Beginner Crochet Dishcloth (Easy Quick Pattern)


This blog post will show you a beginner crochet dishcloth pattern.

If you’re new to crochet and looking for a beginner-friendly project, making a dishcloth is a great place to start. 

Not only is it easy, but it’s also practical, as you’ll be able to use the finished product in your daily life. 

So, grab your favorite crochet hook and your best yarn and make the perfect dishcloth.

Crocheting dishcloths is a fun way to try out a new crochet stitch; you only need less than one skein.

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Beginner Crochet Dishcloth (Easy Quick Pattern)

Beginner Crochet Dishcloth

Skill Level – Basic/Beginner


Dive into the world of crochet with this beginner-friendly dishcloth project, perfect for those looking to master the fundamental single crochet stitch.

This simple yet practical creation is designed to build confidence in new crocheters, offering a straightforward path to completing a project that’s both useful and gratifying.

Crafted entirely with single crochet stitches, this dishcloth is an excellent practice piece for developing consistent tension and stitch definition.

Choose your favorite cotton yarn to create a durable, absorbent, and eco-friendly addition to your kitchen.

Whether you’re picking up a crochet hook for the first time or refreshing your skills, this dishcloth project promises a satisfying crafting experience with a functional outcome.

Happy crocheting!

Copyright Info

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  • If you wish to share this pattern, please provide a link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • Please credit Handy Little Me (Louise Bollanos) as the designer in all product listings.

Size Information

  • Length = 9.5 inches/25 cm
  • Width = 9.5 inches /25 cm

Gauge – 20 sts / 26 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in single crochet.

The supplies you need…


Hook Size

4 mm (US G-6) hook.


  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Crochet Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Sl-St – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Beginner Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

  • Make a slipknot and CH 40, turn,
  • Row 1: (RS) CH 1, 1 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook, *1 sc in each CH, rep from * to end, turn,
  • Rep row 1 until the work measures 8 inches/20 cm.

Double Crochet Border

  • Next, chain 3, and make a double crochet into the same stitch (should be the corner).
  • Then, continue to make 1 double crochet in each stitch across the row.
  • Once you have reached a corner, make 3 double crochets in the same stitch.
  • Make a double crochet in each stitch on the next side of your project.
  • Make sure you’re putting just one stitch per row when working on the sides of your crochet project.
  • Now, continue to repeat this sequence all the way around your crochet project.
  • Once you have finished your border, slip stitch to the first stitch (Make sure you have worked one more double crochet into the final corner – which is the first corner, making a slip stitch into that first ch 3).

The Scalloped/Shell Crochet Border

You can watch a video tutorial for help with the border on my YouTube channel here.

  • Ch 1, work 1 SC into the next st, skip 1st, work 5 DC’s into the next st, Skip 1 st, work 1 SC into the next st, skip 1st, work 5 DC’s into the next st.
  • Rep the sequence of working 1 SC, skip 1 st, work 5 DC’s into the next st, skip 1st, work 1 SC into the next st.
  • Repeat until you return to where you started at the beginning of the shell border, Sl-St into the last st.
  • Cut the yarn and fasten it off securely.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

Grab Your FREE printable PDF pattern here…

crochet dishcloth for beginners

What Crochet Stitch Is Best For Dishcloths? 

The best crochet stitch for dishcloths is often the single crochet stitch. 

Single crochet creates a dense, sturdy fabric perfect for scrubbing dishes and wiping spills.

Its tight texture ensures the dishcloth maintains its shape and effectiveness even after repeated use and washing. 

Additionally, the simplicity of the single crochet stitch makes it easy for beginners to learn and work quickly, producing practical and durable dishcloths in no time. 

While other stitches, like the half-double crochet or the moss stitch, can also be suitable for dishcloths, the single crochet stitch remains popular for its reliability and effectiveness in kitchen projects. 

If you want to move from the basic stitch patterns and experiment with new stitches, the linen stitch, the waffle stitch, and the lemon peel stitch are a few excellent choices to make a fabulous dishcloth with great texture. 

Ultimately, the best stitch for dishcloths strikes a balance between durability, absorbency, and ease of crocheting, ensuring that your kitchen essentials are functional and long-lasting. 

crochet dishcloth for beginners single crochet

What Size Crochet Hook Is Best For Dishcloths?

The best size crochet hook for dishcloths depends on personal preference, yarn weight, and the desired texture of the finished fabric. 

However, a commonly recommended hook size for crocheting dishcloths with worsted weight cotton yarn is typically between US G-6 4.0 mm and US H-8 5.0 mm crochet hook. 

These hook sizes create a tight fabric for effective scrubbing while still allowing the dishcloth to maintain flexibility and absorbency. 

To achieve the desired results, it’s essential to consider the tension of your stitches and adjust your hook size accordingly. 

Ultimately, the best size crochet hook for dishcloths balances comfort and stitch definition. 

Related Post: How To Hold A Crochet Hook

What Is The First Thing You Should Crochet As A Beginner?  

As a beginner crocheter, the first thing you should consider is crocheting, a simple and small project that allows you to practice basic crochet stitches and techniques with a small amount of yarn. 

An easy beginner crochet project is a dishcloth or washcloth. 

These projects typically involve using just one type of stitch, such as single crochet or double crochet. They are small enough to be completed relatively quickly, providing a sense of accomplishment.  

Crocheting a dishcloth as your first project will help you gain experience working with yarn and a crochet hook, improve your tension and stitch consistency, and build confidence in your crocheting abilities. 

Once you’ve mastered the basics with a simple project like a dishcloth, you can gradually progress to more complex patterns and big projects as you develop your skills.

Related Post: How To Crochet For Beginners: Easy Complete Guide

crochet washcloth

What Size Yarn Do I Need To Crochet A Dishcloth? 

When crocheting a dishcloth, you’ll want to use a durable, absorbent yarn suitable for kitchen use.

A common choice is worsted-weight cotton yarn, which provides the right balance of texture and softness for cleaning purposes. 

This weight of yarn is thick enough to create a sturdy fabric that can withstand scrubbing and frequent washing, while cotton fibers ensure good absorbency. 

Look for yarn labeled specifically for dishcloths or washcloths, as these are often treated to be more absorbent and resistant to mildew. 

Additionally, cotton yarns come in a variety of colors, allowing you to customize your dishcloths to match your kitchen decor or personal preferences. 

You can use a solid color or a variegated yarn for a more fun look without needing to change yarn colors.

With the right yarn choice, you’ll be able to crochet dishcloths that are both practical and a cheerful addition to your kitchen. 

My favorites are Lily Sugar And Cream and the Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

crochet dishcloth cotton yarn

What Do You Need To Crochet A Dishcloth?

To crochet a dishcloth, you’ll need several materials.  

Essential tools include scissors for cutting yarn, a tapestry needle/yarn needle for weaving in ends, and stitch markers if needed to keep track of stitch counts or pattern repeats. 

Additionally, it’s helpful to have a crochet pattern or instructions for the dishcloth design you’d like to create, whether it’s a simple single crochet or a more complex stitch pattern. 

With these supplies on hand and a basic understanding of crochet techniques, you’ll be well-equipped to crochet practical and durable dishcloths for your kitchen.

Free Dishcloth Crochet Patterns And Washcloth Patterns

You can create great gifts with an easy crochet dishcloth pattern or an easy crochet washcloth pattern.

​A set of dishcloths is a great housewarming or hostess gift.

Crocheted dishcloths are also an eco-friendly alternative to regular dishcloths as they are reusable and washable.

easy crochet dishcloth pattern

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If you enjoyed making the beginner crochet dishcloth, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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I’d love to see your work.

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to make a slip knot how to create a foundation chain (ch), how to crochet the basic crochet stitches, single crochet stitches(sc), double crochet stitches (dc), and all the crochet abbreviations (in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube

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