This denim blue ombre crochet dishcloth is a fascinating craft project. The variegated yarn makes each stitch interesting. As you crochet, you’ll find yourself looking forward to seeing what the colors will do next.
This particular combination of yarn and stitches produced an extreme amount of color flashing. It almost appears as if I were intentionally crocheting a gigantic plaid. The plaid effect was a happy accident; it's entirely due to the color shading in the variegated yarn.
To achieve this type of effect with solid yarns, you'd need to do a whole bunch of color changes. The variegated yarn makes it easy. You don't ever need to change colors until you get to the edging.
When you crochet this pattern using the same yarn I did, you're likely to get a similar effect, although yours will turn out somewhat different. Yours will be a one-of-a-kind original, due to differences in yarn dye lots, plus differences in individual crochet work.
This dishcloth would make a fantastic homemade gift, especially if you crochet a couple of the matching potholders to go along with it.
More Project Photos:
Want to see close-up photos of the dishcloth? I've posted additional pictures of the stitches, dishcloth, and yarn.
Want more ideas for crocheting dishcloths and washcloths? This pattern is included in our list of free crochet dishcloth patterns; it's also featured on our list of kitchen patterns. To find even more home decor patterns, check out our A to Z list of free crochet patterns.
This dishcloth is crocheted using Peaches & Creme worsted weight kitchen cotton yarn. I used two different colors to create the sample dishcloth. Please feel free to experiment with other colors or brands of yarn if you prefer.
- Shaded denim - an ombre yarn, used for the body of the potholder - Color A
- Light Blue - a solid color, used for the edging - Color B
For the body of the dishcloth, you’ll need a size J / 10 /6.0 mm afghan crochet hook measuring 10+ inches long, or your preferred size.
For the edging, try using an ordinary crochet hook in whatever size you'd usually use with worsted weight yarn. The first time you work this pattern, it might take you a bit of experimenting before you figure out which hook will give you the best results; the goal is to find a hook that will produce consistent tension between the edging and the body of the dishcloth.
For the edging in my sample dishcloth, I used a size H / 8 – 5.0 mm hook. I tried several sizes and found the size H hook worked best for the way I crochet. A Size G was too small, and a size I was too large. The hook size you need might vary, depending on the way you crochet. If you notice your edging ruffling up a bit, choose a smaller hook. If the edging seems too tight in comparison to the body of the dishcloth, choose a larger hook.
You'll need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
The dishcloth measures approx. 8.5" square.
When working in afghan stitch / Tunisian simple stitch, 7 sts = 2". The row gauge is not critical for this project. For that matter, the stitch gauge isn't all that critical either; it's no problem if your dishcloth turns out a little larger or smaller than the sample.
Using color A, ch 26.
To make the edging easier later, it is a good idea to work the first row into the backs of the chain stitches.
Work in straight rows of afghan stitch (Tunisian simple stitch) until your piece is square.
Then work one slip stitch in each vertical bar, all the way across. End off and weave in the ends.
The edging is worked in rounds.
Switch crochet hooks.
Attach color B in a corner.
Round 1: ch 1. Work 1 sc in each stitch. When you get to a corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) and then continue working sc. Repeat this all the way around the dishcloth, and then at the end, join the round with a sl st.
Rounds 2-3: Repeat round 1.
Round 4: Work 1 sl st in each sc. When you get to a corner, work 1 sl st into the ch-2 space. After you’ve completed the round, work an extra sl st; pull the loop through the previous sl st worked at the beginning of the row to the back of the dishcloth, then cut the yarn and end off.
Optional Slip Stitch Detail: Using color A, work a round of decorative sl sts in between the body of the dishcloth and the edging. Find instructions and examples for this in my surface crochet slip stitch tutorial.
Weave the loose ends into your work, being as neat as possible.