This is a simple free crochet pattern for an easy dishcloth made using just single crochet and chain stitches. Although intended as a dishcloth pattern, it also works for washcloths. Choosing a soft cotton yarn that feels great against the skin will help you clean your face or dishes. Adapt the pattern as you like to use it for any size cloth. Make it smaller or larger by either changing to a smaller or larger crochet hook, or by removing or adding rows. The pattern is easy enough for you to make either of those changes without any difficulty.
5 sts = 1 inch in single crochet-chain stitch pattern
Each dishcloth measures about 6 and a half inches square. To check if your cloth is square, fold it diagonally; if the two opposite corners meet, it is square.
- ch = chain
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- st = stitch
- [ ] repeat instructions in brackets as directed
In this stitch pattern, single crochet stitches are worked into single crochet stitches from the previous row, and chain stitches are worked above chain stitches from the previous row.
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Equipment / Tools
- US H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- 55 to 60 yard sport weight yarn
Make Chain Stitches
Make a slip knot and place on hook. Ch 35, turn.
Work Into the Chain
Sc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch] 16 times, turn.
There will be 17 sc crochet stitches and 16 ch stitches, 33 sts total.
Turning chains are stitches worked at the transition point between rows of crochet. They add the height needed for your next row to the piece. In some instructions you will find them at the end of rows and in others at the beginning. In this pattern they are at the beginning.
Make Foundation Row
Ch 1 (turning ch), sc in 1st sc, [ch1, sc in next sc] 16 times, turn.
At the beginning of the row, the first sc is worked into the stitch at the base of the turning chain. To work into the next sc, skip the next ch stitch, working a chain stitch above it.
All rows: Ch 1 (turning ch), sc in 1st sc, [ch1, sc in next sc] 16 times, turn.
Repeat this row until your dishcloth is square.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Time to wash the dishes, your countertops, your face, or any other surface you can think of for using these luxuriously soft dishcloths. 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 also make great gifts for bridal showers, Christmas, or for any other celebration.