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Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – ZigZag


I love making dishcloths.  There’s something so appealing, after going through the months-long process of making and piecing an afghan together, to just start a project and finish it up within a few hours.  Hence, my many dishcloths.

I’m a little picky when it comes to them, though, because I’ve decided that I don’t really prefer dishcloths with a lot of big holes.  I like more of a solid fabric, but I also like a little bit of character to it as well.  So this one, with bright contrasting zigzag colors, yet a generally solid surface is perfect.

Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Zigzag

This dishcloth pattern looks complicated, but it’s incredibly simple – and great for beginning and experienced crocheters alike.  It’s basically just one stitch (a V-stitch) over and over again.  Weaving in all the ends is a drag, I’ll admit, but I save them for the end of the night when the kids are in bed, and then put a good show on Netflix and weave them all in then.  It takes the monotony out of it.

So here you are, enjoy this free crochet dishcloth pattern!

Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Zigzag

The Pattern:

To make this, I used a G (4.25mm) hook and worsted-weight cotton yarn.

Chain 39.

Row 1: dc in 6th chain from hook.  Chain 1, dc in the same stitch (V-stitch made).  Skip 2, V-stitch in next.   Continue across.  In last stitch, make 1 dc.  Finish off.  Do not turn.

Row 2: Join yarn in stitch immediately before first stitch in V-stitch below.  Chain 3.  V-stitch in ch-1 space of V-stitch below.  Continue across.  In last stitch, make 1 dc.  Finish off.  Do not turn

Rows 3-15: Repeat row 2.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.


That’s it!  Then these lovelies are ready to be used for whatever purpose you use your dishcloths for – cleaning, in place of facecloths, or as homemade gifts for the upcoming holidays (which are coming much too quickly, I might add…)

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~ Mellie ★

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  1. Awesome pattern, thanks!

  2. Lisa D says:

    Love these!! I’m going to try them out tomorrow :) trying to get a jump start on Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing!

    1. mellie says:

      Thanks Lisa! :)

  3. Lynne D says:

    How generous of you to share this amazing pattern. Just might have to have my nieces send you a ‘thank you’ for the Christmas gift they are going to get! Thank you so very much.

    1. mellie says:

      You’re welcome, glad you like it!

  4. This is lovely! Thanks for the pattern! I’m wondering how I might turn this into a hat. Like start a normal crown with dc and then start the v-stitch? Any advice? Thanks so much!

    1. mellie says:

      Hmmm, I’m sure it can be done. If you start with a normal crown, then at the point where you’d switch I would just make sure that the stitches are divisible by three (one for the v-stitch, and two to skip). Then for the beginning round, just take it from there. The only thing I can foresee is that the Vs would be upside down. Let me know what you come up, I’ll brainstorm on this some more!

  5. Mary Valenti says:

    Do you think that these washcloths would make cute baby gift?
    If so what pattern would you use?

    1. They’d be great baby gifts! I’d go with a soft mercerized cotton. It would be cute in a gift basket with some baby lotion and a rubber duckie :)

      1. Mellie,
        Thanks But where do you get mercerized cotton. When I search all I get is thread.

        thanks in advance

        BTW which pattern would you use for a baby?

        1. hmm, you’re right, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of mercerized cotton in worsted weight, does there? I think then I’d go with a soft cotton blend like Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. I’ve used this in some of my personal facecloths and it’s very soft. I don’t think it would work as well as a cleaning rag, but for washing sweet little baby skin, it should be perfect – and should be available at your local Joann’s or other big box yarn stores too. (Use one of their 40% coupons for better savings, too!)

          For the pattern, I am biased because my absolute favorite pattern of all time, is (not-surprisingly), My Favorite Dishcloth pattern, though I love the look of the zigzag. How about making a set of three, two of the Favorite Dishcloths in different colors, and one of the Zigzag, using the same two colors? That would be cute! :)

          1. Mary says:

            Have a blessed holiday

  6. This looks fun! So you NEVER turn? Do you work backwards? That’s crazy talk lol

    1. haha! Yes, that’s right, just keep working on the same side only! :)

  7. I’m fairly new to crocheting and I may be about to ask a stupid question, but how do I crochet backwards? It says not too turn so I’m not sure how to make that work.

    1. Hi Bree!
      Usually when you crochet something that’s made in rows, you make one row, turn it around, and go back to the beginning on the back, then turn it forward and go across, etc. This zigzag dishcloth is different in that you cut the yarn when you get to the end of each row and start from the other side, without turning and working on the back. Let me know if that makes sense! :)

      1. That makes a ton of sense. I feel silly for having asked LOL!

        1. Oh no, don’t feel silly! It’s how we learn :)

      2. traci says:

        Love this cheveron look. This is my first time working with cotton and am wondering if I can weave in the ends the same way as with acrylic? There are SO MANY TAILS! Lol

        1. Yes! The ends are the one downfall of the pattern. Weave them in however you’re used to.

  8. um mujtaba says:

    Hello, how are you? Please, you can tell me how to make traingle of bahrain flag by crochet ?


    1. Hmmm, I think your best bet would be to use a tapestry-style crochet method, where you carry the unused thread underneath. I think if I were to make this, I would make a rough pattern in graph paper, then for each square, choose either the red or white. Then carry the unused yarn under. Here’s a good video for carrying yarn through. Hope this helped!

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  10. Thank you for the lovely patterns!

  11. Colleen Beynon says:


    I love your dish cloth. I am so new to this can you help me please. How do you end the row. Is there a tutorial I can watch on how to make this dishcloth ? Thanks for sharing your pattern.

    Desperate to learn :-)

    1. Sorry this has taken me so long to get back to you! Usually with crochet, you don’t want knots, but I usually make a small knot at the end. I will cut the yarn (leaving a long 6″ tail to weave in later) before pulling the final loop through, and then pull the yarn up through the center of that loop, and then pull tight. Does that make sense? Let me know, if not I’ll try to find a video description.

      1. Colleen says:

        THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

  12. Mamabubu says:

    OMG…Can’t believe my luck.Love the pattern. Will try it out this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing it.
    God bless.

  13. Mamabubu says:

    Hi, I am from Papua New Guinea, the largest island nation in the Pacific. Woman in my country make handbags (what we call “bilums”) out of woven plant fiber or colored yarns(in modern days). Current fashion trend is using this pattern to crochet simple hobo-styled bags. I’ve been attempting to crochet one myself but the pattern was too complicated for me to grasp when I started crocheting last year.That’s why I was really excited when I stumbled unto your pattern while googling diaginal box patterns. Can’t wait to start my hobo bag project.


    1. That’s really neat! I’d love to see how yours turns out :)

  14. shelly says:

    Im still confused about not turning. Sorry, beginner here! So, will all my tails end up on the same end?

    1. Yes, they will!

  15. Rene Hatch says:

    I just found your fabulous website… Love it…
    Just finished your favorite dishcloth so simple and pretty…
    Thank you
    Venice, Florida

    1. I’m so glad you liked it!

  16. Thanks so much for the free pattern. I really like it. So kind of you to share. I was wondering if you have any knowledge of the type of yarn used to make potscrubbers. A friend of mine, since deceased, used to make the greatest pot scrubbers. They were circular and I think just single crochet in a circle. The yarn used was scratchy like in a pot scrubber or chore boy. She made dozens and gave them for gifts. I have been looking to the material used to no avail. There are patterns for homemade plarn, but these were in brown, blue and gray. Any ideas?
    Barb Roberson

    1. Hi Barb! I’m not sure what kind of yarn your friend might have used. I’ve always heard that cotton was the best choice because it’s easy to clean, and absorbs water well. But I tried to look around and see what I could find out for you. From what I could find, there used to be a scratchy type yarn that was sold at craft stores like Joann’s several years ago but has since been discontinued. The best alternative that I could find would be to cut up plastic netting into long strips and either crochet with that, or for more bulk, you could crochet netting with cotton together. Good luck!

    2. I saw some of the scrubber “yarn” at Joanne Fabrics today. I would think it might hurt your hands to crochet a scrubbie, though.

  17. Kristine Blake says:

    can you show a picture of the back of the discloth? does it look the same as the front due to not turning?

    1. Hi Kristine – yes, the back of the dishcloth is identical to the front.

  18. michelle says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I love it.

  19. Emily says:

    How did u make the edges so neat?

    1. Hi Emily –
      I try to make the edges as even as I can when I weave in the ends, pulling a little tighter here and there where needed until they are mostly straight.

  20. Wendy says:

    Good morning Mellie

    I was looking for an easy pattern to crochet dishclothes and came across yours. We have a knitting ministry at my church called Hands of Hope in which we do knitting and crocheting projects for the less fortunate in our town. We also have plans to do welcome to your new home gifts for those in the congregation who move, baby blankets for the expectant moms in church and also shelters and lap blankets for the elderly in nursing and old age homes. The young girls in our church have really taken a liking to this activity. Would you mind if I shared your “Favourite and ZigZag” dishcloth patterns with the ladies?
    Thank you in return and have a blessed day.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      By all means, feel free to share any of my patterns with your group. I’m glad that they’ll warm someone’s home.

  21. Lindsay says:

    Hi there… this pattern!! I’m wondering if you could please tell me how to join the yarn in for the next row, I’m not sure I’m doing it right…. Thanks

    1. Hi Lindsay, and sorry it’s taken me so long to answer you. The one thing about this dishcloth is that there are plenty of ends to weave in. You can join your yarn any way you usually add yarn. Sometimes for these types of dishcloths that have many loose ends, I will sometimes tie it on with a small knot, but that’s usually a no-no with crochet! :)

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