Beginner Friendly Knit Bamboo Dishcloth: Free Pattern

Beginner Friendly Knit Bamboo Dishcloth  by Janice Jones |Published 12-12-2022

Here's a great little project for a knitting beginner that uses only knit and purl stitches with some yarn overs.  If you can make knits and purls, you can make this thick, dense, textured facecloth or dishcloth. 

The best part of it all is that it works up quickly, so if you need a last minute gift, pamper your friends with a couple of these facecloths and her favorite body wash.

Bamboo Knit Stitch Dishcloth Free beginner-friendly pattern

Beginner Friendly Knit Bamboo Dishcloth Free Pattern

To make this project, you will need to know how to make the knit and purl stitches.  It requires that you follow a two-row repeat, meaning that you only need to memorize two rows of instructions or refer to the pattern.  

A full tutorial of the Bamboo Knit Stitch is included along with how to do yarn overs and slip stitches if you need a refresher.

This is not a reversible pattern, meaning that the right side does not match the wrong side.  However, both sides look great so don't worry about the sides matching.

Knit Bamboo Dishcloth: Right and Wrong Sides

This is what the right and wrong side will look like once you have knit the project.

A swatch of the knit bamboo stitch showing the right or public side of the fabricRight Side
A swatch of the knit Bamboo stitch show the wrong side of the fabric done in beigeWrong Side

Quick Review of the Yarn Over

A yarn over is often used to knit lace. It is an increase in knitting and leaves a hole or eyelet.

To do a yarn over, you simply wrap the yarn around the right needle in a counter-clockwise manner and then knit the next stitch on the left needle.

Quick Review of the Pass One Stitch over 

When you see the terms, "Pass One Stitch Over" it means to pick up the the second stitch from the right needle using the tip of your left needle and then pass it over the first stitch and off of the needle.

In the case of this pattern, you will be picking up the Yarn Over stitch and passing it over the two knit stitches.

* YO, K2, Pass 1st St Over * The first stitch refers to the yarn over you made at the beginning.

Abbreviations Used

CO: Cast On Long Tail Method
K: Knit Stitch
P: Purl Stitch
YO: Yarn Over
RS: Right side of work
WS: Wrong side of work
st: stitch

Supplies Needed

  • 100% Cotton Yarn (Craft Yarn Council Number 4)  For these dishcloths, I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream Worsted Weight Yarn 4 oz/113 g (190 yds./174 m)
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles. 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle


All directions are in US Terms.

I have not added a border to this dishcloth because it already lays flat.  You are welcome to add a border if you like.  A garter stitch border works up fast and looks great.

Add six rows of garter stitch at the beginning and end of the project.  Add 12 stitches (6 stitches on each side) of knit stitches.  This will add at least an inch all around to your finished dishcloth.

Gauge and Finished Size

A knitted bamboo stitch dishcloth done in beige colored cotton yarn

Without a border, the finished size using number US 7 (4.5 mm) needles is 7.5 by 7.5 inches (19 x 19 cm).


Cast on 40 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): * YO, K2, Pass 1st St Over * the K2 stitches.  Repeat * to end of row.

Row 2 (WS): Purl All

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your work is the desired length or 7.5 inches long if you want the product to be square.  That is entirely your call.  Bind off and weave in ends.

Beginner Friendly Knit Bamboo Dishcloth:  Pin for Future Reference

A pinterest image of the beginner friendly dishcloth done in a beige 100% cotton yarn

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

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