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Free Dishcloth Pattern – Hip to Be Square

Hip to Be Square, free knitting pattern | dishcloth, washcloth, quilt square, knitting | faerwear

This pattern was previously available as a download on, but I’m there so infrequently anymore that apparently, I owed them $1.80 for quite a while so they shut down my shop and downloads on the site. Recently I was contacted by someone who wanted to knit this pattern, so I am making it available here instead! You can use the print-friendly button at the bottom of this post to print out a nicely-formatted, print-ready version of it. Try it out!

Free Knitting Pattern – Hip to Be Square washcloth/dishcloth/quilt square

Nice and geometric, this washcloth is designed around two square‐shaped stitches – “waffle” and “lace squares” – all knit together to make a bigger square. With only one basic increase and decrease this is a great pattern for beginning knitters. I’m not much in the way of gauging things when it comes to simple little patterns like this, but if you knit loose, try a US7 needle. You’ll block this to an 8×8 shape in the end (if you care – if you’re making a set, blocking them to the same size is important – if not, block it into a straight square and call it a day. This ain’t a sweater!)


  • Yarn: worsted weight, natural and absorbent fiber such as cotton, cotton/linen blend, etc. – approximately 1 oz.
  • US size 7 or 8 needles, 16” circular or straights
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitches & Abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • sl1: slip one stitch purlwise from left needle to right
  • m1 (increase): “make one” ‐ loop yarn around needle as if to cast on a new stitch (you can also “yo”, but it will make a bigger eyelet hole)
  • p2tog: purl two stitches together


Using the long‐tail cast‐on method, cast on 37 stitches and knit four rows (garter stitch).

Row 1: k3, p1, (k5, p3) 3 times, k5, p1, k3.
Row 2: k2, p7, (k3, p5) 3 times, p2, k2.
Row 3: k3, p1, (k5, p1, m1, p2tog) 3 times, k5, p1, k3.
Row 4: k4, (p5, k3) 3 times, p5, k4.
Row 5: k3, p1, (k5, p3) 3 times, k5, p1, k3.
Row 6: k2, p33, k2.
Row 7: k3, p1, k1, (p3, k5) 3 times, p3, k1, p1, k3.
Row 8: k4, p1, (k3, p5) 3 times, k3, p1, k4.
Row 9: k3, p1, k1, (p1, m1, p2tog, k5) 3 times, p1, m1, p2tog, k1, p1, k3.
Row 10: k2, p3, (k3, p5) 3 times, k3, p3, k2.
Row 11: k3, p1, k1, (p3, k5) 3 times, p3, k1, p1, k3.
Row 12: k4, p29, k4.

Cut yarn and with tapestry needle, thread through remaining stitches on the needle. Weave in ends. Block if preferred.

Repeat pattern rows five times in total, then knit four rows for the top border. Bind off and weave in ends, then wet block carefully, pinning out to an 8” x 8” square. Enjoy!

Hip to Be Square
Free Knitting Pattern by Dori Mondon/faerwear designs
February 2009

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