Knitters who love the ease and quick speed of dishcloth projects will find plenty of free patterns available online, including the 52 weeks of free dishcloth patterns available from Knit Picks. Each week's pattern showcases a different technique.
Dishcloths make great beginner projects, as they are knitted flat on straight needles. The website Knitting Help, along with providing tutorials and assistance for beginning knitters, has a compendium of free knitting patterns, including many dishcloths. Yarn manufacturers offer patterns as well. Lion Brand Yarn is one popular example of a company website that has a searchable database of knitting patterns.
Those who spend a lot of time crafting may find the resources available at the social networking site for fiber crafters, Ravelry.com. Users may create free accounts, allowing them to search an exhaustive database of patterns, research yarn and local yarn events and share their projects with fellow members.
Worsted weight, kitchen cotton is a popular choice for dishcloths, according to About.com. This type of yarn is easily found and relatively inexpensive, with Dishie yarn from Knit Picks being one example found online. The large variety of colors available. The small size of the dishcloth makes it an excellent project with which to practice multi-colored knitting.