52 Weeks of Dishcloths

Happy New Year!

How many of you knit or crochet dishcloths?  We know they are pretty popular – all of us here make our own dishcloths all the time, usually practicing a fun new stitch or technique. Since I don’t have a dishwasher, I have tons of dishcloths and I find that all of my handmade dishcloths work so much better than ones found in stores.

So with that in mind, for 2014 we thought we’d have a fun little Dishcloth-along!  Every week, we will be posting a brand new dishcloth pattern – for free!  Each pattern is written by the Knit Picks staff and at the end of the year, we have something special planned for them. (it’s a secret for now, but I think you’ll enjoy it.)

So first up is the dishcloth pattern I make all the time for myself – Orbital.


I’m not kidding, I have at least a dozen of this easy to crochet pattern in my dishcloth drawer, in all sizes & colors.  The pattern as written creates a 10.5″ diameter dishcloth but it’s easy to make them smaller or larger – just take out or add a few rounds.  I did these Dishie (Jalepeno and Honeydew – green is my favorite color) but I’ve also made similar ones in Shine and Comfy for facecloths.  It’s a really versatile pattern and one I don’t have to worry making sure my edges are nice & neat, like I do with square crochet dishcloths!


Each dishcloth takes less than a skein of Dishie - and I had enough of both colors to do a stripey one as well!  Or you if you have odds & ends of worsted cotton yarn, you can change colors every round to make a rainbow Orbital!

Here is the direct link to the pattern – I can’t wait to see all the versions you come up with!

Orbital Dishcloth

I hope you enjoy this pattern – and stayed tuned for next Thursday, when will have another free pattern for you!


  1. Paula Eeds / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    Looking forward to these patterns!

  2. Jennifer Bruce / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    I’m excited that you’re doing this! Count me in!

  3. Velma / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    Sounds like fun

  4. Betty Burdick / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    How wonderful and kind of you all! Thank you very much.

  5. penny carroll / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    I just found this on my new phone and count me in! Sounds like fun!

  6. Mary / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    I and so glad that you are doing this. I am always looking for new and easy, quick patterns. I am going to try making some in varigated cotton. Thank you so much for doing this for us.

  7. Maureen / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    One of my goals for this year is to knit more dishcloths, so this will be perfect.

  8. Janice E Catt / January 2, 2014 / Reply

    Can’t wait for the rest of them. Make one each week

  9. Katiemae / January 3, 2014 / Reply

    How exciting!! I’m starting first thing tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what all you have in store for us!!!

  10. Dawn S / January 3, 2014 / Reply

    If I could do one new one for every week that you give us I would end up with 52 dishcloths for the year. That is a lot. Unfortunately, I had to give up crocheting because of arthritis and went strictly knitting, so I hope to see some knitted patterns to try! Thank you Knit Picks!

  11. Leatrice Liermann / January 4, 2014 / Reply

    I love crocheting and new ideas.

  12. Sidra Goldsmit / January 6, 2014 / Reply

    This looks like fun. Will there be knitted cloths too? I forwarded this to my daughters but unfortunately, I haven’t quite gotten the crochet down.

  13. Asher / January 15, 2014 / Reply


    I would like to bring this to the group and have some fun.


  14. Cris / January 17, 2014 / Reply

    These re so cute it makes me want to learn how to crochet!

  15. Karin Hall / January 20, 2014 / Reply

    Could use some more free patterns to make more. All the sorority girls and friends love them when I make them as their gift

  16. Dee / August 1, 2014 / Reply

    Love Knitpicks! Looking forward to the dishcloths. Like others, I would like to see knitted cloths too. I can do both, but love variety.

  17. Barbara / August 19, 2014 / Reply

    Love knitting dishcloths, hope to see a lot more of them…

  18. Patti / August 19, 2014 / Reply

    How can I get the other patterns that I have missed?

  19. Joan / August 19, 2014 / Reply

    Have you compiled these into a booklet?

    • admin / August 20, 2014 / Reply

      They will all be compiled in a book once the year is over!

  20. Elizabeth / August 24, 2014 / Reply

    I love to make them. A lot of
    beauty in a small item.

  21. Bonnie M / September 30, 2014 / Reply

    Hope there will be some knitted patterns! Thanks, Chris.

  22. kathryn / September 30, 2014 / Reply

    when I clicked on Orbital Dishcloth the comment was “No file found”.

    Where do I find the pattern, these are sooo cute

  23. Sally / October 1, 2014 / Reply

    Knit-pickers you need to do KAL we would love to to learn how to knit different kinds of projects. Sweaters, scarfs, with a KAL.

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