Dish cloth and wash cloth knitting patterns that showcase multicolor, self-striping, and gradient yarn.
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Easy Columns Washcloth
Easy dish or wash cloth knit in garter columns with a 1 row repeat for odd number of columns or 2 row for even number of columns. Great showcase for variegated or self-striping yarn because the texture breaks up colorway. Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Jeanne Brekelmans.
Easy dish or wash cloth knit in a basketweave design that provides great texture for washing as well as a beautiful showcase for self-striping or other multi-colored yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Vaunda Rae Giberson. Pictured projects by pixelknit and Patty7737
Easy dish or wash cloth knit in a 4 row repeat alternating rectangles of knit and purl that provides great texture for washing as well as a beautiful showcase for self-striping or other multi-colored yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by knit nutt. Pictured projects by oylenshpeegul and kwoodie
Brick Stitch Dishcloth
Easy dishcloth knit in an easy slipped stitch colorwork. Great showcase for self-striping or other multi-colored yarn. Sizes 10 ins [25.5 cm] square. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Lily / Sugar'n Cream.
Swirl Dishcloth or Afghan Square
Dishcloth or cloth knit from the center out to create a swirling design that is a great showcase for self-striping or other multi-colored yarn. This square can be made to whatever finished size you desire as you start in the center and work outwards. Can be adapted for a blanket as well. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Anne Brenner. Pictured projects by TJsAuntB and Angel1313
Lace dish or wash cloth constructed so it flows through the water from elegantly placed holes, with great scrubbing-ridges. Either the chart or the written instructions may be used, since both are included. Great showcase for self-striping or other multi-colored yarn. Can be adapted for a blanket as well. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Valerie Beard.
Western Hills Dishcloth
Easy dish or wash cloth knit with a 2 row repeat zigzag stitch that's a perfect showcase for self-striping or gradient yarn. Aran weight yarn. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Julia Stanfield who allows sale of the finished items. Pictured projects by designer and Miss-Shelley. There are matching blanket and scarf patterns.
More Free Patterns
Easy dish or wash cloth made with slipped stitch colorwork. Can be adapted for a blanket as well. Rated very easy by Ravelrers.
Color Study Dishcloths
Set of 6 dish or wash cloths knit with 2 or 3 colors so they're great for stashbusting. Includes Garter Blocks Dishcloth, Slip Stitches Dishcloth, Bubble Stripes Dishcloth, Crazy Chevron Dishcloth, Stair Steps Washcloth, Triangles Washcloth. Finished size: aApprox 10” x 10” (25cm x 25cm) Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns
Modular Butterfly Square
Six inch square featuring a butterfly design using oddments of DK yarn that can be used as afghan block, dish or wash cloth, coaster or other knitting projects. Designed by Janis Higgs.
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
Gridded Kitchen Towel
Easy slipped stitch colorwork makes a colorful, nubbly, durable towel. Designed by Susan Luni. Pictured project by Diamondgirl22
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 and charmedyarn
Susan Mrenna created this lacy shaped cloth. Pictured project by doulaknitter
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!
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Patterns for Purchase
Circular Dishcloth Trio
Three cloths based on garter stitch, but each one achieves its circular shape in a different way. The Spiral Dishcloth is knit from the center out. The Pi Dishcloth is inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl, which uses concentric circles that double the number of stitches. The Shorty Dishcloth uses short rows to create wedges. Size: 20cm (7 7/8") across. Great showcase for self-striping and multi-color yarn. Designed by KnitoriousPress
Papaya Dishcloth or Potholder
Reversible reversible kitchen accessory to create dish cloth or pot holder. Great showcase for self-striping and multi-color yarn. Designed by IglinzCrafts
Round Facecloths & Soap Sacks
Four different easy and utterly lovely facecloth and soap sack sets perfect for gift-giving or just pampering yourself. Finished size for the facecloths ranges from 8 1/2" to 10" in diameter. The soap sacks hold 1 average-size bar of soap. Rated easy by designer.
Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
10 designs by Rita Weiss