How to Make a Crocheted Dishcloth

by Merissa on February 13, 2014

in Make Your Own

Crocheted Dishcloth - Little House Living


Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

What You Need:

Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

Just like this. Do this 25 times for the first row.

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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).

Crocheted Dishcloth

Your hook should look like this. 3 loops on it.

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Then grab the yarn again with your hook and pull it all the way back through all 3 loops on your hook.

Crocheted Dishcloth

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.

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Finished "regular stitch" with one loop still left on your hook.

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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.

Crocheted Dishcloth

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!

Don't feel like making your own? I've now got some of my hand crocheted Dishcloths for sale in our Homestead Store!

Do you enjoy crocheting? Have you ever made a Crocheted Dishcloth?

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kerry December 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

Just to help you make it easier the Lingo would be:
1 slipknot
26 ch
skip the first ch, 1/2 dbl crochet in each of the chains, chain 1 turn, skip the first chain, 25 1/2 dbl crochets….follow pattern until desired size :)

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2 Linda December 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Thanks very much. That works much better for me.

Cute dishcloths! I happen to have many rolls of that yarn.

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3 Jenny Neiser December 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

Just wondering, is there anything I can crochet along with the yarn to make it more “scrubby”? Thanks

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4 Tammy Roderick December 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

Yes cut strips of tulle and crochet it in

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5 Alice February 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

this is a great idea, I’m going to try this! thanks :)

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6 Starlett December 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

I wish you sold these…I love them!!!

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7 Nancy from Mass December 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

I love crocheted and knitted dish cloths. I use them all the time!

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8 Tammy Roderick December 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

I make mine a little larger, fold it in half. Stitch three sides, slip in a bar of my homemade soap, then stitch it closed. Works well in the shower.

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9 Jennifer Saddoris December 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

What a great idea!

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10 Meghan February 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

Instead of stitching it closed you could make a chain and weave it in so you can cinch it up after the soap is inside and then it’s reusable!

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11 Jackie Selover December 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love your page!! I’m so glad I came across it. I love the dishcloths…my neighbor made me several and I’ve been wanting her to teach me…you make it look so simple!! Thank you again. A little about me…I’m the mother of 5. I have 5 grandkids that keep me busy. We also have one on the way. I love cooking and baking, camping and reading to kids and helping students learn to read. I work in an elementary school library. I love the holidays and I’m always looking to learn new things. I would love to open up my own business someday.

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12 Jean December 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

What is the finished size of your dishcloths? I don’t know whether I want them bigger or not. Did I miss the measurements in the article? They look great BTW! :)

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13 Merissa December 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

I make them about 7-8 inches square. :)

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14 Krista December 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

As usual Merissa, you amaze me! Thank you so much for this! The pictures and the step-by-step really help! I was just thinking thinking the other day that I wanted to try making one because I remembered reading that you do that to save a little money here and there. I am so pleased and excited to try it! Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas! You are such a blessing to so many! <3

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15 The Smelly Lady December 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’ve made a few dishcloths this past summer. I like to crochet, but I easily get bored with even the smaller projects. *sigh*

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16 K Hysell December 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Yes have made them & sold some at craft show & given as presents!!!! I enjoy them they work up quick & make great housewarming gifts or just anytime gifts!!!! Do u have a pattern for a traingular shawl?

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17 Debbie N December 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thank you for the crocheted dishcloth pattern. I’m a knitter and crocheting is really a challenge for me. By you including pictures with your directions, it made everything SO much clearer and easier to do! I want to thank you for this post and all your posts. You have been such an inspiration to me! =)

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18 Tameka Whipple December 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Are these good to use washing dishes or just in the shower?

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19 Merissa December 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

You can use them for both! There is actually a great yarn out there (it’s in the baby yarn section) that is really soft. We use that to make washcloths for the bath. :)

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20 loyda December 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I make these too. My only change is I leave the tails and then wash and dry them. They tend to shrink up a bit and I think it makes for a tighter knot doing this.. then I cut the ends…

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21 Tameka Whipple December 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Do you have anymore patterns?

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22 Merissa December 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Not right now but I can work on it!

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23 Jessica December 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Debbie – I knit too and can’t seem to get the hang of crochet, other than the starting chain. I always heard it’s better to learn crochet before knitting, I wonder if that might be true! Either way, I want to learn to be able to crochet more than a starting chain and a circle! :)

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24 Tracy Petitjean December 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I’ve been wanting to learn how to do these for a long time. I always thought they were really hard. I’ve done afghans but I can’t do any designs, just the basic stitches. I know I can do this because it’s stitches I’m already familiar with! I have some yarn stored away that’s not enough for big projects. I’ll have to dig it out tomorrow and get started on these. Thanks so much for the instructions and pictures!

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25 Vinae Froust December 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Can you use other left over yarn

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26 michelle pugh December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Im so glad I found your site here. I love the old fashioned down home recipes and gift projects.Ill tell my friends

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27 michelle pugh December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Im so glad I found your site here. I love the old fashioned down home recipes and gift projects.Ill tell my friends

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28 Paula December 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love knitted and crocheted washcloths. Don’t use anything else anymore. So glad to have found you.

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29 Apryl Y December 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

I have been making small circle ones and giving them away with face soap!! They make GREAT “Spa” gifts!! :-)

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30 Lee Ann December 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

My Grandma used to make a small circle of black yard, go around a couple of times, then switch to red, and go around until you have added on about 4″ of red. Then finish with about an inch around of green. Fold it in half, sew it together, add little black dots of color in the red, and you have a hot pad that looks like a watermelon slice! Really easy to make.

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31 Lee Ann December 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

yarn, not yard. lol

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32 Pat December 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

could this be done on a loom?

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33 grace December 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

how do you get three loops on the needle, I only have two,, do you wrap the yarn then put thru the hole pull it thru and there is three,,,

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34 Merissa December 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Yes, that’s exactly what I do! There is one loop on the needle, wrap around, through the cloth, then wrapped again to pull through all 3 loops.

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35 Rachel December 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm

How many dishcloths do you get from one of the Sugar & Cream skeins? Not sure if it is one full cloth per ball of yarn? Love these!

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36 Merissa December 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I get 2 with a little left over :)

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37 Nancy January 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The stitch you are using to make these is called a half double crochet, not a double crochet. Otherwise your dishcloth is good.

About.com has some really good crochet stitch information.
How to Make a Half Double Crochet Stitch
Yarn over hook.
Insert hook in the next stitch to be worked.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through stitch.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook (one half double crochet made).

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38 Cecilia January 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I treasure and use the dishcloths I’ve received from my aunt!

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39 Pamela January 6, 2014 at 7:53 am

Making cotton washcloths/dishcloths has been a healthy addiction of mine for a long time. I retaught myself how to knit and crochet four years ago, and I have been making them ever since! I am pleased so many others are happy to revisit this old-timey craft that can fit into our busy lives. They are so soft and absorbent for bath, kitchen, or swiffer.

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40 Tameka January 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

Do you have a pattern for potholders?

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41 Merissa January 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

Not yet but I can work on one!

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42 Susan January 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Merissa,
Are these dishcloths too thick to wash inside of a glass? Mine was.
I did a double crochet through the entire cloth. What do you think I did wrong or is the cloth just thick?
It was fun and the cloth turn out very pretty,.

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43 Merissa January 9, 2014 at 6:44 am

They haven’t been when I’ve made them but I don’t have many small glasses either. Did you use the same yarn as I used above?

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44 [email protected] January 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I make and use both crocheted and knit cloths. I prefer the scrubbing power of the crocheted ones for the dishes and cleaning. The ones I knit have a smooth side and a bumpy side. Those I like to use as face cloths so I can simply wash (smooth side) or use for gentle exfoliation (bumpy side).

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45 dana January 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Jackie, you inspired me to learn to crochet. I love being sustainable and reusable. And I’m also kind of dish cloth addict! So I went out and bought a hook, and some sugar and cream yarn. I spent 2 days leaning to crochet, and now I’m ready to start the dish cloths. It’s such an easy pattern. Great for beginners, and totally usable! Thanks!

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46 Bible Babe January 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I actually UNDERSTOOD this. Thank you–will be pinning and trying this.

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47 Merissa January 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Glad I could help! Good luck crocheting :)

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48 Lana February 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

Thank you, thank you!! I think I can make my own now instead of waiting for others to make them and gift them to me!

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49 Diane February 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

I have actually been making these the past week! I love them and such pretty colors too!

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50 Christine U February 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for this instructional. I’m not really a crocheter, but I love this kind of dishcloth too, so I’m excited to give it a try.

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51 Alicia February 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Do you think I could make these using something like t-shirt yarn? As long as it was 100% cotton?

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52 Merissa February 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Probably, it would just have to be fairly thin or use a little bit larger crochet hook so it doesn’t get too tightly made.

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53 Wanda March 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

First, let me say I just love this site! You have provided some must inspiration for me and your tips, tricks, tidbits and information are priceless! Now that I have that out of the way …

I’ve had some of these in the past and just love them, but I never really learned to crochet or knit, but this tutorial makes it look really easy! I’m really excited to give it a try.

Quick question, tho — I looked at your store, and you have a set listed that one is ‘Country Kitchen’. I have looked on-line and was unable to locate that particular yarn name. Is that a discontinued color, because it looks like it would be the perfect color scheme for my kitchen. Thanks in advance and have a super weekend!

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54 Merissa March 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hi Wanda, I named the colors my own names :) I will see if have any more of that particular color. I did buy a bunch from a store that went out of business so it’s possible that it is a discontinued color.

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55 vicki March 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

It’s not a double crochet. .. you are doing a hdc.. Half double crochet. YW!

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