DIY: Scrubby Dish Towels and Wash cloths

Knit your own dish cloths and/or wash cloths for the kitchen and bathroom. They are a breeze to make even for the inexperienced knitter and are durable and reusable. You can make them in an array of colors using 100% cotton yarn and they knit up very quickly: in about 1/2 an hour to an hour depending on how fast you are! They also make great personalized gifts  if you wrap up a few of them with a bar of locally handmade or organic soap and they use very little yarn so one ball will make more than one! If you have any cotton yarn left over from another project you can save it to make one of these “Little Tuffys” or if you are short on one specific color you can even combine colors and make a multicolored cloth! They are very versatile and handy! These “Little Tuffys” are non abrasive but have great scrubbing power for non stick pans, stove tops, counters  and tea/coffee cups.

“Little Tuffy Dish Cloth”

Pattern by Adrienne Medrano

Materials :

  • 1 ball Sugar’n Cream Cotton yarn or any cotton worsted weight yarn of your choice.
  • US Size 10 or 6mm knitting needles
  • Size J or 6mm crochet hook ( if you want a little loop for hanging)
  • A tapestry needle or crochet hook (to tuck in the ends)

Directions for a 6″ Square Dishcloth:

*I’ve included links to YouTube tutorials on how to knit for those of you who would like to attempt this project but have never knitted before.
Remove yarn label and find the inside and outside end of your yarn. (you can also use 2 different strands from two balls of yarn held together)

With 2 strands of yarn held together Cast on 18 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across row

Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1 across row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your cloth measures 6″ or it is as long as it is wide.

Cast off all stitches in the same manner as the pattern, but then transfer the last loop to your crochet hook. Chain 7 or 8 stiches depending on how large you want your loop to be and finish off by hooking the end of the chain to the beginning of the chain where it meets the dishcloth and cut the end leaving a tail of yarn. Tuck the tail ends in with a crochet hook or tapestry needle.

Directions for a 5″x 5″ Dish Scrubby:

Cast on 16 stitches using 2 strands of yarn held together

Use the directions for the 6″x 6″ dishcloth but omit the loop for hanging.


“Bath or Face Cloth”

My own pattern adapted from Adrienne Medrano’s  “Little Tuffy”


  • 1 Ball of 100% organic cotton worsted weight yarn (organic cotton is usually much softer than regularly processed cotton)
  • US Size 5 or 3.75 mm Knitting Needles
  • US Size G or 4 mm Crochet Hook or tapestry needle

With one strand of yarn cast on 30 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across

Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1 across

(this is know as Moss Stitch)

Continue in Moss Stitch until the face cloth is as long as it is wide.

Cast off in Moss Stitch pattern and tuck in loose ends with a crochet hook or tapestry needle.


1 Ball of Cotton – Organic Cotton Yarn       $2.49 – $5

Set of size 5 or size 10 Knitting Needles     $2

Size 4 or size 6 Crochet Hook                       $1

Total Cost:                                                       $5.49 – $8


I already had knitting needles and crochet hooks in these sizes and I used left over yarn from another project so making these was cost free for me.