Dishcloth and Washcloth Knitting Patterns
Wash cloths and dish cloths make great quick handmade gifts for housewarmings, showers, hostess gifts, and other occasions. They are also great ways to try out a new technique. Many of these patterns have stitch motifs that you can adapt to other projects such as afghan squares, baby sweaters, and more.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Optical Illusion Cloth
Inspired by the traditional Tumbling Blocks quilt pattern, this pattern creates a cloth or potholder that looks like a 3D cube. Designed by Barbara Breiter. Pictured project by Imara. Gauge is very important to make sure the paralleograms create the right shape.
At Your Service Knit Cloth
Easy cloth with hanging tab knit in seed stitch and garter stitch. Size: Approx. 11″ x 12″ (when buttoned). Suitable for beginners.
Easy dish or wash cloth made with slipped stitch colorwork. Can be adapted for a blanket as well. Rated very easy by Ravelrers.
Polar Bear Scrubby Mitt
Bear shaped washing mitt is easy to knit. Designed by Rebecca J. Venton for Red Heart.
Gridded Kitchen Towel
Easy slipped stitch colorwork makes a colorful, nubbly, durable towel. Designed by Susan Luni. Pictured project by Diamondgirl22
Dish Cloth Patterns and Tutorial
Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. Several stitch patterns are included in the PDF. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug OR purchase pattern and class individually.
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Big Blossom Scrubby
This easy rose-shaped wash cloth is pretty and functional. If you use the recommended Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn, the scrubby will get softer when wet but still hold a texture that’s great for bathing. Designed by Carolyn Calderon for Red Heart.
Color-Block Back Scrubber
I need this easy scrubber cloth. The Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn gives this a soft stimulating texture for washing and cleans easily with a machine wash. Designed by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart.
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.
Smiley Face Cloth
Designed by Knit a Little Store.
Amy-Lynne Mitchell designed this motif that can be used on a dishcloth, blanket, sweater, or other projects.
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Bathroom or Kitchen Decor Set
These accessory patterns are perfect gifts for housewarmings or holidays.
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 project by TraceyNicole
Cute functional fruit shaped cloths.
That Old Beagle Washcloth
Designed by Lisa Vienneau & Allison Barrett, this motif could also be used for baby blankets, sweaters, bibs, and more.
Mini Almost Lost Washcloths
This is a knitting pattern for small flower shaped wash cloths by Simply Notable that are great for removing makeup. There is also a link to larger versions. Great for leftover cotton yarn and stocking stuffers!
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.
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.
Mitered Hanging Towel
Cristina Bernardi Shiffman’s towel with a loop to hang over a rod is a great use for leftover yarn and a wonderful housewarming gift. Approximately 18″ x 15″ (45.5cm x 38cm), measured at widest point with hanging loop buttoned
Ghostly Dish Scrubber
Nancy Anderson designed this Halloween 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.
Christmas Tree Scrubby
Michele Wilcox designed this holiday pattern for Red Heart Yarn. If you use the recommended Red Heart Scrubby yarn, you’ll get a textured cloth that’s good for getting at dirt but made of polyester so it is durable and easy to clean.
Pi Party Illusion Knitting Face Cloth
Home for the Holidays Dishcloth
Designed by Kris Knits, this cloth features a home for the holidays theme and is 9″x10″. The motif could also be used for blankets or other knitting projects.
Patterns for Purchase
Dress your dish detergent bottle in one of these whimsical cover-ups that doubles as a dishcloth. Designed by Debbie Trainor, the 12 easy projects include A Night on the Town, Princess for a Day, Company ‘s Coming, Dress With Apron, Going Dancing #1, Going Dancing #2, Wedding Day, Happy Day #1, Happy Day #2, Prom Date #1, Prom Date #2, and Garden Party. These make quick and easy gifts, too!
Westside Apartment Dishcloth
Approximately 7½” x 8”, this cloth shaped like an apartment building makes a great housewarming gift!
Baby Washcloths to Knit
9 washcloths including a Sailboat, Little Lamb, Baby Bunny, Butterfly, Rubber Ducky, Stork, Baby Bottle, Baby Buggy, and Rocking Horse.
Round Lace Dishcloth
This lovely ruffled lace dish cloth is created with common increases and decreases and would also make a lovely napkin or doily. Finished measurement is about 12 inches diameter.
20 patterns, including a wide variety of stitches, that are easy and fun to knit.
Arrow Lace Wash Cloth and Towel Set
Seed stitch border and lace pattern gives this towel and washcloth a luxurious look and feel. Towel: 23” x 16” (58 x 41cm) Dishcloth: 11” x 11” (28 x 28cm)
Wonder Woman Cloth
Designed by ComicallyInclined.
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Finished Size: 7.75”W X 9″H
Transformer Wash Cloth
Easy motif with Transformer motif. Finished Size: 7.4″W X 8.25″ H
Easy pattern with Wolverine motif. Finished Size: 7.4″W X 8.25″ H
8 Home Knits
The 8 designs in this pattern are great for last-minute gifts as well as helping beginners get the hang of knitting. Oven Mitt, Pan Holder, Two Colored Dish Cloth, Garter Stitch Dish Cloth, Ribbed Face Cloth, Irish Moss Stitch Face Cloth, Squared Face Cloth, Hand Towel.
Easy knitting pattern for train motif block that you can use for wash or dish cloths or afghans. Great baby shower gift! approx. 8″ x 8″ [20cm X 20cm]
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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!