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Single Crochet Dishcloth – Free Beginner Crochet Pattern

Beginner Friendly Single Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

This easy single crochet dishcloth is perfect for the absolute beginner. At this point you should know how to create a slip knot and chain (tutorial can be found here) and how to single crochet (tutorial found here). This pattern was created with only these stitches in mind, that way someone completely new at the craft can practice their stitches while creating a useful item. 

What You Need

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Crochet Hook – 5.5 mm (this is the hook I am using)
Skein of yarn – worsted weight cotton 
Craft Scissors
Tapestry needle
(Optional) Row Counter

Note: It is recommended when creating dishcloths to use cotton yarn. This is because acrylic and wool isn’t very absorbent and will just move water around instead of soaking the water in. 

Simple Single Crochet Dishcloth

Level: Easy
Size: 6 inch square

Pattern Instructions

First, create your slip knot , then chain 26 stitches. 

Single Crochet Dishcloth

Note: If you are wanting to make a different sized dishcloth this is where the adjustments need to be made. If you want a larger dishcloth then chain more, if you want a smaller one chain less. 

Row 1: Single crochet into the second chain from the hook; then single crochet into each chain across until the end. You should have 25 single crochets created for this row and every row after should continue to have 25 stitches. 

Single Crochet Dishcloth

 Row 2: Once at the end of Row 1, turn your work over and chain one. Single crochet into the first space and into each stitch across.

First chain from the hook

Note: remember we chain one to create the “height” for our first stitch at the beginning of each row. This was a difficult concept for me to understand when I first started crocheting. 

Single crochet in 2nd row

Row 3-27: Repeat Row 2. This will create a square dishcloth, if you chained a different amount in step 1 then you may end up with a different amount of rows. 
Note: You can test if your pattern is a square by lining up the diagonal edges. If all edges line up and create a triangle, then you have a perfect square. 

Fasten off and weave in ends. You can find a tutorial on how to do this here.

Finished dishcloth

If this is your first time creating an item your edges may not be as straight as the image above. If your edges either go inwards or out at an angle this means that you have either too many or not enough stitches in the row. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you have 25 stitches in each row. 

This simple dishcloth can be changed in multiple ways. By adding or decreasing in size, changing colors, or playing around with the stitches you use to create it. Just make sure that the cloth is still dense enough so it can be used. 



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