These 5 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:
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.
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.
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!
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