This is a simple free crochet pattern for an easy dishcloth made using mostly single crochet stitches. Although intended as a dishcloth pattern, it also works for washcloths. The yarn used for this project, Simply Cotton Yarn by KnitPicks, is a really soft cotton yarn, so it feels great against the skin but it will also work well for cleaning dishes. Feel free to adapt the pattern to use it for washcloths as well as dishcloths.
You can make your cloths smaller or larger than what is shown here either by changing to a smaller / larger hook or by adding / removing rows. The pattern is easy enough that you should be able to make either of those changes without any difficulty.
When I first came up with the idea for this crochet pattern, I intended the finished project to be a dishcloth. I used my first sample for washing dishes, and it was soooooo soft that I decided I had to make a few more of these cloths for use as washcloths. I think they work well for either purpose.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner / Very Easy
Materials Needed for this Crochet Project:
Yarn: You'll need a high-quality sport weight cotton yarn. This sample was crocheted using Simply Cotton by Knit Picks. Simply Cotton is an incredibly soft organic cotton yarn. The color that was used in these samples is an off-white color called "Marshmallow". This yarn is available in a nice range of colors, so if you'd like to make your cloth(s) in a different color, you'll have plenty of options. And, of course, you don't need to use this yarn if there is another type of sport weight cotton yarn that you prefer.
Amount of Yarn Needed: People who choose to work with Simply Cotton by Knit Picks should find that it is possible to make three crochet dishcloths with one 50 gram ball of the yarn. There are 164 yards per ball, so you'll need an estimated 16.67 grams / 54.67 yards to make each cloth.
Crochet Hook: Size H / 8 - 5.00 mm crochet hook
Crochet Project Gauge:
5 sts = approximately 1 inch; row gauge is not critical unless you want to make sure that your dishcloths are a certain size.
Finished Size of Crochet Dishcloths:
Each dishcloth measure about 7 inches square. This is a good size for using as either a dishcloth or a washcloth. As aforementioned, you can change the size by changing your gauge (using a different yarn / hook) or by adding or decreasing rows. For example, if you want a rectangular crochet dishcloth that is 7" wide but 14" long then you would double the number of rows in this pattern.
Abbreviations Used in This Crochet Pattern:
- ch = chain
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- st = stitch
Easy Crochet Dishcloth Free Pattern:
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. [Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc, skip 1st ch, [sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn. There will be 17 sc crochet stitches and 16 ch stitches in this row.
Design Notes: In rows 2 and up, you may find that you achieve straighter edges by crocheting the last stitch into the turning chain instead of crocheting it into the last sc st. It can be done either way, depending on the look preferred, as long as it is consistent across all of the rows.
Repeat row 2 until your dishcloth is square.
End off. Weave in ends.
Time to wash the dishes, your counter tops, your face, or any other surface you can think of for using these luxuriously soft dishcloths.
Or, alternatively, you could give the cloth as a gift to a friend; if you crochet several of these and bundle them up with pretty ribbons, they'd make a lovely housewarming gift or a great "spa at home" gift to give for Mother's Day. They could also be given as bridal shower gifts, Christmas gifts, etc.
This article has been edited and updated by Kathryn Vercillo.