One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. Honestly, if I look at my stash of unused yarn that I have piled up all over the house, it’s probably a little more like yarn hoarding at the moment. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to spend crocheting these days with a mobile 10-month-old running around the place.
About a month ago, when I had more free time, I stumbled across the magical world of crochet dishcloths. I’ve crocheted scarves, amigurumi, ponchos, purses, etc. I even tried to start an Etsy shop. But for some reason, it never crossed my mind to crochet a dishcloth.
Can you even really wash dishes with these things? Apparently, you can if you use cotton yarn (which I didn’t even know was a thing). You can even add nylon or scrubby yarn ( Evidently, there is a whole world of yarn out there that I don’t know about.)to make it more abrasive.
So, I figured I would give it a shot. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up making 4 different dishcloths. Most of them were really quick and simple to make.
If you would like to try to make any of these I have included the links to each pattern.
1. Rescued Paw Designs by Krista
This was the first dishcloth I attempted to make because I thought it would be really easy and quick to work up. However, it took me a little longer to finish I had to refresh my memory on the difference between the front loop and back loop of a stitch. It is definitely a pattern for a more advanced crocheter. It has a really nice texture. I can’t wait to see if it has any real scrubbing power.
(I used sugar n cream cotton yarn (White and Bleach Glass) to complete the first three dishcloths.
1.The Blossom Stitch Washcloth by Erica at 5 Little Monsters
These dishcloths are really beautiful. I haven’t even tried to wash dishes with them yet because I don’t want to mess them up. The pattern is pretty simple. It consists solely of single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches. Once you get the pattern down it’s smooth sailing from there.
4. Diagonal Dish Cloths by Olives & Okra
I really just wanted to try a corner to corner stitch. It was pretty simple to create considering the only stitch used is a single chain crochet and remembering which loop is the back loop. I like the ribbed texture created by this pattern. I wonder how it would turn out if I used alternating rows of cotton yarn and scrubby yarn.
3. Mama’s Wash Cloth by Susan Carlton at the Felted Button
I enjoyed crocheting this dishcloth. It’s really simple and only uses single and double crochet stitches. I used lily’s sugar and cream cotton yarn (the color is natural stripes) for this pattern. I liked making it so much that I created a larger one to use as a dish drying towel. The pattern creates a really cute spiked design, but it’s hard to see when you only use one color. This color combination is really pretty. Instead of keeping them to myself I gifted the set to my sister in law as a housewarming gift.
I can honestly say that I had fun creating these dishcloths. They were simple to create and worked up quickly. They will definitely make their way into my arsenal of homemade gift ideas. They are way nicer than the dish clothes that I could buy in the store.
Hmmm…as a matter of fact, I might even try to make up my own dishcloth pattern! Just not today.
Until next time,
The Crafty Afro