FREE PATTERNS – 3 EASY CROCHET DISHCLOTHS FOR BEGINNERS + VIDEO TUTORIAL

Are you new to crochet and looking for some pretty projects to learn the basics and to practice your skills? In this blog post, you’ll find 3 FREE beginner crochet patterns for 3 pretty & easy crochet dishcloths.

Easy Crochet dishcloths

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When you want to learn to crochet it kind of seems meaningless to just make a bunch of little squares without a purpose.

Why not make something that’s actually useful and at the same time teaches you the basic crochet stitches and techniques you need to learn, like single crochet and double crochet?

These easy crochet dishcloths are wonderful little projects when you’re new to crocheting. All 3 free patterns are for absolute beginners and are accompanied by video tutorials that teach you exactly what you need to know to make them.

They work up super quickly and are so much fun to make – and you don’t even need a whole lot of yarn. 

So grab your cotton yarn and hook and get ready to rock these 3 pretty & easy crochet dishcloths.

crocheted dishcloths

A few words about dishcloths

Making crocheted dishcloths is a super good way of practicing basic crochet stitches and techniques. A set of crocheted dishcloths make great gifts to family and friends. There’s something so special about both giving and receive a handmade gift. 

Having handmade crocheted dishcloths at home makes the whole “clean your kitchen”-experience much prettier. Crocheted dishcloths are also an environmentally friendly alternative to the ones you can buy in your local supermarket. They can be used over and over again.

Seriously, what’s not to like about crocheted dishcloths?!😄

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What you need to know to make these easy crochet dishcloths

All 3 dishcloths are worked in rows to form a square.

To make these 3 easy crochet dishcloths you need to know the following basic crochet stitches:

For dishcloth #1: how to chain and make a single crochet – watch the video tutorial on how to chain and single crochet

For dishcloth #2: how to chain and make a single crochet (granite stitch) – watch the video tutorial on how to make the granite stitch

For dishcloth #3: how to chain, make a single crochet and a double crochet – watch the video tutorial on how to make a double crochet

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Before you start…

I recommend that you watch the video tutorials and make a test. Pause the videos, reverse, watch again. Do this as many times as you need to get a hold of the techniques. 

After making the dishcloths I recommend letting them sit in cold water for 24 hours and then wash them according to what it says on the yarn label. By doing so the ability to absorb water will increase heavily and they will be much easier to work with.

One little note: When you read through the patterns you might notice that the number of chains you start varies. If you make sure that you crochet all dishcloths with the same gauge/tension they will become approx. the same size.

SKILL LEVEL
Beginner

TOOLS

Hook 4 mm
Darning needle
Scissors 

YARN

Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/8
Yardage: 50 grams = 75 meters (82 yd)
Color code: Mist (097) and Black (009)

The yarn is 100 % cotton yarn. It’s super nice and easy to work with. It’s really beginner friendly too because it has a little slip that helps you to find the beginning of the yarn. Moreover it’s machine washable.

MATERIALS 

50 grams of the color Mist (097) + 5 grams of the color Black (009) for each dishcloth.

ALTERNATIVES: Other Light / DK, Category 3 weight yarns, e.g. Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK or Drops Loves You 7. Remember to make sure it’s washable!

how to crochet dishcloths
GAUGE

This is an expression of how tight your work is. BUT don’t worry too much about your gauge. Remember these easy crochet dishcloths are beginner projects and it doesn’t really matter if the gauge isn’t correct. All that matters is that you try and succeed in making 1, maybe 2, maybe all 3 dishcloths – and have fun while doing so 🙂

But if you’d like to know anyway:
4” / 10cm square = 17 stitches wide x 18 rows tall in single crochet using hook size 4 mm

ABBREVIATIONS

As this is a beginner pattern I’ve decided not to use abbreviations, but instead write the full terms in all 3 patterns below. The patterns uses US terms.

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So let’s get to it. Here comes the 3 easy crochet dishcloths patterns 😀

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PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS FOR
THE 3 EASY CROCHET DISHCLOTHS

Pattern #1 – Basic Single Crochet Dishcloth

Basic crochet stitches: how to chain and single crochet.

single crochet dishcloth

To make this dishcloth you only need to know how to chain and single crochet.
Watch this video tutorial and learn how to crochet these two basic crochet stitches.

Use crochet hook 4 mm. Work in rows. 

Chain 33 for your foundation chain.

Row 1: Start in the second chain from the hook. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across to end of the foundation chain. When you reach the end, chain 1 and turn your work. 

You now have 32 stitches.

Row 2-34: Repeat row 1 until you have a total of 34 rows. 

Change color.

Break the yarn and add your new color.

If you do not want to change color, do not break yarn. Instead continues working row 35 using the same color. 

Row 35: Repeat row 1 once. 

When you reach the end make 16 chains. These chains will create the loop with which you can hang your dishcloth.

Break the yarn and leave a tail for approx. 20 cm. Pull the yarn through the last chain.

Use a darning needle to attach the chains to the last single crochet you just made on the last row. This way you will form a loop.

Weave in your ends.

And voila your very first dishcloth is done 😀 CONGRATULATIONS!! Pad yourself on the shoulder and enjoy your finished result.

Now you’re ready for your second dishcloth.

Pattern #2 – The Granite Stitch Dishcloth

Basic crochet stitches: how to chain and single crochet.

crochet dishcloth granite stitch

To make this dishcloth you only need to know how to chain and single crochet.

The combination of stitches described below is called granite stitch (also known as moss stitch, linen stitch and woven stitch). Watch this video tutorial and learn how to do these crochet stitches.

Use crochet hook 4 mm. Work in rows. 

Chain 40 for your foundation chain.

Row 1: Start in the second chain from the hook. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across to end of the foundation chain. When you reach the end, chain 1 and turn your work. 

You now have 39 stitches.

Now you’ll be starting the pattern for the granite stitch. The granite stitch consists of two different rows. 

Row 2: work 1 single crochet in the first stitch. Chain 1. Skip the next stitch. 1 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat (chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet in the next st) across the whole row. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Row 3: Work 1 single crochet in the first stitch. Work 1 single crochet in the chain 1 space form the previous row. Chain 1. Skip 1 stitch. Repeat (1 single crochet in chain 1 space, chain 1, skip 1 stitch) across the whole row until you have 2 stitches left. Work 1 single crochet into the last chain 1 space and 1 single crochet in the last stitch. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Row 4-34: Repeat row 2 and 3 until you have a total of 34 rows. 

Change color.

Break the yarn and add your new color.

If you do not want to change color, do not break yarn. Instead continue working row 35 using the same color. 

Row 35: Single crochet in each stitch across, making 1 single crochet in each stitch. That is 1 single crochet in both the chain spaces and the single crochet from the previous rows. 

When you reach the end make 16 chains. These chains will create the loop with which you can hang your dishcloth.

Break the yarn and leave a tail for approx. 20 cm. Pull the yarn through the last chain.

Use a darning needle to attach the chains to the last single crochet you just made on the last row. This way you will form a loop.

Weave in your ends.

And now you’re done with your second one of the 3 easy crochet dishcloths. Good job!!

Pattern #3 – The Griddle Stitch Dishcloth

Basic crochet stitches: how to chain, single crochet and double crochet

crochet dishcloth griddle stitch

To make this dishcloth you only need to know how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. First watch this video tutorial first on how to chain and single crochet, then watch this video tutorial on how to double crochet.

The combination of stitches described below is called griddle stitch.

Use crochet hook 4 mm. Work in rows.

Chain 33 for your foundation chain.

Row 1: Start in the second chain from the hook. Make 1 single crochet in the first chain. Make a double crochet in the next chain. Alternate single crochet and double crochet across the whole row. The last stitch you make is a double crochet. Chain 1 and turn your work.

You now have 32 stitches.

Row 2: Single crochet into the double crochet you just made from the previous row. Then, double crochet into the single crochet. Alternate again across the whole row. Remember: Always work a double crochet into single crochet. Always work a single crochet into double crochet. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Row 3-26: Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 26 rows. 

Change color.

Break the yarn and add your new color.

If you do not want to change color, do not break yarn. Instead continues working row 27 using the same color. 

Row 27: Single crochet in each stitch across, making 1 single crochet in each stitch. That is 1 single crochet in both the single crochets and the double crochets from the previous rows. 

When you reach the end make 16 chains. These chains will create the loop with which you can hang your dishcloth.

Break the yarn and leave a tail for approx. 20 cm. Pull the yarn through the last chain.

Use a darning needle to attach the chains to the last single crochet you just made on the last row. This way you will form a loop.

Weave in your ends!

And now you’re done with your griddle stitch dishcloth 😀

Have you by now made all 3 easy crocheted dishcloths? Then I just want to send you a digital HIGH FIVE and say “Well done!

What did you enjoy most about making these dishcloths? What color yarn did you choose? Please take a second to share in the comment field below 😀

Sharlene

READY FOR YOUR NEXT CROCHET PROJECT?

Try the beginner pattern for THE SUPER EASY CROCHET BEANIE or check out THE CHUNKY CROCHET BEANIE.


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