How to Make a Crocheted Dishcloth: Easy Pattern Using Half Double Crochet
Hardworking Cloths With a Scrubbable Texture
These Crocheted Dishcloths Make up in no Time and Wear Like Iron
Why make your own crocheted dishcloths?
Handmade dishcloths are sturdy and absorbent. Many who use handmade dishcloths actually prefer them for the great job they do of kitchen clean-up. They are more absorbent than standard dishcloths and stand up well to wear.
The dishcloths seen here can be crocheted in record time and are perfect for the practical crocheter. When you don't care about looks and are more interested in serviceability, these cloths make the grade.
The pattern below is for a basic, no-fuss crocheted dishcloth. If you aren't a knitter or you prefer the texture of crocheted cloths, this tutorial can help you to make your own crocheted dishcloths.
This cloth is worked in half double crochet stitch, which creates texture (good for scrubbing) and the edging is worked in single crochet. Nothing could be easier and if you want basic dishcloths, made with simple stitches, that can be whipped up in one sitting, this pattern may be to your liking.
Pick your favorite colors of kitchen cotton and you are set to curl up of an evening and work on these "no-nonsense" dishcloths that even your stern grandmother would approve of.
They Ain't Pretty But They Sure Do Clean
If you don't care for fancy, you can quickly make good serviceable dishcloths that will stand you in good stead for your kitchen cleaning tasks. Crocheting is faster than knitting, so if you plan on making a number of dishcloths, it's an ideal medium to quickly and easily make dishcloths, without having to worry about dropped stitches or fancy edgings.
Using Cotton is a Must for Absorbency for These Hard-Working Cloths
A Funny Story About Choosing the Right Dishcloth Cotton
Your dishcloths are only as good as your cotton...
When I first tried my hand at making crocheted dishcloths, I mistakenly used regular yarn. I found to my dismay, that my newly made cloths did not "act" like "obedient" dishcloths. In fact, those little saboteurs stubbornly refused to absorb liquid and merely smeared water over my counter, and thus, I was left with a worse mess than when I started wiping! My hoped-for dishcloths were clearly not up to the task and I wondered if I needed to knit the darn things to achieve the magic absorbency. I was left scratching my head, knowing that somewhere along the line, I had missed something important.
I discussed this problem with the saleslady in the craft section of a department store and mentioned that my crocheted dishcloths did not perform as expected and had been, in fact, a complete and utter bomb. This wise lady suggested that for knitted or crocheted dishcloths, one had to use the correct cotton yarn. Kitchen cotton or Handicrafter cotton, she said. Huh! Slap me silly, that was a new one to me. She directed me to the cotton section and sure enough, I saw balls of crochet cotton with dishcloths peeking from the front labels.
While still somewhat skeptical, I purchased a large ball of "dishcloth yarn." I noticed that it had a thread-like quality and was less fuzzy than standard acrylic yarn. That got me thinking about my doilies. Anyone who is familiar with doilies made from cotton thread knows that when they get wet, they are very absorbent. Hmm... maybe the saleslady was on to something after all.
No Frills and Furbelows
It's a good bet that even Marilla (Anne of Green Gables) would have liked these.
Pattern for No Nonsense Crocheted Dishcloth
SIZE 4 HOOK
Row 1: Chain 25, ch 2 (forms first Hdc).
Row 2: Hdc in third stitch from hook and work across row. Count to ensure that you have 25 stitches. Ch 2 turn.
Rows 3-16: Continue working hdc in each stitch across each row, ch 2 at end of each row before turning to work next row.
Row 17: Check to make sure that beginning tail of thread is on your left. Work across final row.
Edging: Do not turn dishcloth, rather, continue around outer edge sc in each opening and using 2 sc in corners (if "dishing" occurs: 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc in corners). Finish off with ss in end. Incorporate thread ends on back side of dishcloth.
- Ch = chain stitch
- Hdc = half double crochet stitch (yo, through stitch, yo, back through, yo & pull through 3 loops on hook)
- Sc = single crochet stitch (through stitch, yo, back through, yo & pull through 2 loops on hook)
- Ss = slip stitch (through stitch, yo, pull back through and through loop on hook)
While you can weave your end in, if you have the patience, it is far better to sew it in, to prevent later unraveling.
If you haven't worked hdc in awhile and need to refresh your memory, see the video below.
Half Double Crochet
Great Way to Use Up Scraps
With the cost of crafting materials climbing, making dishcloths is a good way to use up your left-overs.
When Edging Your Dishcloth in Single Crochet
The video shows placing your hook through a chain and hence under one loop. Because you will be working around the edge of your dishcloth, the edge will be different, and you can work your sc under 2-3 strands, so your edging is sturdy. The main thing is to sc in openings in an even fashion around the edge. Once you do one cloth you will notice a pattern of openings around the edges, which makes adding an edging easier.
• For a denser cloth, use a smaller hook.
• If you plan on making lots of dishcloths, a large cone of cotton can be a godsend.
Plain-Jane Dishcloths Edged in Single Crochet
Crocheted Dishcloth Variation
If you prefer to use a larger SIZE 5 HOOK, simply work 20 hdcs across row and edge twice in sc. You will see how I have done this for this same dishcloth in variegated cotton.
Because this dishcloth is slightly smaller, work fewer horizontal rows--about 15 rows to make it into a square.
Crochet two rows of sc around edge and finish off (2 sc in each corner on first round and sc in each stitch all the way around on second round). Check that corners stay flat. If dishing occurs, add 1 ch between sc on corners on last row of edging. Because each person's tension differs, small adjustments may be necessary.
I admit it, I am rather ugly, but dishes like me.
"Even with two rows of single crochet for edging, I'm still as plain as powder--but hey... the counters love how well I clean 'em."
A Word About Edging
When you make a crocheted dishcloth, you do not have to edge it, necessarily; however, adding a row or two of edging will help your dishcloth stand up to wear and gives it a finished look. A fancier edging could easily be added to make these cloths look more attractive.
Do You Make Dishcloths?
A Word About Crocheted vs Knitted Dishcloths
Each crafting method can be used to produce homemade dishcloths. Some people prefer crocheted over knitted and vice versa. Both methods differ and different stitches can be used to produce either smoother or more textured cloth.
Why Crocheted Dishcloths?
You get to choose your colors and experiment with sizes, instead of settling for what is available in store-bought cloths. This way, you can produce dishcloths that better fit your preferences and needs.
© 2011 Athlyn Green