Dishcloths and Washcloths

Dishcloths and washcloths aren’t the most glamorous things you could be making. However, they are some of my favorite types of knitting and crochet projects; I hope you’ll share my enthusiasm for them, too.

For those of you who are beginners at crocheting or knitting, dishcloths make outstanding starter projects. If you make any mistakes in them, it won’t be a big deal, because the cloth will still scrub as intended, regardless of how it looks.

Complicated shaping isn’t an issue at all with most dishcloths and washcloths, which is another fantastic reason that they’re ideal projects for beginners. Plus they are zippy-quick projects, usually working up just as fast as you could expect from any knitted or crocheted item.

Want to get started on crocheting or knitting some dishcloths? If so, you’re invited to grab any of these patterns and give ’em a try.

1. Easy Single Crochet Dishcloth Pattern for Total Beginners

How to Single Crochet, Plus Free Dishcloth Pattern for Beginners

If you’ve never crocheted before, this dishcloth is an excellent first (or second, or third) crochet project. It will teach you the basics of how to do the single crochet stitch and work in rows. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions and pictures to help you learn.

2. Single Crochet Sampler Washcloth Pattern

Single Crochet Sampler Washcloth Pattern
Single Crochet Sampler Washcloth Pattern

This oh-so-soft washcloth is an interesting study in texture — yet it’s still really easy to crochet.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

3. Blue Waves Crochet Ripple Washcloth

Crochet Ripple Washcloth Pattern From Learn to Crochet Ripples Class

To make this luxurious washcloth, you’ll utilize an undulating ripple stitch pattern that’s fascinating to crochet.


Pattern Details:

  • The crochet pattern for this washcloth is included along with an instructional class produced by Annie’s Crafts. Sharon Silverman is the instructor, and she demonstrates this project along with several other ones to give you a comprehensive understanding of how ripple crochet projects work. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet ripple designs, this class is an excellent way to do so. Click here to find more info about the class at the Annie’s website, or click here to read my detailed review of the class.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Confident Beginner
  • Pattern Designer: Sharon Silverman

4. Lacy Openwork Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Pattern Details:


This dishcloth looks fancy, but it’s really easy to crochet. The cloth utilizes basic stitches, and no shaping is required. To finish off the dishcloth, you can add an optional picot-stitch edging if you like. The dishcloth is also nice without it.

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

5. Puff Stitch Crochet Lace Washcloth or Dishcloth Pattern

Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

This page was last updated on 10/30/2017.

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