Free Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth Patter

Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth Pattern by Janice Jones   |Published 02-19-2023

This garter checkerboard knit stitch dishcloth pattern is free and easy to make even for the beginner knitter.  It requires one to know how to make the knit and purl stitch and switch between them.

It is a little more challenging because the pattern is a 14 row repeat, but again, there is only knit and purl stitches, so if you can follow a pattern, you can create this dishcloth.

The Garter Stitch Checkerboard Knit is not reversible, but the reverse side looks similar to a stockinette stitch and is just a bit less textured than the public side of the dishcloth pattern

Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch

More About the Garter checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth

This is an easy pattern that requires that  you know how to make the knit purl stitches.  It is a 14-row repeat that is easy to follow even if you do not memorize all 14 rows. 

To execute this pattern you will be casting on multiples of 10 plus 5.  It is not a reversible pattern but the reverse side is just as attractive as the public side.

The Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth is Not Reversible

The garter checkerboard stitch shown on the right side of the fabric in greenRight Side
The garter checkerboard stitch worked in green cotton and shown on the reverse sideWrong Side

Garter checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

This pattern requires a 14 row repeat as follows:

Cast on multiples of 10 plus 5

Row 1 (Right Side): *K5, P5*, K5
Row 2 (Wrong Side): P
Row 3: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 4: P
Row 5: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 6: P
Row 7: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 8: K5, *P5, K5 *
Row 9: K
Row 10: K5, *P5, K5*
Row 11: K
Row 12: K5, *P5, K5*
Row 13: K
Row 14: K5, *P5, K5*

Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

Skill Level

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

Abbreviations

Dc - Double Crochet Stitch

Tr - Trebble Crochet Stitch

Sc - Single Crochet Stitch

Hdc - Half Double Crochet Stitch

Ch - Chain

For this project, you will want to get some bulky weight yarn (CYC #5), a US Hook #K (6.5 mm), scissors, and a tapestry needle with an extra large eye for weaving in ends.

For the blanket that is pictured on this page, I used:

Yarnspirations, BERNAT Velvet, Number 5, Bulky Yarn in Blush Pink.  I also created a border in colorway Vapor Gray.

For making a queen sized blanket, I used 7 skeins of the may color and 2 skeins of a contrasting color.   If you choose to make a different sized blanket, You will need more or less yarn.

Finished Measurements

90 x 100 inches (225 x 250 cm) before border which is optional

Gauge

The actual gauge is not important in this project.

Project Notes

All instructions are written in U.S. terms.

Skills Needed for this Plush Yarn Easy Crochet Blanket

Half double crochet

Double Crochet Stitch

Single Crochet Stitch

Chain Stitch

Understand Pattern Directions

CO 35 sts

Row 1 (Right Side): *K5, P5*, K5
Row 2 (Wrong Side): P
Row 3: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 4: P
Row 5: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 6: P
Row 7: *K5, P5*, K5
Row 8: K5, *P5, K5 *
Row 9: K
Row 10: K5, *P5, K5*
Row 11: K
Row 12: K5, *P5, K5*
Row 13: K
Row 14: K5, *P5, K5*

Follow this pattern until your piece is square, approximately 8 inches (approximately 20 cm square)

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in Ends.

Notes and Tips

Sometimes it gets confusing when you need to keep track of a 14 row repeat.  Here is the way I do it.

If you love this stitch pattern, you can use it to make scarves, cowls, pillow covers and blankets.

Check off box image

Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth:  Pin for Future Reference

Garter Checkerboard Knit Stitch Dishcloth Free Pattern, Pin Image

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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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