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Tips for Designing Crocheted Dishcloths

Updated on January 17, 2012
Star Dish Cloth
Star Dish Cloth | Source

Tips for Designing Crocheted Dishcloths

Crocheted dishcloths are fairly easy to design. They are actually one of the easiest type of crochet pattern to get started with because they do not have to have any shape to them. They are small projects, which generally measure only about 7 to 8 inches from side to side. Another bonus of designing dishcloths is that they can be crocheted up within an hour or two, depending on the pattern.

The easiest type of dishcloth to design is one that is square, however, you can also make them in the round, diagonal or with granny squares. Another thing that you can do is make a two-in-one dishcloth by working a scrubbie into the center of the cloth.

Dishcloths are generally made with a worsted weight cotton yarn, such as Bernat Handicrafter or Sugar N’ Cream. But if you don’t want to use such a thick yarn, you can also use a cotton crochet thread. The key here is to avoid wool or any synthetic fabrics as they are not as effective at washing and scrubbing the dishes.

Most crochet patterns usually have a gauge, which is the number of stitches and rows that fall into a certain measurement. A gauge is useful for clothing and other items where the correct size is important. But when it comes to dishcloths, the size isn’t that important, and thus you generally do not need to record a gauge.

Double Crochet Simple Dish Cloth
Double Crochet Simple Dish Cloth | Source

To Design a Square Dishcloth

There are several ways to design a square dishcloth. The easiest way is to begin with a number of chains suitable for the stitch pattern that you want to use. If using a worsted weight yarn, you will need to chain about 20 chains or so, depending on whether or not you want to work an edging around. The dishcloth is then crocheted in rows with the desired stitch pattern until the length matches the width.

Once the cloth is long enough, you can leave it as it is, or, you can add an edging. An edging is optional: some designs look better with an edging, while others look great without one.

The second way to design a square dishcloth is to start in the center of the cloth and work your way around to create a square. This method is also fairly easy to do.

You can start the pattern off with a magic circle or by chaining two to four. The chains are then joined with a slip stitch to form a circle. The first round of stitches can be worked either into the chains or into the circle. Depending on the pattern, I usually begin with four chains and then work at least two stitches into each chain. Two works well if you are using single crochet stitches, but for double and triple crochet stitches, you might want to work three or more into each chain.

In the second round of making a square dishcloth, the increase stitches are worked only into the four corner stitches. Depending on the stitches you use, you will need to work two to three extra stitches into each corner stitch. For single crochet stitches, you will need less, and for double and triple crochet stitches you will need more. If the dishcloth gets floppy, then you know that you are working in too many stitches, and if it curls up then you need to increase more.

The third method for designing a square dishcloth is to make four granny squares and join them to form a larger square.

Designing a Diagonal Dishcloth

A diagonal dishcloth is started off with about two or three chains and is worked in rows. It is shaped by increasing the stitch count by one or two stitches in each row up to the center of the cloth. The second half is then decreased by the same amount in each row until you are left with the number of stitches that you began with. The increase and decrease stitches are generally made at the beginning and end of the row.

And again, if you are working with single crochet stitches, then you might only want to increase or decrease at the beginning of each row, but with double and triple crochet stitches, you will need to increase and decrease at both ends, depending on your design.

Doily Dish Cloth
Doily Dish Cloth | Source

Designing a Round Dishcloth

A round dishcloth can be a bit more challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. The project is started with a slip knot or with a magic circle, and worked in the round. You can join each round, or work the cloth in a continuous spiral until it is large enough.

All the increase stitches are worked more evenly into the rounds, as opposed to just the corners. Depending on the pattern that you wish you design, you can increase at every round, or in every other round. You can also increase in clusters in order to create a unique design. Again, if the cloth is floppy, then you are increasing by too many and if it begins to curl, then you need to add more. Generally you want the cloth to lay nice and flat, but it doesn’t have to be. It all depends on what you are looking to achieve.

Fun Dishcloths

You can also create a variety of fun dishcloths by changing up the colors, using the filet crochet technique or by using different textured stitches, such as the front post and back post stitches, the popcorn stitch, the puff stitch and many more.


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    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      PWalker, I love your idea of textured stitches. They would make for a great mild scrubbie as well. Thank you for stopping by and rating.

      craftdrawer, Thank you for stopping by as well. I'm glad you liked it. :)

    • craftdrawer profile image


      7 years ago

      One of my favorite easy gift items to crochet! Awesome ideas!!

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      7 years ago

      Dishcloths make great gifts, and as you said, are very easy to make.

      Another way to do square ones is to get stitch ideas from a stitch dictionary that includes textured stitches that make a "nubby" surface. I really like the doily dishcloth.

      Looking forward to checking out the dishcloth links you provide. Rated up and useful.


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