Dishcloths that you crochet or knit yourself make great gifts because they’re practical and everyone can use them. They hold up extremely well through repeated washing and drying (I have some I’ve been using for up to 10 years and they’re still going strong!), and many people even use them as facecloths or washcloths in the bath and shower. Because they’re so quick to crochet, dishcloths and facecloths are a great last-minute gift.
I’ve made hundreds of dishcloths over the years and like most people who crochet, have my favorites that I go back to time and again. I’ve listed five of my favorite crocheted dishcloth patterns for you here:
Gentle Ridges Dishcloth
This dishcloth that I call Gentle Ridges has been my go-to pattern for years. (See photo above). It’s a super simple stitch that when worked in the back loop only, results in a bit of a raised ridge, making it great for scrubbing. It’s a thick, sturdy cloth that stands up to lots of wear and tear and repeated washing.
Easy Ombre Dishcloth
If you’d rather work in the round rather than back and forth, you might like this Easy Ombre Dishcloth. It’s a solid granny square-type pattern so has fewer holes for fingers to get caught in when washing. Shown made with an ombre or variegated yarn, it would look just as nice in a single color, or rows of alternating colors.
Simple Single Double Dishcloth
All five of the patterns listed here are easy enough for a beginner to crochet, but if I had to pick just one pattern to teach someone who has never held a crochet hook, this Simple Single Double Dishcloth would be the one. It’s made in a simple SC and DC pattern with no specialty stitches, yet is just as versatile as the others. Alternating the SC and DC gives it just a bit of texture without being too thick. No counting necessary for this cloth, so you can whip out several in one afternoon while watching a movie on TV. I think this is my new favorite.
Simple Shell Dishcloth
If you want something with a bit of a patterned look to it that isn’t too hard to do, try this Simple Shell Dishcloth. It’s not a difficult pattern at all; just make the shell by working 5 DC in one stitch. This pattern would look nice in the bathroom, especially in a seashell or ocean themed décor.
If you’d rather not be a square, this Round Dishcloth should fit your needs nicely. It’s made with a cluster stitch, but it still easy for a novice to make since the instructions for how to make the cluster is clearly outlined in the pattern. Made in one solid color or edged with a coordinating color, this dishcloth is pretty enough to grace any kitchen or bathroom sink or counter.
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