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These seven free knitted dishcloth patterns are always some of my most popular patterns. Knitted dish cloths and knitted wash cloths are easy and quick projects; you could quickly knit up a dishcloth stash for gifting or for keeping for yourself. Speaking of ‘stashes’, knitting dishcloths and washcloths is a great way to use up your stash of yarn. These patterns cover a variety of skill levels, from the most basic beginner pattern to more challenging knit patterns.

I love using these handknit washcloths both in the kitchen and the bath, but I end up giving away about half of them. They make great gifts paired with bars of nice soaps or a bottle of bath salts. If you need more ideas for homemade gifts, definitely pop over to 14 DIY Gift Ideas that Don’t Scream ‘DIY!’ There are a variety of excellent gift ideas in that post.

Chinese Wave Knitted Dishcloth Pattern, paired with a bar of soap.

There is something to like in each of these patterns; I couldn’t say that one is my favorite or THE perfect pattern. And while each of these free dishcloth knitting patterns results in a different looking washcloth or dishcloth, there are s0me similarities between the patterns.

  • Once you knit the first couple of rows, you’ll find that, with the exception of the cable knit washcloth, they are each knit patterns that utilize the same stitch and repeat row. Meaning, once you establish the pattern, you’ll be repeating the same stitches and rows throughout the washcloth (making them perfect to knit in front of the TV!)
  • Some of these are easy knitting patterns, suitable for a beginner knitter. I have them organized from the easiest pattern to the most difficult pattern. The Chinese Wave, Diagonal Basketweave and Daisy Stitch don’t require special knitting skills, but I do think they’d be frustrating for new knitters. If knitting is a new skill for you, start with the first, easy pattern and work your way down the list. Not only will you learn some new stitch patterns, but (and perhaps the best part) you will end up with a stash of lovely dishcloths!
  • If you have US size 6 or 7 knitting needles (4 or 4.5 mm needles), you can knit any of these washcloths. I knit some of the washcloths with a 6 and some with a 7, but you could easily swap them; we are talking dishcloths after all. If you want to make sure that your dishcloth is a specific size, then refer to this post on resizing washcloths and blankets.
  • Did I mention, these are all free patterns?
  • Any of these washcloths would be welcome gifts for a friend or family member.
A stack of hand knit dishcloths

Before you dive into the patterns, let’s address some common questions about knitting dishcloths:

What kind of yarn is best for knit dishcloths?

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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.

While there are many cotton yarn choices, my go-to yarn, Lily’s Sugar N Cream, Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, is a good choice for knit dishcloths and washcloths. The dishcloths knit with this yarn have held up well after years (truly, YEARS!) of washing dishes and wiping counters. And, not for nothing, it is also a very economical yarn choice.

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Mercerized or Unmercerized Cotton? 

For the most absorbent knitted dishcloth, you want to knit your dishcloths with 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.

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How Big Should a Dishcloth Be?

It seems the standard dishcloth, washcloth, or facecloth size is about 11 inches by 11 inches (28 cm by 28 cm). That being said, make them the size you want! My washclothes range in size from 10 inches to 12 inches.

Knitted Dishcloth Yarn Recommendations:

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Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns

These Free Knitted Dishcloth patterns cover a variety of skill levels, from the most basic beginner pattern to more challenging knit patterns. The patterns are organized from easy to more challenging.

So, you have enough knitted dishcloth patterns to last a while, but would love some other knit projects like knit blankets, baby blankets, Christmas stockings, purses, or pouf patterns? It just so happens that I have other wonderful free knitting patterns, too! Pop over here for all my knit & crochet patterns in one place.

To have the free, printable PDF of these Hand Knit Dishcloth Patterns sent directly to your email inbox, click the button below.

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Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this list of knitted dishcloth patterns in the future.

stack of multi-colored knit dishcloths.

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Until next time…

Hugs,

Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!


16 Comments

  1. BetteAnn Slivka

    April 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Hi, Lynn,
    Your dishcloth patterns were what attracted me to Nourish and Nestle in the first place. I am excited to try some of the patterns that I have not yet made. I often try patterns shown for blankets in dishcloth size to see what size needles work best for me and whether or not I would like the pattern in multi colored yarn or for other uses ( I think I might use the linen stitch for a table runner.) Why waste time checking gauge with a 5″ by 5″ square, when you can end up with a new dishcloth or washcloth instead! (My niece uses a fresh one every day or two in her kitchen and is always willing to take my trial pieces .)

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    • lynn

      April 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      That’s a brilliant use of your swatches! Thanks for sharing it and I will be passing it on. Do you only use cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths? To date, that’s the only fiber I have used. Just curious what your experience has been.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      • Teresona Boone

        September 2, 2020 at 6:42 am

        I love the dishcloth patterns. Thank you So much for sharing. My mom taught me how to knit when I was young. I’m 74 now and still love doing it. Miss her lots. Your patterns are beautiful. Going to make some for gifts and some for me.

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        • lynn

          September 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm

          Thanks Teresona! I am so glad you are enjoying the patterns and you should definitely plan to keep some…I use them in both my bathroom and kitchen. And what a lovely memory of your mom teaching you to knit.

          Have a great weekend my friend, and Happy Knitting.

          Hugs,

          Lynn

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  2. Mercia

    November 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks

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    • lynn

      November 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

      You are so welcome my friend.

      Happy Knitting

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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    • Kari

      October 26, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Hello from Canada
      I seem to have misplaced my subscriber code to access your patterns for knitting Please resend when you get a chance , thanks and I will attempt although they look more difficult than my expertise level.
      Take care.

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      • lynn

        October 30, 2020 at 8:54 am

        Hello in Canada!

        Check your email! I’ve sent that super secret password to you!

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  3. Tien

    March 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your videos ♥️

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    • lynn

      March 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      You are so welcome my friend!

      Reply
  4. Marilyn Johnston

    August 23, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Hello Lynn, Thank you for the patterns of dishcloths from Marilyn( Australian Mum) You & I have the same tastes in craft , cooking & knitting etc. I want to make these cloths as gifts to give to friends, we are always swapping things in the country “ as you do” 🦘🐨

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    • lynn

      August 24, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      G’day Marilyn!

      I am so glad you are using these patterns! Dishcloths and washcloths are so quick to knit up, but are so very useful and great for gifting. And it sounds like you have FANTASTIC taste as well…wish we didn’t live across the globe from each other!

      Many hugs, Lynn

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  5. Gisele Roberts

    December 15, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Would like to receive 5 free dish cloth knitting directions

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Hi Gisele! The printable for the knitted washcloth pattern is available in the Subscriber Benefits Library. If you would like to subscribe to have access, I’d be happy to add you. Let me know! There is no cost to join, but you do have access to all my knit patterns and other printables.

      Sincerely, Lynn

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  6. Lisa Conaway

    March 30, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Hello Lynn, Thankyou for your lovely Clover leaf blanket pattern,and all other nourish and Nestle recipes. I love your style. Happy crafting to all.

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    • lynn

      April 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! I do love this job of mine and it is all the more enjoyable knowing that there are readers like you who enjoy my projects and musings.

      Wishing you a wonderful day, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply

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