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I know a lot of knitters who really enjoy knitting washcloths and dishcloths. They're usually quick, easy projects made with inexpensive materials, so it's easy to see why so many knitters like them.

Best yet, everyone always needs more washcloths, so you can play with any stitch pattern you like and you'll end up with a functional finished project you can keep or give as a gift for a housewarming, to a new mom or as part of a spa kit.

1. Easy Stockinette Stitch Washcloth

Stockinette Stitch Washcloth
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Even a new knitter can successfully knit this basic washcloth of stockinette stitch with a seed stitch border. This is a great first washcloth project because it gives you lots of practice with both knits and purls. For more experienced knitters, this is a great quick project and a basic washcloth that can take a lot of use.

2. Garter Stitch Eyelet Washcloth

Garter Eyelet Washcloth.
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Adding eyelets to a basic washcloth gives it more of a spa feel, making this washcloth pattern a good choice to add to a basket of soaps and pampering goodies. The garter stitch also adds texture, which is good for exfoliation.

3. Mistake Rib Dishcloth

Mistake Rib Dishcloth.
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More rectangular than the washcloth patterns, this "dishcloth" can be used for washing people as well. Mistake rib is a really easy and fun knitting stitch pattern, and the cool colored yarn used in the sample makes an almost camouflaged effect.

4. Seed Stitch Washcloth

seed stitch washcloth
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Seed Stitch is a relatively easy knitting stitch that makes a nubby washcloth perfect for scrubbing. This one has a crocheted edging, but you could certainly leave that off if you don't know how to crochet or don't like the look.

5. Broken Rib Washcloth

Broken Rib Washcloth.
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Broken Rib is an interesting and easy to knit stitch pattern that provides a lot of texture, perfect for scrubbing dishes (or your body). This generously sized cloth will be your go-to for all your big cleaning jobs.

6. Fisherman's Rib Washcloth

brioche rib washcloth
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Fisherman's Rib is a pretty stitch pattern that's easy to work, with just a single row repeated for almost the whole piece. A ribbed cloth makes short work of messes, and this one even uses a greener yarn made with recycled materials.

7. Sun Washcloth

sun washcloth
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Work a little sunshine into your cleaning routine with this cute washcloth. Worked mostly in Stockinette Stitch, the sun pattern involves purling on the knit side and knitting on the purl side to make the image stand out.

8. Pink Ribbon Washcloth

pink ribbon washcloth
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Show your support of breast cancer research (or knit in another color to show your support of a different cause) year round with this easy-to-knit Pink Ribbon Washcloth. The ribbon part is actually part of a lattice stitch pattern that reminded me of folded ribbons.

9. Double Basket Stitch Basket Liner

double basket stitch basket liner
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The Double Basket Stitch is a fun, textured pattern that's great for all sorts of projects, including this sweet basket liner, which could also be used as a dishtowel.

10. Pumpkin Washcloth

Pumpkin Washcloth.
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Why not dress your kitchen or bathroom up for Halloween with this super-cute Pumpkin Washcloth? A simple Jack O'lantern is knit into the center of the washcloth using knit stitches on a field of purls. It's fun to see the face come out as you knit.
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