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Earthtone Ombre Crochet Dishcloth

Free Crochet Pattern for an Ombre Dishcloth in Earthtone Colors


Earthtone Ombre Crochet Dishcloth

Earthtone Ombre Crochet Dishcloth

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Project Overview:

This earthtone ombre dishcloth is a fascinating crochet project. The variegated yarns make each stitch interesting. As you crochet, you’ll find yourself looking forward to seeing what the colors will do next.

The body of the dishcloth is crocheted using afghan stitch, and the edging is worked in single crochet, with decorative slip stitch details.

This dishcloth would make a fantastic homemade gift, especially if you whip up a couple of the matching potholders to go along with it.

More Project Photos:

I've posted some close-up photos of the dishcloth and the yarns used to make it.

Similar Dishcloth Patterns:

This pattern is included in our list of free crochet dishcloth patterns; it's also featured in our photo gallery of variegated crochet projects, and on our list of kitchen patterns. To find even more home decorating ideas and patterns, be sure to visit our free crochet patterns page.



This dishcloth is crocheted using Peaches & Creme worsted weight kitchen cotton yarn. The following is a list of the colors I used to create the sample dishcloth. Please feel free to experiment with other colors or brands of yarn if you prefer.

  • Shaded brown (an ombre yarn) - Color A
  • Earthtone (an ombre yarn) - Color B
  • Camel (a solid color, used for the edging) - Color C

Crochet Hooks:

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.

Other Materials:

You'll need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


Finished Size:

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.

Crochet Instructions:

Using color A, ch 26.

Work in afghan stitch (Tunisian simple stitch) until directed otherwise. To make the edging easier later, it is a good idea to work the first row into the backs of the chain stitches.

Row 1: Work the forward pass in color A; Work the return pass in color B.

Row 2: Work the forward pass in color B; Work the return pass in color A.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece is square.

Then work one slip stitch in each vertical bar, all the way across. End off and weave in ends.

Dishcloth Edging:

The edging is worked in rounds.

Switch crochet hooks.

Attach color C 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. If you're not sure how to do this, check out my surface crochet tutorial for general instructions and examples of this technique.

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