Crochet Pattern: 3 Pretty Washcloths in Single Crochet

By Corinne Munger – 51 Comments
As requested by readers on the Crocheted Cotton Washcloth Sampler post, here are the 3 washcloth patterns! Washcloths and dishcloths are one of the most used and useful items in our homes. And they’re usually pretty, well, blah. Here you’ll find 3 very different patterns all using one crochet stitch – single crochet! The variations used with the single crochet stitches, make the washcloths look like they came from the most experienced of crocheters!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: Approximately 8″ (20 cm) wide, 8″ (20 cm) tall

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards per washcloth, Sugar’n Cream Cotton Yarn used in photo)
Crochet Hook G (4.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this project. If you’d like a larger or smaller cloth, increase or decrease number of stitches in beginning chain (see instructions).

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Crochet Pattern: 3 Pretty Washcloths

Washcloth #1

Ch 32 (or a chain that is the width of your desired washcloth. If the chain is adjusted there must be an even number of chains)
Row 1: sc in forth ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across
Row 2: ch 2, turn, skip first sc, sc in next ch-space, *ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next ch-space, repeat from * across
Repeat row 2, 23 more times or until the washcloth is as long as desired. Do not finish off, continue with border instructions at end of pattern.

Washcloth #2

Ch 32 (or a chain that is the width of your desired washcloth. If the chain is adjusted there must be an even number of chains)
Row 1: 2 sc in second ch from hook, skip 1 ch, *2 sc in next ch, skip 1 ch, repeat from * across until 1 ch remains, sc in last ch
NOTE: In the next rows, you will be crocheting IN BETWEEN the sets of 2 sc you made in the previous row.
Row 2: ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc in next st, skip 1 st, *2 sc in next st, skip 1 st, repeat from * across until 1 st remains, sc in last st
Repeat row 2, 23 more times or until the washcloth is as long as desired. Do not finish off, continue with border instructions at end of pattern.

Washcloth #3

Ch 31 (or a chain that is the width of your desired washcloth. If the chain is adjusted there must be an odd number of chains)
NOTE: This pattern is worked as follows: 1 sc in the back loop then 1 sc in the front loop, throughout the pattern. You may find yourself moving your piece forward and back in order to see the front or back of the stitch.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across
Rows 2: ch 1, turn, *sc in back loop of next sc, sc in front loop of next sc, repeat from * across
Repeat row 2, 23 more times or until the washcloth is as long as desired. Do not finish off, continue with border instructions at end of pattern.

Border (for all washcloths)
Single crochet evenly around the washcloth. For a photo tutorial on crocheting along the edge, check out our post Crocheting Around the Edges!

Remember, you will single crochet along each side of the washcloth. When you come to the corners, 3 sc in each corner. When you have crocheted all around and come to the first corner made, slip stitch into the middle stitch of that corner and finish off.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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51 Comments

  1. jackie says:

    Corinne,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to print the patterns for all of us..How nice of you to do….I am gonna make some with Christmas yarn..They are so pretty..Nice work!!!

  2. Kim in Michigan says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post and share the patterns.. I appreciate it so much!
    I bought some red and green Christmas cotton to get started! Blessings!

  3. LaceAngel says:

    Thanks so much for your promptness in sharing the patterns. Hobby Lobby here I come, these have made my Christmas “to-do” list for sure!

  4. Lori says:

    Hi…thank you SO much for your generosity in publishing these patterns. I am somewhat new to crocheting and am wondering what is the difference between skipping a chain (skip 1 ch) and skipping a stitch (skip 1 st)? Thank you!

    • Hi Lori, You’re welcome! The difference between skipping a chain vs. skipping a stitch is simple. When it says skip a ch, that’s because it’s the first row you’re crocheting (into the foundation “chain”). Skipping a “stitch” is when you’re crocheting into additional rows that already have crochet stitches in them. Does that explain it?

  5. Jean says:

    thanks so much for posting the patterns so soon!!!!
    Be blessed!
    Jean

  6. Lori says:

    Hi again Corinne,

    Like I said before, I am new to crocheting so I apologize for the multiple questions for explanations—in Washcloth #2 it says: “NOTE: In the next rows, you will be crocheting IN BETWEEN the sets of 2 sc you made in the previous row.”—does this mean I literally reach down to the previous row to work the stitches? Thank you…I appreciate your help.

    • That’s ok Lori. that was a little tricky to put into words. Let me try another way……when you crocheted the previous row you crocheted, sc, sc into the same stitch and then moved to the next stitch and crocheted sc and sc. You want to insert your hook BETWEEN the two “sets” of sc. It’s a little tricky to see but if you put your finger behind those sets of stitches and push it out to wear you stretch it, you’ll see a little easier where to make the next stitch. Normally, you insert your hook underneath the 2 loops of the stitch, but in this pattern, you don’t – I’ll try to post an additional picture of this (not sure if I can get a picture to depict it, but I’l try).

  7. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for posting these! I am going to start one tonight!

  8. Debbie D. says:

    Thanks for these patterns. So far, I like #3 the best. It makes for such an interesting texture!

  9. Cathy MIlne says:

    These are very pretty. Thank you very much for sharing. I look forward to making many.

    Ta Ta for now the Bagg Lady, Cathy

  10. Susan Polivka says:

    Can’t thank you enough for these patterns…….will be starting shortly as I think that they will make wonderful christmas presents….

  11. Cami says:

    I love moss stitch (sc, ch, sc) in washcloths! Looks woven. Beautiful patterns! Thanks!

  12. Doris says:

    Thank you soooo much for posting the directions to your cute dish cloths. I can’t wait to get started.

  13. juliet says:

    Love these! However, I’m having trouble with pattern 3. The ends of my rows are becoming uneven as I crochet up – like I’m dropping a stitch with each row. Should my last sc in each row be in the turning chain?

    • This pattern is a little tricky as you work in the front loop, then in the back loop – your row kind of gets “twisted”. Make sure to count your stitches (30 in this case), and every row should end up with you making a stitch in the FRONT loop (not the turning chain).

  14. Sasha says:

    I’ve struggled with both pattern 1 and now pattern 2. I’m not sure what you mean when you say skip the first stitch. Do you mean the stitch that’s under the turning chain? If I skip it, then when I skip the next stitch, I’m one stitch ahead of being in between the set of two.

    • Hi Sasha, Let’s see if I can explain it a little better for you. When the instructions say, skip 1 stitch, it’s talking about the very 1st stitch in the row before the one you’re working on. In pattern 1, you will be working BETWEEN the single crochets in the previous row. In pattern 2, you will be making 2 single crochets in the same stitch, then skipping a stitch and then making 2 single crochets again in the next stitch. When you being a row, the first stitch in the row is the first stitch AFTER any turning chains you made. In pattern 1, you will always be crocheting a single crochet in the chain SPACE for your 1st stitch. In pattern 2, when you turn your row, you will have 1 sc, a space, and then 2 sc in one st. You will crochet in the 1st space after the 1 sc, then skip the 2 sc and then crochet in the space after that stitch. I know it’s confusing but I hope this helps you a little.

  15. Denise Kraus says:

    My rows keep getting smaller and I’ve restarted several times and I can’t figure it out!!! Can you help me?

  16. Liz says:

    Hi, thank you for the patterns. I was thinking of starting to sell dishcloths, and was wondering about these patterns. Are they yours, and is that a possibility, or would I only be allowed to give them as gifts.

  17. Denise Kraus says:

    Thank you, Rach.el, I’ll try that

  18. I found the link to this post on pinterest and I’m so glad I did! I’ve made 2 of the 3 washclothes already, and I love how they turned out, they are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing these patterns. I have a lot of doctor appointments coming up, and these are simple, easy projects that will be perfect for working on in the waiting room :)

  19. Venetia Smith says:

    Hello, Corrine. I plan on making a set of all three of your washcloths and had started with Washcloth #1 when I ran into a problem on the very first row. The pattern states to chain 32 (or any even number of chains) and then work a sc in the third chain from the hook; however, whenever I ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch across, I end up with one chain left over at the end of Row 1. I’ve started over several times and still end up with an extra chain. I know I’m not forgetting to skip a chain in between the single crochets and have counted my single crochets and chains. Could you help me, please? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    V

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Venetia, I think Corinne meant to say “forth chain from hook” instead of “third chain”. I just updated the pattern. Let me know if you run into anything else.

      • Venetia Smith says:

        Dear Rachel,

        Thank you for responding to my inquiry. Your response is appreciated. I will be sure to alter my copy of the pattern to start in the fourth chain from the hook. I attempted washcloths #2 and #3 while waiting for an answer and ran into the same problem. Guess I’ll try skipping one more chain with them, too.

        Again, your response is truly appreciated.

        Sincerely,

        V

        • Rachel Choi says:

          Hi again! Washcloth 2 and 3 seem to be correct for the beginning chain as far as I can see. For washcloth 2 you’ll start with an even chain. For washcloth 3 you’ll start with an odd chain, which will give you and even number of single crochets on the first row.

          • Venetia Smith says:

            Thank you, again, for responding, Rachel. You are appreciated. :-)

            I’ll give them all another try . . . they are too beautiful not to. I may have been thrown off when I started the first washcloth and had trouble with it. . . .

            Here’s wishing you a T-riffic Tuesday.

            V

  20. Lizzie says:

    This is a wonderful site! I am a beginner and have a question I hope someone will answer. I have successfully made dishcloths before with single crochet although not nearly as pretty as these. I used varigated Sugar and Cream yarn to make them up and I thought they looked great. I made them large (about 12’ x 12’) but once they were washed and dried by machine, they were about 6’ x 6’. That size was still fine but some of the finished sizes on this website for wash/dish cloths are 5’ x 5’ so I’m worried that after washing, those would be the size of a post-it note. Any advice about shrinkage when using cotton yarns? I would like to make some baby cloths for a gift with a softer cotton yarn like Love that Cotton but even though babies are small, a stamp size wash cloth won’t be much use (and some mothers may want to wash all baby things in hot water.)

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Lizzie, I haven’t had much experience with items shrinking that much! Some shrinkage can be expected, but I’ve never heard of something shrinking by half unless it was a natural fiber material (such as wool) that felted in the washing machine. Hopefully others will be able to help!

    • Brindlefly says:

      Hi Lizzie,

      I use Bernat Handicrafter cottons a lot for bags, and I make a lot of washcloths for gift bags also using the same. Although there may be minimal shrinkage, I haven’t found it necessary to ‘up’ the size to accomodate. I wouldn’t hesitate to use if for the items you mentioned. Hope this helps.

  21. Dawn leslie says:

    It seems to me interesting but there is numerious steps this is a project I would get very frustrate due to the various steps to fall to make this item it would keep you moving not boring to do this is very hard to do .

  22. Tammy says:

    Thanks so much for the patterns :-) I just made a headband using #1 pattern. So cute. Love making headbands with cute new stitches I find.

  23. Toni says:

    In pattern 3, is the single crotchet in the back loop the same stitch as the sc in the front loop or is it the back loop of the next sc? Btw beautiful patterns.

  24. Mary A says:

    Thank you for your lovely patterns and clear instructions. I’m a novice crocheter and I need all the help I can get. Your pattern directions make learning so easy.

    Thank you!

  25. Joanna says:

    I have a question regarding the copyright on your patterns. I will be teaching beginner classes and would like to use some of your free patterns. Is that permissible as long as I include your website/pattern name/etc. so you receive proper credit? Do I need to request permission for each pattern I want to use? Or is using your patterns for teaching purposes not permissible at all?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Joanna, thanks for asking!! As long as you ask, the answer is almost always yes :)
      When you print the pattern out be sure that the url for credit is on each page. You can print directly from the website since each pattern is coded to be printer friendly.

  26. Allison Tomasek says:

    How much shrinkage happens with the cotton yarn?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      I don’t really notice it that much. Plus it may vary with brand, even if they are both cotton. If you’d like to get a good idea for your yarn you can crochet a small swatch, say 4″ square, then wash it and remeasure.

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