Homemade Crocheted Dishcloths are something that I love to do to pass the time in the winter when the days get dark soon and it's too cold to do anything outside. You can never have enough of these awesome dishcloths and if you do feel like you have too many, they make great gifts!
I've never been good at following a pattern in sewing or craft projects. I like to set out on my own and customize to how things work for me. The same is true in my crocheting ventures. I'm sure this stitch has a name but I couldn't tell you what that is! I can just show you what my fingers do. It's a very basic stitch but works great for so many things including these dishcloths.
What You Need:
For this Crocheted Dishcloth you need to make sure to use 100% cotton yarn. This will hold up the best with all the heavy use this dishcloth will get. I like these little Sugar n Cream rolls of cotton yarn. They are inexpensive and you can find them at Walmart or any craft store.
Start by tying a little knot with a loop at the end of your yarn. You can cut the end off later, for now you will use it to hold onto while you complete the first row.
Start with a simple chain stitch (I actually know the name of that one!). Basically making a braid with the yarn. If you aren't sure how to do that I will show you below. I stitch 25 times for the first row. If you want your crocheted dishcloth to be bigger you will need to do at least 30 - 35 stitches. I prefer my dishcloths to be small.
A chain stitch is as simple as taking your crochet hook, putting it through the loop, wrapping the end around another piece of yarn and pulling it back through your loop.
Just like this. Do this 25 times for the first row.
Moving on to the next row gets a little complicated but it's easy to get used to. First do an extra chain stitch (so you really make 26 chain stitches in the first row). Then bring your hook and put it through the top of the second to last loop on the chain (backwards from the direction you were just going). Once through that loop, grab the yarn and pull it through one loop (you should have 3 loops on your hook if you did this right).
Your hook should look like this. 3 loops on it.
Then grab the yarn again with your hook and pull it all the way back through all 3 loops on your hook.
Do not pull tight otherwise you will have issues later on. What you just did is the second kind of stitch and you will be doing this throughout the rest of the dishcloth, although instead of going through the second to last loop and skipping a stitch like you did when you turned the corner, you will do every single loop as you go through the row, only skipping one loop as you turn the corner. Don't forget that each row you turn you need to make that extra chain stitch.
Finished "regular stitch" with one loop still left on your hook.
Ready to start again at the next one. So if I had to make a "Pattern" from what I just explained above, it would look like this:
First row: 25 chain stitches
All other rows: 1 chain stitch, 25 double stitches
When you tie off at the end, simply finish the row and tie a knot. Cut any extra strings off the ends.
It's fun to make these in all kinds of bright and fun colors! To wash you simply toss in with the rest of your laundry just like any dishcloth.
Don't forget to make some Homemade Dish Soap to go with your crocheted Dishcloths!
Do you enjoy crocheting? Have you ever made a Crocheted Dishcloth?
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