Untie the cords and you’ve got a pair of practical dishcloths instead of Santa’s Britches!

A unique Christmas gift that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day. Use this free knitting pattern to knit your own dishcloth britches, they’re quick and easy to knit.


If you’d like to make your own hand knitted dish cloths then you’re in luck, I’m giving away my pattern completely free.

The knitting pattern is perfect of beginners. It uses only knit and pearl stitches to create this lovely bumpy texture.

This is quite a small knitting project so it’s ideal for using up leftover bits of yarn. I keep mine in my bag ready for anytime I have to wait around anywhere. It’s such a small project I can tuck the ball into my pocket and knit stood in line on the school run. It’s amazing how those few minutes here, there and everywhere can add up to a whole dishcloth.

Scroll down for the free knitting pattern.

Santa's Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]
Santa’s Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]

Hand Knitted Dishcloths

Not just great for a laugh, hand knitted dishcloths are far superior to their machine made modern equivalents. The extra thick bumpy, lumpy texture is perfect for scrubbing tough stains from your pans.

They are also fantastic in the bathroom, gently exfoliating even the most sensitive skin. Use them to wrap an expensive soap for a beautifully presented gift.

Santa's Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]
Santa’s Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]

Free Knitting Pattern

Use 4mm needles and 100% cotton DK weight yarn

Cast on 40 stitches in Red yarn

Knit the first two rows

Change to black yarn.

Then knit in pattern as follows:

K2, (K2 P2) x 9, K2
K2, (K2 P2) x 9, K2
K2, (P2, K2) x 9, K2
K2, (P2, K2) x 9, K2

Change back to red yarn

Conbtinue in pattern until length measures about an inch less than the width.

Change to white yarn.

Continue in pattern until your dishcloth is roughly square.

Knit the last two rows.

Cast off in knit

Sew in the ends


How to Assemble Your Knitted Dishcloth Britches

Fold each dishcloth in half, length ways and place them side by side so that the edges meet. Weave a length of yarn through the top of them both tying a bow in the centre. Weave another length of yarn around the bottom of each “leg” and tie. Use a little leftover yarn to attach the two cloths together in the middle with a little bow.

Santa's Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]
Santa’s Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]

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Santa's Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]
Santa’s Britches!! [Free Dishcloth Knitting Pattern]

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If you don’t fancy knitting them yourself, these Santa’s Britches Dishcloths are availible form my Etsy shop.

Dishcloth Knickers!! - Funny & Practical Gift
Dishcloth Knickers!! – Funny & Practical Gift

A Little Bit About Me . . .

Thank you so much for stopping by my corner little of the interweb. I’m Bridie, mum to two small humans, full time homemaker and full time craftaholic – which totally explains why I’m always short on time!

Bridie @ Heart Hearth and Crafting

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