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Crocheting a dishcloth is a fun, practical project that’s perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. We love making crochet dishcloth patterns because they’re so quick to make, and they only use a small amount of yarn.
Try one of these 17 easy crochet dishcloth and washcloth patterns, and you’ll have your next project done in no time at all.
Easy Crochet Dishcloths and Washcloths
If you’re looking for a quick, uncomplicated project that’s also useful, a crochet dishcloth might be just what you need. Whether you’re just learning to crochet or you’ve been at it for years, making a dishcloth is a fun, gratifying project to whip up in an afternoon.
Great for practicing new stitches. Because dishcloths are relatively small and use simple stitches, they’re a great way for beginners to practice basic crochet techniques. They are also a low-commitment way for experienced crocheters to learn new stitches. And don’t worry if you don’t like the stitch – you’ll be done with the dishcloth before you know it.
Thoughtful gifts. Crochet dishcloths also make wonderful gifts, for Mother’s Day, hostess gifts, or housewarming parties. And, they’re a popular crochet item to sell at craft fairs. Who can’t use another dishcloth?
Practical and useful. Additionally, crochet dishcloths are surprisingly effective for cleaning. Using cotton yarn for your dishcloths makes them absorbent and strong.
In this post, we’ve included 17 fun and easy patterns to give you plenty of options for how to make a crochet dishcloth.
What is the Best Yarn for Making Dishcloths?
Medium-weight cotton yarn is the best option for crocheting dishcloths. Look for a worsted-weight cotton yarn such as:
Most dishcloths require less than one skein of yarn, making them a perfect project for using up any extra cotton you may have lying around.
We’ve also listed yarn suggestions for each free crochet dishcloth pattern below. All you’ll need to do is choose your favorite color, and get ready to start crocheting!
Other Supplies You’ll Need
To make your dishcloth, you’ll need:
Most patterns suggest a medium-size hook, such as size H/8 (5.00mm). The individual pattern you choose will tell you the exact supplies and hook you’ll need.
Tips for Crocheting Dishcloths
Dishcloths are a relatively simple project to make, but here are a few tips for making sure that yours turns out just right:
Use cotton yarn
Cotton or cotton blends make the best yarn choice for a dishcloth. Cotton is strong, absorbent, and will hold up well through many washes. Or, try using a cotton-linen blend yarn like CotLin for a soft and durable, spa-quality washcloth.
Use a textured stitch.
Crocheting your dishcloth with a textured stitch makes it easier to use for scrubbing and effectively cleaning your dishes or counters. The single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet stitches work well, along with other fun choices such as the waffle stitch or the Suzette stitch. Many of the patterns below include unique textured stitches that I think you’ll love!
FAQs about Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
Here are some common questions we hear about making crochet dishcloths.
What crochet stitch is best for dishcloths?
There are plenty of different stitches you can use to make your crochet dishcloth. Usually, a more textured stitch works best for cleaning. The double crochet and half double crochet are popular dishcloth stitches. The single crochet stitch is often used as well. However, you’ll find all sorts of fun, creative stitches in the patterns above!
What is a standard dishcloth size?
A standard, medium-sized dishcloth usually measures about 8”x 8”, but make yours to whatever size suits you best! The beauty of many of these dishcloths is that you can easily add or subtract stitches to create the size you prefer.
Do crochet dishcloths work well?
When made of cotton, crochet dishcloths work very well for everyday kitchen tasks. You’ll even find some patterns above that are effective for bath use (such as a facecloth) as well.
The textured stitches of crocheted dishcloths make them effective for scrubbing dishes or countertops. At the same time, they eliminate the possibility of scratching that you tend to have with more abrasive sponges and scrubbers.
How do you clean crochet washcloths?
When made of quality cotton yarn, crochet dishcloths are machine washable. Look for worsted cotton yarn, such as:
You can also use cotton-linen blend yarns, like CotLin, for an even more durable, spa-like washcloth.
How much yarn does it take to crochet a dishcloth?
Most medium-size crochet dishcloths can be made with one skein of yarn or less. This makes them a perfect project for using up any extra cotton yarn you may have lying around.
More Free Crochet Patterns
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