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Dishcloth (Free Pattern)

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I’ve sort of gotten obsessed with a certain stitch pattern over the past few weeks. Ever since I made the Market Tote Bag, I’ve been thinking of other ways to use the (1 SC + 1 DC) combo. I really love how such simple concepts can make such beautiful things.

Well, as I was working on the Sweet Ocean Breeze Baby Blanket, I started thinking that the stitch combo would make a great dish cloth. It’s relatively tight, and offers a pretty textured pattern. That, and some cotton yarn, are about all you need for a good dishcloth pattern!

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The Yarn
I used Sugar & Cream in Yellow and Country Stripes for the two examples in my photos. You can find Sugar & Cream yarn on Amazon if you don’t have a craft store nearby (bless your heart).

I also made two different sizes; one is 9″x9″, which is the size I prefer my dishcloths to be, and the other is about 7″x7″, which is more standard from what I’ve seen of others’ patterns and finished items on sites like Etsy. The pattern below is for the 7″x7″ dishcloth; to make it closer to 9″x9″, you should Ch29 to begin.

The “Handmade with Special Care” wrapper you can see in the photo is available as a free download right here.

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Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

Hook: I (5.50mm)
Yarn: Worsted Cotton. I used Sugar & Cream in "Yellow" and "Country Stripes" for the examples in the photos above.
Difficulty: Beginner-Easy
Finished Size: Approx. 7"x7" (You can easily increase or decrease the size by adding to your starting Ch; just make sure you start with an odd number of Ch)

Notes:
When working in rows, I usually do my starting chain and first row in a hook one size bigger than the pattern asks for. I tend to chain tightly, which pulls at the finished project if I don't use a larger hook to start. You can do the same if you wish. It is not noted in the pattern.

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To Begin: Ch23.

Row 1: In 3rd Ch from hook, 1SC + 1DC. (Skip next St; 1 SC + 1 DC in next St) across. 

Row 2: Ch2; turn. (Skip next St; 1 SC + 1 DC in next St) across. (Note: You are working between the SC+DC pairings from the previous row. If you stretch out the row a bit, you'll be able to see the small spaces in which you'll be working. The last stitches will go in the Ch2 space from the previous row.)

Rows 3-20: Repeat row 2.

Edging: Ch 1. SC around the dishcloth, adding 3 SC in each corner. Fasten off; weave in ends.

Have fun and enjoy!

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
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  • Carolyn May 4, 2014, 5:38 pm

    These look like lovely patterns that I might be able to do. I’m so glad I found you, today! Thank you for sharing.

    Carolyn

    • Rebecca May 6, 2014, 9:53 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Lisa May 26, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I have been trying to make this pattern but I am doing something wrong. I cannot get my edge straight. It either increases or decreases. Can you explain the technique with ending and starting a new row?

    • Rebecca June 6, 2014, 11:00 am

      I’m sorry, this comment slipped by me! Were you able to figure it out? I will try to add photos for a little extra help. It’s on my to do list. 🙂

    • Michelle November 25, 2014, 10:04 pm

      I’m having the same issue. My row ends are not straight either.

  • Maite Mashila May 29, 2014, 7:19 am

    I love this, hping i will enjoy doing it even for other people around me just to give them as gifts.

    • Rebecca June 6, 2014, 11:06 am

      I think they will make lovely gifts! A friend of mine, a pastor’s wife, made one for each woman in her church for Mother’s Day. 🙂

  • Margaret Morgan November 26, 2014, 12:19 am

    Thank you for sharing your pattern

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

  • Linnette January 16, 2015, 9:59 am

    Thank for patterns and I made one wash clothes . it really pretty color.

  • Kim March 2, 2015, 3:41 pm

    Thank you for this pattern! I found another one made from the same stitch, but I just couldn’t make the rows line up correctly with how it was written. But this one is perfect, so thank you very much!

  • Cindy May 5, 2015, 2:21 pm

    Rebecca, Thank-you so much for this washcloth pattern and for offering it for free. I’m on a wash/dish/spacloth kick but I’m picky about how the texture looks. This one is so interesting and pretty. I am making some using organic, undyed 100% cotton yarn for my vegan son and DIL-to-be. Take care, Cindy

  • Lori Green October 24, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Thank you for the sharing.

  • Barbara Back November 1, 2015, 6:59 pm

    I am just starting to learn how to crochet. Not to sure on how to do a pattern yet and what everything means. I am very creative. Please send me some easy patterns.
    What does increasing and decreasing mean when you crochet?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2015, 9:23 am

      Hi Barbara!

      Those are questions that are best answered by either looking them up on YouTube, or taking a class. (It’s hard to explain, easier to show, and you’ll find as a new crocheter that places like YouTube, Pinterest and Google are invaluable resources.) If you are interested in taking a comprehensive class, I recommend “Crochet Basics & Beyond” from Craftsy. You can find it here: http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/learn-to-crochet/

      Best of luck!

  • Ashlyn December 1, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Hi Rebecca!
    So do you mean “the small space” as in the single crochet space or the one next to it between the double and single crochet? I’m at a loss.

  • Elena January 5, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Just want to let you know how much I like all your patterns!

  • Gail Demaree January 11, 2016, 10:45 am

    Thanks for the pattern. This will make cute Christmas gifts.

  • Vicki January 11, 2016, 11:33 am

    I have made these and love the pattern. My favorite dishcloth.

  • Sierra January 11, 2016, 10:51 pm

    I have some of this yarn in my stash…can’t wait to try it. Yay!

  • Elaine January 12, 2016, 6:53 am

    I love the way the stitches look for this dishcloth, wonderful pattern!!

  • Karol Beaufore January 12, 2016, 8:25 pm

    I really like these dishcloth patterns. They hav enough pattern to them to make the nice on the hands but give a little scrubbing action to the dishes.
    Karol Beaufore
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  • Karen March 9, 2016, 7:16 pm

    I ♡ your site! The pattern for this dish cloth (and baby blanket) is quick and easy to follow and looks great. Thank-you for sharing your creativity with those of us who can crochet, but need some new inspiration!

  • Janet June 9, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I have been using the information you put into the note area of this pattern for many years. It is a method that more people should use. If a person is finding that a project is one size at the beginning and another at the end and all else is the same then this method should fix the problem. Good Luck. Janet

  • Sherry placek August 17, 2016, 12:45 pm

    Is it normal for it to want to curl or am I dock ng something wrong.

    • Rebecca August 18, 2016, 9:34 am

      Did you use a larger hook for the first row as referenced in the notes?

  • Missy October 10, 2016, 12:40 am

    Ahh i made some of your hats last winter and just came upon your page again only to find more amazing patterns. I seriously plan to make at least 98% of these. Love love love your patterns!!!!!!