Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Light green and dark pink textured crochet dishcloth on a white wood background

Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – for Beginners!

Crochet dishcloths are one of the easiest and best gifts to give others – co-workers, neighbors, family and friends – because they are one size fits all and everyone has to clean dishes! This free dishcloth pattern uses simple crochet stitches so even a beginner would have success with it. By combining these crochet stitches you get a pretty texture that not only looks good but works well in cleaning dishes.

Stitches in this Free Dishcloth pattern:

To make this crochet dishcloth all you need to know are how to chain, slip stitch, double crochet and single crochet. Each stitch is explained below. For supplies all you need is a crochet hook and one ball of cotton yarn that you can find at any of your local craft and often discount stores along with your handy-dandy yarn needle.

Other Free Patterns like this one:

If you would like to make another beginner and easy dishcloth, click here to see the pattern for the “Easy Beginner Dishcloth” or if you would like to make a spa cloth (which is basically the same as a dishcloth but you use it on your face), click here to see the pattern for the “Simple Scallop Spa Cloth“.

I love to stitch up dishcloths and find it very relaxing and rewarding.

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Skill Level: Beginner


Approximately 7 ½” long x 6 ½” wide

supplies for the crochet dishcloth pattern - 4 skeins of yarn and one crochet hook


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Cotton yarn – 1 skein

(For my dishcloths I used Lily Sugar n Cream in Pink and Aloe Vera (the green one is also scented!))

5.5mm (I) crochet hook

Jumbo Tapestry Needle


Project is worked back and forth in rows and then a simple edging is added around the entire rectangle

There are 2 edging options for this project

The key to making the texture in this stitch pattern is to work the 2 stiches (slip stitch and double crochet) in an alternating pattern – So, every time you come to a dc, you will work a sl st in it and vice versa

Crochet dishcloth with yarn made in blue shown in progress


YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hk into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) twice

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Textured rectangular crochet dishcloth in dark pink on white wood background

Pattern for the Crochet Dishcloth:

Ch 28

Row 1:  Sl st in 4th ch from hk; (dc in next ch, sl st in next ch) across ending with sl st in last ch. Turn. (24 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 2, (sl st in next st, dc in next st) across ending with sl st in turning chain. Turn.

**Make sure you skip the very first stitch (which is a sl st) of each rowSo you will work into the first dc you see from the previous row**

Rows 3-20:  Repeat Row 2 – Do not fasten off.

**If you would like a bigger dishcloth, simply continue repeating Row 2 until you get the size you like. If you fold it diagonally and the sides match up, then – tada! – you’ve made a square! 🙂 **

Dishcloth Edging Option 1:

Ch 1, work sc evenly around entire rectangle making sure to work 2 sc in each corner. Fasten off.

Dishcloth Edging Option 2:

You can also work the stitch pattern around the entire rectangle for a different look – simply continue the stitch pattern across the last row and then continue it down the sides of all the rows and across the bottom edge


Edge of light green crochet dishcloth showing gaps in stitches that can be sewn up

Weave in ends

Optional:  Close up holes created by the edging stitches along the bottom edge with tapestry needle and matching yarn

Your Quick & Easy Dishcloth Gift is Complete!

And that is it! You’ve completed the Giftable Crochet Dishcloth – I love how the stitches make such a pretty texture. I hope you enjoyed making this free pattern whether you are a beginner or not. I think if you combine this dishcloth with some nice hand soap and scented hand lotion you would have a great gift to give this season.

Remember, you can find all of my free crochet patterns here and many more giftable patterns in my Etsy Shop here.

Thank you for visiting! Happy crocheting!


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