When I first came up with the idea for this crochet pattern, I intended the finished project to be a dishcloth. I used my first sample for washing dishes, and it was soooooo soft that I decided I had to make a few more of these cloths for use as washcloths. I think they work well for either purpose.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner / Very Easy
Yarn: You'll need a high-quality sport weight cotton yarn.
To crochet my sample projects, I used Simply Cotton yarn by Knitpicks. Simply Cotton is an incredibly soft organic cotton yarn.
I used the off-white color called "Marshmallow" to crochet my sample cloths. This yarn is available in a nice range of colors, so if you'd like to make your cloth(s) in a different color, you'll have plenty of options.
I was able to crochet three dishcloths and washcloths using one 50 gram ball of this yarn. There are 164 yards per ball, so you'll need an estimated 16.67 grams / 54.67 yards to make each cloth.
Crochet Hook: I used a size H / 8 - 5.00 mm crochet hook to crochet my sample projects. This is the hook I recommend you start with, but please feel free to use a different hook if necessary to achieve a comfortable tension.
5 sts = approximately 1 inch; row gauge is not critical.
Gauge is not crucial for success with this project. However, I included gauge information for those of you who might want to check your gauge.
My finished cloths each measure about 7 inches square.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. [Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc, skip 1st ch, [sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next ch.] Rep sequence in brackets across the entire row. Ch 1, turn.
Design Notes: In rows 2 and up, I found that I was able to achieve straighter edges when crocheting my last stitch into the turning chain instead of crocheting it into the last sc st. You can do it either way, but whichever way you choose, be sure to be consistent.
If all goes according to plan, you will end up with 17 sc sts and 16 ch sts in each row.
Repeat row 2 until your dishcloth is square.
End off. Weave in ends.
Time to wash the dishes, your counter tops, your face, or any other surface you can think of! I hope you will love the luxurious softness of this cloth!
Or, alternatively, you could give the cloth as a gift to a friend; if you crochet several of these and bundle them up with pretty ribbons, they'd make a lovely housewarming gift. They could also be given as bridal shower gifts, Christmas gifts, etc.
More "Green" Crochet:
This is one of many earth-friendly crochet projects posted on our website. Want to find more? Here are some suggestions.
- Recycled plarn scrubbies -- These are great for using when a dishcloth just won't get the job done.
- Earth Day crochet projects -- Shouldn't every day be "Earth Day?" With that in mind, feel free to check out the projects suggested on this page on any day, whether it's Earth Day or not.
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