why? Leave a comment letting me know! I always love to try new yarn. I would also appreciate if you pinned this post on Pinterest!

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XOXO, Kalley

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