The first project I ever did was a dishcloth I made when I was 5. My mom taught me to crochet. It was a wonky piece, with uneven stitches, a few holes and was definitely NOT square. She loved it and was so proud! She used it for years. Nowadays, I’m better at making those functional crocheted squares. I have made all sorts of patterns, and the only types of dishcloths I use are hand crocheted or knit ones. They last a long time, can be made in so many great colors and can be bleached and washed and dried ad infinitum (color fades…obviously…but the things hold up!). They are a great first project for a newbie and a great gift item. Think housewarming, wedding shower, and gifts for teachers, piano instructors, neighbors, friends, etc for Christmas!
Here’s how I made a couple of different dishcloths using common stitches.
Using a size G hook*, Ch 25.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: *bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 stitches*, repeat from * to * 2 times, bpdc in next 3 stitches, dc in turning ch, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: *fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 stitches*, repeat from * to * 2 times, fpdc in next 3 stitches, dc in turning ch, ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Repeat Row 4.
Continue repeating rows 2 – 5 until piece is square. Dc around the whole thing. Finish off and weave in ends.
*A note about hook size. Some of you might have a way smaller square than me if using a G hook. I am a very loose crocheter and often go down one or two hook sizes when using a published pattern. If you are a tighter crocheter, try a size H or even I.
Diagonal Stitch Dishcloth
With size G hook (see note about about hook size), ch 25
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn
Row 2: Skip one stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, work elongated sc: insert hook into skipped stitch, yo and draw up a big loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook, skip next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, elongated sc, and repeat pattern across, dc in last ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: sc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is square. DC around the whole thing. Weave in end.
For a great little gift idea, try tying up a cute washcloth with a handmade bar of soap or a specialty bottle of dish soap. Could be cute housewarming gifts, teacher gifts, or anytime gifts! For handmade soap, I really like Windrift Hill out of Montana. Or locally try the Soap Opera in Madison for a large variety of soaps!