I decided to revisit the garter stitch dishcloth project that I created a couple of years ago. I wanted to make the project easier for beginners, so I knit another dishcloth without stripes.

garter stitch dishcloth flat on table

I used red cotton yarn, perfect for the summer. The yarn beautifully showcases the garter stitches. Also, the garter stitches make the dishcloth more absorbent.

You only need about ½ a skein of yarn to knit the dishcloth. It should only take a few hours to finish the dishcloth, so you could knit a couple of these in one afternoon. It’s also a great project to carry on your daily commute.

So, if you are looking for an easy knitting project, then the garter stitch dishcloth is for you.

Here are the instructions:

Garter Stitch Dishcloth


materials for the garter stitch dishcloth

Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn (100% cotton; 2.5oz/70.9g; 120yds/109m) in Red

US 8 (5 mm) needles (straight or 2 double point)

crochet hook or tapestry needle


gauge: 9 stitches/2” (7 rows/2”) in garter stitch pattern

dimensions: 9” square


CO – cast on

WS – wrong side


CO 42 stitches using the long tail method

Knit all rows until dishcloth is approximately 9” long.

Bind off on WS knitwise. Cut excess yarn. Weave in ends.

Wash in water with a capful of white vinegar. Squeeze excess water in towel. Dry flat.

side view of folded garter stitch dishcloth

I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please let me know through the Comments section below. You may also share a picture of your results on Pinterest.

If you like this project, then check out my other dishcloth projects.

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Spinster Simone 🙂

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