Learn how to crochet a dishcloth with this simple step-by-step tutorial. No fancy crochet patterns needed! Because you can never have too many beautiful, handmade dishcloths, right?
How to Crochet a Dishcloth
Learning how to crochet a dishcloth is an awesome and easy beginner crochet project for anyone who’s just getting started. Personally, I love crocheting dishcloths to pass the time in the winter when the days get dark soon and it’s too cold to do anything outside. I could keep busy for hours with nothing more than a crochet hook and a length of yarn!
But just as I’ve never been good at following a pattern when it comes to sewing or crafting, the same is true when it comes to crocheting. So while I don’t have an exact pattern for you to follow here, I can show you what my fingers do when I’m making one of these handmade dishcloths, so then your fingers can do the same!
Crocheting a Dishcloth
What You’ll Need:
For this crocheted dishcloth, you’ll 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 slipknot 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. Basically, you’re 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 larger 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 quickly. 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, it makes things the yarn harder to work with later on. What you just did is called a Half Double Crochet stitch, and you’ll 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!
Finish each row with one loop still left on your hook, ready to start the next row.
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 half double crochet stitches
You can keep crocheting rows and make the cloths as long as you like. There are no rules saying you need a perfect square!
When you tie off at the end, simply finish the row and tie a knot. Cut any extra strings off the ends and you’re done. It really is as simple as that.
It’s so much fun to make these in all kinds of bright and fun colors. They make great gifts too, especially in baskets as housewarming gifts! You really never can have too many.
To wash, simply toss them in with the rest of your laundry. And always make sure to ring the cloths out really well after using to avoid any musty smell.
Oh, and don’t forget to make some Homemade Dish Soap to go with your handmade dishcloths. You’ll need it when all of your dishes begin to pile up because you’ve been too busy crocheting!
Or just make a batch of Homemade Dishwasher Detergent and let your dishwasher do the work!
How about you? Do you crochet? If so, what’s your favorite type of stitch or project to crochet?
This blog post on How to Crochet a Dishcloth was originally published on Little House Living in February 2014. It has been updated as of March 2019.