You must be wondering why on earth would I post another dishcloth project. Well, because I can and I need more dishcloths. Plus, these are super easy projects for the beginning or occasional knitter. So, the second in a series of dishcloths is the waffle stitch dishcloth.

waffle stitch dishcloth - side view


The waffle stitch dishcloth features a series of alternating knit and purl stitches that create a textured fabric that looks like (you guessed it) a waffle. You would normally cast on stitches in multiples of 3 + 1 stitch. However, I decided to cast on stitches in multiples of 5 +2 stitches.

The first two rows of the waffle stitch pattern feature alternating knit and purl stitches on the same row. The third row is usually all knit stitches and the fourth row is usually all purl stitches. The first two rows create the bumpy borders of the waffle while the last two rows create the inner section of the waffle.

waffle stitches close up

The waffle stitch is thick and absorbent, so it is very suitable for a dishcloth. Knit a few of these for your kitchen. You could also whip up a set of these to give to someone as a gift. Just make certain that you wash and block the finished dishcloths before wrapping them up.

If you’re looking to make more dishcloths, then the waffle stitch dishcloth is a great option.

Here are the instructions:

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth


materials for the waffle stitch dishcloth

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

US 8 (5 mm) needles (straight or DPN)

tapestry needle or crochet hook


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

dimensions: 9” square


CO- cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

K – knit

P – purl


CO 42 stitches using the long tail method.

Row 1 (RS): K2, P3, K2continue to end of row.

Row 2 (WS): P2, K3, P2continue to end of row.

Row 3: Knit all stitches.

Row 4: Purl all stitches.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until dishcloth is approximately 9” from the beginning, ending in row 1.

Bind off on WS in row 2 pattern.

Cut excess yarn. Weave in ends with either the tapestry needle or the crochet hook.

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

Here is my waffle stitch dishcloth


waffle stitch dishcloth on tableI 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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