Easy Crochet Dishcloth

Need an Easy Crochet Dishcloth? In just a few hours you can have a new one, or give it as a gift. This is a great pattern for beginners. Most of the project is done in Single Crochet, with one round of Extended Double Crochet (giving you practice for this great stitch). The Extended Double Crochet stitch stands up much more straight than the normal Double Crochet, and is very easy to use (it also solves Filet Crochet appearance problems - no more squishy blocks).

I love this Crochet Dishcloth because it's a hard worker. All the 'beautiful' ones, with fancy stitches, always make me NOT want to use them. What's the purpose of a dishcloth? To clean your dishes, lol. 

Don't forget to make a few for the bathroom as well. You will fall in love with this as a washcloth or spa cloth. The gentle scrubbing action of the single crochet stitch makes these perfect. Oh, and I also have a few on my table as trivets.

The Easy Crochet Dishcloth is designed to be a perfect companion to the Beginners Doubled Crochet Potholder.

Quick & Easy (updated: Feb. 9, 2015)

Materials, Tools, & Gauge: Easy Crochet Dishcloth

* Yarn: 100% Cotton, 4 ply (it does not have to be worsted). I used Village Yarn, Craft Cotton: White (#5001) 62 yards, and Bright Yellow Multi (#5022) 39 yards.

* Hook: I/9 5.5mm

* Other: Small Scissors, Yarn Needle

* Gauge: Gauge, for the Easy Crochet Dishcloth, is not important for this pattern. However; 15 single crochet stitches = 4 inches - 17 single crochet rows = 4 inches.

Easy Dishcloth Pattern

The inside panel, of the Easy Crochet Dishcloth, is simple Single Crochet (sc), 30 stitches by 30 rows (matching the inside panel of the Beginners Doubled Crochet Potholder).

Chain (ch) 31

Row 1: Single Crochet (sc) 30 stitches across the chain.

Note To Experienced Crocheters: Do NOT use a foundation stitch. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it you're not using one.

Rows 2 - 29: Chain (ch) 1 and turn. Single Crochet (sc) 30 stitches across.

Row 30: Chain (ch) 1 and turn. Single Crochet (sc) 30 stitches across. Cut your yarn leaving about 3 inches of yarn. Pull that thread through the last loop on your hook (binding off), and pull it tight.

I used a cream color here to photograph better.

Pattern: Finishing Edge

Attach your edging color to your hook with a slip knot, leaving about 5 - 6 inches of tail end. With the 'right' side of the inside panel facing you, at the top, in the corner that does not have a loose thread, attach to your work with a single crochet (sc) stitch.

I leave this thread loose and work it in (with a yarn needle) at the end. This thread does not hide well using the "crochet around it" method.

First Round: Single Crochet

Side 1: Single Crochet (sc) down the side, being careful to catch each row, for a total of 29 stitches.

Single Crochet (sc) 3 stitches in the corner stitch. You should now be getting ready to crochet over the 'bottom' of the panel. In order to hide the original chain (ch) you will crochet around it and into the bottom (between the stitches) of the first single crochet (sc) row you did.

Also, lay the loose end on top of the row and single crochet (sc) around it until you run short. Give it a little tug to make sure it's straight under the stitches. You can clip it later.

Side 2: Single Crochet (sc) across the side for a total of 28 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the corner.

Side 3: Single Crochet (sc) down the side, being careful to pick up each row, for a total of 28 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the corner.

To begin Side 4, lay the loose end on top of the row and single crochet (sc) around it until you run short. Give it a little tug to make sure it's straight under the stitches. You can clip it later.

Side 4: Single Crochet (sc) across the side for a total of 28 stitches. This should bring you to the first stitch you made. In that stitch Single Crochet (sc) 2 more stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the top of the first stitch, closing it.


Quick Tutorial, Extended Double Crochet

Before I go into the second round, of the Easy Crochet Dishcloth, I want to give you a quick tutorial on the Extended Double Crochet (edc). You can really see this stitch in action by clicking here. No, you can't just do a normal double crochet and have it turn out right. A normal double crochet stitch will lean, while the extended double crochet stitch stands up much more straight.


Second Round: Extended Double Crochet

Side 1: Chain (ch) 2: Start in the same stitch as your chain (see picture below). Extended Double Crochet (edc) down the side for a total of 30 stitches. 3 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in the corner stitch.

Sides 2 & 3: Extended Double Crochet (edc) down the side for a total of 30 stitches. 3 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in the corner stitch.

Side 4: Extended Double Crochet (edc) down the side for a total of 31 stitches. This should bring you to the first stitch you made. In that stitch Extended Double Crochet (edc) 2 more stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the top of the chain (not the top of the first stitch), closing it.

Third & Final Round: Single Crochet

Side 1: Chain (ch) 1: Start in the same stitch as your chain (see picture below). Single Crochet (sc) down the side for a total of 31 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the corner stitch.

Sides 2 & 3: Single Crochet (sc) down the side for a total of 32 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the corner stitch.

Side 4: Single Crochet (sc) down the side for a total of 33 stitches. This should bring you to the first stitch you made. In that stitch Single Crochet (sc) 2 more stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the top of the first stitch you made (see below picture). Slip stitch (sl st) 3 more times down. Cut your yarn about 5 - 6 inches long and pull the yarn through the last loop on your hook, binding off.

Finishing The Easy Crochet Dishcloth

You can give the ends you crocheted around a little tug and snip close to your work. Weave the two long ends that remain into your work using a yarn needle.

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