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Easy Crochet Dish Towel Pattern | Cara Dishcloth

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The Cara is a subtly textured and simple to make dish towel pattern. This dishcloth is made with cotton yarn for easy washing and drying.

When the weather warms up it’s time to break out the cotton yarn. Crocheting a dish towel for the kitchen is a fun and useful crochet project.

I love using crochet washcloths, dishcloths and face scrubbies. They’re reusable and work really well. A handmade dish towel makes a great gift.

Crochet dishcloth in green on white wood block.
This lovely crochet towel is a quick project.

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When you purchase the PDF Pattern the Dishcloth Label Printable pictured below is included!

Crochet dishcloth with labels.


I do like having many to choose from so that I can swap them out frequently for washing. If it’s a face cloth I aim for one day of use.

For crochet wash cloths and dish cloths I will use them several times. However, I make sure to leave them hanging to dry completely between uses.

Navy and light blue striped crochet dishcloth on white box and blue background.
This stitch pattern looks great in stripes too.

This is a great pattern to use as a washcloth too. For a matching dishcloth and scrubby try the Cara Face Scrubby, which is also a free crochet pattern. Combines these with a crochet loofah and you’ll have the perfect way to treat a loved one with a nice bath gift set.

Crochet dishcloth in green with hanging loop.
These single crochet rows work up easily.

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What kind of yarn do I need for crochet dishcloths?

I would highly recommend 100% cotton yarn for this crochet towel pattern. The green dishcloth in the picture are in Lily Sugar ‘N Cream* cotton yarn in the color sage. These small projects don’t take much yarn.

For the striped dishcloth I use Dishie yarn* in navy and dewdrop. I love the contrast and stitch definition in the stripes.

Other yarns suitable for a crochet dish cloth would be Red Heart Smoothie Scrubby which I used in my Bria Crochet Washcloth Pattern.

I held two strands of it together for the Heart Pocket Face Scrubby Pattern. Or for a good scrubbing power Red Heart Scrubby Yarn is highly textured.

I love working with super soft cotton yarn like in my toddler sun hat crochet pattern, and in several crochet tote bags, but most recently in Annie’s Bag.

Silve crochet hook and kitchen dishcloth in green.
Add the loop for a hanging towel.

Dishcloths make great gifts!

Crocheters love gifting and donating. And summer time is no exception. The basic stitches in this pattern make it an easy, relaxing project.

Crocheting dishcloths, washcloths, and face scrubbies are excellent ways to crochet in the summer and create gifts.

Crochet a set in a friend’s favorite color. Pair the dishcloth with a natural, handmade dish soap like this one from HeartJCreations on Etsy, and you’ll have a personalized gift.

Close up of textured stitch on dishcloth.
Get this beautiful texture with just one repeat row.

The Stitch

This classic square crochet dishcloth pattern is made with single crochet stitches. To get that lightly textured surface you’ll alternate crocheting under the front loop (flo) and back loop (blo) of the stitches.

The easy texture of alternating front loop and back loop is one of my favorites to use in my designs. Its simple stitches are easy to do, and looks fantastic. This is my favorite dishcloth pattern.

Blue striped dish towel folded on white wood box.

I use the same idea in my Nebbia Chunky Crochet Sweater Pattern and the matching Nebbia Chunky Scarf Pattern. These patterns both feature double crochets, which means they work up even faster.

Another thing I love about this crochet pattern is the double sided texture. Since it is worked flat in a square it’s the same on both sides.

The Suzette Stitch is another great lightly textured crochet stitch. Breann at Hooked on Homemade Happiness has a great tutorial on this stitch.

Close up of hanging loop for dishcloth.

Free Crochet Patterns

If you want to learn how to add a crochet towel topper to your tea towels then check out this tutorial here.

Do you prefer a crochet tea towel? Then check out the Buco crochet kitchen towel pattern. This crochet towel has a hanging loop so it stays put on the oven handle.

You might also enjoy this Sea Glass crochet hand towel pattern and washcloth.


  • #4 medium weight yarn* (100% cotton, 190 yd / 100 g)  pictured in colors: navy (1) ball, dewdrop (1) ball; 60 (110 )yd navy / 30 (55) yd dewdrop; solid color: Lily Sugar N’ Cream* sage; (1) ball.
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook* (US size G+)*, or hook size needed to meet gauge.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

*You can really use any size crochet hook that is compatible with the yarn you’re using. The size of your crochet dishcloth doesn’t have to be exact, unless you want it to be.

Skill Level



  1. Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as st.
  2. Stitch multiple is an odd number, plus 1 for the starting chain.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)


2″ / 5 cm x 2″ / 5cm = 7 sc x 7 rows of sc


 This square crochet dishcloth pattern is worked flat in rows.

Finished Dimensions

8” / 20 cm x 8” / 20 cm (12” / 30.5 cm x 12” / 30.5 cm) square


To adjust the width you need an odd number of stitches, plus 1 for the starting chain.

To change the length, adjust the number of rows.

If you prefer a rectangular dish towel then work more rows so your towel is longer than it is wide.

Remember when making adjustments more yarn is needed.

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Green crochet dishcloth with loop.

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Video Tutorial

Learn how to use the dishcloth label in this video.

Scroll down for the free Crochet Dish Towel Pattern

Crochet dishcloth in green with loop.

Cara Crochet Dish Towel Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

A subtly textured crochet dishcloth pattern with loop for hanging dry.


  • Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn a #4 medium weight yarn (100% Cotton, 2.50 oz. / 70.9 g, 120 yd. / 109
  • m) color: sage; 1 ball.


  • 4.5mm US size G+ hook,* or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • stitch markers
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape
  • scissors


Ch 32 (48)

  1. Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from your hook & each ch across, turn. (31, 47 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 1, in same st sc, in next sc flo sc, *{in next st blo sc, in next st flo sc}, continue to repeat from * across til one st is left at the end of row, sc in last sc, turn. (31, 47 sts)
  3. Rows 3-30 (45). Rep Row 2 until square measures 8”/20.3cm (12”/30.5cm) or until your desired length.
  4. After last row continue to Border below.
  5. Border
    Ch 1, sc in each st across. At the corner st place (sc, ch 1 , sc). Continue to sc evenly around each
    side, placing (sc, ch 1 , sc) in each corner.
  6. Loop for hanging crochet dishcloth.To add a loop for hanging, continue from last corner (or join yarn with a sl st to any corner). Ch 15, sl st back to corner st. This gave me about an 1.5”/3.8cm loop for hanging, you can adjust this to your needs.
  7. Finishing
    Cut yarn and weave in ends using the yarn needle.

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  1. Hands-down one of the nicest dish cloths I’ve ever crocheted! Thank you Crystal, for creating and sharing the pattern! 😊