These 6 free knitted dishcloth patterns are always some of my most popular patterns. Knitted dishcloths and knitted washcloths are quick and easy projects; you could quickly knit up a dishcloth stash for gifting or for keeping for yourself. Speaking of ‘stashes’, an easy knit dishcloth pattern is also a great yarn stash-busting project! 

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 a lovely bar of soap or a bottle of bath salts. If you need more handmade gift ideas, definitely pop over to 14 DIY Gift Ideas that Don’t Scream ‘DIY!’

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

What kind of yarn is best for knit dishcloths?

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. Our friends at Michaels have an extensive inventory of yarn for any of these knitted dishcloth patterns.  

Mercerized or Unmercerized Cotton? 

For the most absorbent knitted dishcloth, you want an 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.

How Big Should a Dishcloth Be?

It seems the standard dishcloth, washcloth or facecloth size is about 10 inches by 10 inches (25 cm by 25 cm). That being said, make the size you want!

Knitted Dishcloth Yarn Recommendations:

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Six Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns

Five Free knitted dishcloth patterns that can also be used for washcloths or facecloths. The Printable PDF of these patterns are available for free to all Nourish and Nestle subscribers.

So, you have enough knitted dishcloth patterns, but would love some knit blanket, knit stocking, knit purse or knit pouf patterns? It just so happens that I have some of those too! ?

To have the free, printable PDF of these 6 hand knit washcloth and dishcloth patterns sent directly to your email inbox, click the button below. Or, pop over here for all my knit & crochet patterns in one place.

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  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 .)

    • 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

      • 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.

        • 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.



  2. Mercia

    November 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm


    • lynn

      November 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

      You are so welcome my friend.

      Happy Knitting



    • 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.

      • lynn

        October 30, 2020 at 8:54 am

        Hello in Canada!

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

  3. Tien

    March 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your videos ♥️

    • lynn

      March 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      You are so welcome my friend!

  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” 🦘🐨

    • 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

  5. Gisele Roberts

    December 15, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Would like to receive 5 free dish cloth knitting directions

    • 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

  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.

    • 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.




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