Crochet Pattern: Absolutely Fast Dishcloth

By Rachel Choi – 25 Comments
Why is this dishcloth so fast to crochet? It’s made in the round from the center out with treble crochet stitches! Treble crochet stitches are nice and big to make this dishcloth almost mesh like. The dishcloth is finished with a half double crochet border. Feel free to change colors after rounds to make a fun, different look!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 6″ (15 cm) square

crochet absolutely fast dishcloth
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards)
Note: use cotton yarn for extra absorbency
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: not that important for this pattern

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Crochet Pattern: Dishcloth
Round 1: ch 5, 16 tr in fifth ch from hook, sl st in top of beginning ch-5: 16 tr
Round 2: ch 4, (4 tr in next tr, tr in next 3 tr) 4 times, sl st in top of beginning ch-4: 28 tr
Round 3: ch 4, tr in next 2 tr, (5 tr in next tr, tr in next 6 tr) 3 times, 5 tr in next tr, tr in next 4 tr, sl st in top of beginning ch-4: 44 tr
Round 4: ch 2, hdc in next 3 tr, (3 hdc in next 3 tr, hdc in next 8 tr) 3 times, 3 hdc in next 3 hdc, hdc in next 5 tr, sl st in top of beginning ch-2, finish off: 68 hdc

Want more dishcloths patterns? Check out 5 more Absolutely Fast Dishcloths.

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  1. Sheila says:

    Thanks for this! I’ll try it tonight.

    BTW, I joined your Facebook page recently and have been having lots of fun making your wonderful patterns. I made your original dishcloth and 2 facial cleaning pads for a friend’s birthday gift, and I included a soap bag from another site (Ravelry I think) to make a complete bath set. Thank you for the quick and easy instructions!

  2. Stace says:

    This was sooo fast and easy to make! Thanks Rachel for this one 🙂

  3. Jenna says:

    I love this pattern! It is so easy and fast! I’ve decided to make these dishcloths as gifts for everyone I know! Thanks!!

  4. Dannee says:

    I sooo love the absolutely fast dishcloth…I made two last night…love the instant gratification of this project…The title of the project says it all 🙂

    Thanks a lot!!!

  5. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this first! I always make square washcloths/dishcloths side-to-side. You’ve basically turned a granny square into a dishcloth. Great idea! That gives me all kinds of inspiration! Think of all the different granny square patterns you could make in cotton and use as dishcloths? My head is reeling … must. sit. down.

  6. Liza says:

    I’m looking forward to trying this one out. Like Gretchen, I too have always made washcloths side to side and would love to try out this much quicker method. It looks really pretty too! I think once I master this I might try making it circular and add petals to make it more flower-like.

  7. Liza says:

    I forgot to mention, I think there’s a typo in the pattern in R4 where it says “3 hdc in next 3 hdc”, I think it’s supposed to say “3 hdc in next 3 tr”. :).

  8. Cathy says:

    I find that when I make these, they don’t dry completey and there’s an odor left in them. Does anyone have that happen to them?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Cathy, for me they do take a while to dry since they are so absorbent. But mines do not have an odor in them. Maybe it depends what you are using it for? I use mine for dishes or cleaning surfaces.

    • Leslie K says:

      May depend on the type of yarn you’re using, too…

  9. meowy says:

    Mine get a bit stinky too if it’s humid and they dry too slow, even when rinsed very well. So what I do is toss them in a pitcher full of water and a tiny bit of bleach and soak them for a bit before rinsing/ringing to air dry. Might mess up the colors on some cloths, just so you know.

  10. Kat says:

    This one came out round instead of square like pictured. I must’ve followed the directions wrong. 🙁

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kat, if you make another one try to double check that each round has the correct number of stitches in it. Also, make sure you’re forming your corners. The corners are made when multiple stitches are crocheted into one stitch.

  11. Leslie K says:

    Oh no! This was adorable. But how many dishcloths do i really need?? Must…keep…crocheting…dishcloths… 🙂 Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas this year!

  12. nancy says:

    hi does tr mean turn?????

  13. Leanne says:

    I’m a bit confused in the beginning where it says: Round 1: ch 5, 16 tr in fifth ch from hook, sl st in top of beginning ch-5: 16 tr, I’m trying to figure out if you mean to tr another 16 after you slip stitch, or if it means to slip stitch, at the end of your first 16 tr. And if it is 16 tr after you slip stitch is it just going around again, or in the same stitch. Not real clear?? Please help. Because I tried it both ways, and then just left out the second 16 tr, and started on round 2 then got hung up with it say to slip stitch back to beginning of chain 4. Very confused. Do you have a video?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Leanne, the 16 tr that’s at the end of the row after the colon is the total stitch count for the row. You don’t have to make another 16 tr, it just tells you what you should have made for the row so that you can double check your work. Then in round 2, you’re starting off with the ch 4, so at the end of the round you’ll make a slip stitch into the top of the chain 4 that you made at the beginning of the round. The slip stitch will join the end of the round to the beginning.

  14. Amber says:

    Took me about 20 minutes to make.

  15. maryphood says:

    Does the chain count as one of the trebles?

  16. Stefani Hutchison says:

    I’m thinking that buy using 6mm macrame cord and a large hook this could be turned into a nice porch rug. Something to try!

  17. Lisa says:

    I love these and have been making them for coworkers for Christmas. I have one question though, They seem a little small, and have been trying to make them bigger with not much success. I now have a couple odd looking dishclothes for personal use. How would you increase for 2-3 rounds? Thanks so much. These are depleting my cotton yarn stash for sure.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Lisa! I would have to play around with it to make it bigger. But off the top of my head, after round 3 you can add another round or 2 by doing tr in each tr around, and put 5 or so tr in each corner (more if it isn’t laying flat, less if it is ruffling up). Then work the last round, but moving the increases to where the corners are.

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