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Crocheted dishcloths

Recently I had the pleasure of teaching a crochet class at my beloved LYS, Yes Yarn. After deciding that one of our options for a first project would be a dishcloth I set about finding just the right pattern. I wanted to teach how to create foundation chains, turning chains, single crochet, and double crochet. I also wanted an something a little more challenging for those who might already have a little crochet experience. In addition, I hoped to find something readily available and easily accessed by the entire class. The most obvious option was to write my own pattern.

I’ve improvised and crocheted along doing my thing making stuff before, but I’ve never written down what I’ve done for someone else to follow before. I did sit down and crochet from the patterns row by row. Even found mistakes and corrected them. I hope if you find any errors you’ll forgive me for frustrating your craft, and let me know so that I can make corrections.

If you’re an experienced crocheter you may notice that my single crochet turning chains are a little unorthodox. Most instructions state that one should chain one then crochet into the same stitch from which the chain emerges. After much experimentation and comparison, I prefer the effect of a turning chain of two stitches and skipping the first stitch. Row one also calls for the first stitch to be made into the 4th chain from the hook rather than the usual third chain. This helps keep the corner from pulling up or curling later. Your own mileage, of course, may vary.

This first pattern is for a simple cloth. Alternating rows of single crochet and double crochet with an optional single crochet edging.

Basic dishcloth

For an approximately 9 in. square dishcloth you will need:

1 1/2 oz cotton yarn

small amount of contrasting color cotton yarn (optional)

H hook (or appropriate hook for both you and your chosen yarn)

Abbreviations used:

Ch–chain

SC—single crochet

DC—double crochet

Loosely chain 28

Row 1: Single crochet in 4th chain from hook. (do not count loop on hook). SC across to end.

Row 2: Chain 3. Turn. DC in second stitch (not the stitch your chain 3 emerges from but the next one). DC across to end.

Row 3: Chain 2. Turn. SC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

Row 4: Chain 3. Turn. DC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until cloth is about 9 in square or desired length. Ending on row 3.

Snip off yarn and pull through the last loop. Weave in ends.
Edge with single crochet in contrasting color if desired.

This is a photo of a slightly more challenging version of the basic dishcloth pattern above. It hasn’t been washed or blocked yet so the turning chains on the double crochet rows are quite obvious along the right hand edge. After washing/blocking those loops won’t stand out nearly as much. The left hand edge is the single crochets turn on–you won’t find obvious loops on that side. In the center you’ll see the challenge. A row of crossed triple crochet stitches with a double crochet on each edge of the cloth to close off the row. The optional edging hasn’t been put on this example of the cloth so that you can see these details easily.

Below is the pattern with the inclusion of the challenge row.

 

X-stitch dishcloth

For an approximately 9 in. square dishcloth you will need:

1 1/2 oz cotton yarn

small amount of contrasting color cotton yarn (optional)

H hook (or appropriate hook for both you and your chosen yarn)

Abbreviations used:

Ch–chain

SC—single crochet

DC—double crochet

TR–triple crochet

Loosely chain 28

Row 1: Single crochet in 4th chain from hook. (do not count loop on hook). SC across to end.

Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Chain 3. Turn. DC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

Rows 3, 5, 7 and 9: Chain 2. Turn. SC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

Row 10: Chain 3. Turn. TR in 4th stitch (count the stitch your chain 3 emerges from as the first of these 4) Ch 1, TR in 2nd stitch from beginning (yes, this is going backwards, to form an X you will skip stitches then go back to stitch into them). *Skip next two stitches. TR in next stitch (3rd stitch). Ch 1. TR into the first of the two skipped stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you have a total of 8 Xs across your cloth. This will leave you with one stitch. DC into that last stitch.

Rows: 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 : Chain 2. Turn. SC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

Rows 12, 14, 16, and 18: Chain 3. Turn. DC in second stitch and in each stitch across to end.

At the end of row 19 snip yarn and pull through the last loop. Weave in ends.

Edge with single crochet in contrasting color if desired.

Note: Any of the even numbered rows can be replaced with row 10. This pattern can also be done in other widths as long as they are multiples of 3 +2 bearing in mind that the number of Xs across will change.

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