Free wash and dish cloth knitting patterns in fun shapes. Most patterns are free. Updated 5/14/23
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Chicks and Ducks Dress Dishcloth
Dress up your detergent bottle with this cute dress shaped dish cloth! Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Debbie Trainor who has a book of dishcloth dress patterns.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the Dishcloth Dresses ebook or paperback at Leisure Arts
Pineapple and Citrus Slice Dish Cloths
Fruit shaped dish cloths including Pineapple Cloth knit with cluster stitches for pineapple texture and knit top, Melon cloth knit in the round, and Pear cloth knit in seed stitch with a separate knit leaf. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspiration
- Get the free PINEAPPLE CLOTH knitting pattern
- Get the free MELON CLOTH knitting pattern
- Get the free PEAR CLOTH knitting pattern
Lacey Cabled Sweater Washcloth
It looks like a sweater but it's a dish or wash cloth! Fun adorable cloth shaped like a cabled pullover jumper. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by pauladean. Pictured project by JellyWares and knit4bernie
Coffee Tea or Therapy Dishcloth
Coffee or tea cup shaped dish or wash cloth knit in garter stitch with options for edging and handle. The designer also has project instructions for adding a heart or adding a glimpse of the liquid in the cup. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Carla Becker.
Fun leaf-shaped washcloths designed by Rachel Brockman for Universal Yarn.
Doily Style Dishcloth
Circle shaped lace cloth knit in the round. Also makes pretty table decor. Designed by Lily Sugar'n Cream and Bernat Design Studio. Pictured projects by dzirin and mamacelebrates.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Lily® Sugar ‘N Cream yarn at Loveknitting
Five pointed star shaped dishcloth that looks great in self-striping or solid yarn. Star and Stripes Dishcloth designed by Lily / Sugar'n Cream. Pictured projects by knit2bitz, LesOde, and royalredneck
- Get the free knitting pattern, The picture on the page is of a crochet version but the pattern is the knit version.
- See the Ravelry page
Ice Cream Cone Dishcloth
Cone knit in seed stitch topped with a garter stitch ice cream scoop to be used as fun dishcloth. Designed by Camille K. Lewis.
At first I thought this pretty flower shaped dishcloth was more decorative than practical. But then I thought about all the places those petals could reach that a regular dishcloth couldn't - inside small containers, between prongs or tines, and so forth. Knit in garter stitch with scrubbing center made of bobbles. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lily / Sugar'n Cream. Pictured project by mitulparomita
Shell Spa Washcloth
Scallop shell shaped dish or wash cloth is a great quick gift when paired with some fancy soaps or other bath products. Perfect showcase for multicolored yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kat Mcab. Pictured project by knitforbaby
Practical Little Heart Dishcloth
Heart shaped dish or wash cloth knit in garter stitch. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Heidi Kirrmaier. May only be free for a limited time.
Sand Dollar Dishcloth
Circular dish or wash cloth with a rolled edge, plus holes and a star pattern in the center, to resemble a keyhole sand dollar. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Maryann Walsh. Pictured projects by daydreams and prettybird70
Leafy Tribute Dishcloth
Circular dish or wash cloth bordered with leaf motifs. This pattern is worked in short row wedges with a garter stitch center and small stockinette leaves circling the border. Work 8 wedges for a smaller, tighter dishcloth, or work 9 wedges for a flatter laying, larger dishcloth. Size 9" diameter. Uses 60 - 80 yards (55 - 73 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Cassandra Bibler. Pictured project by designer and ninabeana620
Eco Dishcloth & Scrubby Trio
Easy double diamond shaped dishcloths designed to make cleaning easier. The unique shape gives you more corners to scrub with and get into small spots. Folding it over in the middle gives you a thicker regular sized cloth for wiping up. Then fold it inside out to get even more cleaning out of the cloth! Designed by Happy Knitting Canada who rates it easy. Size varies with yarn used. Web version is free. PDF available for purchase
More Free Patterns
Star shaped dish or washcloth. Uses 50 - 75 yards (46 - 69 m) for Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Jess Marks-Gale.
Big Kiss Dishcloth
Show your love or send a smile with this dish cloth shaped like lips. Also great for Valentine's Day, bridal showers, and more. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lily / Sugar'n Cream.
Leaf 4 You Dish Cloth
Dish or wash cloth with 4 leaf lace motifs arranged to form a larger leaf shape. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Uses 60 - 120 yards (55 - 110 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by LuAnn Helt.
Dish or wash cloth shaped like carrots knit in garter stitch with an extended picot bindoff to create the leafy top. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations.
Clover Dish/Wash Cloth
Dish or wash cloth with a four petal shape like a clover leaf or flower. Uses 75 yards of DK weight yarn. Designed by Terry Neal. Pictured project by
Dish or wash cloth shaped like a swirling star made of six wedges. Perfect showcase for multicolored yarn. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Dione Read. Pictured projects by Kristine3001 and JellyJ
Maple Leaf Dish Cloth
Maple leaf shaped dish or washcloth knit in garter stitch. Perfect for autumn decor or gifts for Canadian friends. Uses 50 - 60 yards (46 - 55 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Terrie Rada.
Dish or wash cloth shaped like the face of a terrier or similar dog. I think you could easily adapt to be a cat face or a different breed of dog. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations.
Lace Star Cloth
Lace dish or wash cloth is a great showcase for self-striping or variegated yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Jill Vosburg. Pictured projects by webberjewels
Apple and Citrus Slice Dish Cloths
Apple cloth is knit in seed stitch with lace leaf embellishment. Citrus Slice cloth in colors for orange, lemon, and lime, is worked in a spiral and seamed at the end. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Bernat
- Get the free APPLE CLOTH knitting pattern
- Get the free CITRUS CLOTH knitting pattern
- Get the recommended Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn at Amazon
Fish Scrubby Wash Cloth
Fish shaped wash or dish cloths. Knit a school of fish in different colors to help little ones learn their colors. Pictured samples knit in Scrubby yarn but you could use regular cotton yarn. Designed by Red Heart
Water Lily Dish Cloth
Flower shaped cloth, coaster, or potholder shaped with short rows. Designed by Sybil R. Pictured projects by the designer, and boatknit.
Shell shaped wash cloth measures 8½” [21.5 cm] wide and 7″ [17.5 cm] tall. Designed by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart.
Flower shaped cloth with each petal is knit separately in garter stitch, with the remaining stitches held on the needles so there’s no seaming. I-cord stem loop. Designed by Allyson Dykhuizen. Pictured project by SusanC0425. DK weight yarn.
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.
Easy round floral shaped dishcloth with separate petals and only a small seam to stitch up. It looks great in any solid or variegated color. Susan Mrenna created this lacy shaped cloth. Pictured project by doulaknitter. Web version is free.
Patterns for Purchase
11 Round Dishcloths Ebook
Eleven different designs for circular dishcloths in one ebook. Designed by Diana Sullivan. Aran weight yarn.
Dress your dish detergent bottle in one of these 12 whimsical dish cloth knitting patterns. 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! Available in ebook or paperback.
- See more pics and get the Dishcloth Dresses ebook or paperback at Leisure Arts
- Or get the Kindle ebook or paperback at Amazon
Oh, Bunny! Washcloth
Rabbit-shaped dishcloth. Designed by Susan B. Anderson. Aran weight yarn.
Butterfly-shaped dishcloth with optional crochet edging. Designed by Susan B. Anderson. Aran weight yarn.
More Dishcloth Dresses
Shaped as dresses, these 7 fun dishcloths for each day of the week are designed to hang from the neck of a dish soap detergent bottle. What a fun way to keep dishcloths uniquely displayed and handy to reach. These make quick and easy gifts, too! Available in ebook or paperback. Designed by Debbie Trainor
Gansey Towel Topper & Hot Pads
Yes these are knit! (Though there is also a crochet version.) These farmhouse Gansey towel toppers and hot pads are filled with texture and big on style! Made using cotton worsted-weight yarn. Each hot pad is approximately 9" round, and toppers are 5 1/4"H x 9 1/2"W. Design by Lena Skvagerson. You can also get the towel topper pattern for free by itself.
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annies
- Get the crochet pattern at Annies
- Or get the free towel topper pattern
Flower-shaped potholder, hotpad or coaster knit in 3 colors and shaped with short rows. Designed by Sybil Ra. Aran weight yarn.