Free Dish Cloth Crochet Pattern
Here is a free crochet dish cloth pattern that you can make in either a worsted weight cotton or in a size 3 cotton thread. Both follow the same pattern except the one in worsted weight is started off with fewer chains. Thus, both dishcloths measure about the same once finished.
Another bonus of this cloth is that is features a bit of an open stitch to help speed up the drying process.
Dish cloths are generally crocheted with a worsted weight cotton such as Bernat Handicrafter, however, a lighter material can work just as well! They make for great stashbusters, as even the smallest amounts of yarns can be used. Especially patterns like this one, which is worked in rows because you can easily change colors after every two rows or so.
Skill Level: Beginner
Thread: Size 3 Crochet Thread or Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Hook Size: E-3.50MM, or an H/8-5.00MM if using worsted weight yarn.
Finished Measurement: 7.75" x 7.75"
Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
Dc = Double Crochet
FO = Fasten Off
Hk = Hook
Rep = Repeat
Sc = Single Crochet
Sk = SkipSl St = Slip Stitch
Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
Pattern Instructions For Crochet Thread
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across; turn. (39 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st; turn. (39 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next dc; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts; turn. (22 sts and 17 ch-1 sps)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, dc in next st, *sc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts; turn. (39 sts)
Rows 5-38: Rep rows 3 and 4.
Row 39: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn.
Edging: Ch 1, work 3 sc in first st, sc evenly around working 3 sc into each corner st; join with sl st. FO.
Instructions for Worsted Weight Yarn
This is worked the same as the one in crochet thread, except that you start off with few chains and you do fewer repeats of the pattern rows.
Rows 1-4: Follow same pattern as given in rows 1-4. (23 sts)
Rows 5-22: Rep rows 3 and 4 as given above.
Row 23: Same as row 39.
Work edging the same as given above.
I hope you enjoyed this crochet dish cloth pattern. It's a great dish cloth by itself in a gift basket with other housewarming or spa gifts. Or crochet a bunch of other dishcloths following a number of patterns for an assortment! Either way, this will be appreciated by everyone!
Helena Reimer (author) on October 25, 2012:
Thank you awesomeactress and PWalker. Yes a wash cloth would dry much quicker. I've made loofahs in yarn, and they take forever to dry too. I guess there is no harm in trying everything once. :)
PWalker281 on October 24, 2012:
Nice pattern, Rhelena! Crochet thread is a great option for wash cloths. I've also been considering fingering-weight hemp. I used it to make a loofah, but it was way too thick and takes ages to dry. I think wash clothes would be better since it's a flat surface. But I'll look into the #3 thread because hemp is fairly expensive. Voted up and shared.
awesomeactress on October 23, 2012:
Very informational! Thanks!
Helena Reimer (author) on October 23, 2012:
Thank you RTalloni, I always appreciate feedback :)
RTalloni on October 23, 2012:
Nice post for a pretty and useful crochet item. Thanks!