Milk and Sugar Dishcloth - Knitting Pattern

 Milk and Sugar Dishcloth

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The Milk and Sugar Dishcloth is a fun knit dishcloth pattern using the seersucker stitch with garter edging. Its a really squishy absorbent dishcloth! The term 'seersucker' originates from the Persian phrase shir-o-shakhar, meaning “milk and sugar” for the alternating textures, hence the name! These dishcloths are super quick to make and practical in your home/kitchen. I love that these dishcloths are a great way to add long lasting, quality products to your home! You can pop them in the washer and dryer and they will last for years! These are knit using the soft, squishy Knitpicks Dishie yarn, or any other worsted weight cotton yarn you can achieve gauge with! 

Milk and Sugar DishclothI used my FAVOURITE cotton yarn, KnitPicks Dishie cotton yarn in the color Clarity! The other tester shots in this post are Dishie in Pomegranate and Dewdrops. I have been making tons of dishcloths with this cotton Dishie yarn! It is a really soft and flexible cotton yarn, while still having enough structure, and it doesn't split while working with it!

You can use any weight 4 worsted cotton yarn for these patterns, but I definitely recommend Dishie if you haven't tried it before! 

I hope you enjoy this free pattern! If you would like to purchase an ad free PDF copy of the pattern, it is available on Ravelry, Etsy and my website at a low price. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @perfectlyknotted and use the hashtag #MilkAndSugarDishcloth so I can see what you make! You may sell finished items but please credit Perfectly Knotted as the designer. Selling or distributing this written pattern as your own is a violation of copyright and will not be tolerated.


  • 5 mm needles (US 8)
  • ~46 yards / 24 grams of worsted weight (4) cotton yarn. Click here for my favorite cotton yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tool
  • Tapestry needle


This pattern makes a dishcloth that is approx. 7.5 x 7.5 inches (19 x 19 cm). 


st(s)      stitch(es)

k            knit

p            purl

RS         right side of work

WS        wrong side of work



Note: Gauge is not super important for this design, as the sizing of the finished items does not need to be exact. I recommend using a needle size that will get you fairly close to this gauge, but can be a little off.

Gauge swatch should be in the diamond brocade stitch pattern, and blocked.

4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) = 18 sts x 24 rows


- Keep track of row counts and any sizing modifications so that you can replicate it if you make more!

- I use a digital row counter to keep track of my rows.

- In this pattern, odd rows are the right side, even rows are the  wrong side.

- The 3 stitches on each edge will always be knit, this will create the garter side edge.


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Dishcloth Pattern

Using the Long Tail Cast On (or any other preferred cast on method), cast on 35 stitches. (add a multiple of 4 if you are altering size)

Row 1 - 4:   k all

Row 5:  k3, *k2, p1, k1,* repeat until 4 sts remain, k4

Row 6:  k3, p1, *p1, k1, p2* repeat until 3 sts remain, k3

Row 7:   k3, *k1, p1,* repeat until 4 sts remain, k4

Row 8:   k3, p1, *k1, p1,* repeat until 3 sts remain, k3

Row 9:   k3, *p1, k3*, repeat until 4 sts remain, p1, k3

Row 10:   k4, *p3, k1,* repeat until 3 sts remain, k3

Row 11:   k3, *k1, p1,* repeat until 4 sts remain, k4

Row 12:  k3, p1, *k1, p1,* repeat until 3 sts remain, k3

Rows 13-36:  repeat rows 5 – 12 , three more times (total of 4 repeats)

Note: with my gauge I needed a total of 4 repeats of rows 5-12, but some testers needed to do an additional repeat to get to the right length. Alter length as needed to suit your gauge and CO stitch count.

Row 37:   repeat row 5

Rows 38 - 41:  k all

Bind off all stitches. Weave in ends and block your piece to straighten out the edges and corners!

Loop (optional):     

I often add a removable rivet style thin label to a corner of my dishcloth as a hanging loop. You could also tie a couple strands of leather as a hanging loop, or crochet a chain loop.

Thanks for knitting with me! I can’t wait to see what colors you choose to make your dishcloths! If you’d like to check out Dishie yarn you can click here.

Remember to tag me on Instagram @perfectlyknotted and use the hashtags #MilkAndSugarDishcloth so I can see what you make!

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 Milk and Sugar Dishcloth

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