Rachel’s First Crochet Dishcloth

By Rachel Choi – 20 Comments
I always wondered what the big hype about crocheted dishcloths was and now I know! I’ve read many testimonials of people that love their cotton crocheted dishcloths and how they are just addicted to making and using them. Finally, I got around to buying 100% cotton yarn to give dishcloth making a shot. I used the classic single crochets as I love simplicity and of course yellow yarn as it’s my favorite color. crochet dishcloth

Once I started crocheting I didn’t understand why the infamous dishcloth was so great, but half way through it finally clicked. Not to sound crazy, but I kept sniffing and rubbing the cloth on my face, lol! There’s just something so cute and soft about a crocheted dishcloth that makes it so irresistible. Now I plan to make many more. Here is the simple pattern that I made, which is great for beginners.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 8” (20 cm) square

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards / 1 oz)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Dishcloth
Row 1: ch 30, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 29 sc
Row 2 – 34: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 29 sc

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20 Comments

  1. Harold says:

    Good job!!!!!!!!! these also make wonderful squares for a afghan. I ahve done these before and the afghans turned out great.

  2. Michelle says:

    Or with the cotton yarn, you can even use it for a washcloth since they are soft and washable. Pretty color of yarn you chose too.

    Michelle

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks Harold and Michelle!
      I haven’t dared to use it yet. I’m afraid to mess it up, especially on a greasy pan. Perhaps I will use it as a wash clothes :)

  3. Pam Kelley says:

    That’s why I’ve resisted making dishcloths – I don’t want to get stains on them and mess them up! They’re too pretty! LOL

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  5. Joanne says:

    I have been experimenting with making dishcloths/washcloths with the peaches and cream cotton yarn- I like working with it. I too, am afraid to “ruin”them, which is kind of silly when you think about it since they are supposed to be used and washed!

  6. Cindy says:

    I’m glad to see I’m the only one who doesn’t want to mess up their dishcloth on a greasy old pot! lol I have made and do actually use my dishclothes BUT only for wiping down the kitchen counter and on things that won’t mess it up! I love them for cleaning things like that. And they get even softer with use. I also made some smaller facial scrubbies and keep one in the shower for washing my face… love it.

    Go on, be brave and use that dishcloth!

  7. Sandy says:

    USE THEM! I have and will use no others. As far a greasy pots, I’ll tell you a secret. Take the pot, put some warm water in it, an throw in a dryer sheet, new or used, doesn’t matter. Wash your dishes with your new cotton dish cloth and save the pot for last. Use the dryer sheet as a dish cloth on the pot. Cleans up great. I have even used it on pyrex that has baked on grunge. Sorry for the non-crochet post, but I hate to see someone not use them!

  8. TARA says:

    IT IS THE FIRST THING I LEARNED TO MAKE ,I ALSO MAKE SCRUBBIES TO MATCH MY DISHRAGS THOUGH MINE R MADE A LITTLE DIFFERENT BUT THEY ARE BOTH AWESOME AND WORK GREAT

  9. TARA says:

    SORRY THE SCRUBBIES ARE MADE OUT OF NYLON NETTING AND CROCHETED IN A CIRCLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE DETAILS ON HOW TO MAKE THEM PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME

  10. Mich says:

    Anyone know if you can make dishcloths out of yarn other than cotton?
    I want to make one but don’t have any cotton yarn, and I think my parents will get really annoyed if I ask for any more yarn, considering I just went out and got some really expensive yarn last night xD
    I only have acrylic yarn, would that work?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Mich, I heard that people make dishcloths out of acrylic and they turn out just fine. I’ve haven’t myself so I don’t know exactly how well it will work out (no promises here). I hope someone else has a better answer than mine :)

      You can always experiment with it, since dishcloths don’t use up that much yarn and you can always take it apart if you really don’t like the way it works.

      I’m interested in knowing how it goes!

  11. Mich says:

    Thats good :D
    When I have to do the dishes I HATE the sponge that my dad has for them-its peeling apart and doesn’t work very well xP. So hopefully it will be nice :)
    I’ll tell you how it goes after I finish it if you want :)

    • Rachel says:

      One thing that I’m thinking is that it might not lather soap as well as a sponge, try a small square and see what happens! Let me know how it goes! good luck :)

  12. Karen says:

    Rachel,
    Keep up the good work. I L-O-V-E these dish cloths and I would of never come up with the idea for the cleaning cloth..DUH….And I use mine for that purpose all the time and I would of never thought about making it longer. Who knew it was there looking at me all the time. I swear by crocheted dish cloths.(I have my whole family hooked on them. )
    I use them for EVERY THING.
    My son even asks for my old ones to wash his car with.. says they are the best..they don’t scratch and they make the interior sparkle. Thanks again for your great ideas!! I will be watching for more of your GREAT PATTERNS!!!

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  14. De'Anna says:

    When you do finally use it you will never want to go back..They are awesome! I use them for face cloths and dish cloths. Every year I make my son and daughter a couple for their stocking. They love them and count on them being there.
    Rachael you make me *smile* !!!

  15. Geri says:

    I’ve made a couple dishcloths out of acrylic yarn and they turned out great. I even use them on the pots and pans and they do a better job than the scouring pads. They come out of the washer just as bright as they were when I first made them.

  16. Geri says:

    I also use them on my swiffer mop. I don’t have to buy those disposables anymore. You use it, shake it out then turn it to the other side and when that gets dirty shake it out then wash it.

  17. Christine says:

    Geri…that’s a GREAT idea about using them on the Swiffer mop. Never thought about that, but it’s another green use for these awesome “dishcloths.” Thanks for posting! ;-)

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