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Favorite Washcloth Patterns

August 5, 2012

Laura’s Blog Entry

One thing I like to knit, when I am tired and everything else seems too complicated, is washcloths. Mari uses them to wash her face each morning, so they are useful. Many patterns also double as great dishcloths in the kitchen. Sometimes working on a sweater is just too hot. A small cotton dishcloth is a good diversion. They work up quickly. Boom, you’re done. Nearly instant gratification.

I’ve found some nice patterns lately on Ravelry, so I thought I’d share them all in a blog post. They are all free downloads. Gotta love that! THE TITLE ABOVE EACH PHOTO IS A LINK TO THE PATTERN.

Note: All should be made in a cotton yarn for washability.

Christmas Lace Dishcloth

My new favorite. Pretty. Nice for gifts. Easy pattern repeat. (Shown in mercerized cotton.)

Crocheted Square Washcloth

Sometimes I like to crochet for change of pace from knitting. I prefer the version with more pronounced ribbing. Looks nice in even the most inexpensive cotton yarn. Result is a thicker, more substantial cloth – well suited for dishes. (Shown in a worsted weight dishcloth cotton.)

Wedding Washcloths by Purl Soho

Love this seed stitch bordered one. Has a sophisticated look. I think it is best done in a smoother, higher end yarn or a mercerized cotton. (Shown in mercerized cotton.)

Painted Sun Washcloth

Fun to do a different shape! (Shown in a worsted weight dishcloth cotton.)

Waffle Knit Dishcloth

Shown in the pattern with a contrast stripe for a vintage cloth look. I prefer to do it in a solid color yarn. (Shown in mercerized cotton.)

Baby Genius Burp Cloth

I adapted this pattern from a baby burp cloth to a washcloth size. It appears in the book Mason-Dixon Knitting. Love the slip-stitch pattern. I’ve done a few of these! (Shown in KnitPicks CotLin yarn. Love this yarn! Cotton and linen blend.)

Anyone have any other go-to washcloth or dishcloth patterns? Love to get some more ideas!

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2016 11:51 am

    Laura, thank you for including the waffle knit dishcloth pattern!

    • February 25, 2016 12:54 pm

      You are welcome! It’s funny; I wrote this post years ago and thanks to Pinterest it has a new life! Thanks for the great pattern!

  2. Kathy Tincler permalink
    June 1, 2016 1:47 am

    Hi! How can I get the pattern for the seed stitch border washcloth? I got all excited because it looks like I could do it but when I got here only pics…thanx

  3. sarah permalink
    June 1, 2016 12:50 pm

    Can’t find the pattern for the baby genius burp cloth. On ravelry it says its from a book, how do I ger it? Thanks for all these, they are lovely!

  4. Kim Hebb permalink
    June 18, 2016 7:03 am

    Is there a free pattern for the baby genius burp cloth . I clicked on the name above the picture but it takes me somewhere else. I would love to knit this.

    • June 18, 2016 10:19 am

      The link is to the project on Ravelry. The pattern is in the book listed on Ravelry page. You might try your public library to get a copy of the book. It is a great looking pattern!

  5. June 22, 2016 3:35 pm

    I like making washcloths and dishcloths for the very same reasons but mostly because sometimes all I want to do is knit and not think! I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to washcloth, dishcloth and tea towel patterns. Check it out:

    Thanks for the great post!

  6. Emma permalink
    June 30, 2016 8:42 pm

    A novice knitter, I appreciate these patterns, thank you.

  7. August 6, 2016 11:08 pm

    My new favorite is ‘Sunny Days’ which is also a free Knit Picks download.

  8. becky permalink
    November 14, 2016 10:46 pm

    Really like the different styles of dishcloths

  9. marina permalink
    November 26, 2016 10:14 pm

    Can I please get the knitting pattern . I am n beginner

  10. Mary Bet permalink
    April 11, 2017 4:35 pm

    Love the patterns you chose – I want to make them all !!!!

  11. christina permalink
    April 17, 2018 3:52 am

    I want to knit these wonderful patterns but i can not find the instructins pls advice

  12. PAULA S. ACKERMAN permalink
    April 23, 2018 10:22 pm

    Where are the patterns?

  13. May 21, 2018 2:56 am

    Where’s the patterns at.

  14. Cindy permalink
    July 20, 2019 12:59 pm

    The seed stitch border washcloth pattern is NOT THE LINK above the picture. Please help !!

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