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Kitchen Knit and Crochet Patterns: free downloads

These kitchen knit and crochet patterns include dishcloths, potholders, and trivets.

I used to be a sweater-only knitter, but I realized that people outgrow sweaters and my feelings would get hurt when the sweater I worked on forever was staying in the drawer. So, I switched to utilitarian knit projects like blankets, washcloths, dishcloths, trivets, potholders, and the like.

Not only are they a quicker knit, but the dishcloth, trivets, and potholders are typically made with much more economical, workhorse yarns.

What is the Best Yarn for Kitchen Knit and Crochet Patterns?

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Dishcloths and Washcloths

Stick to cotton or cotton blends for your dishcloths and washcloths. 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 knitting dishcloths, washcloths, trivets and potholders. 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.

Trivets and Potholders

As trivets and potholders are used to protect surfaces and hands from hot pots and pans, the most important factor in choosing a yarn for a trivet is heat resistance. The yarn should not melt or burn easily, and it should be thick enough to provide a barrier between the hot object and the surface. Cotton and wool are the most common choices.

  • Cotton: This is probably the most common choice for knitting trivets and potholders. It is widely available, inexpensive, comes in many colors, is easily washable, and can handle high temperatures. However, it may not provide as much insulation as other fibers.
  • Wool: Wool is a natural insulator, so it can protect surfaces very well. It also does not melt, although it can burn if exposed to a direct flame. Note that wool requires special care when washing, and it may felt over time, especially if exposed to heat and moisture.
Overhead shot of Crochet Potholder on a black pot with a wooden spoon.
Crochet Potholder Pattern using the Thermal Stitch
This free crochet potholder pattern uses the thermal stitch for a double-thick fabric without having to crochet two separate pieces.
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A folded washcloth with a bowl tied around it.
Hand Knit washcloths with Moss Stitch
This is a very simple pattern for hand-knit washcloths using the moss stitch. These washcloths are perfect for gifting or for your own use.
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i-cord trivet.
I-Cord Knit Trivet Pattern
This tutorial shows you how to knit an i-cord with double pointed needles and then how to coil the knit i-cord to make a lovely and useful trivet. This Free I-Cord Knit Trivet Pattern features step-by-step and illustrated instructions to ensure your i-cord success!
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Plum cake held with two potholders.
Knit Potholder Pattern Using the Linen Stitch
Enjoy this free knit potholder pattern that uses the linen stitch for its lovely and flat design.
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White and peach knit washcloths with a potted plant in the background.
Waffle Stitch Knit Dishcloth Pattern
The optional crochet edging finishes this waffle stitch knit dishcloth nicely.
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Two garter stitch trivets with a loaf of bread
Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern
With this free Knit Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern and a spool of rope, you could knit several handy trivets in a day!
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Garter stitch washcloth.
Dishcloth Knitting Pattern: Easy Garter Stitch
This Easy Garter Stitch Dishcloth Knitting Pattern is the perfect pattern for new knitters. Using only knit or purl, this pattern gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect one stitch and still create something useful.
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A partially folded beige knit washlcoth.
Bridget Knit Dishcloth Pattern: Quick and Easy
This Bridget Knit Dishcloth Pattern is a perfect pattern for new knitters as it uses only the knit stitch, as well as increasing and decreasing techniques. This pattern is also called ‘Nana’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern.’
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Beige daisy stitch washcloths in a wire mesh basket.
Daisy Stitch Knit Washcloth Pattern
Quickly knit up several washcloths with this Daisy Stitch Knit Dishcloth Pattern. They are perfect for gifts or for your own use.
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Trivets, dishcloths and potholders are some of the kitchen knit and crochet projects.
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