Today I thought I’d share with you a free easy crochet dishcloth pattern. It’s my favorite dish cloth pattern as well. Cotton dishcloths have become enormously popular, especially considering the trend to try and protect the environment by cutting down on paper products wherever possible. Crochet dishcloths are practical, beautiful and functional.
I especially like to use dishcloths as facecloths, though. There’s something so luxurious in using a handmade cotton cloth to clean your face instead of an old terry cloth rag. So I made a stack of these cloths to use when washing my face, and I love them.
There are tons of gorgeous dishcloths out there, and while I have made plenty of them, I prefer a more uniform, tidy appearance. Another thing about these is that they don’t have a lot of open holes or puffy abrasive spots, which might be good for scrubbing dishes, but maybe not so much for your face.
This isn’t really a pattern so much as it’s just a technique that I liked and put together for something that worked for me. They are very easy to make, so the very beginning crocheter should be able to whip one up in no time flat. I can usually make one of these in about 45 minutes. And the pattern is very easy to customize as well; you can make it bigger by adding a few extra stitches on your foundation chain, or using a larger hook.
Cotton is the preferred yarn for dishcloths and facecloths, because it is water absorbent and machine washable. Acrylic yarn tends to push water around, and if you use it as a potholder, high temperatures can melt it. There’s a huge variation in cotton yarns, from the $1 kind you can pick up at Walmart to luxurious Egyptian cotton yarns.
So here is the pattern in a nutshell.
Mellie’s Favorite Dishcloth
With cotton worsted yarn and an H (5mm) hook:
Row 1: sc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc in the next. [sc, dc] all the way across. Sc in the last stitch. Chain 1, turn.
Row 2: Dc in sc. [sc, dc] across. Chain 1 and turn.
And this is how you keep the pattern up for the rest of the cloth. You’ll be doing a dc in each sc, and a sc in each dc, with 1 chain at the end.
When you’ve reached around 22 rows or so (depending on your tension), you should have a square. Finish off your yarn, and it’s ready to use! Or continue on if you want more of a rectangular shape.
This free, easy dishcloth pattern is great for holiday presents, housewarming gifts, and for your own home, so enjoy. And you are more than welcome to sell your finished products from this pattern (just please don’t copy and sell the pattern itself!).
Have a great Thursday!