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14 Knit Dishcloth Patterns for Beginners

Check out these free knit dishcloth patterns and learn how to knit one of your own in no time.

By: Julie DaMario, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Updated September 21, 2021
Knit Dishcloth Patterns for Beginners

Think of a dishcloth like knitting a stitch swatch, like something used to determine knitting gauge before beginning a project. It's really that easy!

Whether you're just learning how to knit or you're a seasoned pro, looking to whip up a few quick kitchen and bath accessories, a knit dishcloth is a wonderful knitting tool for a number of reasons. Dishcloths are the perfect length and width to get the hang of a new stitch. And who doesn't love a pattern that you can finish in one sitting?

Another reason to love dishcloth patterns is they make wonderful homemade gifts. In just an afternoon, you can create a beautiful and practical housewarming gift or going-away present for a friend or family member. Knitted dishcloths are both a practical and fun way to expand your knitting skills.

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PLUS! Keep scrolling to find our two newest additions to this wonderful list! Here's a hint: they're easy enough for anyone to manage, but also versatile enough to fit any kitchen.

Incredibly Easy Knit Dishcloth Pattern

You can never have too many dishcloths right? This Incredibly Easy Knit Dishcloth is an awesome knitting pattern that you can whip up in just one hour. Dishcloths can often get a lot of wear and tear so making your own knit dishcloths can save money. Plus, you can use whatever yarn you would like to make your DIY dishcloth as durable as possible.

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Nana's Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

This classic dishcloth has a charming vintage vibe. Nana's Favorite Dishcloth Pattern features a waffle-like stitch design with a sturdy thickness that holds up nicely to dirty dishes and countertops. Knit a few in a soft pastel shade or a muted earth tone for a timeless kitchen accessory you'll reach for every day. Learn how to knit a dishcloth with ease once you try out this wonderful free knitting pattern.

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Nana's Favorite Dishcloth Pattern

Easy Everyday Dishcloth

A great exercise in garter stitch as well as the perfect go-to dishcloth pattern, the Easy Everyday Dishcloth is a great way to keep your hands busy for a few hours.

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Easy Everyday Dishcloth

Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

Master the classic seed stitch and learn how to knit a dishcloth with this simple knit dishcloth. Not only does the Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern appeal to the eyes, it offers just enough texture to wipe away grease and grime. Whip up a few for a pretty and practical housewarming gift, or keep the set for yourself. There's no going wrong with this easy dishcloth.

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Seed Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

Simple Eyelet Dishcloth

Learn the basics of lace knitting with the Simple Eyelet Dishcloth. This printable pattern from Bernat proves that a basic cleansing routine (whether it be in the bathroom or kitchen) doesn't have to be boring. Add a little loveliness to a mundane activity with this pretty lace dishcloth.

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Simple Eyelet Dishcloth

Beginner Basketweave Dishcloth

With just enough room to master basketweave knitting, the Beginner Basketweave Dishcloth is the perfect tool for fledgling knitters yearning to know how to knit a dishcloth. This wonderfully textured and visually appealing dishcloth pattern is great for everyday messes, yet would look lovely displayed in a guest bathroom sink or bedroom nightstand.

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Beginner Basketweave Dishcloth

Country Charm Dishcloth

This darling doily-style knit dishcloth is just as much a decoration as it is a functional kitchen accessory. The Country Charm Dishcloth features a stunning star-shaped motif surrounded by a simple lace design. This pattern would also work well as a potholder or hot pad.

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Country Charm Dishcloth

Waffle Knit Dishcloth

Hone your knitting skills and expand your stitch repertoire with the Waffle Knit Dishcloth. This deliciously textured dishcloth is perfect for use in both the bathroom and kitchen.

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Waffle Knit Dishcloth

Feather and Fan Dishcloth

Simple yet elegant, the Feather and Fan Dishcloth might be too pretty for actual use! This darling knit dishcloth would look lovely displayed in a guest bathroom or hung over the kitchen sink for a bit of knit decor. Have fun learning a classic lace knitting stitch with this easy dishcloth pattern.

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Feather and Fan Dishcloth

Diamond Twist Stitch Dishcloth

This Diamond Twist Stitch Dishcloth looks gorgeous in royal purple and has such an interesting texture. With a repeating twist stitch pattern, this dishcloth is a welcome difference from the host of boring, flat dishcloth knitting patterns out there. This free knitting pattern will guide you through creating the lovely twist stitch motif, which isn't as hard as it looks--this is really an easy knitting pattern!

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Diamond Twist Stitch Dishcloth

Super Stockinette Dishcloth

Just learning how to knit? The Super Stockinette Dishcloth is the perfect place to start. Master the fundamental stockinette stitch with this easy dishcloth pattern. You only have to know how to knit and purl to get the hang of this practical pattern.

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Super Stockinette Dishcloth

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

There's never a bad time to start collecting more free dishcloth knitting patterns, and this one is definitely a keeper. Use this pattern for Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth to make all of your friends a practical gift that looks great too. Knit with several yarn overs, this cloth features a framed edge, making it as visually appealing as it is great for using in the kitchen.

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Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

NEW! Beginner Knit Dishcloth

Most people wouldn't look at the gorgeous design of this dishcloth and think that a beginner, who only knows how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, to be able to accomplish it, but believe it or not, it's a beginner pattern! We love this pattern for its versatility; it's easy to make it bigger or smaller since there are no pesky stitch repeats to keep track of.

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Beginner Knit Dishcloth

NEW! Knit Dishcloth

This is as simple as it gets while still being fun! Take your knitting and purling to the next level with this fabulously textured knit dishcloth. While we love how it looks with variegated yarn, you will have more luck seeing the design of your stitchwork with a solid color. Knit this in whatever colors your heart desires!

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Knit Dishcloth

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I have been knitting dishcloths for years, and it is the perfect thing to do while sitting in the doctors office, or hospital with someone, on yourself, and see results very quickly. Many have been made for family and friends. I look forward to trying new patterns. Love the ones posted on this site. Thank you.

I'm new to knitting, so this collection is a big help. Dishcloths are fast to whip up and a great way to try out new stitches. I think I want to try seed stitch next!

This is a great collection of washcloths to make for every possible occasion. There are plenty of new stitches to learn while making something useful for the home or for a gift. Plus, if you can find the cotton yarn on sale, you can make a dishcloth for less than you can buy one.

yrn means yarn round needle, sometimes called and written yo.

Have you tried this craft? What did you think?

what doed yrn mean on the eyelets dishcloth patterson mean please /

Hi clairetanner1 5968847, I'm not sure of your question. If you're wondering which yarn is used on the Simple Eyelet Dishcloth, it is Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. Thanks, -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

YRN means yarn round the needle, its a british term often mistaken for yo in the US, but you are wrapping the yarn the opposite way to a yo.

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