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Washcloths and Dishcloths and a Great Little Gift Idea


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.


Basketweave Dishcloth:

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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!

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There are so many different washcloth patterns out there.  Another favorite pattern I use is here.  Or I also like these blossom stitch cloths.