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Dishcloth or Washcloth FREE Crochet Pattern

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Our washcloths are in a sorry state, and I have oodles of cotton yarn from a sale a while back.  What do we need? New washcloths! What do I have? Cotton yarn!  A new dishcloth or washcloth crochet pattern it is!

Easy Dishcloth or Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Dishcloth or Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Cotton works great because it holds up well, and you can wash it over and over and over again.

I used a simple single crochet, double crochet repeat for this pattern (otherwise known as the Lemon Peel stitch), giving it a textured look and feel that will come in handy while cleaning.   Little scrubbies that will help get the gunk off but in a pattern that whips up within half an hour or less.

These would be an excellent addition to a baby shower gift basket, or as a housewarming gift etc. So quick, so easy! I prefer to use the Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie for my washcloths.


Cotton yarn (Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie is my favorite)
Crochet hook, size H (this brand is my FAVORITE!)

Washcloth crochet Pattern:

Ch-35, sc in second ch from hook, dc in next.  *Sc in next, dc in next* to end. Ch-1, turn. (34)
Rows 1-30 (or until square):  sc in first st, dc in second.  *sc in next, dc in next* to end.  Ch-1, turn.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

That is IT!  You could choose to single crochet around the dish/wash cloth to create a clean edge, but for me, seeing as this is a washcloth that I expect to get dirty and well used, I chose to forego the border. If I were giving them away as a gift, I would probably take the time to clean up the edges.  I must admit, I like the look!

Add this to your Ravelry queue here and pin it on Pinterest here.

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  1. How much yardage do you use for one wash cloth? I need to make ten and I want to figure out how much yard I have to get.
  2. I just wanted to say "thank you". I have only recently been introduced to your work and I love it. You give simple, easy to understand instructions (thanks) and make wonderful items.
  3. Hi Ashlee, I am new to crocheting and i am doing dish cloths and they are easy to do but not for me as i seem to lose stitches and therefore i don't have straight edges. What am i doing wrong? I want to get it right as i love to crochet. I started learning last year and have no trouble doing rugs and scarves. I want to perfect the dish cloths so i can give to friends. Hope you can help me please. Thamk you. . Irene I live in Melbourne, Australia.
    1. Hi Irene! My biggest tip would be to count your stitches every row. For this particular pattern, your 1st stitch (sc) will always go into the last stitch from previous row...and your single crochets will always be worked into a double crochet and vice versa. If you haven't already, I suggest checking out this tutorial for the lemon peel stitch: https://hearthookhome.com/crochet-lemon-peel-stitch/ Hope this helps!
      1. Thanks Ashlee. I can do the lemon peel stitch good but i am still losing stitches. I can't see why as i use every stitch and my dish cloth edges keep going in. So today i decided to do a dish cloth by knitting one and I'm not losing any stitches that way. I feel so frustrated as i like to crochet and this has me beat and it's one of the easiest things to crochet.
  4. Hi! I came for the Sunday Slippers and browsed around and got the dishcloth pattern, too. Thanks so much for the free patterns. I've crocheted a LOT during my life and now most of my stuff gets donated to charity and I do appreciate the free patterns. Sande
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  6. Ok so I am REALLY new at crocheting so sorry if this is a stupid question. But when it says SC in one and DC in the next, is that every other stitch? So SC, DC, SC , DC OR is it a whole ROW of SC ,so 35 SC then 35 DC?
    1. You're correct with the first thought. If you've chained 35 then it will be SC, DC, SC, DC, SC, DC etc on each row.
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  9. Thank you for this simple explanation! I have been working with yarn for over 50 years. I am a better knitter and weaver than I am a crocheter --- sometimes my crochet comes out perfect ... sometimes not so much. But I like to crochet to as a change of pace - I just don't like my inconsistency. I read this this morning and have already put it to a test.... voila - perfection!
  10. Hi there! Which Lion cotton do you like? The kitchen cotton? The link doesn't specify. Thanks!
    1. Hello, I'm sorry I missed this comment before. I've updated the link! Thank you for letting me know!
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