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Hand Knit Washcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

A very simple pattern for hand-knit washcloths, perfect for gifting or for your own use.

The other night my husband and I were guests of our friends at a basketball game.  While the game was carrying on in front of us, my girlfriend and I were catching up on each other, our families and stuff in general.

Somehow we migrated to chatting about hand-knit washcloths or as some say knit dishcloths or perhaps dishcloths? (isn’t that what you chat about at basketball games?).

She was telling me about this great washcloth a friend had knit for her and she wanted to knit some herself.  She came over the next day with the washcloth and we figured out the yarn and needle used, as well as the pattern.  I love that they look like there are little hearts in the pattern.

(This is one of several knit washcloth/dishcloth patterns I’ve published. To see all the washcloth patterns…scroll down towards the bottom of the page)

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

I was eager to get started on these great washcloths, they are the kind of knit project I’m looking for these days.  As I’ve said before, I need to have something to do while on car trips, sitting in front of the TV or sitting in the carpool line, and these washcloths fit that bill.

They are a quick knit (read…semi-immediate gratification) and don’t require my undivided attention.

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

I used 100% cotton yarn for these washcloths.  Cotton is far more absorbent than polyester, so is a good material for a washcloth.  The yarn is a worsted weight and I used size 6 needles.

These hand-knit washcloths measure 11 inches by 11 inches.  Adjust your cast on if you want something smaller or bigger.  I find them the perfect size.

Instructions for Hand Knit Washcloths

Here are the materials you will need to knit 2 washcloths, each measuring 11 inches by 11 inches:

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(Make sure to see the list of best yarns for knitting washcloths/dishcloths below!)

How to knit the washcloths:

A gauge of 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch.

Instructions to make these 11 x 11 inch knit cotton washcloths:

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

Cast on 46 stitches

1st row:    K1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  K last stitch

2nd row:  P1, *K2P2*  Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  P last stitch

3rd row:   K1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  K last stitch

4th row:   P1, *P2,K2*  Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  P last stitch

Repeat these 4 rows until your piece measures 11 inches.  Bind off and tuck in your loose yarn.


So, I use the washcloths in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I’ve gifted them for Mother’s Day and for housewarmings. I keep a stash on hand for last-minute gifts for any number of occasions (Teacher Appreciation Day, hostess gifts and ‘just because’ gifts)

Here’s a round-up of some great items to accompany your hand-knit washcloth if you’re looking to gift them.

However you decide to ‘gift’ your hand-knit washcloths, you can be assured that the recipient will be thrilled.

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

If you want more washcloth or dishcloth patterns, pop over here to see more knit & crochet patterns.

Hand Knit Washcloths Make Welcomed Gift...and are pretty great to use in your own home.

Best Yarns to Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths:

In general, you want an unmercerized cotton as the mercerization process makes less absorbent material.


Pin for your future reference:Instructions on how to knit a dishcloth. Easy & free pattern showing how to knit a washcloth. This knit dishcloth pattern knits up quickly for gift giving.

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Additional Handknit Washcloths and Patterns you may be interested in:

Daisy Knit Washcloth

Nothing better than hand knit, spa washcloths, to give as gifts or to keep for yourself. Instructions for this DIY , daisy stitch, knit washcloth with crochet edge | craft


Knot Another Washcloth (Chinese Wave)

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

Diagonal Basketweave Washcloth



  1. Lynne

    August 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Lynn, I made 2 of these washcloths and they are beautiful! Thought it might make a good pattern for a baby blanket. Any thoughts on size, # of stitches,yarn? Thank you

    • lynn

      August 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Good Morning Lynne, I think this pattern would be beautiful as a baby blanket! The few baby blankets I have made are about 36″ by 36″. If I were to make a baby blanket with this pattern, I’d try the following:

      I’d stay with a worsted weight. The yarn I used for the washcloth would be fine, but you could also use something with some alpaca in it. I’ve used the Berroco Modern Cotton which was softer than the yarn for the washcloth, but did not have alpaca in it.

      I’d use a size 7 or 8 needle, solely because its a bigger piece.

      I’d check my gauge with whatever size needle I chose. I’m guessing I’d end up casting on 120 or so stitches.

      I hope this helps! If you do make the baby blanket, please let me know how it turned out and I’d love to see a picture! Happy Knitting.

      BTW…what did you do to make sure you were working on the right row. That was my biggest problem with this patter…I’d get busy knitting and lose track of what row I was supposed to be on…not a big row marker user. Did you just use row markers?

  2. Lynne

    August 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks, Lynn, for your ideas! I will certainly try making a baby blanket using this pattern. I have searched high and low for something different and unique. Also, I love that it is reversible!!
    FYI: when I’m knitting I keep the pattern right in front of me so I can refer to it at all times. Also, I make sure I complete the 4 row pattern before putting it down. Never used a row marker. I found making these washcloths to be instead gratification, i can’t wait to knit and it is very relaxing. Thanks so much!

    • Sue

      May 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing these patterns. The washcloths are all so lovely and fun to make.

      • lynn

        June 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

        Sue, you are so very welcome and hope you have a great time knitting!

        Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words.

        Hugs, Lynn

  3. Carole

    July 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Beautiful stuff on your site! Love it!!

    • lynn

      July 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Aw thanks Carole! I very much appreciate your kind words and support. Hope you come back and visit again soon!

  4. Thacia Stirling

    July 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Fairly new to knitting… can I scale this to make a smaller dish cloth or scale up and what do I scale the number of stitches by? Does it just have to be an even number?

    • lynn

      July 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Thacia, yes…you can scale up or down and just need to have an even number of stitches. Happy Knitting!

  5. Earlena Ferrell

    July 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, I’m new to making wash clothes and dish clothes , I will be making this one,
    Thank you?

    • lynn

      August 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      You are so welcome Earlena! I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I did and be sure to pop back in if you have further questions.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Cindy

    June 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    How do you knit pictures and words on a dishcloth/block?

  7. Jasmine

    July 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    What is the gauge for for your washcloths pattern? I don’t see them on the patterns’ page.

    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for pointing that out Jasmine! It is 2 stitches and 2 rows per inch.

      Happy Knitting my friend!

      hugs, Lynn

  8. Jasmine

    July 24, 2018 at 1:43 am

    How big should my gauge be?I’m still confused on it.How big was your gauge?

    • lynn

      July 24, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Hi Jasmine, so because the gauge is 2 stitches and 2 rows per inch, it’s really up to you how long to make it. For instance, if you knit a 6 inch by 6 inch gauge, then you should have 12 stitches across and 12 rows within that 6 by 6 swatch. Does that make sense?

      My travels have slowed down and I’ll be home now and it’ll be easier to answer questions, so ask away my friend.



  9. Sarah

    August 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    For adjusting the stitch count, I found it worked to do multiples of 4 plus 2 to keep with the pattern. Otherwise, just going with even meant that I was not getting the last two stitches of the repeating pattern before the last stitch. I’m just learning to knit (avid crocheter!), so perhaps I’m wrong, but it worked for me!

    • lynn

      August 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      That’s exactly right Sarah! You do need that multiple of 4 plus 2 to stay in pattern. Thanks for pointing that out my friend.

      Have a great weekend knitting and crocheting!

      hugs, Lynn

  10. Kate

    September 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hello! I’m working on one of these now and I’m quite pleased with how it is turning it out. Thank you for the pattern. I’m wondering how do you care for them once finished? Do you put them in washer/dryer on normal settings?

    • lynn

      September 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Kate…I put mine through the washer and dryer…that cotton holds up real well!

    • lynn

      September 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Kate…I put mine through the washer and dryer…that cotton holds up really well!…

      And your tip about keeping track is a great one! Thanks for sharing it, my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. Kate

    September 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Also – in response to a comment upthread re: how to keep track of where you are in the pattern. I keep a pad and pen close by. When I take a break I leave a note to myself “Start with row X (1,2,3 or 4)”. I use the same note over and over and just cross out the last “X” and replace it as needed. Simple but it works.

    • lynn

      September 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Great tip! Thanks for sharing it my friend.

  12. Jeanne O'Neill

    October 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I’m so excited to start, again, to make washcloths. I have knitted many articles throughout the years and now as the aging process is taking hold, I don’t like anything to complicated. So fancy knit washcloths are it. Thanks for your interesting comments and answers. Jeanne

    • lynn

      October 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Jeanne! I got tired of knitting sweaters that may or may not get worn, so have switched over to blankets and washcloths…which always seem useful. So glad you found some patterns you like my friend.

      Happy Knitting!

      Hugs, Lynn

  13. BetteAnn Slivka

    October 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Hi, Lynn,
    I have been knitting dishcloths using the basic corner to corner pattern for years now, and am ready to try some different ones. Your washcloths are so pretty and look almost as easy as the pattern I use. I can’t wait to start on them. My main reason for writing, however, is to tell you that your instructions, with pictures, are the clearest and easiest to follow that I have ever seen on any site. (And that includes video instructions, which can sometimes be confusing.) Thank you. I am thrilled to have found your site.

    • lynn

      October 17, 2018 at 6:40 am

      Wowza!!!! What a lovely way to start my day!

      Thanks so much, BetteAnn…it is always a struggle to make sure that I make instructions as clear to everyone as possible and it really makes me feel good that you think I might have achieved that goal.

      I hope that you are having fun making a stash of knitted washcloths!

      Hugs, Lynn

  14. Stephanie

    October 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    So I just finished this washcloth but am not sure how to bind off. Do I follow row one’s knit and purl pattern and bind off respectively? Or can I just go with a straight knit bind off? I’ve never purled a bind off before so I guess that’s why I’m confused.

    Love these washcloth instructions-so glad to have found your site as well!


    • lynn

      October 24, 2018 at 7:24 am

      Good Morning Steph!

      At the end of the day, it is up to you. But, I would bind off in pattern, meaning bind off in the knit and purl. It is really easy and will help prevent that bind off the edge from flaring out.

      Step 1: Knit your first stitch as normal.
      Step 2: Purl your second stitch as normal.
      Step 3: Slip the first stitch over the second stitch.
      Step 4: Knit one.
      Step 5: Slip stitch over the new stitch.
      Step 6: Purl one.
      Step 7: Slip stitch over the new stitch.
      Step 8: Repeat until you have one stitch on your needle.

      Come back and let me know how it worked for you!

      And I’m so glad you found me too! I’m very happy you are here!

      Hugs and happy knitting.


  15. Noelle Nielsen

    March 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I have super duper wash merino wool leftover fro. A project. Do you think I can use this for a washcloth? Thanks for your post. Live your pattern and ideas for gifting!

    • lynn

      March 21, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Good Morning Noelle,

      To be honest, I have never knit a washcloth with anything other than cotton, so I can’t say for sure. But, my gut is that you probably don’t want to knit a washcloth with wool, even the superwash. I would imagine it would take forever to dry and then you’d end up with a funky smelling cloth. I completely understand your desire to use up partial ball…but think for these I’d just get an inexpensive 100% cotton ball.

      That being said, if you do decide to give the wool a whirl (see what I did there?), do let me know how it works as a washcloth material.

      Have a great day my friend,

      Hugs, Lynn

  16. Doris Knight

    July 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    thanks for the free patterns.

    • lynn

      July 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

      you are so welcome!

  17. Judith

    August 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I can’t wait to knit this washcloth. I love to knit dishcloths using the Grandma’s Favorite pattern and like you, I keep a stash handy for when I need a quick gift. Thanks for posting the pattern.

    • lynn

      August 18, 2019 at 6:14 am

      Hi Judith, I am so glad to know that my washcloth pattern will be included in your knitting rotation! I actually need to get busy rebuilding my stash as I have been whittling it down through gifting.

      Happy Knitting my friend.



  18. Jackie

    September 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I’m brand new to knitting and love your site! Just made these washcloths are my very first project, and love them! Thanks for sharing. I wanted to know, how do you clean these? Can they go in the washer? Thanks!

    • lynn

      September 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Jackie! Well done! Getting that first project under your belt is huge! The sky is limit for you now.

      And depending on the yarn you used, the washcloths are very durable. I have used both the Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton and the Lily Sugar N Cream Cotton and they have stood up to many washings in the washing machine and, for the white ones, bleachings.

      I hope this helps, but do let me know if you have additional questions.




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