View Full Version : Dish cloths/kitchen towels/pot holder patterns

04-29-2005, 11:42 AM
I think KellyK suggested this awhile back but it's finally sunk in and made it on my To Do list. I would love to make a few sets of dish cloths, kitchen towels and pot holders for the women in my family. I think if I start working them in between my main projects I can get them done for Christmas.

What I'm looking for is a book of patterns, any experience level. Anyone come across one that they'd recommend? I normally buy my books from Crafter's Choice but I wasn't able to find anything on the topic.

Also, any recommendations on yarn to use or not use? My husband said that his mom knit dish clothes when they were kids and they never lasted very long.

Thanks for your help!!

04-29-2005, 12:03 PM
I would use Lily Sugar & Cream (http://www.sugarncream.com/product.php?LGC=sugarncream)...just plain old cotton, comes in a MILLION colors.

Here is the website I like for dishcloths (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/knitting.html), no need to BUY a book! Dishcloths are SO simple...you can really use any stitch pattern that you like!

Also, check THESE (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/dishcloths.php) dishcloth & towel patterns
And THESE (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/stitches.php) stitch patterns

04-29-2005, 12:39 PM
WoW Now I found a ton of new projects. How am I ever gonna get all this done?!?!?!?

04-29-2005, 12:51 PM
Here's a reeeeeeeeally cute one:

The home webpage of the above has lots of other patterns too.


04-29-2005, 12:52 PM
hee hee hee!

I wonder sometimes, if I am more addicted to IDEAS for knitting than I am to knitting itself!!

04-29-2005, 04:04 PM
KellyK - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :cheering: :cheering:

It's been crazy here at work and I just got a chance to check the site. I'm so excited that I can get a ton of free patterns! That means more money for yarn! I'm going to bookmark all of the sites and check them out in detail this weekend, plus do a little online shopping :cheering:

I know what you mean about our little addiction. I have to keep a notebook with me at all times so when I think of a cool gift for someone I can schedule it in with my other projects so it gets finished on time. My husband loves making suggestions too. I figure if I can load him with woodworking and home improvement projects then he can load me with "make me socks" or "that pattern is cool" requests!

04-29-2005, 04:07 PM
KnitQueen - Thank you for that website. Those sheep are so cool and I saw from the home page a cool pattern with crosses. My best friend will be graduating from seminary school this May and it's a perfect gift!

Now I just need to finish the project I'm on now and get started! Thanks again!

04-29-2005, 04:21 PM
SO glad I could help!! :happydance:

04-29-2005, 05:02 PM
Knitqueen, I clicked on the link (to the list of patterns) from the page you linked, and found this (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/awarenessribbon_soapsack.html) adorable little soap bag. I have a bunch of natural soap bars which I received as payment for advertising on my homeschooling website from a soapmaking sahm. She no longer advertises with us, but I built up quite a supply while she was, and I like to give them as gifts. I've always wanted to think of some special way of packaging them, and this little bag is just the ticket. I'm happy! :thumbsup:

Thanks! :D

05-01-2005, 04:49 PM
I was going to buy some of the cotton chenille from numei.com to make those cute petal washclothes in Weekend Knitting...they say its comparable to the higher priced stuff....anyone done that yet?

05-04-2005, 01:45 PM
Here is the website I like for dishcloths (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/knitting.html), no need to BUY a book! Dishcloths are SO simple...you can really use any stitch pattern that you like!

Well, shoot! Here I thought I had found a goldmine, and I rushed out here to share it with everyone! :D Glad to see you guys already found this, though. I just downloaded a bunch of patterns from this site.

I can't believe I'm addicted to dishcloths now!! :shock:

05-08-2005, 09:59 AM
Yeah - I'm addicted to dishcloths now too! They're fun patterns that only take a day or two to make. I love the feeling of accomplishment! Every woman in my family is getting these as stocking stuffers for Christmas. I bought a ton of Sugar n Cream yarn online and I'm loving all of the different colors and the way they come out with the patterns.

My only question is what kind of fund projects can I do with the left over yarn? I was thinking about making scarfs and hats for the homeless in my area but I heard about a scrap afgan with left over yarn and I wanted to see if anyone ever made one?

05-08-2005, 12:06 PM
FUN FUN FUN! I agree with your DH...Im likin the rainbow one!

05-08-2005, 12:45 PM
What kind of yarn are you using? I love that rainbow one! And what is the stitch pattern?

I have one in process, its just using that suggar and cream stuff, and I think I made it too wide....its just easy knittin when you dont need to see what you are doing.

05-08-2005, 01:15 PM
kitkat - The yarn I used was Lily Sugar'n Cream Rainbow Bright. I ordered a whole box of yarn with tons of colors from:
The pattern is Blissful Moss from this site:

This is how anal/organized I am: I took all of the websites for dischcloth pattern recommendations, printed out the ones I liked and put them in a 3 ring binder. I liked that idea so much that I took all of my print outs of stuff I've made and would like to make and put them in there too. Now it's on my bookshelf with all of my other craft books so when I'm finished with one I don't have to get online to find my next project. I can just flip through the pages.
I definitely need to seek help . . . :D

05-08-2005, 02:19 PM
NO! Not at ALL! I did the same thing! And, I am one of the most DISorganized people you will ever meet! I even got sheet protectors/dividers for the whole thing, made categories, and a cool pictoral cover sheet that I slipped in to the front of the binder! AND, each section has its own pic!

05-08-2005, 05:07 PM

I am AS anal as you, I have a three ring binder going too. With edit.....and as I have had other patterns that I was eyeballing disappear, I think it was a very smart idea. I also am a Suzie :lol:

05-09-2005, 10:19 AM
Suzie - where did you get the owl dishcloth pattern?? It's so cute and my mom like's owl's, so I think I smell a Christmas gift!! :) I hope it's online somewhere!


05-09-2005, 10:21 AM
doh!! I just did a google for owl dishcloth and came up with tons of patterns, so nevermind!! Thanks for posting it though, giving me lots of good ideas :lol:

05-09-2005, 12:44 PM
hippodamia - Definitely send any owl patterns my way too. I would love to make an owl afgan or find towels & potholders to match the dishcloth pattern! I haven't had a chance to google them yet but I'd love to add more owl stuff to my list of projects.

05-09-2005, 04:28 PM
How about these:




05-09-2005, 04:33 PM
I printed them out and will file them in my projects binder! Thanks!

05-09-2005, 05:35 PM
I actually have had to move my projects into a BIGGER binder. Ha so there so I be the most anal retentive! I have printed more projects than I could ever knit in a lifetime but I am gonna die trying!

05-10-2005, 01:49 PM
Okay, now I think I'm going to have to knit some dishcloths. What a great way to practice technique. And they're cute too! But here's a silly questions - do you use these instead of sponges? Is that what they're for?

Suzie, I just love that Alex cloth pink one!

05-10-2005, 02:17 PM
My Grandma used hand-knit dishcloths EXCLUSIVELY for washing dishes!

05-10-2005, 04:05 PM
yup my mom always used them for doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. she stopped using them after my gramma stopped knitting though because she didn't want to come to the time when she didn't have any left. i think she is waiting for me to start giving some up to her. of course the one i am working on right now is orange, fuschia, and yellow so it prolly won't work to well with her blue kitchen...lol

oooooh and somewhere around my house in one of the places i hide old doilies and such there are some potholders with owls on them. Gramma LOVED owls. can't bring myself to use it though cuz while i don't like owls at all, they are very gramma! oooh....i should post some pictures of the sweaters she made me as a child. i should also stop just rambling on this thread...back to work...

05-11-2005, 10:36 AM
Two months ago I was at the home of my friend's mother (who's an avid knitter) and i told her of my newest obsession. She immediately said, "Oh, you should knit this dishcloth sometime. Everyone that I have given them to loves them!".....

I thought she'd been smoking crack or something. KNIT a DISHCLOTH??!!! :shock: Why on earth would i do that?? I mean it's not like they're extremely expensive, or anything!! But, since she was so sincere and she'd gone and found the pattern for me :oops: i felt obligated to try it and let her know how it went...

So I made one for my mom.. we were both skeptical from the beginning, but now she LOVES it! She's desperate for more and wants me to make some for my sister (as all of her store-bought cloths are threadbare). My friend's mom was right! I couldn't believe it...

Now i use them as a means to learn new techniques, as i'm still newbiesque. In fact, i'm just finishing up a dishcloth that i used to test out a design. I was making my sister a shawl with this beautiful pink ribbon, but didn't like the pattern i had at hand and i didn't want to keep frogging my beautiful ribbon.. So i grabbed a ball of Lily, Sugar and Cream and used that to faff around with potential designs. It's nice and CHEAP and once i got the design i wanted i just carried that over into making it square. So she gets a shawl AND a dishcloth!

I have a whole file of patterns that i've collected from the page KellyK mentioned at the beginnig of this thread - all with new techniques for me to practice with...

I admit.. i'm a convert... :thumbsup: