31+ Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns For Beginners


This post will show a collection of 31+ Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns For Beginners.

Dishcloths are one of the most essential items in our kitchens; you can never have enough. 

And while there is an abundance of them in the markets for us makers, they are the perfect excuse to grab our needles and browse our stash or the internet for the perfect yarn.

31 Free Knitted Dishcloth Patterns For Beginners

What Is The Best Stitch For A Knitted Dishcloth?

When knitting a dishcloth, the best stitches are those that offer durability, texture for scrubbing, and an attractive appearance.

Here are some patterns with stitches that are particularly well-suited to dishcloths.

Happy knitting!

Make A Knitted Dishcloth

Knitted dishcloths can complete the decor of your kitchen and make it look a bit more colorful and homely while being 100% useful.

You can make a set of dishcloths in any color palette you like and any design your heart desires.

They are also a great gift for a friend or a family member while being easy and fun to make.

Plus, they can be a good project for new knitters to practice their technique and stitches as it is a small project but still long enough to get used to the repetitive action.

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Irish moss stitch knitted dishcloth

Why do dishcloths make such great projects?

Dishcloths are a great project to do if you are on the go! 

You can take it in your bag on the bus or while on a road trip in the car.

They are also often easy patterns that, once you start, you can memorize fast, making them perfect for working on while you watch a movie.

They also knit up fast as small squares, often measuring around 10×10 inches.

Plus, you can test out new stitch patterns and designs using various yarns from your stash.

Celtic cable knitted dishcloth

Free knitted dishcloth patterns

Moreover, they are a great way to make your life a little bit more eco-friendly, as they can completely replace single-use paper towels.

So, if you want to make your own dishcloth set, check out the patterns above, and you might find your next project.  

You will find easy patterns and unique stitch patterns.

celtic cable washcloth

What Is The Best Yarn For Knitted Dishcloths?

The best yarn for knitted dishcloths is typically cotton. 

Cotton yarn is favored for its absorbent nature, durability, and ease of care. 

Given that dishcloths are meant to handle moisture and endure frequent washing, cotton’s absorbency and strength make it an ideal choice. 

It is also soft and comfortable to use, ensuring a pleasant feel against the skin. 

Opting for worsted-weight cotton yarn strikes a good balance, providing thickness without sacrificing practicality. 

Mercerized cotton, treated for a smooth and lustrous finish, can be an excellent option, offering both functionality and an attractive appearance. 

Ultimately, choosing a cotton yarn ensures that your knitted dishcloths will be reliable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain, making them perfect for everyday use in the kitchen.

What Do You Need To Knit Dishcloths? 

To knit dishcloths, you’ll need a few essential items. 

First and foremost, select a suitable yarn for dishcloths, with cotton being the preferred choice due to its absorbency and durability. 

Ensure you have the appropriate knitting needles; for dishcloths, a pair of medium-sized needles, such as US size 7 or 8, is commonly recommended. 

A pair of scissors will be necessary for cutting the yarn, and a yarn needle will come in handy for weaving in loose ends and finishing touches. 

Having a stitch marker can help you keep track of your rows and stitches. 

Additionally, a pattern or guide for dishcloth knitting is useful, especially if you’re new to the craft. 

With these basic supplies and a bit of creativity, you’ll be well-equipped to create functional and aesthetically pleasing dishcloths for your kitchen.

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind off, how to knit the basic stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, how to knit the purl stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, how to yarn over, how to measure gauge, how to fix knitting mistakes, and a list of knitting abbreviations (UK + US terms), and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category, there, you will find a range of knitting patterns – Beginner Knitters

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

Could you share your work with us?

I love seeing your finished projects on social media.

If you enjoyed making any free knitted dishcloth patterns, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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  1. Thank you. I am going to make some of these for my family. I am always looking for ideas to add for their Christmas boxes. I love the patterns and think they will too. Thank you again.

    1. Hello Teresa,
      I’m so happy you like the dishcloth patterns ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy knitting!

  2. Rearranging some files in my computer & just came across this blog with the dishcloths & so enjoyed reviewing it again. I am itching to make the Celtic cables since my BFF and I are suddenly into cables & we have never seen a washcloth with cables. She will receive several this Christmas. This post inspired me to get cracking on making them again; I had several boxes of wonderful ones stashed away for holiday gifts until my last housekeeper decided she liked them more & absconded with them along with jewelry & a beautiful Irish knit sweater I had made for my late husband. I didn’t discover those until after I found the seashells she took after our last trip to the Virgin Islands when we went beachcombing after a hurricane (our last vacation together) so it brought back many bittersweet memories. I did enjoy these patterns, though, and am inspired to get knitting again. Thank you for always giving us interesting projects to drool over!

    1. Hello Brenda,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you enjoy knitting some cables!