Crochet dishcloths are PERFECT beginner projects. They're small, simple and super practical, so you can make a bunch and your "practice" won't go to waste. Prepare to become a wizard of basic crochet!
How to crochet a dishcloth
- Cotton worsted weight yarn: Using cotton yarn is important because it absorbs water well. Acrylic and wool yarn are pretty, but you'll end up with a dishcloth that doesn't do its job.
- A crochet hook: Use the crochet hook size suggested on the label of your chosen cotton yarn. For a worsted weight, use an I-9 (6.5mm) hook.
- Scissors and a yarn needle
Start by making a slip knot on your hook. Chain until you achieve the width you want your dish cloth to be. In this example, I chained 27 to make a 7" square dishcloth.
Single crochet into the second chain from the hook; then single crochet into each chain across.
Turn your work over and chain one. Single crochet into the first space (indicated on the photo above) and into each stitch across.
Pro tip: If you have a hard time keeping track of where you start each row, use stitch markers to mark the first and last stitches of each row.
Repeat Step 3 until your dishcloth is a square, or as large as you'd like it to be.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
If your edges are not as straight as you'd like them to be (we've all been there!), try blocking your dishcloth, or add a single crochet border around the perimeter to even it out.
Hooked on dishcloths?
This simple pattern is perfect for experimenting — go nuts!
- Make your dishcloths different sizes. To make your washcloths larger, simply crochet the beginning chain until it is the width you would like your dishcloth, and add more rows to the work.
- Use multiple yarn colors to make a stripes. Stripes are a great way to keep things interesting. (And they get you crocheting even faster: after all, who hasn't thought "I'll just finish this stripe...and then the next stripe....")
- Use a stitch other than single crochet. Up for a challenge? Consider something decorative to spice it up. Just keep in mind that you need to use a dense stitch to create a nice useful cloth. Nothing lacy.
- Add a fancy edge. After all, even kitchen chores deserve a little love. Here are a few of our favorite crochet edgings .
- Experiment with unusual materials. Did you know standard cotton yarn isn't the only material you can use for crochet? T-shirt yarn, scrubby yarns or tulle are all great for dishcloths, since they create sturdy, abrasive fabrics.