Dishcloths are a great project for crocheters of all skill levels, whether you're a beginner just learning the basics or an experienced crocheter looking for a quick and easy project. Crochet washcloths are small and quick, which means that you can finish one relatively quickly and move on to the next project to enhance your skills.

Additionally, dishcloths require only basic stitches, so they are a great way to learn the basics of crocheting without getting overwhelmed. A crochet dishcloth is also a useful household essential that you can use to keep your kitchen clean or pair it with a fancy bar of soap and give as a beautiful housewarming gift.

If you are ready to start learning how to crochet a dishcloth, you’ve come to the right place. We give you a simple, step-by-step guide on crocheting a dishcloth for beginners. Read to the end of the post if you want to learn an easy crochet dishcloth pattern that would look ideal for washing dishes. You will also find a variety of free crochet patterns that you can download easily.

1. Supplies

In order to crochet a dishcloth, you will need a few supplies:

  • Yarn. You can use any type of yarn, but cotton yarn is best for a dishcloth since it is absorbent and durable. 
  • Crochet hook. Again, you can use any type of crochet hook, but a size G or H hook is best for a dishcloth. 
  • Tapestry or yarn needle for weaving in the ends.

2. Pick Your Stitch

There are many different types of stitches that can be used to crochet a washcloth or dishcloth. Each crochet stitch has its own unique look and texture, so it's important to experiment with different stitches to find the ones that you like best on your crochet project. This could also be an excellent time to try out some new stitch patterns on your crocheted dishcloth that you have been unsure where to use them.


One of the most popular stitches to crochet a dishcloth is the single crochet stitch pattern. This easy stitch is very straightforward to learn, and it creates a nice tight fabric for your dishcloth that is perfect for scrubbing dishes. To create a single crochet stitch, you will need to insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook), and then pull the yarn through both loops on your hook.

Another popular stitch for crocheting dishcloths is the half-double crochet stitch. This stitch is slightly more complicated than the single crochet, but it creates a looser fabric that can be very absorbent. To create a half double crochet stitch, you will need to yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over again, and then pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook.

A third but more complicated option it the DC2TOG (Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together) which is basically turning two double crochets into just one. You just have to yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Pull through two loops, yarn over and insert the hook into the same stitch, pull up a loop again. Pull through two loops and then pull through 3 loops.


If you're looking for a stitch that is both easy to learn and creates a nice tight fabric for your dishcloth, a double crochet stitch (also known as DC) is a great option. To create a DC stitch, yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over again, and pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook. Yarn over once more, and then pull the yarn through the remaining two loops on your hook.


You can always try new basic crochet stitches for dishcloths. Here is a collection of tutorials and crochet projects that you can take advantage of. You can choose a free crochet washcloth pattern at the end of this tutorial.

3. Crochet the First Rows

To make the first single crochet row, insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop, then yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. You've now made one single crochet stitch! Continue making single crochet stitches in each chain stitch until you reach the end of the first row. You should have the same number of stitches as you started with chains.

To make the second row, turn your work so the back side is facing you. Insert your hook into the first stitch of the previous row (the one farthest away from the hook), yarn over, and pull up a loop, then yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. You've now made one single crochet in the second row! Continue making single crochet in each stitch of the previous row until you reach the end.

Now that you know how to crochet the first few rows, you can finish your dishcloth or dish towel however you like! You can add a single crochet crow, or try a new crochet stitch such as double or half double crochet, waffle stitch, or the Suzette stitch.

4. Adjust the Stitches: Not Too Tight or Too Loose

When crocheting a dishcloth, it's important to make sure that your stitches are not too tight or too loose. If they're too tight, the dishcloth will be difficult to use and wash; if they're too loose, the dishcloth will fall apart easily. Here are some tips for adjusting the tension of your stitches:

  • If your stitches are too tight, try using a larger crochet hook.
  • If your stitches are too loose, try using a smaller crochet hook.
  • You can also adjust the tension of your stitches by how tightly you hold the yarn while you're crocheting. If you hold the yarn loosely, your stitches will be looser; if you hold the yarn tightly, your stitches will be tighter.

Practice makes perfect! The more you crochet, the more you'll get a feel for the right tension for your stitches.

5. Add a Border: Ruffle or Single Stitch Border

Adding a single crochet border to your dishcloth can give it a finished look and help prevent the edges from curling. There are several different ways to add a border, including using a single crochet or ruffle stitch. 

Ruffle stitches create a decorative edge that can add interest to your dishcloth. To create a ruffle stitch border, crochet a row of chain stitches along the edge of the dishcloth. Then, work a series of double stitches into each chain stitch. Finally, fasten off the yarn and weave in any loose ends.

Single crochet stitches can also be used to create a border. To do this, simply work a row of single stitches along the edge of the dishcloth. This will create a neat, finished edge that can help prevent the fabric from curling. As with the ruffle stitch border, be sure to fasten off the yarn and weave in any loose ends when you're finished.

If you're looking for a free crochet pattern with basic stitches that will elevate your crochet dishcloth project to the next level, scroll to the bottom to see a list of free patterns that you can easily use.


What is the best crochet stitch for a dishcloth?

There are a variety of crochet stitches that can be used to make dishcloths, each with its own unique look and feel. The best stitch for a dishcloth depends on your personal preferences and the overall crochet aesthetic you're trying to achieve.

Some popular stitches for dishcloths include single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. If you're looking for a dishcloth with a  textured pattern, you can try using the basket weave, or moss stitch (also known as C2C or corner to corner). They're both very popular choices for a textured dishcloth.

When choosing the best crochet stitch for a dishcloth, it's important to keep in mind that the finished product will need to be durable and able to stand up to daily use.

What is the best yarn TO CROCHET dishcloths: ACRYLIC, WOOL, OR COTTON YARN?

The best yarn for crochet dishcloths is one that is absorbent and durable. Look for a worsted weight cotton yarn (also known as cotton worsted weight yarn). Cotton yarns are always good option because they are absorbent and can withstand repeated washings. Acrylic yarn (such as this super saver yarn by Red Heart) is another good choice for your crochet projects because it is also durable and can be machine washed and dried. Wool yarn, on the other hand, is not recommended because it is not as absorbent as cotton or acrylic and can shrink when washed.

How many chains do you need to crochet a washcloth?

You will need to crochet a chain that is about twice the width of the washcloth. For example, if your washcloth is 10 inches wide, you will need to crochet a 20-inch long starting chain. You can adjust the length of your chain depending on how loose or tight you want the stitches of your crochet dish cloth to be. Similarly, how many rows you will need to make will depend on the size you want to craft. Type of the stitch can also affect how much yarn you will need although one skein should generally be enough to make more than one crochet cloth if you prefer to make it single color.

Do crochet dishcloths work well?

Some people swear by crochet dishcloths, while others find them to be ineffective. At the end of the day, whether or not crochet dishcloths work well depends on your preferences and needs. If you're looking for a dishcloth that is both absorbent and durable, then a crochet dishcloth may be a good option for you. However, if you're only concerned with absorbency, then you may want to consider a different type of dishcloth.

Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

As a beginner, you might need a little more guidance to help create your first crochet washcloth pattern. Not to worry, though, as we have a bunch of free patterns with step-by-step instructions that you can follow. Here are some easy crochet patterns you should check out for your new dishcloth: