Beginners Crochet Dishcloth

The Beginner’s Crochet Dishcloth is designed to go with the Beginner's Crochet Potholder and the Scrubbies Scrunchie. Both are simple crochet. In the second picture below you can see both of them together. The dishcloth measures about 10.5 inches x 10.5 inches square, which is a wonderful size to tackle kitchen messes. Even if you're not making potholders to match you can still make a bunch of them as they only take a few hours to crochet up, and are easy to crochet. Plus they make great trivets for baking / serving dishes on the table and it's even big enough to set a frying pan on.

The largest part of this dishcloth is done in Single Crochet (sc) with one round on the finishing crochet edging being Double Crochet (dc). If you need a refresher on Single and Double Crochet simply follow the linked words.

Beginners Crochet Dishcloth

Beginner's Crochet Dishcloth with the Potholder

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Materials and Tools:

  • 2 - 2 ounce (minimum) balls of crochet cotton, worsted, 4 ply. I like picking a variegated (several related colors in one ball) color and a solid color that matches one of the colors in the variegated ball. Cotton is your best choice of material as it resists heat. Many ‘man made’ fibers can scorch or melt.
  • A size I / 9 - 5.50 mm Crochet Hook. If you go with a smaller crochet hook (like size H / 8 - 5.00 mm) your stitches will be a little tighter and your crochet potholder will be a little smaller. Naturally, a larger hook (like size J / 10 - 6.00 mm) will make looser stitches and a slightly larger crochet dishcloth. I would not go lower than size H or higher than size J.
  • A small scissors (any scissors will do, you just need it to cut the cotton).
Gauge is not important in this crochet dishcloth pattern.

Pattern Instructions:

You will start with the ball of cotton that you picked for the inside (or the business color) of your crochet dishcloth.

Chain (ch) 31 stitches.

Single Crochet Potholder - Chain 31

Row 1: Crocheting into the Chain (ch) - Single Crochet (sc) in the second, top loop only, from the crochet hook. Crochet across the chain (ch) for a total of 30 single crochet (sc) stitches.

Single Crochet Potholder - Top Loop Only

Row 2: Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work getting ready to crochet back the other way. (It may be easier to have a piece of scratch paper handy and log your rows with a hash mark on the paper. What you just finished would be row number 1, you're starting row #2.) Picking up both loops at the top of each stitch, you will single crochet (sc), 30 stitches, back across. This would be row number 2.

Single Crochet Potholder - Chain 1 & turn.

Rows 3 - 30: Continue to single crochet (sc) back and forth until you've completed a total of 30 rows. Do not be worried if it doesn't form a perfect square. It will square up during the last step.

Single Crochet Potholder - finished inside piece.

Cut your end yarn about 4 inches from the finished piece. Put the end through the loop and pull tight to make a knot. This is the inside part of your crochet dishcloth.

Finishing Edge

From this point you'll be working continuously around the center piece of the crochet dishcloth. Get ready to count stitches.

Round 1: Begin by tying on the variegated color (or the color you've picked for your edge). Nothing fancy here, just tie the two ends together in a good knot. Then Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work so you'll be going down a row side. Remember to go slow and catch each stitch.

Crochet Dishcloth - tie on the next color

Hint: If you hold your ends down, while you are crocheting, you'll hide the ends now instead of having to crochet them in later.

Dishcloth - hide ends as you go

Single crochet (sc) 30 stitches to the first corner of the crochet dishcloth. If you make sure to catch every row and every stitch you will end exactly in the next corner. If they don't match up you know you've missed some.

In the corner (you have already crocheted one single crochet (sc) into it) single crochet (sc) 2 more stitches for a total of 3 in the corner. The next 3 sides will be 29 single crochet (sc) stitches to the corners - with 3 stitches in each corner. Make sure to single crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the last corner.

Round 2: Once you've done your first round you will begin the Double Crochet (dc) round. In the very next stitch (continuing in the same direction) you will simply start double crocheting.

Dishcloth - start Double Crochet

Side 1: Double crochet (dc) 29 stitches, double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 2: Double crochet (dc) 31 stitches, double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 3: Double crochet (dc) 31 stitches, double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 4: Double crochet (dc) 31 stitches, double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.

Round 3: Takes you back to a round of single crochet (sc). Again, after your last 3 double crochet (dc) in the corner (still going the same direction), simply start single crocheting (sc) around.

Side 1: Single crochet (sc) 31 stitches, single crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 2: Single crochet (sc) 33 stitches, single crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 3: Single crochet (sc) 33 stitches, single crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.
Side 4: Single crochet (sc) 33 stitches, single crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch.

To end the edge of the crochet dishcloth slip stitch (sl st) into the next 3 stitches (going the same direction) just after your last corner. Cut your yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and pull it tight. Weave the last thread into your work to hide it.

Dishcloth - slip stitch end

Enjoy your wonderful new Crochet Dishcloth. Remember to check washing instructions on the Crochet Cotton you purchased. Do not over dry your hand made dishcloth as this can cause shrinkage or puckering.

If your dishcloth ever loses it's shape wet it completely and block it to shape again. To do so place it on a clean, white towel and gently pull it into shape. Allow it to air dry and it will hold it's shape again.

Finished Beginners Crochet Dishcloth

As more crochet instructions go up on the website,
so will more beginner crochet patterns.

* If you need to review the instructions for single crochet, you can do so by clicking this link.

* If you need to review the instructions for double crochet, you can do so by clicking this link.

* If you need to review the instructions for making a crochet chain, you can do so by clicking this link.

* If you need to review the instructions for doing a slip stitch, you can do so by clicking this link.


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