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. Becky Heck / October 23, 2014

    Hi: I make dishcloths for two friends and my daughter each year for Christmas.
    It will be so great to see their faces when they get dishcloths that have different patterns and shapes. I am not the best knitter/crochter but this is a good way to learn new patterns and if it doesn’t turn out “perfect” it doesn’t matter as it is just a dishcloth. Each one gets better.
    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns.

    • admin / October 28, 2014

      Thank you so much for your comment – we are so glad you are enjoying them! 🙂

  2. Sally / October 1, 2014

    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.

  3. kathryn / September 30, 2014

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

    Where do I find the pattern, these are sooo cute

  4. Bonnie M / September 30, 2014

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

  5. Elizabeth / August 24, 2014

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

  6. Joan / August 19, 2014

    Have you compiled these into a booklet?

    • admin / August 20, 2014

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

  7. Patti / August 19, 2014

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

  8. Barbara / August 19, 2014

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

  9. Dee / August 1, 2014

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

  10. Karin Hall / January 20, 2014

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

  11. Cris / January 17, 2014

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

  12. Asher / January 15, 2014


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


  13. Sidra Goldsmit / January 6, 2014

    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.

  14. Leatrice Liermann / January 4, 2014

    I love crocheting and new ideas.

  15. Dawn S / January 3, 2014

    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!

  16. Katiemae / January 3, 2014

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

  17. Janice E Catt / January 2, 2014

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

  18. Maureen / January 2, 2014

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

  19. Mary / January 2, 2014

    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.

  20. penny carroll / January 2, 2014

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

  21. Betty Burdick / January 2, 2014

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

  22. Velma / January 2, 2014

    Sounds like fun

  23. Jennifer Bruce / January 2, 2014

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

  24. Paula Eeds / January 2, 2014

    Looking forward to these patterns!

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