Top 20 Free Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns You’ll Love

Learn how to crochet a dishcloth with these easy crochet patterns below!

You’ll love how quick these dishcloths work up (small squares usually do!) and how convenient they are to have in your kitchen.

Below, I’ll go over the supplies you’ll need to crochet a dishcloth, as well as the basic stitches that you’ll most commonly find in dishcloth patterns a well as a list of the best free dishcloth patterns you can crochet!

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Find all the easy crochet dishcloth patterns below.

How to Crochet a Dishcloth

Take a look below at the supplies you’ll want to have on hand, as well as the stitches you’ll need to know to be able to crochet a dishcloth with ease.

Supplies for Dishcloth Patterns

To crochet a dishcloth, you will need the following supplies:

Crochet hook

The size of the crochet hook you use will depend on the weight of your yarn and your personal preference.

For a worsted weight cotton yarn, a size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook is a good choice. You can also use a different size hook to achieve a different gauge or texture.

Yarn

The type of yarn you choose will also affect the texture and durability of your dishcloth. For dishcloths, it’s best to use a cotton yarn because it’s absorbent and easy to care for.

Worsted weight cotton yarn is a good choice for dishcloths because it’s durable and comes in a wide range of colors.

Paint Box Cotton Aran Yarn

This yarn is made by Paintbox Yarn, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.

Paint Box Cotton Aran Yarn

Fiber: 100% Cotton
Yardage: 93 yards
Hook: 4.5 mm (7)
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Paintbox Cotton Aran and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream are popular brands for dishcloths.

Lily Sugar’n Cream

This yarn is made by Yarnspirations, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.

Lily Sugar'n Cream

Fiber: 100% Cotton
Yardage: 645 meters / 706 yards (varies)
Hook: 5 mm (H-8)
Substitute: Bernet Handicrafter

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Scissors

You’ll need a pair of scissors to cut the yarn. Any pair of scissors should do, but it’s best to use a sharp pair to make clean cuts.

Yarn needle

A yarn needle is used for weaving in the ends of the yarn. You’ll want to pick a needle with a large enough eye to thread your yarn through. A blunt-tipped needle is also a good choice for avoiding splitting the yarn as you weave in the ends.

Overall, you’ll find that most of these supplies are relatively easy to find and affordable, making crochet dishcloths a great beginner project.

Stitches in Dishcloth Patterns

Below, take a look at some common crochet stitches used in dishcloths, as well as their abbreviations, so you’ll know what they mean when reading crochet patterns.

Single Crochet (sc)

The single crochet stitch is worked by inserting your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pulling through one loop, yarn over again, and pulling through both loops on your hook.

Single Crochet

Single Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: sc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Single crochet stitches create a dense fabric that’s great for scrubbing dishes. If you want a dishcloth that’s even more scrubby, you can work through the back loop only, which creates a ribbed texture.

Half Double Crochet (hdc)

The half double stitch is worked by yarning over, inserting your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pulling through three loops on your hook.

Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: hdc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Half double crochet stitches work up a little faster than single crochet stitches and create a slightly looser texture that’s great for dishcloths that need to be flexible.

Double Crochet (dc)

The double crochet stitch is worked by yarn over, inserting your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops again.

Double Crochet

Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: dc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Double crochet stitches create a more open texture than the single and half double crochet stitches, so they’re great for dishcloths that need to be more absorbent.

Triple (Treble) Crochet (tr)

The triple crochet stitch is worked by yarning over twice, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops again.

Triple Crochet

Triple Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: tr
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Treble crochet stitches are the tallest of the four basic stitches, creating an even more open texture than the double crochet stitch. They’re great for dishcloths that need to be very absorbent as well.

Cluster Stitch

A cluster stitch is a combination of several stitches worked together into one stitch.

For example, you might work three double crochet stitches into one stitch, then join them together at the top to create a cluster. Cluster stitches can add a unique texture to your dishcloth and are great for adding a bit of scrubbing power.

  • Tip: When you’re choosing a stitch for your dishcloth, think about what kind of texture and functionality you want. Some stitch patterns are more decorative than functional, while others are designed specifically for scrubbing dishes.

You can experiment with different stitches and stitch patterns to find the one that works best for your needs.

FAQs about Crochet Dishcloths

Below are some common questions that arise when crocheting dishcloths. I did my best to answer, but if you have one I didn’t mention, please let me know, so I can help.

1. What is the difference between a crochet dishcloth and a crochet washcloth?

Crochet dishcloths are just about the same as washcloths, so they can be used for either purpose depending on the materials used. For example, you will not want to use a scrubby yarn dishcloth in the shower as a washcloth, so bear that in mind when deciding on what you are going to crochet.

2. What type of yarn is best for crocheting dishcloths?

As mentioned earlier, 100% cotton yarn is the best type of yarn for crocheting dishcloths. It’s absorbent, durable, and easy to care for. Worsted weight cotton yarn is a popular choice for dishcloths.

3. What size hook should I use for crocheting dishcloths?

The size of the hook you use will depend on the weight of your yarn and your personal preference. For a worsted weight cotton yarn, a size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook is a good choice. However, you can also use a different size hook to achieve a different gauge or texture.

4. Can I use a crochet pattern for knitting a dishcloth?

No, crochet patterns are not interchangeable with knitting patterns. Crochet and knitting use different techniques to create fabric. If you want to knit a dishcloth, you’ll need to find a knitting pattern specifically designed for that.

5. Do I need to block my crocheted dishcloth?

Blocking is not always necessary for crocheted dishcloths, but it can help to even out the stitches and give the cloth a more finished look. To block your dishcloth, simply wet it, squeeze out the excess water, and shape it to the desired size with pins and a blocking board. Then let it air dry.

6. How do I care for my crocheted dishcloth?

Cotton dishcloths can be machine washed and dried. However, to prolong their lifespan, it’s best to wash them in cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry them. Avoid using fabric softener or bleach, as these can damage the fibers.

7. What is the best stitch for dishcloths?

A crochet stitch that is textured, is best for dishcloths such as the…

  1. Moss stitch (also known as granite stitch, sand stitch or linen stitch): This stitch alternates between single crochet and chain stitches, creating a textured and dense fabric. It’s great for dishcloths that need a bit of scrubbing power and a decorative touch.
  2. Waffle stitch: This stitch creates a textured, bumpy fabric that is great for scrubbing. It’s also very absorbent, making it a good choice for dishcloths used for wiping up spills.

What is a Good Size for a Crochet Dishcloth?

A good size for a dishcloth can vary depending on personal preference and the intended use. However, a typical size for a crocheted dishcloth is around 8–10 inches (20-25 cm) square. This size is large enough to be functional for cleaning and wiping surfaces, but small enough to be easy to handle and wring out.

Usually, you can always adjust the size of the dishcloth to fit your needs. If you prefer a larger dishcloth, you can increase the number of stitches in the pattern. If you prefer a smaller dishcloth, you can decrease the number of stitches.

Why You’ll Love Crocheting a Dishcloth

You’ll love crocheting a dishcloth because they use easy crochet stitches and work up quick, which are two of the best things when crocheting patterns.

Take a look below at the best free crochet dishcloth patterns that you can make, ranging from easy patterns for beginners to more advanced designs. Enjoy!

Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

Take a look below at some of the best free dishcloth patterns to crochet that are available in a variety of different shapes and sizes.

Tips for Crocheting Dishcloths

Here are some additional tips and things to keep in mind when it comes to crocheting dishcloths:

  1. Gauge: While gauge is important for any crochet project, it’s not especially important for dishcloths. But here are a few things to keep in mind. If your stitches are too loose, the dishcloth may be too floppy and not absorbent enough. If your stitches are too tight, the dishcloth may be too stiff and not flexible enough for scrubbing.
  2. Color: When choosing a color for your dishcloth, consider how it will look after use. Light-colored dishcloths may show stains more easily than darker colors. You may also want to avoid using red or other bright colors, as they may bleed in the wash and discolor other items.
  3. Pattern: There are countless crochet patterns available for dishcloths, ranging from simple to complex. Pick a pattern that suits your skill level or if you are up for a challenge, pick a dishcloth pattern that has more unique stitches.
  4. Edging/Border: While not necessary, adding a decorative edging to your dishcloth can give it a finished look. Some popular borders include single crochet, picot, and scallop shell stitches.
  5. Durability: Dishcloths are meant to be used and washed frequently, so it’s important to pick a yarn that is durable and easy to care for. That is why cotton yarn is a great choice, as it is machine washable and can withstand wear and tear.
  6. Personal preference: Finally, remember that everyone’s preferences are different when it comes to dishcloths. Some people prefer a scrubby texture, while others prefer a softer feel. Experiment with different stitch patterns, yarns, and borders to find the perfect dishcloth for you.

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