Select Page

Animal Dish and Wash Cloth Knitting Patterns

by | Aug 21, 2017 | Featured, Gifts to Knit, Quick Projects

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Pete the Horse Cloth or Bib

Pete the Horse Washcloth and Bib

Designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick, the washcloth expert, this motif can also be used for blankets or other knitting projects. To get the patterns, click the link below and then find the “Pete” pattern links on right of the destination page.

Free Knitting Pattern for Squirrel Cloth Free Knitting Pattern for Squirrel Cloth

Squirrel Dish or Face Cloth

Squirrel silhouette in knit and purl stitches that can also be used on afghan blocks and other knitting projects. Chart can also be used for colorwork. Designed by Barbara Breiter. Pictured projects by tinyknittedjoy and mysterjay who created a doubleknit potholder.

Kitten Kaboodle Dishcloth

This cloth features a cat silhouette that can also be used on afghan blocks and other knitting projects. Designed by Erica Jackofsky for Knit Picks

Free Knitting Pattern for Polar Bear Scrubby Mitt

 Polar Bear Scrubby Mitt

Bear shaped washing mitt is easy to knit. Designed by Rebecca J. Venton for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for Dragon ClothFree Knitting Pattern for Dragon Cloth

Dragon Cloths

Knit and purl stitches create a winged fire-breathing dragon in relief for wash cloths and more. Designed by Sharman Cherry. Pictured project by HonorCrowned

Whooo Loves Ya, Baby? Cloth

These waving owl motif designed by Elaine Fitzpatrickis perfect for dish cloth, afghan blanket square, and more.

Free Knitting Pattern for Lion Washcloth

Lion Washcloth

Alice Bell’s Grrr Washcloth features a loop stitch mane that holds water and make for soft surface for wiping skin. The bumps on the reverse side provide a scrubbing surface. Pictured projectby TraceyNicole

Free knitting pattern for Bear With Me Dishcloth

Bear With Me Dishcloth

Emily Guise’s bear face cloth is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi shawl ratio to create a flat circle. The eyes are created with duplicate stitch.

Free knitting pattern for That Old Beagle washcloth and more dog knitting patterns

© theolinchen412

That Old Beagle Washcloth

Designed by Lisa Vienneau & Allison Barrett, this motif could also be used for baby blankets, sweaters, bibs, and more.

Mickey's Cat Baby Bib Free Knitting Pattern

Mickey’s Cat Baby Bib

Knitted by Elaine Fitzpatrick based on a design by a grandson, there is also a washcloth version. The link below goes to the blog post. The link to download the pattern is in the list of links on the right side of the post.

Free knitting pattern for Wise Owl Scrubby Wash Cloth

Wise Owl Scrubby

Michele Wilcox designed this cute cloth for Red Heart Yarn. If you use the recommended Red Heart Scrubby yarn, you’ll get a  textured that’s good for getting at dirt even on dishes but soft enough to use on skin. Red Heart sent me a sample of the yarn for review. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I like the texture — it’s softer than I expected.

Free knitting pattern for Dinosaur washcloth and bib

Dinosaur Washcloth and Bib

Designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick, this set of easy patterns are done with knit and purl. You could easily use this motif for sweaters or blanket squares.

Free knitting pattern for Roller Skating T Rex Dishcloth

© debra84

Roller Skating T Rex Dishcloth

Designed by Brett Meyers.

Free knitting pattern for Penguin Washcloth and Bib

Penguin Washcloth and Bib

Designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick, the washcloth expert, this motif can also be used for blankets or other knitting projects.

Patterns for Purchase

 Knitting pattern for Lipizzaner Horse Wash Cloth

Lipizzaner Horse Wash Cloth

Finished Size: 8”W X 9.5″H

Knitting pattern for Sweetheart Teddy Bear wash cloth

Sweetheart Bear Wash Cloth

Finished Size: 8”W X 9.75″H

Knitting pattern for Butterfly Cloth

Butterfly Wash Cloth

Finished Size: 7″W X 7 1/4″ H (18cn X 18.5 cm)

Knitting Pattern for Draft Horse Cloth

Draft Horse Cloth

Horse motif in knit and purl stitches for wash cloths, dish cloths, and more. Designer says it’s suitable for beginners. Finished Size: 8” W X 8.25” H

Related Post

Knitting patterns for dish cloth and wash cloth


Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

Get Pattern News

Learn about the latest pattern collection pages on my site with this free email newsletter.
Sent when I have time, usually every 2 weeks.

* indicates required

View a sample newsletter

Read past issues


All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links to stores are affiliate links - and we thank you for patronizing those stores. To learn more about the purpose of affiliate links, visit

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Pin It on Pinterest