Free Crochet Pattern: Surface Cleaning Cloth

By Rachel Choi – 16 Comments
I don’t know why I keep calling crocheted dishcloths, dishcloths, because I rarely ever use them as dishcloths. I find that these cloths are great at cleaning surfaces such as counter tops, microwaves, stoves and any other surface that may be messy. I decided to design a “surface cleaning cloth” that is meant to be narrow (a little wider than the size of person’s palm) to make it easy to move around, and long so that it can be folder over a couple times so that your don’t have to keep running to the sink to rinse it off. This pattern uses the same ridges as my previous crocheted dishcloth with ridges since it is more scrubbie than a non-textured cloth and is great at picking up crumbs! The strap on top is great for hanging your cloth to dry, whether it’s on a hook or on your refrigerator door handle, as the cloth can be pulled through the strap to form a loop on your handle.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 4 1/2″ (11.5 cm) wide, 12″ (30.5 cm) tall (not including strap)

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 60 yards)
Note: use 100% cotton for good absorbency
Crochet hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4
crochet cleaning cloth

Crochet Pattern: Cleaning Cloth
Note: all stitches are crocheted in back loop only unless otherwise indicated
Row 1: ch 19, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 18 sc
Row 2 – 47: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc aross: 18 sc
Note: stitches are crocheted in both loops for the rest of the pattern
Row 48: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, ch 25, skip next 16 sc, sc in last sc: 2 sc
Row 49: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, 30 sc in ch-25 space, sc in last sc, finish off

If you need help crocheting this cleaning cloth, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. Jan says:

    Rachel, very clever to put a loop on the top. Long enough to pull the cloth through and it can be hung anywhere! Love it, and love all your ideas.

  2. Renee says:

    Hey Great, Thanks ,I will try this out 🙂

  3. Alyssa says:

    Sounds cool, I love the scrubbiness of cotton!

  4. teerose says:

    rachael, love your site. thanks for all your ideas. rose

  5. Crochet2StaySane says:

    Great pattern! I use my “dishcloths” to dust with! Especially the worn out ones, they are great dust picker-uppers!

  6. Jean says:

    I finally found a pattern I can read and understand and that is your dishcloth with ridges pattern. Ya-hoo! I’ve made one and am starting #2 tonight. I love the multi-colored cotton yarn.

  7. Shirley Dilts says:

    Love the loop idea. Never would have thought of it. I have some yarn I can use.

  8. Barbara Penn says:

    You’ve done it again, Rachel, you clever young lady! Pulling the cloth through the loop is something I would not have imagined. You could also use the edges of this cloth to clean around those hard to reach places–like around faucets, etc. How about a loop on EACH end? Then you could pull it back and forth with a sawing motion and really clean heck out of those places!

  9. Karly says:

    Hi Rachel…I am copying all of your dish cloths as my sister in law just adores these for Christmas. I also have a printing tip for those who don’t want to print out the comments and such.
    I copy the pattern, with the picture! Then I go to my email and paste it in the body, then I email it to myself. When I get it, all I have to do is print it out =)
    I hope this helps some people…and you can put this tip where ever you want if you can use it.
    Thanks for all the great patterns!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karly, that’s awesome! Just to let you know, all the pages on Crochet Spot are printer friendly now so the comments and other unwanted stuff won’t show up when you print. Only the pattern is printed out.

  10. Karly says:

    Well thank you Rachel! You have just saved me a lot of steps! =) You are doing such a great job on your site! Kudos to you!

  11. Lois says:

    I must be really dumb! I have done quite a bit of crocheting, but I did not understand the instructions for making the strap. Row 49…ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, 30 sc in ch-25 space….WHAT ch-25 space??? Do you mean chain on the chain 25 I did in the previous row?? But how can I sc on 25 stitches? Otherwise I like this idea a lot! Thanks.

  12. Diana says:

    Thank you Rachel for sharing this and your other patterns with us. You are awesome!

  13. Phyllis E Larkin says:

    I don’t understand Row 48, you say sc in the last sc: 2 sc ? What do you do”2 sc” in??

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Phyllis!
      The 2 sc that is after the colon is the stitch count for the row. You don’t have to make 2 sc again, it is telling you that you should have made 2 single crochets on the row so that you can double check your work.

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