Free Knit Sand Stitch Dishcloth: Ultra Beginner Friendly Pattern

Free Knit Sand Stitch Dishcloth   by Janice Jones   |Published 1-9-2023

The knit sand stitch is truly an easy beginner friendly pattern that is created with knit and purl stitches and uses a two row repeat. 

It also results in a lovely textured fabric that looks like little grains of sand.  On the right side of the fabric, the specks of sand are visible, but on the wrong side or non-public side, it looks like ribbing.  Since the right and wrong side are not the same, we call that a non-reversible fabric.

The knit sand stitch, right side knitted in a green, 100% cottonKnit Sand Stitch showing the right side.

How Do You Make the Knit Sand Stitch

The sand stitch is easy to make and easy to memorize.  It is a two-row repeat meaning that there are only two rows of instructions that are repeated for as long as you want your fabric to be.

Multiples of 2 + 1 or an odd number of stitches

Row 1:  P across

Row 2:  K1, *P1, K1,* to end of row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for the pattern


k = knit

P = purl

st = stitch(es)

CO = cast on


This pattern uses Number 4, (from the Craft Yarn Council) 100% cotton yarn (Hobby Lobby, "I Love this Cotton").  You can use whatever type of cotton yarn that you like, in whatever color you choose.

This pattern uses US English terminology.

Yarn Craft Council, number 4, worsted weight yarn

Craft Yarn Council, Number 4, worsted weight cotton yarn.  You may use a thicker yarn such as a number 5, but adjust your knitting needle size to a larger needle.


  • 100% Cotton Yarn
  • US No. 8 (5.00 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.


One free knit sand stitch dishcloth measures 8" by 8" square. (about 20.3 cm by

Directions for the Free knit Sand Stitch Dishcloth

CO 41 sts

Row 1: (RS): P across row

Row 2: (WS): K1, *P1, K1,* repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat these two rows until the cloth measures 8 inches (20.3 cm.) long.  Bind off in pattern.  Weave in ends.

Optional:  Knit Loop for hanging:  Bind off, but leave a long tail.  Using garter stitch, pick up and knit 3 stitches from the corner of the bind off edge.  Continue kniting 3 stitch rows until loop reaches 3 inches or desired length.  Bind off.  Take free end onto the bind off edge of the dishcloth.

If you prefer, you can crochet a loop for hanging.  After binding off, leave a long tail.  SC in 3 stitches from the corner of the bind off row. Sc, turn.  Sc in next row, 3 sts.  Continue until you reach your desired length or 3 inches.  Use the last of the yarn tail to sew loop edge to dishcloth.  Weave in ends.

The Knit Sand Stitch is Not Reversible

The knit sand stitch, right side knitted in a green, 100% cottonKnit Sand Stitch Right Side
The knit sand stitch in 100% green cotton showing the wrong sideKnit Sand Stitch Wrong Side

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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.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

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