Dishcloths are amazing. They are the perfect project for a beginner since they are worked in a simple rectangle. You usually don’t need to know any special techniques to make them. I’ve always wanted to design an extra easy dishcloth. So today I’m excited to bring you a pretty double crochet dishcloth pattern that comes in 3 different sizes!
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How do you make a double crochet dishcloth?
A double crochet dishcloth is extremely simple to make. We’ll start by making a row of foundation single crochet. Then, we’ll work back and forth in rows of double crochet stitches.
Finally, at the end, we’ll work around the entire rectangle with a crab stitch border!
If any of this sounds intimidating now, don’t worry. I will have full instructions and some photos to help you along the way too.
Double Crochet Dishcloth + Matching Scrubby
The great thing about this dishcloth pattern is that it comes in 3 different sizes! There is a small and large dishcloth, and also a matching scrubbie pattern!
All of the sizes are made in the same exact way. They just have different amounts of stitches going across for the width.
Below you can see the matching scrubby:
How to Use This Dishcloth
There are a variety of ways to use a crochet dishcloth! Of course, the obvious way is to use it in the kitchen: wiping down counters, scrubbing dishes, etc. I’m definitely going to be using this to clean up after making a yummy meal for my family (I might just have to try this gluten free pop tart recipe soon!)
But you don’t have to stop there. You can also use these dishcloths as washcloths in the bath or shower. You can use the little scrubby for your face, or as a makeup remover!
Another way I’ll be using these is for craft shows and gifts. They work up quickly, and the crab stitch edging gives them a professional looking finish. You can sell them separately, or even make sets with the different sizes.
Choosing Yarn for Crochet Dishcloths
This dishcloth works great in a variety of cotton yarns like Lily Sugar ‘N Cream, Crafter’s Secret from Hobby Lobby, Peaches ‘N Cream from Walmart, etc.
I would recommend choosing one of these three yarns when making this dishcloth. If you want more information on choosing dishcloth yarn, please read further here. The main thing to keep in mind is that you need to use cotton yarn for dishcloths.
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Double Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
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Explanation: Sometimes we all need a quick, easy project that can be put to use right away. Enter, the Simple Double Crochet Dishcloth! This dishcloth works up super fast and has a beautiful crab stitch border for a professional looking finish. There’s even a matching scrubbie pattern included!
- Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn: (100% cotton, 120 yds/109 m, 2.5 oz/71 g) in two contrasting colors (see more dishcloths that use sugar ‘n cream here!)
- Or a similar worsted weight cotton yarn
- G/4.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Ch 2 at beginning of rows does NOT count as a dc.
- Dishcloth is worked in a simple rectangle. We will start with a foundation single crochet row, which will keep the top and bottom edge the same size, rather than having a tight chain row.
- Written instructions will be shown first, with a tutorial for the crab stitch and the border on pages 3-5.
Scrubbie: 3” wide
Small Dishcloth: 6” wide
Large Dishcloth: 8” wide
14 dc = 4”
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Double Crochet Dishcloth Written Instructions:
Fsc 11 (21, 28).
Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in first fsc and each fsc across. 11 (21, 28) dc
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in first st and each st across. 11 (21, 28) dc
Repeat row 2 until work measures your desired height. I like the height to be slightly shorter than the width. You can do this, or work until it is square. Whatever you prefer.
Border: With wrong side of work facing, join new color with sc in any corner. Ch 1, sc in same corner. Turn work. Work crab stitch (see tutorial) down the side from left to right, until 1 st is left. *Turn. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in corner. Turn work again. Work crab stitch down another side from left to right. Rep from * two times more. After finishing the last side of the crab stitch, turn and join with sl st to the first regular sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Simple Dishcloth Tutorial
The crab stitch is worked in the context of the border of this dishcloth. But there are a few more steps involved. So let’s go step by step through the border.
Start by joining in any corner, making a sc, ch 1, sc. Turn, and then work in the crab stitch down one side until there is 1 stitch left (photo 1). Now, turn your work to make the next corner (photo 2).
Make your sc, ch 1, and sc in the corner. Then turn again. The reason we have to keep turning is because we’re working regular (forward) single crochet in the corners. But then we’re working crab stitches (backward sc) down the sides.
After flipping the dishcloth around, the right side will be facing again, and you’re ready to continue the crab stitch from left to right again!
Common Questions About Dishcloths
Do I need to use cotton yarn for dishcloths?
Yes. Cotton is essential for dishcloths. It absorbs water well, whereas acrylic does not.
How do I wash crochet dishcloths?
Most of your standard dishcloth yarns are able to be washed and dried as normal. The only thing to keep in mind is that cotton tends to shrink a bit after washing and drying. This is to be expected, and is apart of the normal process.
Do I need to block crochet dishcloths?
No, generally not! Dishcloths get a great deal of use in water. There would be no point in blocking them, because the point of blocking is to get a project to retain a specific shape.
Double crochet dishcloths are easy to make yet very beautiful! You can use your new dishcloth for gifts, craft shows, or for your own use around the house! So what are you waiting for? Get out your crochet hook and start making them! I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern as much as I loved designing it.