Looking for a fun and functional project to knit? Look no further than knitted dishcloths! Dishcloths and washcloths are a great way to use up leftover scrap yarn, and they make wonderful gifts for friends and family. In this blog post, we’ll share 25 of our favorite free knit dishcloth patterns.
Easy Knit Dishcloth Patterns
Looking for a simple, practical project? What about a quick and easy dishcloth?
Knitted dishcloths and washcloths are the perfect instant gratification project – they’re easy to make and can be finished in an afternoon. Here are a few more reasons why we love knitting dishcloths:
They’re great for using up leftover cotton yarn.
They’re portable and perfect for travel knitting while waiting at the bus stop or riding in the car.
Dishcloths are small – not much bigger than a gauge swatch – so they’re the perfect size for practicing new stitches and knitting techniques.
And, of course, knit dishcloths make great gifts. A set of three or four different colored and patterned dishcloths makes a lovely hostess gift or housewarming present.
Supplies You’ll Need
You don’t need a lot of supplies to knit a dishcloth – just the basics!
Cotton is the most popular yarn choice for dishcloths and washcloths due to its washability and absorbance. For your convenience, I’ve included a recommended yarn for each pattern below. However, feel free to substitute another cotton or cotton blend of the same weight.
Here are a few tips for knitting dishcloths and washcloths.
Use durable, cotton yarn.
Cotton yarn is the best choice for dishcloths because it’s absorbent and holds up well in the wash. Avoid acrylic yarns, which are not very absorbent and tend to simply spread water around.
Check gauge if the finished size matters.
If the finished size is important to you, check your gauge before getting started. Another reason to check your gauge is if you’re following a pattern that promises a specified number of washcloths per skein of yarn (as this will only be accurate if your gauge is correct).
Use dishcloths as an opportunity to test new stitches or techniques
When it comes to dishcloths, you don’t have much to lose. They don’t take a lot of yarn or a lot of time. So, if you have new stitches or techniques that you want to learn or practice, a dishcloth is the perfect place to try them out!
Use textured patterns and stitches for maximum scrubbing power.
Textured dishcloths are the most abrasive and effective for removing tough grime and stains from dishes and countertops. Nearly all the dishcloths included below offer beautiful textured patterns for the best scrubbing results.
25 Free & Easy Knitted Dishcloth Patterns
Enjoy these free dishcloth knitting patterns! Happy knitting!
These geometric washcloths bring a modern look to your kitchen. One of these is made with a color switch on the bias, while the other is created by using slipped stitches for the dotted effect. Together, they make the perfect pair!
These practical dishcloths are beautiful with either a variegated or solid yarn. This simple diagonal dishcloth design is great for beginners or makes a simple, mindless knitting pattern for more advanced knitters.
Use up your extra yarn with this colorful pattern. The clean lines make for a modern look that’s great for the kitchen or bath.
Yarn weight: DK
Suggested yarn: CotLin
FAQs About Knitted Dishcloths
In this section, you’ll see commonly asked questions about knitting dishcloths.
How many skeins of yarn does it take to knit a dishcloth?
Nearly all dishcloth and washcloth patterns take less than one regular skein of yarn. In fact, you may even be able to get a set of dishcloths out of your skein, depending on its yardage.
What kind of knitting needles are best for knit dishcloths?
Most dishcloths are made with medium-size knitting needles, often U.S. size 6 or 7. You can knit them with straight or circular needles, depending on your preference. I find that wooden needles paired with cotton yarn give me too much friction for comfortable knitting – so I prefer to use metal needles for dishcloths.
More Knitting Patterns
Once you finish your stack of dishcloths, check out some of our other favorite knitting patterns.
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