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Simple Dishcloth a Free Beginner Crochet Pattern

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Crochet a simple dishcloth with this beginner friendly crochet pattern. Using easy single crochet stitches you can make a useful and quick first crochet project.

This easy crochet dishcloth pattern is made simply, with basic stitches. The single repeat row is easy to memorize, even for beginners.

Crocheted dishcloths make great gifts anytime of the year. Whether you’re making birthday gifts for summer, a housewarming gift or Christmas gifts these are the perfect gift.

Mint colored yarn and dishcloth layer out with hook, scissors and case.

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Three crochet patterns for simple dishcloths using the basic stitches. These totally beginner friendly crochet dishcloths patterns are easy to make. The pattern includes 3 dishcloths patterns complete with photo tutorials and video tutorial links. Plus 2 printables: circle gift tags and a label wrapper that’s perfect for gifting or displaying at craft fairs.

Find the free half double crochet dishcloth pattern here, and the double crochet dishcloth pattern here.

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Making dishcloths with basic crochet stitches is a great way to practice while also making something useful. You don’t have to worry about it being perfect because you’re just going to use it to scrub dishes anyway.

And once you get the hang of crocheting then this easy pattern is fun to make in stripes. You can learn how to add on a different color yarn in this post about changing colors.

When you learn a new crochet stitch, you guessed it, dishcloths are excellent practice!

The Yarn

For this easy dishcloth pattern I use Dishie yarn which is a worsted weight cotton yarn. The yarn weight is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.

While you can substitute a different brand of yarn, you do want to choose the same weight category. It’s also highly recommended to use 100% cotton or cotton blend yarns for dishcloths, and washcloths.

You can read more about choosing the best yarn for crochet dishcloths in this post.


  • Dishie*, a #4 medium worsted weight yarn (100% cotton, 190 yd / 100 g), color: Mint.
  • 5 mm crochet hook* (US Size H-8) or hook size to meet gauge.
  • Yarn needle, Measuring tape, Scissors


This easy project comes in 3 different sizes: 8″, 10″ and 12″. So you can choose the size that best suits your needs. There really is no difference in dishcloths versus crochet washcloths, except where we use them.


To make a completely different size you can start with any number of chains, plus 1 since there is no stitch pattern to worry about. The plus one chain is a turning chain that is skipped. Adjusting the length is a simple matter of adding or subtracting rows.

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Square dishcloth with hook, scissors, and yarn in copper yarn bowl.

Video Tutorial

Watch the full video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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Mint colored yarn and dishcloth layer out with hook, scissors and case.

How to Crochet an Easy Beginner Dishcloth

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet an easy dishcloth pattern in single crochet. This simple pattern is easy enough for a beginner's first project.


  • 70 - 90 yd of #4 medium worsted weight yarn, in cotton.


  • 5 mm US size H-8 crochet hook
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape



  1. 4″ / 10 cm x 4″ / 10 cm = 14 sts x 16 rows in sc

Stitches / Abbreviations US Terms

  1. ch - chain stitch

    sc - single crochet

    sl st - slip stitch

    st - stitch

Skill Level

  1. Beginner


  1. Start with a slip knot on your hook.
  2. 8” = ch 28
    10” = ch 35
    12” = ch 42
    Chain in mint yarn with peach hook.
    Row 1. Sc in the second chain from your hook and in each ch across, turn. (27, 34, 41 sts)

    Row 2. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next sc and in each st across, turn.

    Row 3. Rep Row 2 Several rows of single crochet with peach hook.until work measures 8” (10, 12) or to desired height. Square of single crochets for dishcloth.

Single Crochet Border

  1. Here is a full tutorial on how to add a single crochet border.
  2. Ch 1, turn and work along the edge.
  3. Sc evenly down the side until the next corner. Usually 1 sc per row gives a nice straight edge.
  4. At the next corner place a (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the same stitch, turn and work along the next edge.
  5. Sc evenly down the side until the next corner, place a (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the same stitch, turn and work along the next edge.
  6. Repeat all the way around. At the last corner join the last stitch to the first stitch with a sl st.
  7. Pull up a long loop through the last st.
  8. Cut yarn and weave in ends.Finished dishcloth with single crochet border in mint.

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