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Daisy Stitch Knit Washcloth Pattern

Quickly knit up several washcloths with this Daisy Stitch Knit Dishcloth Pattern. They are perfect for gifts or for your own use.

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And the Geico commercial with the camel asking, ‘Guess what day it is?’ is one that now has a permanent place in the lexicon of our country. So, with homage to the Geico Camel…’Guess what day it is?”…It’s ‘A New Knitted Dishcloth Pattern’ Day!!

“Dear Lynn,
Thank you for this lovely pattern! I am making a set by knitting three pieces, using three different shades of the same color, and the result is just fabulous!”

Ibolya Antal

This pattern is one of many free knit & crochet washcloth patterns that I’ve shared. It is also my second favorite after the Chinese Wave Washcloth Pattern.

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Closeup of Daisy Stitch Washcloth

The Daisy Stitch 

This pattern uses the daisy stitch, which to me, is an easier version of the lotus flower stitch.  If you’ve never done a daisy stitch knitting pattern, the key is to not knit too tightly.

A knit totebag.

Give your Washcloths as Gifts

You could easily put together a little basket with your knit dishcloths, maybe some lovely soap or other spa items. I’m going to be putting together some ‘packages’ for some friends and family and have included some of my finds for your convenience.

Make Your Own Spa Items to Give with Your Washcloths!

If you are feeling a little crafty, you could make some of the spa items to include with your washcloth. These are all easy to make and greatly appreciated.

Make Sure to Nab These Wraps and Tags If You Will Be Giving These Dishcloths/Washcloths

These simple tags and wraps will ‘dress up’ your knitted gifts!

Knit washcloths with wraps.

Some Common Questions About Knitting Dishcloths

What kind of yarn is best for knit dishcloths and washcloths?

Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths. If you go the blended route, make sure it is primarily cotton (70/30 or 80/20), as the cotton is what makes the yarn absorbent.

Should you use mercerized or unmercerized cotton?

For the most absorbent dishcloth, you want unmercerized cotton, as the mercerization process reduces the absorbency of the fibers. Unmercerized cotton is nubbier and has a more ‘natural’ look to it.

However, mercerized cotton dishcloths will have a nicer sheen, come in a wider range of rich colors, will most likely last longer, and won’t get as ‘soaking wet’ as a result of the mercerization process. So, it’s a ‘personal choice’…not sure that there is a right or wrong.

What’s the difference between washcloths and dishcloths?

OK, I don’t know what it says about me, but I never really thought there was much difference between a dishcloth and a washcloth. I mean, I wouldn’t go and wash my face with a cloth I had just used to clean a pan or the kitchen sink, but other than that, I guess I never thought there was much difference between the two.

But, I have recently learned that for many, there is a difference. It seems that washcloths are typically larger than dishcloths. Most standard washcloths are 11″ square, and most standard dishcloths are 8″ square. That being said, you can make your dishcloth or washcloth any size you want.

If you want to make a smaller dishcloth with this pattern, cast on 34 stitches versus the 46 stitches indicated.

Materials to Knit the Daisy Stitch Washcloths (10.5″ X 10.5″)

Daisy Stitch Knit Washcloth Pattern

Gauge:  18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch

If you want to resize your washcloth, I have explained that process in this post: How to Resize a Blanket, Washcloth, or Towel.

  • Cast on 49 stitches
  • Row 1: Knit all
  • Row 2: Knit 1 *Purl the next 3 stitches together, but don’t drop them off of the needle.  Bring your right-hand needle from the back to the front, Yarn Over and purl the same 3 stitches together again, and drop them from the left needle.  Knit One.*    See the video at the end of the directions for an illustration of this repeat.
  • Row 3: Knit all
  • Row 4: Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1 *Purl the next 3 stitches together, but don’t drop them off of the needle.  Bring your right-hand needle from the back to the front, Yarn Over and purl the same 3 stitches together again and drop them from the left needle.  Knit One.* This row will end with a Purl 1, Knit 1.
  • Row 5: Knit all
  • Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach 9 inches.
  • Bind off, but don’t cut yarn.
  • With your crochet hook, work evenly spaced single crochet stitches into each side of the dishcloth, working 3 single crochet stitches into each corner stitch.
  • Single Crochet 2 more rows around the washcloth, working 2 more stitches at the corner of the next row and then 3 stitches in the corner of the last row.
  • Bind off and weave in all your loose ends.

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These really knit up pretty quickly.  It’s nice to have a stash of hand-knit washcloths for last-minute gifts.

A zippered pouch.

This little video, though maybe not the best quality, should help you see how to knit the Daisy Stitch. 

Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this Daisy Stitch Washcloth Pattern in the future.

pin for free daisy stitch dishcloth pattern

However you decide to ‘gift’ your knit dishcloths, I know the recipient will be thrilled.

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  1. Lynn you are so impressive! I can imagine planning to knit a washcloth but never actually executing it, let alone creating a gorgeous blog about it 😉

    1. I am confused: The text says to pearl three stitches together 2 times before dropping the three stitches from left needle. The video says to pearl three stitches together 3 times before dropping the three stitches from the left needle. Which is correct?

      1. Hi Laverne. Sorry for any confusion. You pearl the 3 stitches together 2 times before you take them off the needle.
        Please do let me know if you have further questions. I’m happy to answer them.

      1. So glad to share! It’s not too early to be thinking about the upcoming holiday! Crazy as that is to say. Believe it or not, our local Michaels Art/Craft store had their Halloween stuff before the 4th of July this year!
        Thanks for swinging by.
        Hugs, Lynn

  2. I wish I knew how to knit beyond the single knit stitch – though maybe I need to watch this video and see if that is close enough. My aunt taught me that years ago, but I never got the hang of much else. Visiting from NCBN, too! *waves*

    1. Hi Andrea, thanks for stopping by to visit. It’s really not much different, if you can knit and purl, you could probably do this! Give it a whirl and see.

  3. Can’t wait to knit these..looks quick and easy…gifts for Christmas.

      1. I’m not sure I understand your question…think there’s a typo. But if you’re asking if row 2 and row 4 should be the same, the answer is no. On Row 4 the repeat starts a few stitches later than row 1 so that you get the diagonal. I hope I’m answering your questions. If not, please do let me know and I’ll keep trying!

  4. Hi Lynn, This washcloth is absolutely beautiful, but could you tell me what the multiple is? I don’t like really large washcloths. I only like them about 7–7-1/2 inches large so I would need to CO less stitches but can’t figure out how many less. Can’t wait to get this on my needles! Thanks so much!

  5. Hello Lynn,I have printed a copy of 2 different patterns and I think the one thats in the basket seems a different pattern then the daisy stitch one that I also have printed also.. Please help me with figuring out what the one is thats in the basket. Thank you Diana

    1. Hi Diana, the washcloths that are in the wire mesh basket were knit using the Daisy Stitch. It probably looks different from different angles. Hope this helps. Lynn

  6. Hi Lynn,

    I am trying to scale the size down a bit… can you confirm that it’s 4plus 1?

    When I count using the CO 49 method I get that Row 1=49 stitches and Row 2=48 stitches, is it supposed to be like that?

    Thanks for your help! Love this pattern.


    1. Hi Michelle, I just did a quick cast on and worked a couple of rows. I keep the 49 stitches on each row. I’m wondering if you aren’t doing one of the yarn overs. You never lose the 49 because when you purl the three together you get one stitch, then you yarn over for another stitch, then you purl the three together again for the 3rd stitch, so you never lose a stitch. Does that make sense? Try it again and let me know how it works out.

      1. Thanks, Lynn! Yes I was neglecting a YO I suppose!? Third time was a charm… my problem was also in the math, I was overthinking it by trying to scale it down. My gauge was much larger so 49 stitches was way too big, so I scaled it down to 33 (which now is a big small -lol) But it’s all making sense now. Also wanted to thank you for the video tutorial, that REALLY helps us visual learners. Great stuff! Keep up the great projects. Thanks again. – Michelle

        1. Hey Michelle…so glad it worked! I know that frustrated feeling. And I’m glad the video helped. Often a picture is worth a thousand words…hey, I ought to coin that phrase! ? In any event, I really appreciate you stopping back by to tell me it’s working for you. And thanks for visiting.

          Have a great weekend, Lynn

    1. Hi Ashley…get busting that stash! These are great for stash busting and for gift giving. Hope you enjoy knitting them. See you next week at From The Archives!
      Thanks for swinging by.

      Hugs, Lynn

      1. Just a heads up, April’s theme week is going to be Spring Cleaning. This would be a great post for that if you want to share it again. I wanted to choose this post for a featured favorite but one of the other bloggers picked your other post before I had the chance to put this one up, so I’d love the chance to have the opportunity to pick this again 😉

        1. I’ll definitely pop in the week of Spring Cleaning, but will plan to see you before then too. Thanks for the heads up!

          Hugs, Lynn

  7. Hi Lynn,
    Thank you for your post!! I absolutely love the dishcloths! I’ve even talked my husband into making them with me! 🙂 They are going to make wonderful gifts for myself and our loved ones.

    We’re novice knitters and we’re kinda stuck…I’m having a bit of difficulty with Row 4.

    I Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl the 3 stitches, Knit 1 as instructed, however my row did not end with a Purl 1, Knit 1

    Any advice? Do you happen to have a video tutorial for this particular row?

    Kind regards.

    1. Hi Christina…I love that you have your hubby knitting with you! And I’m very glad to help you. After you purled the 3 stitches together for the last time, how many stitches do you have left on your needle? You should have 3 for the last K1 after the purl 3 and then the next P1 K1. If you don’t, count your stitches to make sure that you do have 49 stitches on your needle. Does this help at all? If not, let me know. We’ll figure it out.

      1. Hi Lynn,
        Thank you for your response! I have one stitch left after my last purl 3.
        I K1, P1, K1, Purl 3, not dropping then YO and Purl the same stitches.

        1. Hmmm…Do you still have 49 stitches? Did you K1P1K1 at the beginning of the 4th row? The fourth row is really the same as the 2nd row, you just move it in 2 stitches (the additional P1K1) so that the daisies will be offset from the ones on the second row. We’ll figure it out.

  8. Thank-you! I am just learning to knit. I have wanted to for years…LOl I didn’t have craftsy back when i first wanted to learn! I already crochet. These are so nice and will be great to practice on. Thank-you so much!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I am so glad you have picked up knitting needles to learn this craft. I have been knitting for close to 30 years, but have only just begun to crochet! (just the opposite of you!) I hope you enjoy my knit washcloth patterns, which should be perfect for new knitters. Let me know if you do have any questions and I will surely try to help.
      Wishing you a lovely week.
      Hugs Lynn

  9. Hi! I love this pattern and the daisy stitches! Thanks so much for posting it! I am not a crocheter, unfortunately, and I was wondering if I could finish the edges by incorporating a seed stitch instead (maybe 4 rows and an additional 8 stitches per row, or is that too large)? I’d love to know your thoughts!

    1. Hi Erica, I think 4 extra stitches on each side, done in a seed stitch, would actually look very similar to the crochet edging and about the same size! I say go for it! If you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to send a photo of the washcloth with the seed stitch edging to show how lovely I know it will look.
      Thanks for visiting and happy knitting.
      Hugs, Lynn

  10. I just knitted one of these – of course it wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours on the picture, but I’m still satisfied with the result, especially because I’m still a beginner at knitting and I had never crochet before. I just have one question though – I usually knit in what you would call either the continental or European style, and I was wondering if it is possible to do this purl in that way? I can’t for the life of me figure out how to the knit in the English style, so I keep having to throw the yarn over and switch it to the other hand.

    Anyway, I love this pattern and I will definitely knit one of these again, so thank you so much for sharing it!

  11. I’m loving this patter and am excited to get started. I have one question though… Would it be possible to do this pattern without the crochet hook? I only have knitting needles! :l

    Thanks so much!

  12. Dear Lynn,
    thank you for this lovely pattern! I am making a set by knitting three pieces, using three different shades of the same color, and the result is just faboulous! Though I’m using a different yarn (50 gr/1.75 oz 125 m/137 yds) and smaller needle (size 3), but even with this combination the pattern looks gorgeous! The only challeneg for me is the crochet edge, as I am completely a beginner in crocheting 🙂 but I hope I’ll cope with it, too!
    Have a very nice day!
    Regards, Ibi

    1. Oh Ibi, what a great idea…I can only imagine just how beautiful they will be. And there is no doubt you will master the crochet…I was new to crochet too when I did those. Knitting is still my favorite.

      Will you be keeping them for yourself or giving the trio as a gift?

      Thanks so much for writing in! It thrills me to no end!

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Pam…I’m still new to crochet…just making my first entirely crochet poncho right now. You are prompting me to figure out some fun crochet washcloth patterns in the near future.

      have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  13. Hi from Colombia, South America!
    I am absolutely in love with your page. I just started the daisy dish cloth and it is looking great. I want to make a baby blanket with the same stitch but it has been impossibletofind out (after several intents) what is the stitch multiple of. Could you please help me?

    1. Good Morning Esther!

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words! I love what I do, but it is all the more enjoyable when I know that there are charming readers like yourself on the other end!

      The daisy knit requires a multiple of 4 stitches plus 1.

      I do hope this helps!

      Wishing you a lovely day my friend,

      Hugs, Lynn

  14. You are absolutely amazing!! Do you have a pattern book of ll your beautiful knitting projects??
    If so I would love to have one.. just tell me where I could get it.

  15. Hello Lynn,

    I’m using fingering weight cotton so need to co more sts to get the same size washcloth. Could you tell me what the multiples are for this pattern? For instance, some patterns call for casting on multiples of 4 + 3.

    1. Hey there Cindy!

      The multiple is 4 plus 1.

      I’m sure it will be lovely in the fingering weight.

      Happy Knitting my friend!

      Hugs, Lynn

  16. I love the idea of crochet around the edges. This gives it a much more clean, finished look. Thank you for posting, I can’t wait to try this pattern.

    1. I so agree Wendy! I am relatively new to crochet but was thrilled to realize that I could now add a finishing touch to my knitted goods.

      Enjoy knitting my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  17. I would like to have instructions for the Daisy Stitch dishcloth for crocheting but have not been successful finding it. Do you have a pattern for crocheting this project for crocheting? Thanks.

    Linda D.

  18. Hi, I’ve had the pattern for a while now, but just today got to watch the very helpful video. Loving the pattern and the fact that it is easier than I thought. Have you ever done the crochet border in a contrast colour? Thanks

    1. Hi Angela,

      I haven’t done the border in a contrasting color yet, but I think it would be lovely! When you do, I’d love to see a picture! And I’m so glad the videos are helpful. Being a visual learner, I always find videos more instructive.

      Happy Knitting my friend.



  19. “Single Crochet 2 more rows around the washcloth, working 2 more stitches at the corner of the next row and then 3 stitches in the corner of the last row.
    Bind off and weave in all your loose ends.”

    Do you mean work 2 stitches in each corner of the 2nd row around, and then 3 stitches in each corner of the last row?

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