Animal Dish and Wash Cloth Knitting Patterns
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.
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Free Knitting Patterns
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.
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.
Polar Bear Scrubby Mitt
Bear shaped washing mitt is easy to knit. Designed by Rebecca J. Venton for Red Heart.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Patterns for Purchase
Terry 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, intheloopknitting.com. 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!