FREE Dish / Pan / Wash Cloth Knitting Pattern

free dishcloth knitting pattern

Enjoy this lovely FREE dishcloth / washcloth /pan holder knitting pattern. It can be used as a dishcloth or wash cloth. You could also add a backing and use it as a pan holder. Keep reading for the instructions.

An easy pattern using just combinations of knit and purl stitches to create a lovely effect.

Abbreviations : k – knit, p – purl, st – stitch, st-st – stocking stitch (k1row, p1row), tog – together

This cloth was made with double knitting cotton and 3mm needles. Approx 25g used and 1 small button needed too. This is just a guide, use any yarn or needle combination that you like to get the effect and size you want.

The measurements at this tension were approx 19cm wide and 26cm tall including the handle. For a wider or smaller cloth, add or remove stitches in groups of 4.

Cloth – Make 1
With your desired colour, cast on 48 sts
Knit 4 rows
Next: (k2, p2) to end
Next: (k2, p2) to end
Next: (p2, k2) to end
Next: (p2, k2) to end
Complete the last 4 rows 3 times in total (12 rows)
Knit 1 row

Optionally, if a stripe is desired, change to stripe colour now
Starting with a knit row, st-st 4 rows
For a stripe, change back to main colour

Lower centre section. Knit 2 rows
Next: (k1, p1) to end
Next: (p1, k1) to end
Complete the last 2 rows 4 times in total (8 rows)
Next: (k1, p1) to end
Knit 1 row

For a stripe, change to stripe colour
Starting with a knit row, st-st 4 rows
For a stripe, change to main colour
Knit 2 rows

Next: (k2, p2) to end
Next: (k2, p2) to end
Next: (p2, k2) to end
Next: (p2, k2) to end
Complete the last 4 rows 10 times in total (40 rows)
For a longer cloth, add more rows here in groups of 4 rows

If you intend on lining the back of your cloth, measure now add a backing now before any reductions.

free dishcloth pattern


Reduce for the hanging loop
Next: k2tog to end (24 sts)
Next: k2tog to end (12 sts)
For a different colour handle, change colour now
Loop
Next: (k1, p1) to end
Complete the last row 32 times (or more rows if a larger loop is needed)

Buttonhole
Next: pattern for 5 sts, cast off 2 sts, pattern for 5 sts (10 sts)
Next: Pattern for 5 sts, cast on 2 sts, pattern for 5 sts (12 sts)
Next: k2tog, (k1, p1) to last 2 sts, k2tog (10 sts)
Next: k2tog, (p1, k1) to last 2 sts, k2tog (8 sts)
Next: k2tog, (k1, p1) to last 2 sts, k2tog (6 sts)
Next: k2tog, p1, k1, k2tog (4 sts)
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight

Tie in the row ends. Add a button to the front of the cloth.

free washcloth knitting pattern

I hope that you have enjoyed this pattern. Please use it to make lots of washcloths. You are free to sell the finished items for profit or charity as you please. Just please don’t copy and share the pattern but send knitters here if they want to make one for themselves.

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