In today’s roundup we have a list of easy crochet dishcloth patterns to make for your kitchen or to give as gifts. Although they are easy, many of these cloths are pretty enough that you’ll be proud to include them in your gift baskets.
The great thing about these dishcloths is that they also make for great washcloths in the bath or for cleaning around the home. Another beauty is that they don’t require much yarn, thus they make for awesome stashbusters as well.
When I first started using these types of cloths, I found it kind of awkward because of the thickness of the yarn. But I soon found out that I could pretty much do without my scouring pads because these were so effective at scrubbing away debris from dishes and pots and pans. So to work around the awkwardness, I started making mine smaller and learned to love them.
Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
In the roundup below you will find over 20 free crochet patterns by various designers from around the web. A few of them are so pretty that you could also use them as doilies for around the home. Others are easy to adjust in size, thus making it easy to make towels, hotpads and placemats to match.
A few of these call for a scrubby yarn, but most of them call for a cotton material. This is because cotton is durable and tough enough for scrubbing. Plus, it is super absorbant, which is a must for a good dishcloth. My go-to brand is Bernat Handicrafter, simply because that is what is available to me locally. However, Lily Sugar ‘N Cream and Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton are also good yarns.
Basic Care Instructions
These cloths are very easy to clean as they can be thrown into the washer and dryer along with other laundry. The only thing is that cotton can shrink in the dryer. Keeping your stitches loose while crocheting can help reduce the shrinkage. Another option is to just hang them up to dry in a well ventilated area.
With that said, wash them frequently to avoid funny odors. If they start to smell, which is most commonly in the hot summer weather, you can soak them in vinegar or bleach and then wash them along with your other laundry.