3 crochet washcloths in moss stitch

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Searching for a quick and easy crochet washcloth pattern? Look no further! This free pattern is perfect for making both dishcloths and washcloths.

Handmade washcloths make wonderful gifts and this crochet moss stitch washcloth is an easy pattern for a beginner crocheter to start with.

I love the crochet moss stitch. It is often called linen or seed stitch too. This easy stitch pattern has a great texture, is reversible and is also perfect for making dish cloths.

This beautiful stitch was also used in my crochet moss stitch scarf.

Crocheted washcloths make a lovely baby shower gift or a thoughtful present for anyone who appreciates handmade items. Add a bar of handmade soap and they are the perfect gift!

crochet washcloths in yellow and orange
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Best Yarn for Crochet Washcloths

For this easy crochet washcloth pattern, worsted weight cotton yarn is your best bet. Opt for 100% cotton or cotton blends, as they offer both durability and absorbency—ideal qualities for washcloths and dishcloths. 

Mix it up by using a single shade or combining different colors for a vibrant touch in your bathroom or kitchen. Check out my cheerful colorful crochet dishcloths!

You will only need a small amount of yarn, around 60 – 70m of worsted weight, so they are a great way to use up those odd balls of cotton yarn in your stash.

For crochet hook size, a 5 mm crochet hook works well with worsted weight cotton yarn, while a 4 mm crochet hook pairs well with a lighter weight cotton yarn. I used a dk weight yarn for my Spring Fresh crochet washcloth.

For this pattern I used an aran/worsted weight cotton yarn and a 5 mm hook.

orange and yellow crochet washcloths

What is the Best Crochet Stitch for a Washcloth?

Anytime you learn a new crochet stitch, work up an easy crochet washcloth to practice your new stitches! Basic crochet stitches like the single crochet are great as it is just an easy repeat row. 

Or make a simple square using half double crochet or double crochet stitches. 

If you’re looking to learn new stitches, the moss stitch and waffle stitch are also excellent choices. I used the sedge stitch for my easy crochet dishcloth pattern


crochet washcloth free pattern

How Many Stitches Do You Need to Crochet a Washcloth?

For a standard-sized washcloth, start with a chain of around 35-40. If using basic stitches, this should give you an 8-9 inch square. 

For this free crochet washcloth pattern, you’ll chain 36 for the foundation row. At the end of the row, turn your work and repeat the row until your washcloth is a square. 

Each of the rows in this pattern start with a chain 1, and at the end of the next row, you will work your last single crochet into that chain 1 space.

This gives an even edge to your cloth and removes the need for a border. But you could add a border edge if you wish.

What Size Should a Crochet Washcloth Be?

The optimal size for a washcloth or dishcloth is an 8-9 inch square. You can adjust the size by adding or reducing your foundation chain. 

crochet washcloth pattern in a textured stitch

Easy Crochet Washcloth Pattern

This colorful crochet washcloth pattern is a great way to practice basic stitches. Plus, these make great gifts! Work them in different colors for a fun and personalized touch.

A free and easy crochet washcloth pattern that’s perfect for beginners.

yellow crochet washcloth pattern in a square


 Yarn and Colors Epic – 100% Cotton / 75m/ 82yds/ 50g

  • I used the following colors – Sunflower (014), Peach (042), Pink Sand (040), Cream (02)
  • 5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn needle

You can use any aran weight/worsted weight cotton yarn and a 5mm crochet hook. 


Finished size of washcloth is 8in x 8in [20cm x 20cm


  • sc       single crochet
  • dc      double crochet
  • ch      chain
  • st       stitch
  • rep     repeat


  • This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
  • You can change the size of the washcloth by chaining any even number
  • crab stitch edging would look great!
  • Helpful tip – the last stitch at the end of the row is often the trickiest. Insert your hook into the last st which is the turning chain from the previous row.

Skill Level – beginner

Crochet Washcloth Pattern Instructions

Chain 36 (or any even number)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch counts as beg ch-1), * ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, skip 1st sc, * 1 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * across, ending with 1 sc in beg ch-1, turn.

Rows 3 – 35: Repeat row 2

Fasten off and weave in all threads with a yarn needle. Block if desired.

For the striped washcloth, I made 7 stripes of different colors, working 5 rows of moss stitch pattern for each stripe. 

3 crochet washcloths in moss stitch

How to Wash a Crochet Washcloth

Like any other cloths, they need to be washed regularly to keep them clean and hygienic.

Washing your crochet washcloth is easy and straightforward. Use hot water and a mild detergent, avoid fabric softeners, air dry, and wash after each use. 

By following these simple steps, you can keep your precious washcloth clean and hygienic for years to come.

Check out all my Free Crochet Patterns while you are here, and happy crocheting!

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