If you’re like me, you’ve love a good old fashioned crochet dishcloth. I make cotton crochet cloths that I then use as dishcloths, or washcloths, or coasters, or even as centerpiece decorations from time to time. I’ve used and developed many dishcloth patterns over the years, but the one below is absolutely perfect for the new “scrubby” yarn that Red Heart has created. I love love love the texture of the scrubby yarn, and it is jut the right amount of “scrubby” when in the pattern below. I have used it on a variety of surfaces and never had any issues with scratching (or removing the “season” from cast iron products).
This pattern does require crocheting “in the round” which is technically a bit more advanced, but that I actually find is easier and more fun than crocheting in straight lines. Plus, if you can crochet in straight lines, you already know the basic work and just have to apply it slightly differently! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping up flat circles faster than you ever thought possible.
Let’s get down to business!
The forever free pattern is below. If you’d like to purchase an ad-free, downloadable PDF with pictures of each step you can do so on Etsy.
For this pattern you’ll need to know the following stitches:
(Keep in mind these are all the american terms for the stitches) Video tutorials for all stitches coming soon.
- Chain stitch (abbreviated “chain”)
- Slip stitch (abbreviated sl st)
- Half double crochet (abbreviated “hdc” )
- Double crochet (abbreviated “dc”)
- Triple/treble crochet (abbreviated “tr”)
- “Magic Loop” not technically a stitch, but a method
You’ll also need the following materials:
- Red Heart “Scrubby” yarn or similar (I personally find Joann Fabric and Craft Stores have the best selection of this type of yarn)
- Size “H” crochet hook (5mm)
- Good lighting (nice and bright is best for this project)
- Patience! (Crocheting in the round can be a bit tricky at first)
To start/round 1: Create a magic loop — Wrap the yarn around your first to fingers, stick the hook into the loop, yarn over, pull through the loop on your fingers, then yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook. Then pinch the “stitch” you just created to hold tension, pull the loop off of your fingers (rotate if necessary for the tail to be “pull-able” and then start the first stitch of your first round (in this case an hdc) as usual, yarn over, insert your hook in the center of the magic loop, yarn over, and pull through all the loops on your hook. (video tutorial is on it’s way!) Finish the round by completing 11 more half double crochet into the magic loop (so you have a ring of stitches and a tail sticking out loose that you’ll pull to tighten to “close” the ring of stitches). Then slip stitch into the top of the first “stitch” you created in making the magic loop. 12 total hdc
If a magic loop is too frustrating or tricky (which they definitely can be when you’re starting out), you can also use the alternate start below.
Alternate (simpler) start/round 1: Start with a slip knot as always, then chain 3, slip stitch back into the first chain to create a circle of chain stitches. Then chain 1, and complete your first half double crochet into the center of the circle. Finish the round by completing 11 more hdc into the center of the chain stitch circle (so you have a ring of stitches). Join with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 1 from the beginning of this round. 12 total hdc
Round 2: Chain 2, 1 half double crochet into the base of the chain 2/top of the slip stitch of the 1st round. Then 2 hdc into each of the remaining stitches. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 2. 24 total
Round 3: Chain 3, 1 double crochet into the base of the slip stitch from the previous round. Then 1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the next stitch. Repeat this pattern (1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 2dc) until you’ve completed the round. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 3. 36 total
Round 4: Chain 4, 1 treble/triple crochet into the base of the slip stitch from the previous round. Then 1 tr into the next 3 stitches, 2 tr in the 4th stitch, then repeat (1 tr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 2 tr, 1tr, 1 tr, 1tr, 2 tr) until the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 4. 44 total
Round 5: Slip stitch in each stitch around. This step isn’t technically necessary, but it adds much greater strength, shape, and stability to the finished product. 44 total
That’s it! Tie off and weave in the end. Tighten your magic loop as necessary to flatten your circle.
This is one of the fastest and easiest crochet dishcloth patterns in my repertoire. Once you’ve practiced a few times, you’ll be able to create a magic loop without thinking, and the pattern of increasing will come naturally as well. You’ll also know how tightly (or loosely) to chain at the start of each round to keep the joint looking smooth.
If you love your dishcloths as much as I do, post a pic on social media and use #skeinsandstitchesco so I can see your awesome work!
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