Crochet Pattern: Easy Textured Washcloth

By Erin Burger – 28 Comments
This washcloth is a great beginner’s pattern and also a very satisfying project because a few washcloths can usually be finished in one sitting. Give a set of these as a gift for housewarming or make a set in many bright colors to add some fun to a child’s bathroom.
Bathroom and Kitchen crochet is best done in cotton and organic materials. For more crocheting for the bathroom see this post: Going Green in the Bathroom

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: Approx. 5 1/2″ (14 cm) by 5 1/2″ (14 cm)

Dk Weight Yarn (approx. 20 yards per washcloth)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)

Gauge: not needed for this pattern

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

Crochet Pattern: Easy Textured Washcloth

Row 1: ch 22, sl st in third ch from hook, (hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch) across, ending with a hdc in last ch: 10 hdc, 10 sl st

Row 2: ch 2, turn, sl st in first hdc, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) across, ending with a hdc in beginning ch-2: 10 hdc, 10 sl st

Rows 3-20: Repeat Row 2

Finish off, weave in any ends!

Have any questions, comments or suggestions about this pattern? Comment away!

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  1. Jenny says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I’m curious why you said “Bathroom and Kitchen crochet is best done in cotton and organic materials”? I make the Japanese Tawashis in acrylic because they scrub better and also cotton and other organic materials will harbor bacteria much more readily than will man-made fibers. I’m truly interested in your reasons.
    Thank you.

  2. Jackie says:

    Can you use these as dishcloths too..Wasn’t sure if they would be big enough…

  3. Kristina says:

    I’ve read a bit about front loops and back loops. I always thought I was sure about which part
    to use. However, somewhere it said that it is standard to always insert hook into entire stitch (front and back loops).
    Please explain which loop to use for this pattern. And maybe point me to good reference for discussion
    on front and back loops. Thanks.

  4. Kristina says:

    I have a modification and a question.

    I was able to find some cotton to do this. But they only had very thin cotton, so I am doing it with two shades of fucshia. I am using the H hook and it is working out nicely; I think I am getting extra texture from the two yarns which I like. However, I decided to start with 32 chain instead of 22 chain. So now
    mine is 7 1/2 inches wide.

    I am not familiar with the yarn symbol that is used in patterns. What does the Yarn symbol with 3 and “light” mean?

  5. Erin says:

    Hi Jenny,
    Cotton will last forever and depending on what kind you use (organic or without dyes) it won’t break apart after many uses. Also, most cotton made today is organic and recyclable while acrylic is not either and is extremely absorbent.

    Bamboo is a renewable resource, anti-bacterial, odor resistant and 3 times more absorbent than acrylic yarn and even some cottons.

    Thanks for your comment,

  6. Erin says:

    Hi Jackie,

    The pattern for these washcloths can easily be changed to make them wider and/or longer.

    To make them wider the multiple for this pattern is chain a multiple of 2 plus 2. See chaining multiples in crochet for information on changing multiples:

    To make the washcloths longer, just simply continue on with Row 2 until desired length is reached.

    Thanks for your questions,

  7. Erin says:

    Hi Kristine,

    Always insert the hook through both loops unless the pattern specifically calls for you to use the back or front loops exclusively.

    You can also see this chart and post about yarn weights:

    Thanks for your questions,

  8. Jenny says:

    Thanks, Erin! I may have to try some bamboo! 😀

  9. Collette Griffith says:

    In the materials list, you say to use Dk weight yarn. What is this?

  10. Melissa says:

    I love this pattern…I’ve been making these all day 🙂

  11. diane says:

    i tried adding 2 + 2 to the chain, but i keep ending up on the slip st.

    can somebody help me?

    i tried email the contact email address on wed, but nobody has written me back.

    what’s going on?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Diane, after you make your slip stitch in the third chain from your hook, you’ll be left with 19 chains (22 – 3 = 19 chains). Then you’re alternating with half double crochet stitch and then slip stitch. Since there is an odd number of chain left, you’ll end with a half double crochet in the last stitch. If the remaining number of chains were even then it’ll end with the slip stitch. Make sure you’re not accidentally skipping or adding more chains.

      Also, I never received you’re email, feel free to double check the address you sent it to.

  12. Dukkemor says:

    Hello Rachel

    Thank you for the pattern, I though have question.
    Not being english I do not quite understand your pattern.
    What is sl? .. I know that hdc must be a halv double croche.

    What is this kind of crochet called, – then I can go try search the net for more information.

    Kind regards

  13. Dukkemor says:

    Hello Rachel

    Thank you so much it was very helpful.
    Could you maybe please tell me what you call the crochet pattern .. I know you write Easy Textured Washcloth but I think that what I do ask is: what kind of type is your pattern. Is it a puff or a shell or something totally different?
    Sorry I am not able to ask more specific.

    Kind Regards

    • Rachel says:

      I’m not sure if the stitch pattern has a particular name. I believe it’s just a stitch pattern that Erin (designer who wrote the pattern) made up.

  14. Karen says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern! I switched from sponges to washcloths for washing dishes… Healthier and cost cutting since the washcloths can be washed. I find the washcloths too big, though, so I love this pattern because I can make whatever size is needed. The texture is fantastic! Thanks so much for a great pattern!

  15. deborah woleslagle says:

    dont understand how we can get 10 hdc and 10sl st out of 22 chains when the hdc takes up two chains that alone is 20.sorry i have not done that much crocheting.thank you

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Deborah, it looks like the pattern is alternating hdc and sl st. So your stitches will go like…hdc, sl st, hdc, sl st, hdc, st st, etc.
      Half of the stitches will be hdc and the other half will the sl st, that’s how there is only 10 of each stitch on the row.

      • deborah woleslagle says:

        sorry i only come out with 7 hdc and about 8 singles.please do first row for me and count .then tell me how you got more than 7 out of 22 chains.i would appreciate it .sorry for being stupid

        • Rachel Choi says:

          Here’s the breakdown for row 1: Row 1 reads…

          Row 1: ch 22, sl st in third ch from hook, (hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch) across, ending with a hdc in last ch: 10 hdc, 10 sl st

          ch 22 – So you are starting with 22 chains
          sl st in third ch from hook – you are skipping 2 chains and making a slip stitch into the third chain, so you’re making 1 sl st, and using up 3 of the 22 chains

          Then here’s the repeat…
          hdc in next ch – you are making 1 hdc, and using 1 ch
          sl st in next ch – you are making 1 sl st, and using 1 ch
          You’ll work the repeat a total of 9 times (22 – 3 – 1 = 18, 18/2 = 9), so you’ll have a total of 9 hdc, and 9 sl st, and have used 18 chains

          Then at the end you are going to be…
          ending with a hdc in last ch – you are making 1 hdc, and using 1 ch

          So the total stitch count for the row is 1+9= 10 sl st, and 9+1 = 10 hdc, and you would have used 3+18+1= 22 chains that you made at the beginning.

          Let me know which part you get stuck on and I’ll try and explain it further for you!

  16. deborah woleslagle says:

    wish there was a video for making this

  17. deborah woleslagle says:

    thank you so much for explaining .ill try again,let you know how i count

  18. deborah woleslagle says:

    tried again .if it was 32 st maybe .but hdc =2 st each =10 would be 20 plus. sl st 10 would = 30 im done trying . gonna do 32 st .if it dont work out im done with this pattern .thanks any ways

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi again! I think you are reading the breakdown incorrectly. The hdc only equals 1 stitch. You are only making 1 hdc, not 2 next to each other. Try re-reading it and taking your time 🙂

  19. deborah woleslagle says:

    any one else have this problem .please let us know.i believe that is why the one lady said she was gonna do 32 in her comment.thank you


  20. deborah woleslagle says:

    i tried again.did 32 chains .worked out fine .thanks

  21. Jodi says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern! I am making gifts for all the Nurses where my husband is undergoing chemo therapy . It is Nurse appreciation week and I am including this cloth in a spa basket for all the great nurses there! It turned out so beautiful!

    I love that the size is easily changed to suit different needs, and it’s a great cloth for Kitchen or Bath.

    Using the Slip stitch took a little getting used to. I kept trying to do a single crochet instead. LOL! But all in all, I love this and will use it again.


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