This topic is one which is near and dear to me! I really love to make and use crochet dishcloth patterns and crochet washcloths patterns for a number of reasons. When I first heard of crocheted dishcloth patterns, I thought they sounded really strange, and “why bother”? But once I did a little more research into them and tried making one, I discovered that they are really wonderful in so many ways! This tutorial will show you how to crochet a dishcloth in 2 easy ways as well as give you many more intermediate crochet patterns for dishcloths.
Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns, Crochet Washcloth Patterns Tutorial
Crochet dishcloth patterns are a great first crochet project as they are essentially just a small square. Use basic stitches or intermediate stitches to make different designs to match your skill level.
Advantages of Using Crocheted Dishcloth Patterns
There are several benefits to using crocheted cotton dishcloths instead of standard dishcloths made from other materials. Here are some benefits of using crocheted cotton dishcloths:
- Absorption: Crochet cotton is known for being able to take in a lot of water. It works well to soak up water and other liquids, making it perfect for dishwashing and other kitchen cleaning chores.
- Durable: Crochet cotton is a strong cloth that can be used and washed over and over again. It is less likely to break or wear out quickly, which makes it a good choice for dishcloths that need to last a long time.
- Scrubbing Power: The rough surface of crocheted cotton dishcloths makes them very good at cleaning. It can help get rid of stubborn food particles and stains on plates, pots, and pans without scratching the surfaces.
- Eco-friendly: Using crocheted cotton dishcloths instead of throwaway ones is a good choice for the environment. They can be used more than once, which cuts down on trash and the need for one-time-use items. Also, if you use pure cotton, it is biodegradable, and when you do eventually throw out your cloth, it will decompose naturally.
Overall, cotton crocheted dishcloths are useful, last a long time, and have a bit of personal charm. They are a good way to keep a clean and eco-friendly kitchen, and they last for ages.
Skill Level for Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
The first below crochet dishcloth patterns or a crochet washcloth pattern is for beginner crocheters. Crocheted dishcloth patterns are fantastic for crocheters just starting out. You won't need a lot of yarn, and this will give you some experience before you tackle a more involved crochet project.
Materials for Crocheting Dishcloth Patterns
- Yarn of your choice.
- Crochet hook appropriate for your yarn.
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
What is the Best Yarn for Crochet Dishcloths
I would highly recommend a cotton yarn, or at least a cotton blend, as you need this to be absorbent. It also needs to be at least double knit (#3 - 4) weight to work up to the right size and again for absorbency. Use your favorite cotton yarns.
You can, of course, choose any color you fancy, but I generally make my kitchen dishcloths white so that they can be bleached when necessary. You can make them up to match your décor if you so wish!
This tutorial for crochet dishcloth patterns uses US terms.
- ch = chain stitch
- sc = single crochet stitches
- dc = double crochet stitches
- hdc = half double crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- yo = yarn over
- sl st = slip stitch
- bc = berry crochet stitch
What Crochet Stitch is Best for Dishcloths
The best crochet stitches are ones with texture such as the lemon peel stitch, waffle stitch, linen stitch, or moss stitch. You can also use a combination of single crochet and half double crochet if you are a beginner. See my types of crochet stitch tutorial.
What is the Standard Size of a Crochet Dishcloth
You can make your crochet dishcloths in any size. Make different sizes for different purposes. A good size is approximately 6” square. (15cm)
The crochet gauge of this dishcloth or crochet washcloth pattern is not important. Chain any even number of times to adjust the size of this washcloth.
The Crochet Dishcloth Patterns (Free)
1. Easy Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
This first crochet dishcloth pattern uses just basic crochet stitches for beginners of single crochet and half double crochet to give texture. Since this is the best beginner dishcloth pattern, I have not used abbreviations so anyone can make this.
Here is how to crochet a simple dishcloth:
- Row 1: Chain 26. Single crochet into the second chain from the hook, then single crochet into each chain across. (25 stitches)
- Row 2: Chain 1, half double crochet in the first stitch, then single crochet into next stitch, *half double crochet into the next, single crochet into next stitch, repeat from * through, ending with 1 half double crochet in the last stitch, turn.
- Row 3: Chain 1, single crochet into the first stitch, single crochet into each stitch across, and turn.
- Row 4 – 27: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your crocheted dishcloth is the size you require.
- Finishing: Tie off and weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.
2. How to Crochet a Dishcloth with Berry Stitch
This crocheted dishcloth pattern is slightly more complicated but still simple and makes a more textured washcloth. This crochet stitch creates a raised square texture in the finished project. You work a single crochet stitch in between each stitch and row to create an alternating pattern.
You can adjust the size by using any even number of chains as the foundation chain.
Berry crochet stitch- place your hook into the space, yo, pull through, yo, and pull through 1 loop on the hook. Then, yo, place your hook into the same space again, yo, pull through, yo, and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.
- Row 1: Chain 26 (or even number of stitches). Sc in the second chain from the hook, bc, then* sc in next stitch, bc in next*, repeat * until the chain is finished. Finish with a sc. 1 chain turn (34 stitches)
- Row 2: Sc into each stitch until the row is finished, chain 1, turn (34 stitches).
- Row 3: Continue rows 1 and 2 until you have 26 rows. Or until your cloth is the length you desire.
- Tie off the yarn and cut. Weave in the ends using a tapestry needle.
How to Add a Border to a Crochet Dishcloth
This looks good done in another color. (As long as you aren’t planning to bleach your cloth!)
- Pull up a stitch from the top of the work and single crochet around in each stitch.
- Make three single crochets in each corner.
- Slip stitch to the first stitch to finish. Fasten off and weave ends.
How to Add a Loop to a Crochet Dishcloth
Adding a loop to your dishcloth or washcloth makes it easy to hang to dry quickly.
- Crochet 16 chain stitches (or double your desired loop length)
- Join to the end of the first stitch with a slip stitch. This will form a loop.
- Single crochet into the chain stitches. Slip stitch into the beginning.
- Fasten off at the end.
What to Use Crochet Dishcloths For
These can be used in your kitchen as washing up cloths or wiping down surfaces cloths. They make equally good washcloths in the bathroom for washing your body in the bath or the shower.
They are wonderful as small gifts, quick and easy to make, and you can personalize them to suit the recipient by using their favorite colors. I have seen lovely gift packs at markets which are simply a pretty crochet washcloth wrapped around a luxury soap and wrapped up decoratively with cellophane and ribbon.
A larger dishcloth can be used as a dish towel and makes a great gift.
Different Stitches for Crochet Dishcloths
I love to practice any new crochet stitch I am trying out by making a washcloth. You can make square dishcloths from any stitch at all, and it will not really matter if you make a mistake or two while you are learning the stitch! I even have some very pretty lacy washcloths, which are not nearly as practical, but do look attractive and are still useful!
More Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
3. Moss Stitch Washcloth Free Pattern
Work your washcloth pattern in a corner-to-corner design in the popular moss stitch.
4. Dishcloth Crochet Pattern
Worsted-weight cotton yarn dishcloth crochet pattern.
5. Easy Dishcloth Pattern
Easy dishcloth pattern for all skill levels to crochet.
6. Checkered Crochet Dishcloth
Fun checkered crochet dishcloth pattern. Make it coordinate your kitchen.
7. Crochet Diamond Dishcloth
This dishcloth or washcloth pattern uses a diamond crochet stitch. Advanced.
8. Nature Crochet Dishcloth
These beautiful crochet dishcloth patterns feature attractive leaves.
9. Striped Crochet Dishcloth Set
Make a striped crochet dishcloth in a set of different yarn colors.
10. Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern
This crochet washcloth or dishcloth pattern is made using worsted-weight cotton yarn. Quick crochet project.
11. Free Crochet Pattern Dishcloth
Simple crochet pattern for dishcloths using moss stitch or granite stitch.
12. Rainbow Crochet Dishcloth/Washcloth
This colorful crochet dishcloth pattern is done by piecing together 4 smaller squares.
13. Waffle Dishcloth Pattern
Waffle stitch makes great crochet dishcloths due to the raised texture.
14. Bobble Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
Bobble stitch makes an amazing texture for your crochet dishcloth. Intermediate.
15. Waves Dishcloth Pattern
Make a dishcloth with crochet in a variation of the wave stitch pattern.
16. Swirl Crochet Dishcloth
This granny square dishcloth pattern is quick and easy for beginners as it just uses double crochet.
17. How to Crochet a Washcloth
Learn how to make a dishcloth with this free and easy crochet washcloth pattern. Includes video.
18. Crochet Washcloth Patterns
Make dishwashing easy with this fun crochet washcloth pattern.
19. FREE Crochet Pattern for Dishcloth
This free crochet pattern for a dishcloth is simple, quick, and easy.
20. Fast Crocheted Dishcloth Patterns
Learn how to crochet dishcloths that are fast and easy.
21. Crochet Dishcloth Patterns and Video Tutorial
This crochet dishcloth is the perfect complement to any bustling kitchen.
Crochet Dishcloth Patterns FAQS
How much yarn does it take to crochet a dishcloth?
All of these dishcloths take less than a skein of yarn. Crochet dishcloths are a great way to use up scraps of yarn. Make striped dishcloths for smaller pieces of yarn. You will usually get several dishcloths from one skein.
How many chains do you need to crochet a washcloth?
This will depend on the yarn weight you are using. The average size for a washcloth is 6 inches (15cm), so chain until you reach that length. Then add your turning chain, which will vary depending on the crochet stitch you are using.
Crochet Dishcloth Patterns - In Conclusion
Making your own washcloths and dishcloths with crochet is not only useful and good for the environment but also fun and artistic. In this piece, we've looked at how to crochet a dishcloth step by step.
No matter how much you know about crocheting, making dishcloths is a fun and useful project that lets you show off your skills and add a personal touch to your everyday routine.
As you keep learning how to crochet, don't be afraid to try out new stitch designs and methods. The world of crochet is big and always changing, giving you a lot of room for your creativity to grow.
Don't forget that the crochet dishcloths you make are more than just everyday things. They show how creative, aware, and committed you are to sustainable living. Enjoy the art of crocheting, and let your washcloths show how much love and care you put into your homemade items. Happy crocheting and cleaning!