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Free Scrappy Crochet Washcloth Pattern That’s Easy

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The Wild Lupine Crochet Washcloth is an easy and quick crochet pattern that works well with cotton yarn, those scraps of leftover yarn and bold colors.

The texture of this crochet stitch is made with basic stitches. Crochet washcloths make amazing handmade gifts and are so easy to customize. And of course this one looks great in a solid color too.

Navy and pale green washcloth with crochet hook, scissors and yarn scraps.
Dishie Yarn in Navy and Inlet.

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I’ve been a crochet tote making machine over here. Which means I’ve gone through plenty of cotton yarn and I’m left with some scraps. A simple pattern like this or granny squares is a great way to combine scrap yarn.

Cotton yarn is the best yarn for all things kitchen and bath. I use scraps of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Royalty and Curry in the small 6″ washcloth below.

picture of yellow and royal blue crochet washcloth pattern

It’s always fun to find stitches that work well with color changes. The different colors really pop with this one. They really highlight the different ways the stitches lean.

The Inspiration

I’m determined to stay ahead of the ever growing pile of scraps this time. So I worked up a little washcloth with a color combo inspired by the May picture hanging on my wall.

The gorgeous garden scene depicts a field of blue lupines and yellow flowers that is just stunning. And I happened to have the right colors in my stash to replicate it.

The Stitch

I wanted a stitch that would give my easy crochet washcloth a little texture, but not be too yarn consuming-I’m working with scraps after all. I remembered working the sedge stitch in the round for my Tivoli purse, and knew this would be a fun project. When I crocheted the sedge stitch in the round it created a smoother fabric, than when worked flat.

Whether you call it a crocheted dishcloth or wash cloth this pattern is the perfect project for crochet beginners. You might also like this free crochet dishcloth pattern made in moss stitch.

I have plenty of dishcloth patterns that use only basic crochet stitches. These would be perfect scrap yarn crochet projects.

3 beginner dishcloths

Plus 2 Gift Tags!

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.

Scrappy crochet dishcloths are the perfect small project for the warm summer months. The simple design of these is perfect for scrappy cloths.

More Crochet Patterns + Tutorials

Trinity Stitch – beautifully textured and an easy one row repeat, and used in the Sunset Sweater pattern.

Wattle Stitch – easy stitch similar to the sedge stitch and used in the Eileen Blanket. These are both free patterns.


  • #4 med worsted weight yarn* 100% cotton.
  • 6mm (J) hook*
  • Yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors, stitch markers


  1. Ch 1 counts a sc, it helps to mark it with a stitch marker.
  2. Finished size is approximately 6″ square.
  3. Stitch multiple is 3, if starting with a chain add 1.


ch (s) – chain(s)

dc (s) – double crochet(s)

fsc – foundation single crochet 

hdc (s) – half double crochet(s)

rep – repeat

rnd (s) – round (s)

sc (s) – single crochet (s)

sk – skip

st (s) – stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch 


2″ / 5 cm x 2″ / 5 cm = 7 sc x 7 rows

Skill Level

Beginner – Easy

picture of crochet washcloth pattern in yellow and blue

Video Tutorial

Watch the full video tutorial for the scrappy washcloth on my Youtube.

Scroll down for the free crochet washcloth pattern!

Navy and pale green washcloth with crochet hook, scissors and yarn scraps.

Scrappy Crochet Washcloth

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the easy and textured sedge stitch.


  • #4 med worsted weight cotton yarn
  • 6” = 68 yd
  • 8” = 76 yd
  • 10” = 85 yd


  • tapestry needle
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • stitch marker


  1. Fsc 21 = 6"
    Fsc 27 = 8”
    Fsc 36 = 10”
  2. Or if you're unfamiliar with foundations stitches you can add one more chain and sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across. (21, 27, 36 sts)Foundation row in green.
  3. Row 2. In the second st from your hook place (hdc, dc) place st marker in skipped ch as it counts as the first sc and you will work the last stitch of the next row into it.Half double crochet and dc in first stitch.
  4. (Row 2 cont.) *{Skip 2 sts, place (sc, hdc, dc) all in next st} repeat from * across the row until you have 2 sts left.
  5. (Row 2 cont.)When you have 2 sts left, sk next st and sc in last st, turn. (22, 28, 37 sts)Single crochet in turning chain.
  6. Row 3. Ch 1, in same st place (hdc, dc),Hdc and double crochet in same stitch.
  7. (Row 3 cont.)*{Sk next 2 sts, place (sc, hdc, dc) all in next st} Rep from * to last 3 sts at the end of the row, sk next 2 sts, place last sc in ch 1, turn. (22, 28, 37 sts)First 3 rows on red hook.
  8. Row 4. Ch 1, in same st place (hdc, dc), *{sk next 2 sts, place (sc, hdc, dc) all in next st}, rep from * until last 3 sts at end of row, sk next 2 sts, sc in ch 1, turn. (22, 28, 37 sts)
  9. Rep Row 4 until work measures 5.5”, 7.5" or 9.5".
  10. Ch 1, sc across. Do not finish off.

Single Crochet Border

  1. Get the full tutorial on how to add a simple border of single crochet stitches here.
  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.

To Add a Hanging Loop

  1. To add a loop for hanging, continue from last corner (or join yarn with a sl st to any corner).
  2. Ch 16,
  3. Fold over to make the loop and sl st back to corner st.
  4. This gave me about an 1.5”/3.8cm loop for hanging, you can adjust this to your needs.


  1. Pull up a long loop for seaming and cut yarn and weave in ends

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  1. I love crocheting washcloths. I’ve never seen the Sedge stitch before. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. I like this pattern. Not sure how to like, my tablet just says loading, but will not .

  3. I like many of the patterns and your tutorials. I will be making the Wild Lupine Washcloth with my leftovers.!