Enjoy this large collection of fun and fanciful free knitting patterns for wash and dishcloths, great for fundraising
Wash and dishcloths are great projects for charity fundraising. For the knitter, they’re quick projects that often give you the opportunity to try new techniques. You can easily make several of them, which makes them ideal for events like craft fairs, silent auctions, and raffles.
They’re also great for fundraising because they tend to sell well! The reason I’ve chosen the items in this collection is because they’re unusual. The more unusual a knitted item is (while still being attractive and fun, of course), the more likely it will be sold. Washcloths and dishcloths are normally cheap and perfunctory. Make them fun, bring a smile to potential buyers’ faces, and you’ll be more likely to see them reaching for their wallets!
Free Patterns for Fanciful Washcloths and Dishcloths
Crazy Eights Dishcloth: These small round dishcloths knit up very quickly, which means you can easily make several of them and sell them in packs of 3 or 4.
Knit Leaf in 3 Sizes This pattern actually comes in 3 sizes: coaster size, dishcloth size, and placemat size. Knit two or three of them and sell them together in a package!
Sweet Somethings: These heart-shaped cloths are irresistible.
Whale of a Cloth: This blog actually offers a lot of adorable patterns similar to this one. Check the sidebar; you’ll see, among others, a Baby Seahorse and a Baby Starfish.
Starfish Cloth: The name makes this project self-explanatory. I’ve knitted this one before; it’s a lot of fun.
Heart Dishcloth: Slightly different from “Sweet Somethings” in that it’s a square dishcloth with a heart pattern inside.
Purrfect Cloth: A kitty in a square dishcloth.
Paw: An adorable pawprint set inside a square cloth.
Starflower Dishcloth This looks a little like a sunflower, except the “petals” are more like the points of a star. Cute!
Lydia’s Lily Pad: Knit Picks has a ton of fun dishcloth patterns. This is just one example; it’s a lacy version of a lily pad.
Ice Cream Cone Cloth: Who doesn’t love ice cream? This square dish cloth with an ice cream design would make almost anyone hungry!
Mother’s Day Cloth: This dishcloth would make a great Mother’s Day gift and could be a brisk seller for an early-May or late-April sale.
Little Garden Girl: This precious pattern features a picture of a girl in a garden.
Springing Up Flowers: As delightfully spring-like as its name!
Dolphin Dishcloth: Who doesn’t love dolphins?
St. Patrick’s Day Cloths: Here’s another couple of patterns that could make a cute sale set. It features a larger and smaller pattern, both of which contain shamrock shapes.
Dragon: The dragon design laid into the square is glorious. This is sure to be an eye-catcher at a sale, auction, or raffle!
Log Cabin Washcloth and New Log Cabin Washcloths: These patterns are great choices for showing off beautiful colors. They use the popular log cabin-style shape and pattern typified by log cabin blanets.
I hope these have given you ideas and excitement about knitting for charity fundraisers. Stay tuned for Part 3, which will feature patterns for hand towels and coasters!