If you are looking for a fun and practical project to improve your crochet skills, try these crochet dishcloth patterns. They are quick to make and a great way to practice new crochet stitches.
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Why Crochet Dishcloths
Crocheting dishcloths and washcloths are quick and easy and are a great way to improve your crocheting skills if you are learning to crochet or want to practice a new crochet stitch.
Not only that after you have finished with your practice swatch, you end up with something practical and useful too.
These crocheted dishcloths you can keep yourself or give these as thoughtful gifts for Mother's Day, Christmas, or as housewarming gifts.
What Is The Best Yarn For Making Dishcloths?
When it comes to crocheting dishcloths or washcloths, the best yarn is usually cotton. There are a few reasons for this:
- Absorbency -: Cotton is highly absorbent, making it perfect for soaking up water or any liquid spills. It also dries relatively quickly.
- Durability - Cotton is strong and durable, allowing the dishcloth to withstand regular use, washing, and drying.
- Stitch definition - Cotton yarn tends to show stitches clearly, which can be nice if you're using a pattern with intricate stitch work.
- Washability - Cotton can be machine washed and dried, a practical necessity for a dishcloth.
Some popular cotton yarns used for dishcloths include:
- Dishie - A worsted-weight, 100% cotton yarn, that comes in a wide range of colors, which is great if you want to match your kitchen decor or make a set of dishcloths in coordinating colors.
- Lily Sugar'n Cream - This is a well-known and widely available 100% cotton yarn, available in a variety of colors.
- Bernat Handicrafter Cotton - Similar to Lily Sugar'n Cream, this yarn is 100% cotton and comes in a large range of colors.
- Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton - A slightly finer yarn, this one is mercerized. Mercerization is a treatment that makes the yarn shinier, stronger, and more resistant to mildew.
- Peaches & Creme - Another great option for 100% cotton yarn, available in both solids and ombres.
What Is The Best Yarn Weight For Making Dishcloths
The best yarn weight for making crochet dishcloths is usually a worsted weight yarn, which is also referred to as medium or number 4 weight, or 10 ply.
Worsted cotton yarn is ideal because it is thick enough to be durable and absorbent, but not so thick that it becomes cumbersome to work with.
However, even though worsted weight is a popular choice, you can crochet dishcloths in other weights of yarn, depending on your preference for thickness and texture.
You could also use a lighter weight yarn, like DK (double knitting, or 3, or 8py), or a heavier weight like bulky (5) depending on your preference and the specific pattern you're using.
Lighter-weight yarns are slightly thinner than worsted but the cloths are durable and easy to clean with.
The heavier weights create a thicker, more textured dishcloth but can become quite thick and cumbersome to use.
Remember, the yarn weight you use will also affect the hook size you should use and the final size of your dishcloth.
So, if you're following a pattern, keep in mind that using a different weight of yarn than the pattern suggests could result in a smaller or larger dishcloth.
Best Crochet Stitches For Dishcloths
As your skills grow, move on to more advanced stitches.
Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
1. Moss Stitch Crochet Dishcloth
If you are after a quick and easy project, make this moss stitch dishcloth. It looks great in any color and makes wonderful gifts.
2. Easy Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
This easy crochet dishcloth pattern using lemon peel stitch is perfect for beginners and a great way to practice stitches and color changes.
4. Blue Skies Round Dishcloth Pattern
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If you have never worked in the round before it is not that hard to do and this round dishcloth would make a great practice piece for you to try.
6. Star Dishcloth Pattern
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Quick to make in medium-weight cotton yarn and double crochet stitch this simple star dishcloth would make be ideal as a crochet washcloth too.
7. Textured Dishcloth
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This textured dishcloth uses post double crochet to create a raised stitch that sits up and in front of the fabric, creating a woven fabric look.
This stitch is worked by inserting your hook around a stitch post from front to back, instead of into the two loops at the top of a stitch to create as rich textured look.
8. Crochet Shell Dishcloth
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This free crochet dishcloth pattern is made in shell stitch using three different colored yarns. This colorful dishcloth will brighten up any kitchen.
13. Farm House Washcloth Crochet Pattern
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These easy washcloths use the spider stitch which is made up of single crochets and chain stitches. This simple 1-row repeat pattern is quick to make.
14. Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth
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This dishcloth pattern uses two simple stitches slip stitch and half double crochet stitches, and looks great when worked in a variegated yarn.
15. Primrose Dishcloth Pattern
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Add a sense of time gone by with these vintage-style crochet dishcloths.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most crochet dishcloth patterns you see are made in a standard 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) or 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) size.
However, you can make them in any size that suits your needs, by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in the pattern.
Dishcloths made in cotton yarn are machine washable.
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