Mostly Manly Dishcloths by Meaghan Schmaltz

Mostly Manly Dishcloths

December 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
30 - 265 yards (27 - 242 m)
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Dishcloth #4 has an error in Row 1. An update has been pushed out, but if you’d like to avoid printing out a new copy, please note that the corrected row should read:
Row 1 (RS): K3, p1, k1, p1, k3; rep to end.

The Story:
I’m lucky enough to be married to a man who likes to do dishes. Crazy, right? I HATE doing dishes.
After a conversation with my Mum, I discovered that my father, too, is the dish-doer in the family. So, I came up with a collection of relatively manly dishcloths with lots of texture for good “scrubability”.


  • Knit Picks Dishie Yarn (worsted weight; 100% cotton; 190 yds/100g): 1 ball each, “Pomegranate” and “Blue”.
  • US 7 (4.5mm) needles
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Size:
8½ Inches wide and 6¾ inches tall.


  • This pattern includes instructions for 4 different dishcloths. Written instructions are provided for each dishcloth.
  • The finished dimensions of each dishcloth can be adjusted easily by knitting more row repeats in each pattern.
  • Each dishcloth design uses between 30 and 35g (57 and 67 yds) of yarn; each ball of Dishie by Knit Picks should have enough yarn for 3 dishcloths if knit to the dimensions noted above.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage.