Dish Cloth patterns

Hey everyone,

I am looking for some interesting dishcloth patterns. I normally create my own... But  I am interested to see what other patterns are out there.

So if you have some great patterns lets see them...



I have none myself, but I believe "Mason Dixon Knitting" has some appealing ones in it. (I could be mistaken)



Jeff1201PA's picture

Check my blog.  The patterns I didn't create (or discover) myself are from Evelyn A. Clark's Love to Knit Dishcloths, published by Leisure Arts, #3676

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Warren's picture

Michael, my mom shared this site with me.  It has quite a few dishcloth patterns on it.  One cool thing about it, as you pass your mouse over each pattern name, you get to see a thumbnail picture of the finished project.  Each one has a rating of 1 to 3 so you know what you're getting yourself into.

MMario's picture

quite a few at this site:

mostly knit purl "picture" cloths.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

This is a really, really stupid question but I have been bemused about dishcloths over the last few months.  In the UK, should you make your own dish cloths at all - and I have to say, people now rarely, if ever do - then they are always crocheted in a special dishcloth cotton* - never knitted.  So what do you guys make these from? wool or cotton and are they to be used?  Silly question but I don't understand why you guys enthuse about something that is used just to wash dishes!?! - cultural differences I 'spose, sorry but I just don't get it.

*This is really a very thick craft cotton and is used for knitting or crocheting counterpanes/bed spreads - should really be called 'counterpane cotton' .

Oh! so they really a 'sampler'.  Do they get used through?

MMario's picture

yes! My mom makes very simple ones, just knit corner to corner; but they are highly in demand amongst here friends and family. She does them to keep her fingers limber - so when she comes visiting always drops off one or two as gifts.

Other fibers then cotton work and can be used. Wools tend to felt, so a superwash wool is good to use, though with some patterns the felting with use is a good thing.

Other people just display them.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

I think lars is right.  They're mostly a quick, easy project and a way of trying out different techniques.  I could never imagine using my beautiful knit items for washing dishes, so I have a big box of miscellaneous squares that I've said for twenty years I would sew together into a blanket.  Unfortunately I hate to sew and don't really need another blanket, so there they sit.

Simon, I think that over here they use dishcloths like we use 'J' cloths. A quick rub & scrub before the item goes into the dishwasher. Personally I use a brush.

Guys, please correct me if I am wrong. After all, I am an Englishman in New York. 12 years this autumn!

Knit away, knit away

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Tallguy's picture

Oh, yes, EVERYONE should knit dishcloths!  Yes, we do knit them here, altho there are a few people that will crochet them too.  They work just as well.

Yes, we do use a thicker "dishcloth" cotton for them.  I like making them to try out a pattern or a technique: I can see clearly how to do the stitches, and see what is happening with them.  And even if I make a mess of it (very rarely!), it is still useful.  And yes, you are supposed to use them!!  There is no greater pleasure than seeing someone actually using and enjoying something you have made.  They are really very efficient around the kitchen, or bathroom.  My mother makes very simple ones (pattern on the back of the ball band) and she uses them a lot.  She likes the variegated yarns because of the fun patterns they create.  But then she bleaches them when they get stained, so in a short time, they are all white!  Oh, well.

Warren gave you an excellent site for patterns -- tons of them!  And you can make up many more of your own.  Any knitting pattern will work to make up a "sampler" into a square, or circles or any other shape. I have them in the bathroom as well, and have made a couple of linen/cotton mix, and one of hemp would be excellent for exfoliating.  Make them into a drawstring bag, with a bar of soap inside.  I like to use lace patterns for mine, and have sold many of them at guild sales.  Use it as host/hostess gifts.  Everyone loves them. The ideas are endless!

ulf's picture

I see that everyone else is prefering cotton but I think linnen is the absolutly best. I use to boil mine in a pan on the stow when they gets dirty. To me it's a way of preserving nature not throwing away a dish cloth as so many people do.