Hand Knit Washcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

A very simple pattern for hand knit washcloths, perfect for gifting or for your own use.

The other night my husband and I were guests of our friends at a basketball game.  While the game was carrying on in front of us, my girlfriend and I were catching up on each other, our families and stuff in general.

Somehow we migrated to chatting about hand knit washcloths or as some say knit dish cloths or perhaps dishcloths? (isn’t that what you chat about at basketball games?).

She was telling me about this great washcloth a friend had knit for her and she wanted to knit some herself.  She came over the next day with the washcloth and we figured out the yarn and needle used, as well as the pattern.  I love that they look like there are little hearts in the pattern.

(This is one of several knit washcloth/dishcloth patterns I’ve published. To see all the washcloth patterns…scroll down towards the bottom of the page)

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

I was eager to get started on these great washcloths, they are the kind of knit project I’m looking for these days.  As I’ve said before, I need to have something to do while on car trips, sitting in front of the TV or sitting in the car pool line, and these washcloths fit that bill.

They are a quick knit (read…semi-immediate gratification) and don’t require my undivided attention.

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

I used a 100% cotton yarn for these washcloths.  Cotton is far more absorbent than a polyester, so is a good material for a washcloth.  The yarn is a worsted weight and I used size 6 needles.

These hand knit washcloths measure 11 inches by 11 inches.  Adjust your cast on if you want something smaller or bigger.  I find them the perfect size.

Instructions for Hand Knit Washcloths

Here are the materials you will need to knit 2 washcloths, each measuring 11 inches by 11 inches:

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I skein worsted weight medium  , 100% cotton.  200 yards made 2 washcloths

(Make sure to see the list of best yarns for knitting washcloths/dishcloths below!)

Size 6 knitting needles, or to fit your gauge

The pattern I used to knit the washcloths:

Cast on 46 stitches

1st row:    K1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  K last stitch

2nd row:  P1, *K2P2*  Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  P last stitch

3rd row:   K1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  K last stitch

4th row:   P1, *P2,K2*  Repeat from * to * until last stitch.  P last stitch

Repeat these 4 rows until your piece measures 11 inches.  Bind off and tuck in your loose yarn.

So, I use the washcloths in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I’ve gifted them for Mother’s Day and for housewarmings. I keep a stash on hand for last minute gifts for any number of occasions (Teacher Appreciation Day, hostess gifts and ‘just because’ gifts)

You could pair a hand knit washcloth with some dish soap in a pretty dispenser with a pour spout

Here’s a round-up of some other great items to accompany your hand knit washcloth if you’re looking to gift them.

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However you decide to ‘gift’ your hand knit washcloths, you can be assured that the recipient will be thrilled.

Hand Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths are perfect for gift giving or for use in your own bathroom. A simple pattern for the novice or experienced knitter.

If you want more washcloth or dishcloth patterns, pop over here to see more knit & crochet patterns.

Best Yarns to Knit Washcloths or Dishcloths:

In general, you want an unmercerized cotton as the mercerization process makes less absorbent material.

Pin for your future reference:

Instructions on how to make these 100% cotton, hand knit washcloths or dishcloths, for kitchen or bath. Easy DIY. Great for teacher appreciation day gifts

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Until next time,


Michaels Knitting & Crochet

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Additional Handknit Washcloths you may be interested in:

Daisy Knit Washcloth

Nothing better than hand knit, spa washcloths, to give as gifts or to keep for yourself. Instructions for this DIY , daisy stitch, knit washcloth with crochet edge | craft


Knot Another Washcloth (Chinese Wave)

Illustrated instructions to knit and crochet these great washcloths. These are perfect for gifts or for your own use. Hand knit washcloth pattern

Diagonal Basketweave Washcloth



  1. Lynne

    August 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Lynn, I made 2 of these washcloths and they are beautiful! Thought it might make a good pattern for a baby blanket. Any thoughts on size, # of stitches,yarn? Thank you

    • lynn

      August 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Good Morning Lynne, I think this pattern would be beautiful as a baby blanket! The few baby blankets I have made are about 36″ by 36″. If I were to make a baby blanket with this pattern, I’d try the following:

      I’d stay with a worsted weight. The yarn I used for the washcloth would be fine, but you could also use something with some alpaca in it. I’ve used the Berroco Modern Cotton which was softer than the yarn for the washcloth, but did not have alpaca in it.

      I’d use a size 7 or 8 needle, solely because its a bigger piece.

      I’d check my gauge with whatever size needle I chose. I’m guessing I’d end up casting on 120 or so stitches.

      I hope this helps! If you do make the baby blanket, please let me know how it turned out and I’d love to see a picture! Happy Knitting.

      BTW…what did you do to make sure you were working on the right row. That was my biggest problem with this patter…I’d get busy knitting and lose track of what row I was supposed to be on…not a big row marker user. Did you just use row markers?

  2. Lynne

    August 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks, Lynn, for your ideas! I will certainly try making a baby blanket using this pattern. I have searched high and low for something different and unique. Also, I love that it is reversible!!
    FYI: when I’m knitting I keep the pattern right in front of me so I can refer to it at all times. Also, I make sure I complete the 4 row pattern before putting it down. Never used a row marker. I found making these washcloths to be instead gratification, i can’t wait to knit and it is very relaxing. Thanks so much!

    • Sue

      May 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing these patterns. The washcloths are all so lovely and fun to make.

      • lynn

        June 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

        Sue, you are so very welcome and hope you have a great time knitting!

        Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words.

        Hugs, Lynn

  3. Carole

    July 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Beautiful stuff on your site! Love it!!

    • lynn

      July 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Aw thanks Carole! I very much appreciate your kind words and support. Hope you come back and visit again soon!

  4. Thacia Stirling

    July 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Fairly new to knitting… can I scale this to make a smaller dish cloth or scale up and what do I scale the number of stitches by? Does it just have to be an even number?

    • lynn

      July 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Thacia, yes…you can scale up or down and just need to have an even number of stitches. Happy Knitting!

  5. Earlena Ferrell

    July 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, I’m new to making wash clothes and dish clothes , I will be making this one,
    Thank you?

    • lynn

      August 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      You are so welcome Earlena! I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I did and be sure to pop back in if you have further questions.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Cindy

    June 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    How do you knit pictures and words on a dishcloth/block?

  7. Jasmine

    July 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    What is the gauge for for your washcloths pattern? I don’t see them on the patterns’ page.

    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for pointing that out Jasmine! It is 2 stitches and 2 rows per inch.

      Happy Knitting my friend!

      hugs, Lynn

  8. Jasmine

    July 24, 2018 at 1:43 am

    How big should my gauge be?I’m still confused on it.How big was your gauge?

    • lynn

      July 24, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Hi Jasmine, so because the gauge is 2 stitches and 2 rows per inch, it’s really up to you how long to make it. For instance, if you knit a 6 inch by 6 inch gauge, then you should have 12 stitches across and 12 rows within that 6 by 6 swatch. Does that make sense?

      My travels have slowed down and I’ll be home now and it’ll be easier to answer questions, so ask away my friend.




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