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Cute AF Bows Dishcloth – FREE Knitting Pattern

Knitted Dishcloth Pattern - With Bows!

So social distancing and forced unemployment seems to be going well for me…or at least incredibly productive as far as my pattern designing goes. Sigh! It certainly is a weird time. Anywho…


If you’ve done a little knitting before and are looking for something that’s a bit more challenging, why not give this knitted dishcloth pattern a whirl! It’s not overly complicated and looks awesome when you’re done. If you know knitting basics, you can easily get this done in an evening over the course of a couple of hours. If you are just learning how to knit or need to brush up on your knitting skills, I’ve also included links in the pattern to videos that show you how to do all the basic stitches including: casting onknit stitchpurl, and bind off.


I really like this bow motif. In case you haven’t run across my other use of these cute AF bows, check out my Easy to Knit Bows Slippers knitting pattern. The bows themselves are made as you go and guaranteed to never fall off. For convenience, I’ve included the same pictorial showing how you knit them. If you’ve already made enough bows to choke a small horse, I have the pattern written in full without all the photos – The Whole Damn Pattern Written Without the Photos.


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I haven’t completed the printable/downloadable version of this yet, and I may never do it. If you’d like to be able to download it, leave a comment telling me at the bottom of this page. If there’s enough of you, I just may put the effort in.

Free Knitted Dishcloth Pattern - With Bows!

Things you will need:

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1 ball of worsted weight cotton yarn (usually you’ll use less than one whole small 1.5 oz ball like those shown below).

Size 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting single point knitting needles or whatever size to obtain correct gauge.

Darning needle to sew seams and work in the ends


Gauge: 

Doesn’t really matter for this project. If you use a larger needle it will be a looser knit and may use more than one small ball of cotton yarn.

Cast on 35

Row 1 – 7: K1 across.

Row 8: K5 P25 K5

🐙 Row 9: K5 🐞 P1. Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made).

Purl the next stitch.

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

K5🐞 Repeat from 🐞 to 🐞 2 more times.

(Row 9 rewritten without photos: K5 🐞 P1. Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). Purl the next stitch. K5🐞 Repeat from 🐞 to 🐞 2 more times.

Row 10: K5 🐢 K1 P3 K1 P5 🐢 Repeat from 🐢 to 🐢 1 more time. K1 P3 K6

Row 11: Repeat row 9.

Row 12: Repeat row 10.

Row 13: Repeat row 9.

Row 14: Repeat row 10. The bow portion will look like this.

 How to knit a bow

Row 15: K5 🦥 P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up.

How to knit a bow

Knit the next stitch.

How to knit a bow

Pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed).

How to knit a bow

How to knit a bow

K1 P1 K5 🦥. Repeat from 🦥 to 🦥 2 more times.

(Row 15 rewritten without photos: K5 🦥 P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1 K5🦥 Repeat from 🦥 to 🦥 2 more times.

The bow portion will look like this.

How to knit a bow

Row 16: As row 10

Row 17: K across

Row 18: As row 8.

Row 19: K10 🦔 P1. Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). Purl the next stitch. K5 🦔 Repeat from 🦔 to 🦔 once. K5.

Row 20: K5 P5 🦜 K1 P3 K1 P5 🦜 Repeat from 🦜 to 🦜 1 more time. K5.

Row 21: As row 19.

Row 22: As row 20.

Row 23: As row 19

Row 24: As row 20

Row 25: K10. 🦈 P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1 K5 🦈 Repeat from 🦈 to 🦈 1 more time. K5

Row 26: Repeat row 20.

Row 27: Knit across.

Row 28: As row 8. 🐙 Repeat 🐙 to 🐙 (row 9 to row 28 make the pattern.)

Repeat rows 9 -17 once.

Knit across 5 rows.

Cast off


The Whole Damn Pattern Without Any Photos

It’s actually very repetitive like most simple knitted dishcloth patterns.

Cast on 35

Row 1 – 7: K1 across.

Row 8: K5 P25 K5

🐙 Row 9: K5 🐞 P1. Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). Purl the next stitch. K5🐞 Repeat from 🐞 to 🐞 2 more times.

Row 10: K5 🐢 K1 P3 K1 P5 🐢 Repeat from 🐢 to 🐢 1 more time. K1 P3 K6

Row 11: Repeat row 9.

Row 12: Repeat row 10.

Row 13: Repeat row 9.

Row 14: Repeat row 10. The bow portion will look like this.

Row 15: K5 🦥 P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch. Pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1 K5 🦥. Repeat from 🦥 to 🦥 2 more times.

Row 16: As row 10

Row 17: K across

Row 18: As row 8.

Row 19: K10 🦔 P1. Hold the yarn in front of your work. Pass the next 3 stitches over to the other needle (Strand made). Purl the next stitch. K5 🦔 Repeat from 🦔 to 🦔 once. K5.

Row 20: K5 P5 🦜 K1 P3 K1 P5 🦜 Repeat from 🦜 to 🦜 1 more time. K5.

Row 21: As row 19.

Row 22: As row 20.

Row 23: As row 19

Row 24: As row 20

Row 25: K10. 🦈 P1 K1 Pick up the three strands from the bottom up. Knit the next stitch and pull the loop down through the 3 strands (Bow completed). K1 P1 K5 🦈 Repeat from 🦈 to 🦈 1 more time. K5

Row 26: Repeat row 20.

Row 27: Knit across.

Row 28: As row 8. 🐙 Repeat 🐙 to 🐙 (row 9 to row 28 make the pattern.)

Repeat rows 9 -17 once.

Knit across 5 rows.

Cast off

Like all of my patterns, the viewing of this patterns allows for you to give away or sell any of the physical items you make from this pattern. You are not allowed to claim this pattern as your own, give it away, sell it or redistribute it in ANY form without my WRITTEN consent.

And to those who think it doesn’t matter… meh. You may be right but it kinda makes you look like a douche. Just sayin’.


11 thoughts on “Cute AF Bows Dishcloth – FREE Knitting Pattern

  1. I would really appreciate either a downloadable or printable copy. It’s a lovely pattern but impossible to print. Too many pages. I call it Butterfly!

  2. This is the most amazing pattern I’ve seen in a long time. But, I don’t want a dish cloth, I see this as a beautiful baby blanket.
    So l beseech you to enlarge the washcloth to a baby blanket size. And you should charge for it. I’d be willing to pay.

    So, thank you for such an unusual, beautiful pattern. I have a
    great grandchild, a boy, due in July. How fast can you enlarge the pattern ?

    1. How big do you want it? Do you want larger squares to sew together or one really big piece with the knitted edging. Either way it would just be doing the math. I wouldn’t have time to make a blanket though, for photos.

      1. thanks a bunch for sharing

  3. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is a great pattern–really lovely. I’v e had lots of experience knitting but I’m afraid I won;t be able to follow this without the pictures. I’ve copied the pattern but can’t copy the photos,Could you print this out with pictures and copy? I’d be glad to pay for it.
    Thanks so much.

    Patsy Utt
    uttpatsy@gmail.com

    1. Sorry. I won’t do that for you but I do have some options that might give you what you want.

      If you hold down the “ctrl” key and click the letter “p” when you’re on any page on any website on the internet, it will open up your printer options and you can print it off. Unless you have your printer settings set to not print photos, the entire pattern with photos will print out in its entirety. This is if you have a PC (generally, if you’re running anything with Microsoft it will work). If you have a Mac, hold down the “command” key and press the letter “p”. The printing options will open.

      Another option, if you are reading this pattern, then why can’t you just knit the pattern as many times as you need to until you know how to do the stitch? It’s not overly complicated and I’m sure once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll know how to do it.

  5. Do you think this pattern would be too busy to do in variegated cotton yarn? I think the baby blanket style pattern would be gorgeous and so different. I would love a down loadable pattern. Thank you. I love your patterns.
    Carolyn

    1. It would depend how variegated the yarn is. I actually tried it with a multi-colour yarn and it was so busy you couldn’t really make out the bows. If it’s a solid colour that’s flecked with another 1 or 2 colours, it should be ok.

      1. Thank you for your idea.
        Carolyn Dennis

  6. It would be great to have a printed copy of this pattern.

    Thanks.

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