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Crochet Dishcloths and a Pattern

I love to crochet in the evenings. It is relaxing. It is creative. It is a way to use up all the yarn I have laying around. Some people have specific projects in mind and buy yarn for those projects. I buy yarn and then come up with the projects. I think our budget needs a separate category for yarn!

Dishcloths are great projects for the car as well. I just returned from a road trip of over 20 hours in the car, going and coming…that doesn’t count stops along the way! I managed to make 10 dishcloths and gave away all but 4. They make nice little hostess gifts.

I’ve made many different dishcloths. I have stacks of dishcloths, a drawer full. Whenever anyone visits I usually open the drawer and ask the visitor if they’d like one, or two, or three. I’ve been accused of forcing dishcloths on people. They take at least one or they’re not getting out of the house!

They’re quick and easy and usually do not require constant attention like amigurumi (those adorable little crocheted critters and dolls) does; counting all the stitches in all the rounds, and such. You have to be totally engaged to create amigurumi, not watching TV or a movie or having a conversation with someone.

At the end of the day when my mind doesn’t want to work too hard, but my hands want to stay busy then dishcloths it is. Dishcloths or granny squares. I do have a granny square project going as well, a blanket for my bed, but in the summer especially I like the feel of cotton yarn moving through my fingers. So again…dishcloths it is at this time of the year.

My favorite dishcloth pattern at the moment is a very simple one. I have no idea if this pattern has a name and I have no idea where I originally found it. When finished it has give. It stretches. It’s easy to wring out. It dries fairly quickly. And I like the look of it.

The dishcloths in the foreground are all made with the pattern below.
Begin by chaining a multiple of three plus 2. I usually do 29 chains using an H (5.0 mm) hook.  Cotton yarns shrink after washing so you need to take that into account when doing your initial chain. I’ve learned to make mine a bit larger than I want them to be. The finished dishcloth is approximately 7 1/2″ square before washing.
Row 1: sc in the fourth chain from the hook, sc in the next chain. *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in the next two chains* to the end of the row. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Skip first two sc.  Into the ch 1 space do 2 sc. *ch 1, skip 2 sc,  then 2 sc into the next ch 1 space* across until you get to the ch 2 turning chains. 2 sc into the ch 2 turning chain space. Chain 2 and turn. 
Repeat Row 2 for the length desired. 26 rows is pretty close to square.
Border: sc around working 3 sc in each corner. That’s it! Easy-Peasy!   

I hope these directions are clear. If you have any questions just let me know and I’ll try to make it more clear.

There are many variations you can do with this pattern by varying the colors. It can also be a great way to use up scraps by crocheting every row with a different color. Recently I made a dishcloth essentially with scraps. I had a number of small little balls of left over yarn that I randomly chose until each color was used up. A number of times I changed colors in the middle of a row. No plan, no particular pattern with the colors. Just whatever color caught my eye. Now that was a great way to use up little bits and pieces of left over yarn.

 

When changing colors I always work over my yarn tails as I go which is much easier than weaving them in with a yarn needle at the end, but with this pattern it actually takes 2 rows to work over the tails. I found a great tutorial for doing that here. She has good pictures and very clear explanations. This method works wonderfully to hide the different colored tails making them virtually invisible.

What crochet projects do you have going at the moment? Do you have a favorite dishcloth pattern?

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19 thoughts on “Crochet Dishcloths and a Pattern

  1. These are lovely! I really like the colours they would cheer me up while I am washing the dishes!

    I like the last one, but I don't recognise the stitch – thanks for the link.

    I have a granny square blanket that I turn to when I want a little relaxing crochet where I don't have to concentrate on the pattern, but dishcloths will do it too.

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  2. The stitch is simply 2 sc, ch 1 into each ch 1 space, the same pattern as above. I don't know if it is a “stitch” with a name but the dishcloths turn out very nice and it's my go-to pattern. The last dishcloth was a great way to use up small amounts of left-over cotton.

    There's nothing like a granny square for relaxing crochet. I'm working on a granny stripe blanket at the moment, as well as many other projects.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. These are really cute! I love all the cheerful colors you've used and your random color changes look great. I saw your lovely dishcloths at Hookin' on Hump Day and have pinned them. 🙂 xJessica

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  4. Thanks, Jessica. I love making dishcloths with cotton scraps because it's a great way to use them up and who cares if they don't match perfectly!

    Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by. It really is a nice pattern and the dishcloth “feels” so nice in your hand! May your stack of dishcloths grow and grow!

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  6. Your dish cloths are lovely, just looking at then cheers you up. This is one of my favourite stitches it's crochet moss stitch, I have never tried it for a dish cloth though I must give it a go. 🙂

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  7. Thanks Linda. I discovered the name of the stitch after I posted this! It is such an easy, repetitive pattern, isn't it? Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy making dishcloths with this pattern as much as I do.

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  8. Great info Linda. I've crocheted a little and would love to take baby steps and start again. What are cotton scraps? Also, what type of yarn is best for the dishcloths?

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  9. When I use the term “cotton scraps” I'm talking about the left-over yarn from previous dishcloths that isn't enough to make another one. The best yarn for dishcloths is cotton. Peaches and Cream, Sugar and Cream, Lion Brand, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton are a few. Just make sure it's 100% cotton. Craft stores like Michael's and Joann Fabrics sell cotton yarn.

    I hope you take the plunge! Dishcloths are a good place to get your feet wet with crochet. Let me know if you do make any!

    I wish you the best!

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  10. Hi Penny…I'm not sure what your referring to (RH #4). I've always used Peaches and Cream, Sugar and Cream or Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn. That said, any 100% cotton yarn will work. If you use a lighter yarn, sport weight, number 3, DK or the like, you will probably need to increase the number of chains at the beginning and use a smaller hook. The pattern will work as long as you begin with a multiple of 3 plus 2. This pattern should be quite easy to vary as long as your hook and yarn sizes are meant for each other.

    Just this evening I crocheted 2 dishcloths while watching TV. I can crochet this pattern without even looking….not bragging, just saying… It's really a simple pattern once you get the flow!

    Please holler if you have any more questions!

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  11. My current go-to yarn for dishcloths is Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (similar to Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton, a #10 doily weight thread) I love the texture and drape of it for dishcloths. I use 2 strands together and as I crochet on the tight side, I use an H hook. The 2 strands work up into just the right thickness 🙂 Aunt Lydia's cotton thread is nice, but I find I need 3 strands for a good cloth and it stays rather stiff that way.
    Still, I've got a cone of a bright green and white colorway of the Peaches & Cream here and I'm definitely whipping up a handful of ypur pattern! Love it.

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  12. I hadn't considered using # 10 thread for a dishcloth. You'd definitely need 3 strands for thickness. But that gives me an idea of trying several strands of #5 cotton. I bet that would work too!

    Have fun with the pattern and may all your dishes be sparkling clean and bright!

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