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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. And speaking of ‘stashes’, an easy knit dishcloth pattern is also a great yarn stash busting project! 

And while you have access to all the patterns, subscribers to Nourish and Nestle also have access to the free, downloadable PDFs of all patterns. If you are interested, you can subscribe here.

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

What kind of yarn is best for dishcloths?

Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths. If you go the blend 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 pattern.  

Mercerized or Unmercerized Cotton? 

For the most absorbent 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!

Dishcloth Yarn Recommendations:

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Five Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns

5 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.

I like the Chinese Wave stitch for this dishcloth pattern for the loft it creates; it has a thickness to it that you just don't get with a garter stitch.

In addition to the texture, it is a very pretty pattern. I see diamonds in the pattern more than waves, but that's just me.

The crochet picot edge really finishes this washcloth nicely.

Illustrated instruction for both the knit and crochet stitches

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

Written and video instruction make this a very doable project.

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The washcloth that started it all! The basic moss stitch results in a perfectly nubby and functional washcloth that knits up quickly.

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I love the woven pattern that results from the Diagonal Basketweave stitch. Finished with a picot edging, this washcloth is perfectly giftable in a lovely 'spa' package. Video instruction helps for those who prefer to see the process.

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I have always been a sucker for cables...so it's fitting that they found a way into some washcloths!

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

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2 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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