My grandmother taught me to crochet, and honestly, I’m so grateful she did. I can still remember trying, though not quite having the patients to complete a blanket for my dolly. I must have been seven or eight. Since then I’ve made a number of blankets. During this time of COVID and shortages on things like paper towels, I’m happy to make something that I can wash dishes with, clean counters, and mop up messes and then just toss it in the washer. This is an easy project if you’re new to crochet with only three stitches involved and I’ll walk you through each one or provide accompanying videos so you never feel lost. In the end, you should have some washcloths to enjoy or even give away as gifts!
This post contains affiliate links if you click on one and buy something, I’ll get a small commission. Thank you! Also, the patter for this particular washcloth can be found at Avery Lane Creations.
If you’ve never crocheted (pronounced like Crow-shay-ed) before that’s okay, this is actually the perfect first project for you then! It comes together quickly and only has three stitches! I feel so empowered making my own home goods and I’m sure you will too. You can choose the color of yarn (or even dye it) to match the color you’d like for your kitchen and even the pattern. You don’t have to put up with what is in stores, AND you can save money in the long run because you choose the quality of the product as well the knowledge to make it yourself, which cuts costs in the long run. What I’m saying is that during these weird times where we are indoors and there are shortages, it’s nice to provide something for yourself no matter how small it is. With that, here are the instructions:
First, you’ll need to know what to crochet with. I got the Bamboo crochet hooks above on Amazon. They worked fairly well, though I found that the yarn (which is 100% cotton) tended to not slide through it as easily. If you chose to get metal hooks they’ll work just fine, but you might find that the yarn slides too much. The preference is up to you and really it’s all about getting used to what you choose. The size I used was a 5.0mm
Secondly, you’ll need 100% Cotton yarn. This is key because normal yarn won’t absorb water the way the 100% cotton yarn will. The kind I used was ordered off of Amazon and the brand was called Sugar n’ Cream in the color “Aloe Vera” though feel free to choose whatever color you like best. I got two of the 2oz / 95yard bundles and they made three wash clothes, so if you wanted an even four I’d suggest getting four of these. If you want exactly what I ordered, you can get them HERE.
Now that you know what you need to have on hand, you’ll need to know the stitches you’ll be using. The Chain, Single Crotchet, and Double Crotchet. The videos below are for each.
Now that you have an idea of what you’ll be doing and you have all the supplies, here’s the pattern!:
Stitches are abbreviated in Crochet patterns but I’ll give them to you here.
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
*_* : This means to repeat the pattern stated between the stars until whatever is specified after.
1.) Not counting the starting loop on your hook, chain 30 (or any even number). I personally did 30 for the washcloths shown. Chain one more and turn (this last chain is not counted as the 30 and is merely for the turn.
2.) Row 1: Single Crochet (sc) in 1st stitch (st), Double Crochet (dc) in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st* repeat from *to* until you get to the last 2 stitches in the row. Place a sc in each of the last 2 sts. Chain one and turn.
3.) Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc in ea remaining st in row. At the end Chain 1 and turn.
4.) Row 3:sc in 1st st, dc in next st *sc in next st, dc in next st* repeat from *to* until you get to the last 2 sts in row; place a sc in ea of the last 2 sts. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 5: Repeat Row 2.
Row 6: Repeat Row 3.
Keep alternating Row 2 & Row 3 until you reach your desired size.
I usually like to end with the single crochet row (Row 2) because it leaves your edges looking nice.
Once you’re finished this video will show you how to finish it off (she uses a large embroidery needle, but I’ve done this with a crochet hook).
I hope you like how your washcloth turned out. If you missed stitches, or somehow created stitches, if it doesn’t look like a perfect square, THAT’S OKAY!!! Crochet is a skill that gets better with practice. When I was learning, I didn’t have things like YouTube or the Internet to really ask questions (of if it was around it wasn’t in my house). I had to do a lot of trial and error. I really wanted to learn this though and I’m proud to say that crocheting is second nature to me. So please go easy on yourself. This is about having fun, and as with all crafts, the journey of making them is sometimes more fun than the project you have when it’s all over and done. If you’d like to be emailed when I make another post, please SIGN UP HERE. Also, be sure to check out my SHOP and if you feel so inclined there’s an option to Buy Me A Coffee which goes to the running of this blog. Thank you so much for reading! -Heather Astaneh