Washcloth Knitting Patterns

Clean up with Your Knitting

I know a lot of knitters who really enjoy knitting washcloths and dishcloths. They're usually quick, easy projects made with inexpensive materials, so it's easy to see why so many knitters like them.

Best yet, everyone always needs more washcloths, so you can play with any stitch pattern you like and you'll end up with a functional finished project you can keep or give as a gift for a housewarming, to a new mom or as part of a spa kit.

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    Stockinette Stitch Washcloth
    Stockinette Stitch Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Even a new knitter can successfully knit this basic washcloth of stockinette stitch with a seed stitch border. This is a great first washcloth project because it gives you lots of practice with both knits and purls. For more experienced knitters, this is a great quick project and a basic washcloth that can take a lot of use.

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    Garter Eyelet Washcloth.
    Garter Eyelet Lace Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Adding eyelets to a basic washcloth gives it more of a spa feel, making this washcloth pattern a good choice to add to a basket of soaps and pampering goodies. The garter stitch also adds texture, which is good for exfoliation.

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    Mistake Rib Dishcloth

    Mistake Rib Dishcloth.
    Mistake Rib Dishcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    More rectangular than the washcloth patterns, this "dishcloth" can be used for washing people as well. Mistake rib is a really easy and fun knitting stitch pattern, and the cool colored yarn used in the sample makes an almost camouflaged effect.

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    Seed Stitch Washcloth. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Seed Stitch is a relatively easy knitting stitch that makes a nubby washcloth perfect for scrubbing. This one has a crocheted edging, but you could certainly leave that off if you don't know how to crochet or don't like the look.

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    Broken Rib Washcloth.
    Broken Rib Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Broken Rib is an interesting and easy to knit stitch pattern that provides a lot of texture, perfect for scrubbing dishes (or your body). This generously sized cloth will be your go-to for all your big cleaning jobs.
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    Fisherman's Rib Washcloth

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    Fisherman's Rib Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Fisherman's Rib is a pretty stitch pattern that's easy to work, with just a single row repeated for almost the whole piece. A ribbed cloth makes short work of messes, and this one even uses a greener yarn made with recycled materials.

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    Sun Washcloth

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    A closeup on the Sun Washcloth. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Work a little sunshine into your cleaning routine with this cute washcloth. Worked mostly in Stockinette Stitch, the sun pattern involves purling on the knit side and knitting on the purl side to make the image stand out.

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    Pink Ribbon Washcloth

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    A closeup on the ribbon edging. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Show your support of breast cancer research (or knit in another color to show your support of a different cause) year round with this easy-to-knit Pink Ribbon Washcloth. The ribbon part is actually part of a lattice stitch pattern that reminded me of folded ribbons.
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    Double Basket Stitch Basket Liner

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    Double Basket Stitch Basket Liner. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Double Basket Stitch is a fun, textured pattern that's great for all sorts of projects, including this sweet basket liner, which could also be used as a dishtowel.
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    Pumpkin Washcloth.
    Pumpkin Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Why not dress your kitchen or bathroom up for Halloween with this super-cute Pumpkin Washcloth? A simple Jack O'lantern is knit into the center of the washcloth using knit stitches on a field of purls. It's fun to see the face come out as you knit.
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    Feather and Fan Dishcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Feather and Fan is a classic stitch pattern that's a great introduction to lace knitting for those who might be a little afraid of lace. This dishcloth project is a great first lace project because it's done on pretty big needles, making it quick, easy and cute.
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    Bias Knit Washcloth
    Bias Knit Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Of course this simple bias knit washcloth doesn't have to just be for Christmas, but the colors of the sample lend themselves to celebrating the season. This project is quick knitting and a little more interesting than knitting a basic square.
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    Loop Washcloth

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    Loop washcloth. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Loop Washcloth uses a fun technique to leave loops of yarn on the surface of the knitting, which are great for exfoliating the skin.

     

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    Rice Stitch Washcloth

    Rice Stitch Washcloth
    Rice Stitch Washcloth. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This easy little washcloth is the perfect size for bathing a baby, but you could of course make it bigger if you wanted. It's a great way to practice a basic knitting stitch pattern.

     

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    Spring Chicken Washcloth

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    Spring Chicken washcloth. © Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Eileen Casey's Spring Chicken Washcloth is a fun way to welcome spring and Easter, and bring a little smile to your face while doing your spring cleaning chores.

     

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    Little Check Washcloth

    Little Check Washcloth
    Little Check Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Another simple stitch pattern combines with soft chenille yarn to make a washcloth you'll love to use in a luxurious bath.

     

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    Fleur de Lis Washcloth

    Fleur de Lis Washcloth
    Fleur de Lis Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This washcloth brings a bit of French Quarter fun to your daily chores. It's easy to knit and lots of fun for Mardi Gras celebrations and beyond.

     

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    Shamrock Washcloth

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    Shamrock washcloth. © Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Embrace the luck of the Irish with this simple but pretty washcloth pattern by Eileen Casey.

     

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    Heart washcloth. © Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Thanks to a fluke of color pooling, this heart washcloth designed by Eileen Casey also looks like it has a couple kissing in the background.

     

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    Two-color Garter Stitch Washcloth

    Two-color Garter Stitch Washcloth
    Two-color Garter Stitch Washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This fun washcloth is an easy way to learn intarsia without having to really keep up with a pattern, since it's just color blocking.