It seems I am always needing new dishcloths and towels for the kitchen! We go through them so quickly around here. Do you have that problem too?
I love a good crochet dishcloth for that reason. It’s so easy and quick to make up and it works so well. These little cloths make great washcloths too! They are perfect for stitching up during a tv show or a car ride – you can have a pretty new crochet dishcloth by the time you’ve watched Buttercup and Westley finally get their happy ending. :)
This easy crochet dishcloth pattern uses the Primrose stitch for the main section, it has such a great texture to it. I added a little scalloped border – because I can’t seem to crochet things without a scalloped edging. It’s a compulsion. They look so sweet that way though!
Here’s the easy crochet dishcloth pattern for you!
I used three colors of I Love This Yarn Cotton from Hobby Lobby – and I had plenty for all three cloths and lots leftover. So one skein should easily do more than one cloth if you want to use all one color for your main section and edging.
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sc: Single Crochet
dc: Double Crochet
hdc: Half Double Crochet
Crochet Dishcloth Tutorial: the Body:
Foundation Chain – ch 32.
Row 1: In the third chain from hook, work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc. *Skip next two chains and in next chain work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc. Repeat from * across. Finish with 1 hdc in last chain. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2. *In next ch 2 space work 3 dc (shell made). Repeat from * across. Finish with 1 dc in top of turning chain. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 2. *In second dc of shell, work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc. Repeat from * across. Finish with 1 hdc in top of turning chain. Turn.
Rows 4 – 9: Alternate rows 2 and 3, ending with row 2.
You could stop here if you don’t want to add in the scallop edging – that’s totally fine!
Change colors (if desired).
Crochet Dishcloth Tutorial: Edging:
Round 1: Ch 1. Turn cloth and working down left side, crochet 29 sc along the side. When you reach the corner ch 1, then sc 29 across bottom of the cloth. Repeat for each side, adding a ch 1 at each corner. Connect with a slip stitch to first ch 1 when you reach the starting point.
Round 2: Skip first sc, in next sc work 5 dc (scallop made). *Skip 1 sc and in next sc do a slip stitch. Skip 1 sc and in next sc work 5 dc. Continue around all four sides of the cloth. Connect with slip stitch to starting point.
Note: The scallops usually ended up over a corner for me, but I didn’t worry to much about that if they didn’t. I figured no one would be looking that close, and if they were that meant they were doing my dishes so that was all right with me. :) If that sort of thing bothers you, you can adjust your stitches easily so they work out evenly.
Now you have a super cute cloth you can use for dishes or baths – and they make great gifts too!
I hope you make your own crochet dishcloth, they are so fun to do!
Rachel @ Engineering a Joyful Family says
These are precious! They look really cute, do you color treat them or pre-wash them at all to prevent bleeding? Good yarn choice too. I can’t stand the cotton at Walmart. I literally love that cotton (haha)
Thanks Rachel! I don’t usually prewash but you definitely can. This cotton yarn washes up so great that it would be no problem to do a prewash first. And I agree about the yarn – this is my favorite! :)
Brenda J. Young says
Thank you for sharing this pattern with us. I think it is a beautiful pattern. I am pretty sure I will make this over & over. I have found that the crochet cotton that I’ve been using needs a method of keeping the color from fading out. If you have a method would you share it with us? Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern.
Hello. I was wanting to know what kind Yarn do you make the Dish Cloth with Please tell me ?
I love the fun colors and am especially anxious to try your lovely pattern, scallops (my favorite part) and all. I also love I Love That Cotton. Recently my aunt came to visit from out of state and as a welcome gift I wanted to make her a little bath set with 3 wash cloths and a face towel. I also wanted to crochet a coordinated 2″ lace band to stitch onto a new Aqua bath towel I had purchased. I knew that in order to sell her old house she had spent quite a bit of money redoing her bathroom using teal as a color scheme but had no idea what her new master bath was like. When speaking with her, she said she was using her new teal towels because that was the color she eventually wanted to redo her new bath in. However, with other unexpected expenses the redo was going to be waiting for a while. She said her new bath was really nice except for the “lousy” color of the cabinets. She said they were golden oak that had unfortunately aged to a sort of “spicy mustard color” that didn’t show off her new towels to their best. Imagine my surprise when I got to Hobby Lobby and found their signature yarn in colors like yours above with a sort of dark gold/mustard-like color as well. Even now, I don’t think that combination sounds good but it turned out to be very striking. She phoned me later to say she had spent 2 days cleaning her bathroom cabinets and that with her new wash cloths and face towel she has decided not to redo them at all now. What a happy experience that turned out to be for both of us…a win/win all the way around. Bless you and thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern.
Debbie Scott says
I am having trouble understanding your directions. I am new at this, these are pretty and I really want to make these. Especially, row 2, Do we skip? Any stitches? I have big holes between my triple crochets. Do I have to chain 2 before triple? I just can’t get this figured out! Help!
On row 1, do you do 2 single crochets and a double all on same stitch? Or all on different stitches? Help!
Victoria Taylor says
Here’s a great tutorial that will help you do the primrose stitch on these cute dish cloths. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ZHjX12wN4. Hope this helps
Hi the dish cloths look amazing I would like to see if you could make a easy video as ive never crochet before and would like to make some of these if possible.
Your crocheted dish clothes are just too cute!
I’ve been crocheting for years and have to tell you that your instructions are the easiest to understand of any I’ve ever read. You are to be commended for the great job of beautiful crochet and clear directions.
Thank you for sharing…….:)
Thank you for the pattern, I need more Cotton yarn for other projects so I am going to buy a bunch.
I have not tried Hobby Lobby cotton, after reading the comments I will be sure to go there.
I have been crocheting for Many Years, and you can write the Easiest instructions. Thanks Again
Joanita Theron says
Thank You so much for partying at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Your project is just awesome :)
Gail Akeman says
I like using homemade washcloths when I can find someone who makes them. Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday Linkup. Please join again. Pinned to the group board.
T'onna @ USS Crafty says
I love these cloths! The colors are so pretty! This reminds me that I need to make more dishcloths for my mom. She loves crochet dishcloths. I actually haven’t made any for myself to use in my kitchen, but I guess I really should. I usually use sponges.
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Kristina & Millie says
love the colors and love the pattern!! Thanks so much for sharing with us all so we can make our own. One thing you can’t have enough of is wash cloths!
Theresa @DearCreatives says
So pretty! I hope to find my hooks and try this sometime. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in the Inspiration Spotlight Party.
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says
Bev! I love these!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-144.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Jane @SustainMyCraftHabit says
Everything about these is so nice: the colours, simplicity, utility (although they seem too nice to use!). Thank you for sharing and bringing them to the #HomeMattersParty!
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says
Bev, the Weekly Feature Series is live. Head on over to check out your feature and the other 24 features from the week. Here is the link so you can check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/07/weekly-features-series.html Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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These are so lovely. I love homemade dishcloths! Yours are stunning. Visiting from Dear Creatives linky
i dont understand…the instructions go up to row 9, but it’s too short and in your picture i count like 18 rows plus your chain row? also the ending with row 2 doesn’t add up either the ninth row comes out to be the stitch pattern of row 1 &3??? am i wrong??? this is frustrating. even though it doesn’t add up to me i do have the pattern of the rows down and it is nice and simple.
Alysia Jackson says
I’m having the same issue?
marilyn wren says
This is a great easy and quickly done pattern. Finally a pattern I worked thru the first time and didnt have to rip out several times trying to get it right. So many patterns have mistakes but this one is excellent.Very pleased with my finished project.
This is a gorgeous stitch! I’ve used chunkier yarn and a bigger hook to make up blankets to donate to my local hospital’s NICU for prem babies with your pattern. The blankets are so sweet, thank you for sharing!
HI BEV…..love this pattern! As I am working my first one, I have found a little boo boo in your pattern…. It should say : ROWS 4 – 18 before you start your edging. Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful wash cloths. Cannot wait to make them. Love the edging!!!!! Thanks.
these are very pretty, is there any chance of a picture tutorial or video tutorial, i am not very good at reading patterns and i just love these wash cloths.
I chained 32. Then I did the sc, ch2, sc in the 3rd chain from the hook. Then skipped two and continued the pattern. When I got towards the end, I was able to one more sc, ch2, sc and then I had two chains left. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.
Is the yarn all cotton?
What is the approximate size when completed?
I love this pattern. I used a G hook to make it a little tighter but it still shows the design nicely. I love being able to give it the extra flare of the scalloped border and use fun colors.
I have tried a few patterns for dishcloths and while some were functional and not extra petty or fun and some were too loose so not very functional. This one is perfect.
Thanks for sharing!
Barbara Miller says
Thank you for the lovely pattern. I’m retired and decided to try learning new things, so this will be a great start.
According to your instructions, this cloth has only 9 rows. I ended up with a narrow strip, not a square. What am I misinterpreting? Also, the way I read it, if Rows 4 – 9 consisting of alternating rows 2 and 3, you will end up with Row 3, not Row 2.
LAURA MANSON says
My Mom passed away 3 years ago and the family has run out of dishcloths and begged me to make some this year. I am using your pattern and Sugar n Cream yarn. I too found 9 rows to be a narrow strip so went with 9 of the pattern and it’s perfect. I wish I could post a pic for you. The small balls of yarn create a vertical pattern and the cone creates a beautiful cloth as well. The number of stitches really plays well with these yarns. My family will be thrilled. I’m also going to try the new Red Heart Scrubby yarn to make each person a pot scrubber as well with your pattern. Thank you so much for sharing!
PS… I am not using borders add these are for the kitchen.
Alicia Sy says
This is a beautiful pattern. Will be my new favorite pattern. I wish there was a place to post it so i could show you.
Cl edwards says
Wow! Thanks for the instructions on crocheting dishcloths and washcloths. Do you have a book of patterns that can be purchased…
Kathy brown says
love this pattern! !!!!
HOW DO YOU PRINT YOUR PATTERNS WITHOUT ALL THE ART WORK
My stitch looks nothing like your picture . I even watched the YouTube. Any thoughts