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Beginner Crochet Dishcloth Pattern with Striped Option

This beginner crochet dishcloth pattern offers two options: a solid color or a simple three-color striped design. Both options use only the single crochet stitch, which is ideal for absolute beginners and children.

Each dishcloth is finished with a straightforward single crochet edging. These dishcloths are excellent stashbusters and make great gifts!

The solid color dishcloth is perfect for a first crochet project, helping beginners master the basic stitches. The striped dishcloth introduces simple color changes at the end of each row, which is great practice for carrying yarn without worrying about weaving in numerous loose ends.

Additionally, this pattern provides the opportunity to practice working in the round when adding the edging, though the edging is optional.

The best part about this easy crochet dishcloth pattern is that mistakes don’t matter! Since these dishcloths are used for washing and scrubbing, uneven rows or stitches are perfectly fine. This makes the pattern ideal for beginners, including young children, to try their hand at crochet.

Crochet Dishcloth – Pattern Information

Work this up in a solid color if you’re an absolute beginner. Then when you’re ready, begin to incorporate a few rows of color. Either way, this single crochet dishcloth is perfect for gifting to friends and family.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% Cotton; 1.75 oz/50g; 80yds/73m)
  • Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Choose a Cotton Yarn for Dishcloths

Feel free to choose your favorite cotton yarn. There are many other brands who carry dishcloths that you can use here. Lily Sugar N Cream, WeCrochet Dishie and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton are excellent Choices.

Finished Sizes

7″ by 7″ for the plain, and 7.5″ by 7.5″ for the striped version. You can easily adjust the size by working more or less for the starting chains.

Abbreviations

Notes for the Striped Version

  • For the striped version I added two extra rows to accommodate the color sequence, thus to keep it square, I increased the width as well. Aside from that, I used the same yarn and hook size.
  • Color is changed after each row to avoid having to fasten off.
  • To Change Color: Work the stitch as normal until the last step and you have two loops left on hook; drop the old color, pick up the new color and draw through both loops to complete the stitch.
  • Unused yarn is carried up at each row to avoid loose ends.

Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Free crochet pattern by Cream Of The Crop Crochet
Free Crochet Pattern

Beginner Crochet Dishcloth – Plain Version

Ch 21,

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across. Turn. [20 sc]

Rows 2-24: Ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across. Turn. [20 sc]

Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten Off.

Crochet Striped Dishcloth Pattern

With CA, Ch 23,

Row 1: With CA, sc in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across, changing to CB at last step in last sc. Turn. [22 sc]

Row 2: With CB, ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across, changing to CC at last step in last sc. Turn. [22 sc]

Row 3: With CC, ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across, changing to CA at last step in last sc. Turn. [22 sc]

Row 4: With CA, ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across, changing to CB at last step in last sc. Turn. [22 sc]

Rows 5-26: Rep rows 2-4 consecutively, ending last rep with CB and changing to CC at last step in last sc. Turn and continue with edging.

Edging – Optional

With CC, o rany color, Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten Off.

How to Crochet a Dishcloth for Beginners – Photo Tutorial

The main stitch used in this pattern is the single crochet. To make the stitch follow the instructions below. For a video and more detailed instructions follow this link on how to single crochet.

How to Single Crochet - Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1.) Now to get started, make a slip knot and place it on your hook. If you’re not sure how to make it, refer to the tutorial on how to make a slip knot.

Step 2.) Once you have your knot on your hook, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the loop that is on the hook. This is called a chain. Continue to make these chains until you have the width that you like. I generally like to go between 20 and 25, but you can go even bigger if you like.

Step 3: Then single crochet into the second chain from the hook, and into each chain across. See the image above on how to make the single crochet.

Step 4. Turn your work again. Or, chain one and then turn your work. Then simply work one single crochet into each stitch across. And repeat this last step until you have the size you want

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  1. Very easy pattern but it comes out beautiful and can be made in many color…And great because it wipes surfaces really well and even better than many other patters and when one gets more adept to crocheting, one can put on pretty borders…You have done a great job with the instructions and is the perfect size…This pattern am printing and will make many of them…I had trouble with sizing some com8ng out too big, this pattern as simple as you
    made it it comes out perfect!!! Thank you for sharing….

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