Irish Moss Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

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    Knit a Simple Textured Dishcloth

    Irish Moss Dishcloth Knitting Pattern
    Mollie Johanson

    Dishcloths make a great first knitting project because they're often small and easy to learn. This free pattern uses only knit and purl stitches, but they come together to make a textured design that's fun and interesting to work. 

    Handknit dishcloths are useful in the kitchen because they work hard. They're also long-lasting and washable, making them an eco-friendly way to clean up!

    And if you love using knit cloths in your kitchen, so will your friends and family members. Make a stack of them as a housewarming gift or include them with a shower or wedding gift. Knit them up in colors to match the recipient's kitchen or keep them neutral. You can even craft a bunch of them to keep on hand for last-minute presents. 

    To create the borders at the top and bottom of the dishcloth you just knit in garter stitch, knitting every row. Knit the rest of the dishcloth in moss stitch. This is the US version of moss stitch, which is sometimes also called Irish moss stitch. Like its cousin seed stitch, you alternate between knit and purl stitches. The result is a beautifully knit fabric that also helps scrub dishes or countertops.

    Grab a skein of your favorite cotton yarn and get ready to knit a new dishcloth or two!

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    Get Started

    Knitting the Irish Moss Dishcloth
    Mollie Johanson


    • Cotton kitchen yarn (about 48 yd/44 m)
    • US 7/4.5 mm knitting needles (or size needed to achieve gauge)
    • Tapestry needle


    • 9 stitches and 12 rows = 2 in/5 cm in moss stitch pattern.

    Although gauge isn't vital for this project, it does help to get gauge so that the dishcloth comes out square.

    Finished Size

    8 inches by 8 inches/20cm by 20cm


    1. Cast on 35 stitches.
    2. Rows 1 through 7: Knit every row.
    3. Rows 8 through 43: Work in moss stitch.

    For moss stitch, work in the following pattern:

    1. Rows A and B: K1, P1 across the row, ending with K1.
    2. Rows C and D: P1, K1 across the row, ending with P1.
    3. Rows 44 through 50: Knit every row.
    4. Bind off and weave in the ends.
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    Knitting Tips for This Project

    Finished Irish Moss Knit Dishcloth
    Mollie Johanson
    • A basic knit cast on works well for this dishcloth. To keep the tension on the bind-off edge similar, try a slightly stretchy bind off method.
    • Want to add some color to your dishcloth? Work the garter stitch sections in color and leave the moss stitch section in natural or white.
    • Once you get into the rhythm of making these dishcloths, they work up quickly. Which is great for making them for your own kitchen or as gifts for friends and family!
    • To enlarge or reduce this pattern, cast on an odd number of stitches. By making the pattern smaller, you can use them as coasters or make them larger to turn them into trivets or even towels.
    • Add a hanging loop to one corner of the dishcloths with an i-cord.