Linen Dishcloth Knitting Pattern

This Linen Dishcloth Knitting Pattern creates beautiful woven pieces with a 2-color change motif. Enjoy using it for washing since it dries quickly with cotton yarn. It’s an easily memorizable project in a 2-row repeat stitch pattern.

Design your dishcloths by creatively mixing and matching your yarn colors!

Continue reading for your free knitting instructions of the small washcloth size. My ad-free printable pdf pattern set of 3 different sizes is available for purchase in my Studio Knit Pattern Shop.

Knitted dishcloths in the linen stitch hanging on a dish rack.

Knitted Dishcloth Set

These washcloths are perfect for scrubbing in the kitchen and at-home spa treatments in the bath. I designed these quick-knits in the popular Linen Stitch since it’s a thin, solid piece with visually engaging color changes.

Skill Level: Intermediate

This is an enjoyable project for those comfortable changing yarn colors and slipping stitches.


As a 2-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern, it’s very easy to memorize. This texture is a modern design created with a simple combination of knits, purls, and slip stitches.

Stack of five knitted dishcloths in the linen stitch with blue, white, grey, and tan yarn colors.

Knitted Bottom-Up

This dishcloth pattern is knitted bottom-up on straight needles.

Although blocking is optional because this stitch easily lays flat, it is recommended to do so for best results. The linen is especially beautiful when opened up a little bit horizontally. Simply wet-blocking overnight will create a flat piece with a stunning texture.

Great for Gifting

Create a spa gift set or a complete dishcloth package for those you love. These are great for gifting, as they are fairly quick to knit and can be used by everyone.

Knitted linen dishcloths in a gift box with soap.

Knitting Gauge

21.5 stitches and 36 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm) in Linen Stitch

Finished Sizes

Small (Medium, Large)
8 x 8 inches (12″ x 12″, 12″ x 18″)
20 x 20 cm (30 x 30 cm, 30 x 46 cm)

The free instructions for the small size dishcloth (8″ x 8″) is available for free in the printable pattern card below.

Complete 3-Piece Set (Ad-Free Pattern)

For the complete written and charted instructions for the set of three different sizes, purchase my ad-free printable pdf pattern. It’s a great way to support my knitting work!

Three knitted dishcloth sizes in the linen stitch in blue and white colored yarn.

Knitting Supplies

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Yarn: Worsted Weight #4 Cotton Fiber
Samples: Queensland Collection Coastal Cotton
Also Recommended: Lily Sugar n’ Cream is an affordable choice with beautiful colors available at many craft retailers.

Small (Medium, Large)
8 x 8 inches (12 x 12 in, 12 x 18 in)
20 x 20 cm (30 x 30 cm, 30 x 46 cm)

Total Yardage: 63 (145, 217)
Color A Yardage: 21 (48, 72)
Color B Yardage: 42 (96, 145)

Knitting Needles: Size 7 US (4.5 mm)
Length: 9 inches (12 in, 12 in)

Tapestry Needle


Texture design of the knitted linen stitch dishcloth in blue and white colored yarn.

Knitting Techniques

Printable Knitting Instructions

Small size dishcloth in the linen stitch knitted with tan and blue colored yarn.

Printable Knitting Pattern

This Linen Dishcloth Knitting Pattern creates beautiful woven pieces with a 2-color change motif. Small Size (8" x 8").

Makes: Linen Dishcloth - Size Small (8" x 8")
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate


  • Yarn - Worsted Weight #4 Cotton Fiber
  • Samples: Queensland Collection Coastal Cotton
  • Total Yardage: 63
  • Color A Yardage: 21
  • Color B Yardage: 42


  • Knitting Needles - Size 7 US (4.5 mm), 9 inches in length
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors


This printable pattern is specifically for the Small Size (8" x 8") Dishcloth.

For other dishcloth sizes, please see yarn amount and pattern specifics in the above post.


Knitting chart for the linen stitch.


  • Row 1 (right side): * K1, Sl1P WYIF, * K1
  • Row 2 (wrong side):  Sl1P WYIB, * P1, Sl1P WYIB *
  • _____


    STEP 1: Cast On
    CO 43

    STEP 2: Body
    Knit Linen Stitch (see above) for 72 rows total
    Follow Color Changes pages (see below)

    STEP 3: Bind Off
    BO tightly to avoid edge flare out


    • Weave in yarn ends.
    • Wet-blocking recommended.



    • Rows 1 - 4: Color A
    • Rows 5 - 8: Color B
    • Rows 9 - 18: Color A
    • Rows 19 - 20: Color B
    • Rows 21 - 22:Color A
    • Rows 23 - 24: Color B
    • Rows 25 - 26: Color A
    • Rows 27 - 28: Color B
    • Rows 29 - 30: Color A
    • Rows 31 - 32: Color B
    • Rows 33 - 40: Color A
    • Rows 41 - 42: Color B
    • Rows 43 - 44: Color A
    • Rows 45 - 46: Color B
    • Rows 47 - 48:Color A
    • Rows 49 - 50: Color B
    • Rows 51 - 52:Color A
    • Rows 53 - 54: Color B
    • Rows 55 - 64: Color A
    • Rows 65 - 68: Color B
    • Rows 69 - 72:Color A


    Knitting color chart of the Small 8x8 Linen Dishcloth by Studio Knit.


    Repeat Pattern between * *

    Non-Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern.

    Lays Flat.


    • Slip Knot
    • CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
    • K = Knit Stitch
    • P = Purl Stitch
    • Sl1P WYIB = Slip One Stitch Purlwise with Yarn in Back
    • Sl1P WYIF = Slip One Stitch Purlwise with Yarn in Front
    • Bind Off

    21.5 stitches and 36 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm) knitted in Linen Stitch

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    One response to “Linen Dishcloth Knitting Pattern”

    1. Grace

      Oooh, looking forward to knitting some up myself, thanks!

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