The Willow Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

Ready for another dishcloth pattern? The Willow Dishcloth features two beautiful stitches; the hurdle stitch and the seed stitch. I combined both together for a fun, textured dishcloth that is quick to make and practical in your kitchen.

I used Dishie cotton yarn in the color Blush from KnitPicks for the first time and am in LOVE! It’s so soft, stretchy, and doesn’t split while you’re working with it. You can use any weight 4 worsted cotton yarn but I recommend sticking with something 100% (or really close) for dishcloths. Dishcloths can last for years, and are easy to just throw in the washer and dryer!

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @kneedlesandlove and hashtag #willowdishcloth so I can see! You may sell finished dishcloths with credit to Kneedles & Love but selling or distributing this written pattern as your own is a violation of copyright and will not be tolerated.

Please read through the notes, materials and abbreviations before jumping in. Happy knitting!


Materials
  • US 8 / 5mm knitting needles
  • 50 yards of worsted weight (4) cotton yarn. Click here for my favorite cotton that I used to design this dishcloth.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tool
  • Tapestry needle
Size

This pattern makes a dishcloth that is approx. 7 x 7 inches (17.8 x 17.8 cm). To make a larger cloth, cast on more stitches in multiples of 2, and add more rows to your seed stitch section.

Abbreviations
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • sl – slip
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • * – repeat as directed
Notes

This pattern is worked in three sections instead of row by row. Each section will have a new row 1.

ALL slip stitches are purl wise.

This dishcloth is worked flat.

The even rows are the wrong side, and odd 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 row ends with a purl. If you accidentally knit the last stitch it will create an awkward bump on the edge.


Pattern

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Click here for the best cotton yarn ever!

SECTION I – Hurdle Stitch

CAST ON 34 sts.

Row 1: k across the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Row 3: k2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.
Row 4: p2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-4 TWO MORE times for a total of 12 rows. Then repeat rows 1-2 ONE time. Continue to section II.


SECTION II – Seed Stitch

Row 1: k2, *k1, p1 until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, *p1, k1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-2 until your dishcloth measures 5 inches tall from the cast on edge. Make sure you finish after a ROW 1. Then work the transition row below.

Transition row: p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif. Continue to section III.


SECTION III – Hurdle Stitch

Row 1: k2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 2: p2, *k1, p1* until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Row 3: k across the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyib.

Row 4: p2, k across the rest of the row until you have 2 sts left, sl both sts wyif.

Repeat rows 1-4 TWO MORE times. Then continue to the bind off.

BIND OFF: k each st while working a standard bind off. Weave in all ends.

Click here for a video on how to bind off if you don’t already know how.


Thanks for knitting with me! I can’t wait to see what colors you make your dishcloths and what yarn you use! If you’d like to check out Dishie yarn you can click here.

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XO, Kalley

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12 Comments

  1. 5.12.20
    Christine said:

    I love your patterns. I want to try every one! Do you happen to sell a PDF version of them. I’d love to be able to just print them out! Thank you so very much for the freebies. They are such fun!

  2. 7.22.20
    Cathy said:

    I want to try this pattern next. Where did you get the little leather band to hang your cloth? I love that extra touch!

    • 7.25.20
      Kalley said:

      Hi, Cathy! Thanks so much. I repurposed them from some pot holders from Target but you may be able to find something similar on Amazon!

    • 7.19.21
      Michelle said:

      I enjoyed knitting this pattern very and shared with my group…..thanks

      • 7.20.21
        Kalley said:

        Thank you so much!

  3. 7.23.20
    Jean said:

    Your patterns are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

    • 7.25.20
      Kalley said:

      Aww thank you so much, Jean!

  4. 8.26.20
    Cecily said:

    Hi ,
    I wish to make these for my daughter and like the pattern, but when I look in my books to show me WYIB and WYIF terms to show me what you mean, I cannot find those terms anywhere. Can you explain or show it?
    Thank you.

  5. 9.26.20

    I love the looks of this pattern! I decided to try it and knitted it for a neighbor who has been helping me so much since my husband passed away this spring. It’s made with colors of her kitchen and was so much fun to knit!

    • 9.29.20
      Kalley said:

      Thank you, friend. So sorry to hear about your husband, but what a sweet gift for your friend. 🙂

  6. 7.5.21
    Rhoda abbott said:

    What do wyif mean

    • 7.5.21
      Kalley said:

      “with yarn in front”
      Please see the abbreviations section above the pattern for all abbreviations!