Knit Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

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A long time ago I came across some patterns that were the exact same projects except one of them one knitted and the other was crocheted. They were part of a monthly subscription where you would receive the yarn, any necessary embellishments, and two patterns for the project. I was always amazed at how they made these projects, whether they were blankets, purses, scarves, even necklaces, look exactly the same in the two different yarn methods. Of course, this was to accommodate both knitters and crocheters but I always thought how cool it was to be able to do both. And now that I’ve gotten into Tunisian Crochet, there’s now a third option that’s been thrown into the mix! So with that in mind, I’ve decided to bring you a series of dishcloths in the three different methods: Knit, Crochet, and Tunisian Crochet. So for the next three weeks, I’ll be showcasing one dishcloth a week. This week is the knit ribbed stitch dishcloth pattern. This knit dishcloth pattern is easy and simple to work up.

I’ve chosen a fairly easy and simple stitch to showcase how you can achieve the same look with all three methods. All of these dishcloths feature the Ribbed Stitch which is essentially a combination of two alternating stitches.

Knit Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth

Knit Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth

The first dishcloth in this series is the Knit dishcloth. The rib stitch for this pattern is a combination of two knit stitches and two purl stitches. Although you can do a ribbed stitch pattern on any number of stitches, it’s best to stick to an even number whenever possible. This will ensure you always start with a knit or purl stitch at the beginning of each row depending on what type of stitch you begin your first row.

So for example, if you start out by knitting two stitches, you’ll end with purling two on an even number of stitches. This means on every subsequent row, you simply start out by knitting two, purling two, all the way across.

Knit Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth Materials

  • 100% cotton yarn
  • US9 Knitting Needles
  • Tapestry Needle



  • CO (cast on)
  • K (knit)
  • P (purl)
  • BO (bind off)
Knit Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth

Knit Ribbed Dishcloth Pattern

CO 36

Row 1: K2, p2 all the way across ending with p2.

Repeat Row 1 until dishcloth measures desired length then BO in pattern.

Weave in ends with tapestry needle.

Helpful Tips

  • You can do the ribbing stitch in any combination of stitches 1X1, 2X2, 3X3, etc.
  • Make sure to have an even number of stitches to ensure you can always start with a knit stitch.
  • If you have an odd number of stitches you will need to alternate your beginning stitch on every row. Just remember to knit the knits and purl the purls!

Crochet the Ribbed Stitch Dishcloth too!

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Learn how to knit this ribbed stitch dishcloth with this easy pattern.

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  1. Dory Marcus on April 15, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Interesting thing about both the knit and crochet pattern stitches. A friend recommended I use ribbed stitch patterns to make baby blankets. Worked in a soft worsted weight they make a soft, cuddly blanket. Worked in a square using a soft chunky yarn (not too fuzzy) they make a great tummy time mat.

    • Lisa on April 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Great ideas! The ribbed stitch has so many uses and it looks great too. 🙂

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