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The mission of Each Stitch Counts is to alleviate hygiene insecurity by providing food pantries with dish and laundry detergent.  Containers of dish detergent include a handmade dishcloth donated by crafter volunteers.  Households dealing with food insecurity often deal with hygiene insecurity. They reach this community by supplying these products.

 what are we crafting? 

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Dish Cloths
Must Knows

 project must-knows 

We have partnered with Each Stitch Counts to help bring awareness to the issue of hygiene insecurity. People facing poverty are not allowed to use their food stamp benefits to purchase personal hygiene products like shampoo, soap, tampons or household hygiene products like laundry or dish soap with their monthly benefits. Food pantries often don’t have these items either. These items provide dignity.  Each Stitch Counts encourages you to donate your dishcloths along with dish soap to your local food pantry. However, if you prefer, you can ship donations to their HQ in New Jersey. They are currently supporting 4 food pantries in their local area on a monthly basis and need 50-100 dishcloths per month. 

1) Crochet and Knit Dish Cloths - any pattern accepted, typically 8"x8" made from cotton yarn. We have provided some suggested patterns, but feel free to use any pattern you like. This project is only for handmade knit and crochet dishcloths. 


 suggested patterns 


 dish cloths 


Fan Favorite Dish Cloth Patterns

This document contains multiple patterns from our Scrub-a-dub-dub Zoom where many craftivists shared their favorite dishcloth patterns!


Every Stitch Counts Project Overview Sheet

Read this first before starting this project! Full of helpful info.


Sunny Day Crochet Dish Cloth

Features the front post double crochet stitch and shell border to create a cute sun dishcloth!


15 Easy Knitting Patterns

15 free knit dishcloth patterns


Kitchen Lovelies

This fun pattern starts the same way, but gives you 4 options for edging!


13 Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

Dishcloths are terrific projects when you want to practice new stitch techniques, play with color changes, and explore how various ideas work in combination with one another.


Beginner Crochet

It uses basic crochet stitches, works up fast and creates a textured washcloth pattern that is great for cleaning dishes!


10 Knit Dishcloths Patterns

These 10 free dishcloth patterns offer options for beginning knitters and those who wish to learn a few new skills.


LeSha's Dish Cloth

This easy and fun dish cloth gives you a beautiful design!


51 Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

May great patterns including: herringbone and an even berry dishcloth, single double, or blue wave dishtowel.


40 Free Crochet Patterns

40 Easy crochet dishcloth patterns


Grandma's Favorite Striped Dishcloth

Textured garter stitch dish cloth.

 shipping guidelines 

You are encouraged to donate your dish cloths locally to a food pantry near you along with a bottle of dish soap! However, Each Stitch Counts gladly accepts donations of your handiwork, please ship your dish cloths to: 


Each Stitch Counts

1358 Hooper Ave - PMB 125

Toms River, NJ 08753

If your box will cost you more than $20 to ship, Each Stitch Counts is partnered with Give Back Box to get you a $20 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth to Each Stitch Counts here.

Due to a computer glitch, they send out the same label with the same tracking number to every person and you can't use it. After you receive your label, please immediately email Monika at and ask for a "fresh" label with an unused tracking number. You will get a new label in 1-2 days. This is the label you should use. 

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