5 Free Crochet Washcloth Patterns

Easy-to-make cotton towels for your bathroom!

Crochet washcloth
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Crochet washcloths are a joy to make. They are small so you can comfortably make them at any time of year, even when it's too hot to crochet much else. They use much less yarn than many projects, such as blankets, which offers a great opportunity to try new yarns and to use up scraps. Crochet washcloths can be super simple, since they are easily made in basic crochet stitches and don't require any shaping. They can also be more complex if you're seeking to try new stitches and...MORE crochet techniques in a project. Since they work up quickly, crochet washcloths are a great instant gratification or last-minute-gift crochet project.

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    Grouping of Three Single Crochet Mesh Washcloths
    Easy Single Crochet Mesh Washcloth. Grouping of Three Single Crochet Mesh Washcloths -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    This washcloth is so soft, yet the simple textured stitch is nice for scrubbing. That's true whether you're using it to scrub your body or a dirty dish; this is a great design for both bath washcloths and larger dishcloths for the kitchen.

    If you ever plan to give a gift of pretty soaps, lotions, shower gels or other body care products, the handmade washcloths would be a lovely addition to the gift package. If you're looking for an easy, beginner-friendly washcloth that's pretty...MORE but basic, this one is a good one to consider. It's a simple project that can be quite meditative and very enjoyable.

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    Puff Lace Crochet Washcloth Pattern
    Puff Lace Crochet Washcloth Pattern. Puff Lace Crochet Washcloth Pattern -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    This lace washcloth features a fancy scalloped border that you could also crochet separately, adding it to pre-made towels to personalize them. The washcloth itself is fun to make, though, so you don't want to miss the chance to work on it. It has a unique combination of puff stitches and half double crochet v-stitches. This creates terrific texture that is perfect for a washcloth and is also pretty when the cloth is just hanging in the bathroom awaiting use.

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    Soft Organic Crocheted Washcloth -- Free Crochet Pattern
    Soft Organic Crocheted Washcloth. Soft Organic Crocheted Washcloth -- Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Crochet a luxurious washcloth with this free pattern. The washcloth is soft and gentle enough to use on a baby, but people of any age will enjoy using it. It's crocheted with Nature's Choice organic cotton yarn by Lion Brand, which is a great choice for a crochet washcloth.

    By the way, most good crochet washcloth pattern will call for cotton yarn since it is the best choice for products that are going to get wet. Cotton doesn't stretch out so much in water and doesn't hold the...MORE water too much like wool does.

    This crochet washcloth is an easy pattern which incorporates two different variations of single crochet stitch. It is always neat to see the way that even the most basic stitches can look entirely different when worked in different manners, and this is a terrific example of that.

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    Multicolor Washcloth in Green and Earthtone
    Multicolor Washcloth in Green and Earthtone. Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This is the same basic washcloth design as the pattern shown above, worked in different colors for a totally different impact. Because you only need small amounts of each color, this version of the washcloth lends itself well to using up leftover yarn. Worked in the color shown, it's a great autumn design. Worked in red, white and green, it would be a terrific Christmas gift.

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    Single Crochet Stitch Sampler Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern
    Single Crochet Stitch Sampler Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern. Kathryn Vercillo

    The previous two crochet washcloth patterns incorporated two different versions of single crochet stitch. Take that idea even further with this sampler washcloth that shows you how to work the sc stitch in five different ways! The variegated yarn gives you an all over color theme while the different stitches produce different textures, allowing you to see what types of stitches you like best when it comes to making your crochet washcloths.