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Everybody’s favorite…crochet dishcloth!

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This morning I was thinking about what my next crochet project would be. I had a few ideas and went for my yarn box and as I was digging I found a big bag of 100% cotton yarn that I forgot about. To me that means dishcloths! I won’t use anything but 100% cotton for dishcloths or washcloths because anything else just doesn’t hold up!

Usually, I use a pattern but today I figured I would just do what I thought would work best and it turned out really nice! I didn’t even make a border because it looked pretty perfect without one.

I’m certainly not going to claim this pattern as my own. I’m sure someone somewhere has done this before. I am however, going to share what I did and say I did not use a pattern.

What to use –

100% cotton yarn

5.5 – 6 crochet hook (I used a 6 because I like to use a slightly larger hook)


Darning needle

Abbreviations –

Fsc – foundation chain or foundation single crochet.

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

St – stitch

Sk – skip

I started with fsc of 26. You could do a simple ch 26 but, I really feel like the fsc looks so much nicer in this case. It keeps the cloth looking even and straight because it has much more give than the standard chains do.

Instructions on how to make a foundation chain or foundation single crochet.

Ch 2. Insert hook into the second chain from hook. Draw up a loop (you will have 2 loops on your hook), then draw through only the first loop on hook. (consider this first loop of if you were doing a standard foundation chain) You will still have 2 loops on your hook.

Complete SC as normal (draw through both loops). – This would be the “row 2” if you were using the regular chain method.

Fsc 26, ch 1 and turn. If you want a bigger cloth just add a few more stitches.

R1 – R21 – hdc in st closest to hook and in each st across, ch 1 and turn.

I just repeated until I had a perfect square which worked out to 21 rows. Finish and weave the ends in.

I have another dishcloth pattern that I use which I’ll share. It’s just as easy and just as nice.

Ch 26 (if you would like a larger cloth just add a few stitches

R1 – sc in first st from hook, ch 1, sk next st and sc in next st, repeat. Ch 1 and turn

R2 – sc in ch 1 space, ch 1, sc in ch 1 space. Repeat. Ch 1 turn.

Repeat until you have a perfect square. An easy way to tell is to fold it diagonally, the corners will match when it’s a square.

These are really simple and look really nice. Easy enough for even the most beginner crocheter to accomplish. I really like the patterns that have smaller stitches, single crochets and half double crochets as opposed to double crochets because they leave smaller gaps. That makes a big difference when they get wet and stretched out.

Once you get the hang of it you can make these up in a couple hours. What a great idea for a last minute gift! I have never met anyone who doesn’t like crocheted dishcloths! The reaction is almost always “oh wow, these are the best dishcloths!” Personally, if I make these for a gift I like to do them in sets of 3 and tie them with ribbon.

These types of cloths have many different uses. I have a set for washing dishes, a set for cleaning and I have a set I use for face cloths. They are great for exfoliating!

Another gift idea could be to fold them in half and roll them up, maybe add liquid or bar soap, either handmade or bought, and put them in a basket. Would make a cute little “spa” basket. The possibilities are endless 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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January 11, 2019 at 4:25 PM

I love the second dishcloth color and pattern,I wish I could do that,great work and ideas sister!

January 12, 2019 at 1:04 PM

Both my mother and my daughter crochet, but I never picked up on it. Maybe a small, easier project like this could be for me.

January 25, 2019 at 1:49 PM

I have always wanted to learn how to crochet! Something simpler like this looks like a good place to start!

January 25, 2019 at 2:14 PM

You are so creative. I love your work. BRAVO!

January 25, 2019 at 11:03 PM

Aw, these remind me of my Grandmother. She taught me how to knit and crochet, and the first things we made were dishcloths like these.

January 26, 2019 at 2:44 AM

I love handmade items, they are special even more if it’s a gift! But in this case a dishcloth is what I need, so I can use the colors that match better in my kitchen 🙂

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