Are you looking for a quick and easy crochet dishcloth? This free crochet pattern is perfect for anyone looking to spruce up their kitchen and enjoy a fun crochet project.
Not only are crochet dishcloths functional and easy to crochet, but they also make great gifts for family and friends.
I am sharing a simple and beginner-friendly dishcloth pattern using basic stitches that you can whip up in a few hours. The addition of a stripe gives it a touch of flair. I hung the cloths on small hooks in my kitchen and I can’t stop admiring them every time they catch my eye!
This is an easy pattern for new crocheters or if you are inbetween a larger crochet project and want to make something fast and easy.
I hope you will love this simple and beginner-friendly free crochet dishcloth pattern!
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Benefits of Making your own Crochet Dishcloths
These dishcloths are very cost effective. With just a few skeins of cotton yarn, a crochet hook and a simple pattern, you can start making your own crochet dishcloths. If you’ve got leftover yarn from previous projects, even better – dishcloths are a great way to use up your stash.
DIY crochet dishcloths have a smaller environmental impact compared to disposable cleaning products. Reusing your handmade dishcloths reduces waste, making it a more sustainable option for cleaning.
Beginner-friendly pattern. With basic crochet stitches you can easily create your own dish cloths. The pattern is usually a single repeat row and they are a fun way to practice different stitches!
You could practise the moss stitch in this easy crochet washcloth.
Crochet dishcloths last a long time and can endure multiple washes. They are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable cloths for washing dishes, as they can be washed and reused, reducing waste.
They are the perfect gift! Crocheted dishcloths make a lovely housewarming gift or a thoughtful present for anyone who appreciates handmade items. Create a set of dishcloths and a fun set of coasters in different colors to make a cheerful addition to any home.
Use them as washcloths! You might like to check out my free crochet washcloth pattern as another great alternative.
Best Yarn for a Crochet Dishcloth
When choosing the perfect yarn for your crochet dishcloth, consider the material, texture, and washability.
Cotton yarn is the top choice for most crocheters when it comes to dishcloths. It’s highly absorbent, durable, and can be easily washed with your regular laundry.
For crochet hook size, a 5-6 mm crochet hook works well with worsted weight cotton yarn, while a 4-5 mm crochet hook pairs well with a lighter weight cotton yarn. For my pattern I used a DK weight cotton yarn and a 4 mm hook.
Alternatively, using scrubby yarns, which are designed for scrubbing dishes and other surfaces, requires less yarn as these are often thicker and denser than cotton yarn.
How Much Yarn for a Crochet Dishcloth
Around 50-60 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn is needed to make an 8-inch square dishcloth. However, you may require more or less yarn for different sizes.
Stitches for a Crochet Dishcloth
When it comes to making a dishcloth, choosing the right stitch is important. You want to select a stitch that is easy to work up and creates a sturdy textured fabric that can withstand frequent use and washing.
Anytime you learn a new crochet stitch, work up an easy crochet dishcloth pattern to practice your new stitches!
I used the sedge stitch for my crochet dishcloth. This puffy squishy stitch has a great texture, and is reversible.
The sedge stitch uses only basic crochet stitches: single crochet stitches (sc), half double crochet stitches (hdc), and double crochet stitches (dc), making it perfect for any skill level.
US Crochet Terms
Sc single crochet
Hdc half double crochet
Dc double crochet
- DK weight cotton yarn in your chosen colours (approx. 40-50g of your main color and a small amount of a contrast color)
- 4 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle to weave in threads
You can use a yarn weight of your choice and matching hook size (cotton recommended)
If you use a worsted weight cotton yarn, a 5 mm hook works well
The dishcloth measures 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm)
- Multiple for this stitch is a multiple of 3 for the foundation chain. Just make your chain with a multiple of 3 – eg. 15, 30 or 45
- The pattern is in US crochet terms
- Ch 1 at beginning of a row counts as 1 sc
- You can make your dishcloth in one yarn color or add a stripe for an interesting feature
- A 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.
Quick and Easy Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
Using your main color ch 36
Row 1: Work [1 hdc, 1 dc] in the 3rd ch from your hook (skipped 2 chs count as 1 sc), * skip 2 chs, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] in next ch; rep from * across until 3 chs remain, skip 2 chs, 1 sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), [1 hdc, 1 dc] into the 1st st (base of ch 1), * skip 2 sts, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] into next st (sc from previous row); rep from * across until 3 sts remain, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in last st (turning ch), turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), [1 hdc, 1 dc] into the 1st st (base of ch 1), * skip 2 sts, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] into next st (sc from previous row); rep from * across until 3 sts remain, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in last st (beg ch 1), turn.
Rows 4-20: Repeat row 3, Fasten off main color
Rows 21-22: Using a contrast color repeat row 3. Fasten off yarn.
Rows 23-24: Using main color repeat row 3. Do not fasten off yarn
You will now create your hanging loop
Ch 12, sl st back into last sc made. Fasten off yarn and weave in threads.
How to Wash a Crochet Dishcloth
Like any other dishcloth, they need to be washed regularly to keep them clean and hygienic.
Washing your crochet dishcloth 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 dishcloth clean and hygienic for years to come.
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