I use 100% cotton thread (Peaches & Cream brand, Ocean Stripes color) on size 4 straight needles, but this pattern is very adaptable. Everything between () will be repeated until the end of the row is reached.
Cast on 36 stitches with long tail cast on method.
Row 1: (K2P2) repeat
Row 2: (K1P2K1) repeat
Row 3: (P2K2) repeat
Row 4: (P1K2P1) repeat
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length is reached; bind off. Weave in ends.
I enjoy this dishcloth because the diagonal lines are pleasing to the eye. It has enough stretch and bumps to perform well for scrubbing dishes by hand. Just as important, the pattern is simple enough that when you are interrupted or set down the work suddenly, glancing quickly at the pattern will show you what you need to do as you are simply off-setting the knit and purl sets by one each time. Once you've knit the first 2" you should be able to see how the pattern continues without referencing the written pattern at all. This makes it ideal for me to work on while teaching homeschool. I'm able to look up, set it down, and still keep making progress without feeling my attention is divided trying to follow a pattern.