Chainlink Square Dishcloth by Nick Davis

Chainlink Square Dishcloth

June 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 16 rows = 2 inches
in garter stitch, worked in the round & blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
60 - 105 yards (55 - 96 m)
small, medium, large; 8(9.5, 11)“/20(24, 28)cm square.
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Summer Kitchen 2022: Chainlink Square

We’re taking a tip jar approach for this one—it’s a simple dishcloth, so it feels like it should be free! On the other hand, I have not yet mastered the ability to communicate even a simple dishcloth pattern automatically while I knit it, without creating a .PDF and doing all the behind-the-scenes work that goes with that, and some people might prefer having a .PDF to download.

So the free link is here, or you can purchase this pattern from Ravelry.

This simple garter stitch dishcloth introduces (or helps you practice) a specialized increase that create a centered, crochet-look YO column at each corner! Getting used to the increase and keeping tabs on a shifting start point makes this basic cloth more engaging to knit, while simple details and sturdy cotton make good kitchen tools.

I’m trying out Knitpicks Cotolin for this, since I didn’t like how the cotton I used last year held up when laundered (lots of lint, lots of pilling, not optimal), but you can use your preferred kitchen cotton or a combination of cotton or linen threads. The pattern is written for dk-weight yarn, but adjusting the finished size is going to be pretty easy. Use high-quality yarn for a cloth that lasts!


  • 60(85, 105) yds of dk cotton or cotton-linen yarn; samples shown in Knitpicks Cotlin in Cashew, Pomegranate, and Linen colorways
  • 1 16” circular needle in US5/3.75mm, or size needed for gauge
  • 1 set of 5 DPNs in size needed for gauge
  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in yarn ends)
  • Optional: removable stitch marker(s)

Gauge is 8 sts and 16 rows over 2“/5cm in blocked garter stitch.