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A Crochet Baby Washcloth in 100% cotton yarn is soft and gentle on baby’s delicate skin. Make a stack of these pretty baby washcloths and add a bar of handmade soap for the perfect new baby gift.

If you enjoy making washcloths, add a splash of sunshine to your morning with my easy crochet washcloth pattern.

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern!

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How to get the Free Pattern for the Crocheted Washcloth

Scroll down this blog post for the Instructions and all the details for this easy crochet washcloth pattern.

Crocheters love to make baby blankets for new baby gifts but sometimes you need an easy project that you can finish quickly.

Check out my patterns for blankets, including many popular Baby Blankets and you could choose to add the baby crochet cloths in matching yarn colors as part of a baby shower. Handmade washcloths make great gifts!

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Best Yarn for a Crochet Washcloth Pattern

I used a light DK weight organic cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. I wanted a lighter weight yarn for my crochet baby washcloth. Cotton yarn is durable and easy to wash and dry, and also holds its shape well.

You can also choose an aran weight or worsted weight cotton yarn and a 5mm crochet hook and you are good to go! A Cotton and Acrylic mix yarn is also suitable and is soft for baby’s delicate skin.

The lovely textured stitch used is also suitable for a crochet dishcloth pattern. One ball of yarn (approx. 100 yds) is usually plenty for a single washcloth/dishcloth and you can choose your color palette to make them unique for the perfect gift.

Crochet Valentine’s Day Washcloth with Crochet Hearts

A crochet washcloth embellished with crochet hearts would make a lovely gift for Valentine’s Day. Check out my pretty pattern for vintage style crochet hearts that you can make in a contrasting color, and sewn on with a needle and thread.

The washcloth with its adorable hearts is sure to brighten up any bathroom!

You will find loads of inspiration in my collection of adorable crochet baby gift patterns.

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What Size to Make a Crochet Washcloth for a Baby

I made my washcloth approx. 9in x 9in. Store bought washcloths can often be on the small size so I like this size that fits well in my hand.

The best thing about this crochet pattern is that it is so versatile and suitable for a beginner. Chain the amount of stitches you require for your size, just make sure you have an even number of chains to begin. You can adjust the size to make the washcloth larger or smaller.

Stitches for a Crocheted Washcloth

The washcloth pattern uses only basic crochet stitches – single crochet and double crochet. You will also use the Crab Stitch (also called reverse single crochet) for the crochet washcloth border.

You can find instructions for the Crab Stitch Pattern, including a video in this blog post – Crab Stitch


Hobbii Yarn Baby Cotton Organic Mini – 100% Egyptian Cotton / 105m/114yds / 50g

  • 1 ball each in Mint (09), Eucalyptus (10), Light Rose (11) and Cream (02)
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn needle

You can also use an aran weight/worsted weight cotton yarn and a 5mm crochet hook. Be aware your washcloth will be larger.


Finished size of washcloth is 9in x 9in [23cm x 23cm]


18 sts x 16 rows = 4in [10cm] in pattern


US Crochet terms

sc       single crochet

dc      double crochet

ch      chain

st       stitch

rep     repeat

UK Crochet terms

dc      double crochet

tr         treble crochet

ch       chain

st        stitch

rep      repeat

Instructions for Crochet Washcloth Pattern

Chain 36 (or make a starting chain with a multiple of even stitches)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn – 35 sc

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 1 sc in 1st st, 1 dc in next st, * 1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st; rep from * across to last st, 1 sc in last st, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st sc, 1 dc in next dc, * 1 sc in next sc, 1 dc in next dc; rep from * across to last st, 1 sc in last st, turn

Rows 4 – 31: Repeat row 3. Do not fasten off yarn


Row 1: Ch 1, work sc evenly around border, making (1sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each corner. Fasten off yarn

Row 2: Using a contrast color, work crab stitch (reverse single crochet) evenly around on all 4 sides. You can find instructions for the Crab Stitch, including a video in this blog post – Crab Stitch

Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

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