This oh so soft, easy crochet washcloth pattern is absolutely my favourite crochet washcloth pattern to make. And, also my favourite dishcloth pattern to make!
I love that it can be made in a simple elegant stitch giving it a spa like feel. Or in multiple colours giving it a shabby chic or farmhouse feel.
It is so versatile you will want to make them for every holiday in all seasonal colours. I will be posting more on Instagram. Check out more ideas on Instagram.
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Looking to customize your washcloth?
I have answered some very popular questions below to help you with this.
What is the best stitch for a crochet washcloth and dishcloth?
Again in my humble opinion I think any closed stitch is great for a washcloth. Keep away from any loose or open crochet stitches. You want your texture to be fairly tightly woven so that it has durability.
Think about where the washcloth or dishcloth might be used. Who will you be making this crochet cloth for? What is their style?
The best stitch for a washcloth or a dishcloth is one that you love. One that fits into your decor and crochet stitch that you love working in.
Google crochet stitches and you will find endless tutorials beautiful pictures and tonnes of inspiration.
So great you found a stitch you love now what?
Are you asking yourself…
How many stitches do you need for a crochet dishcloth or crochet washcloth?
Again this depends. I have made many different sized crochet washcloths and dishcloths and here is what I have found.
I LOVE big washcloths that I use while I am in a bubble bath. They are soft and luxurious and almost always I have made them out of acrylic yarn. Keep in mind that acrylic doesn’t absorb water the same way as cotton.
This pattern we start with 34 chains which makes and 8″ x 8″ washcloth. This is on the smaller size for me. I mean I got some body to cover 😆. I would add another 8 stitches which will give me about 2 more inches.
For the kitchen I use cotton more often. Cotton absorbs a lot of water… so I keep them smaller because the water makes them heavy. I personally don’t enjoy using a cotton crochet dishcloth that is bigger than 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ max.
Hmmm so I know what you are thinking…
What size should a crochet washcloth be?
A luxurious crochet washcloth would be 10″ x 10″ to 12″ x 12″ this will be a beautiful size and not too big. Much bigger you may start to feel like you have a towel in the tub 😉
Now, for the kitchen.
What size should a crochet dishcloth be?
You may enjoy making a few different sized crochet dishcloths for the kitchen.
I love making little scrubbies. Typically what I will do is make half a dishcloth and fold it in half. So say my dishcloth is 8″ x 8″ my scrubby will end up being approx 4″ x 4″. Also by folding it over you are double the thickness which is really nice for a scrubby.
Again because I don’t want it too heavy I usually would never go larger than 10″ x 10″.
What type of yarn do you use to crochet washcloths and dishcloths?
It used to be that cotton was the only recommended yarn for dish and washcloths. Now things have changed. With the ever evolving release of new yarns there are plenty to choose from.
There is no doubt that cotton is well loved and known especially to beginners for the classic dishcloth. But just know that acrylic works too! And wow did I get trashed on YouTube when I did my tutorial for my beginner dishcloth using acrylic. Let me just confirm a dishcloth made from acrylic WILL NOT MELT when used as a dishcloth.
Let me explain why I used it. For beginners it is by far easier to work with than the traditional Bernat Handcrafter cotton. It tends to Frey is sticky and just generally challenging to work with.
The acrylic slides so easily looks beautiful and is soft.
Personally I find too that because it isn’t quite as absorbent as cotton it doesn’t stain as much.
Now let me tell you why I used cotton for this pattern. Because it is beautiful, vibrant and well… I wanted to make the peeps happy who hated me for making my ‘washcloth’ from acrylic.
I managed also to find a beautiful acrylic blend on Amazon that paired perfectly with the bright pink and white I already had.
So… without further ado – shall we get into it?
- 💕 This crochet washcloth / dishcloth is worked in rows
- 💕 If making the washcloth or dishcloth bigger or smaller make sure you keep the beginning chain a multiple of 2
- 💕 Works up great in any worsted weight yarn
- 💕 Two achieve striping change colours at every row
- 💕 Be sure to work your dc into the stitch below – not into the ch1 space
- 💕 Post any questions in the comments below
- 💕 If you can do single crochet, chain stitch and double crochet you can make this
- 💕 Pattern in American Crochet Terms
- 💕 Skill Level is Easy
How to crochet a dishcloth video tutorial
Brighton Crochet Washcloth Pattern
Crochet Stitches you need to know to make this easy crochet washcloth pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sp – space
- st – stitch
- sts – stitches
- sl st – slip stitch
- rpt – repeat
- Worsted weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter
- 3 Colours will be needed for multi-coloured cloth
- Fray Check
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Finished size is approximately 8″ x 8″
To increase or decrease the size just chain less or more. Be sure to keep a multiple of 2 + 4
How to crochet a washcloth
Brighton Easy Crochet Washcloth Pattern
For multi-coloured cloth use three colours and change at every row.
With 5.50 mm hook
3 skipped chain of row 1 counts as 1st dc
Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch* rpt from * to * ending with dc in last ch. Ch 2 turn. (30)
Row 2: Chain 2 of previous row counts as first hdc. *Dc in 1st ch one row below, ch 1* rpt from * to* to last 2 sts Skip 2nd last st, hdc in last ch. Ch 2 turn. (30)
Helpful Hint: It is difficult to count rows with this stitch, I suggest using either a stitch marker or piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Or, even easier, just work rows until the pieces measures 8 inches.
Rows 3 – 24: Ch 2 from previous row counts as 1st hdc. Dc in 1st skipped st under ch 1 space, ch 1, skip next st, *dc in skipped st under ch space, ch 1 skip next st* rpt from *to* to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st. Ch 2 turn (30) Note: At the end of row 24 only ch 1.
Finishing row: Sc in 1st ch space, dc in skipped stitch under ch space, (sc, dc in skipped st under ch space) rpt () in each ch 1 space till end of row. End with hdc in last ch. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Weave in all ends and secure with Fray Check – make sure that you fasten off on the same side for all ends – this will become the wrong side of the neck warmer. Handy Hint – I don’t cut ends until the very last step that way the wrong side is always clearly visible.
Well, my friends I hope you all love this one! Let me know if you would like more pretty washcloth or dishcloth patterns or just home in general patterns in the comments below.
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