10 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns for your Kitchen

If there’s one thing that I love making, it’s crochet dishcloths. I can’t have enough of these gorgeous cotton cloths around my kitchen. Not only are they pretty, they are functional–I’ve had my crochet dishcloths for much longer than the store-bought cloths last, and they’ve remained soft (perfect on my hands). I don’t have many people in my household, so I (gasp) still hand-wash dishes quite a bit, making crochet dishcloths my best friends.

free crochet dishcloth patterns

I hope you enjoy this roundup of free crochet dishcloth patterns from fellow bloggers!

Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

Single Crochet Dishcloth – Crochet Nerd
Get the free single crochet dishcloth pattern that I use to teach my crochet students. It’s a basic pattern, yet makes a great starter crochet project or gift.

Ripple Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Midwestern Moms
What gorgeous colors! This dishcloth reminds me of the ocean, which is where I dream of being instead of standing at the sink doing dishes. 😛

Easy Textured Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Crochet Dreamz
Love, love, love the texture on this dishcloth.

Crunchy Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern – Petals to Picots
Another great textured cloth made with a fun and easy stitch!

Best Crochet Dishcloth Pattern Ever – Rescued Paw Designs
Wish a name like that, you’ve got to try them, right? I like the weave pattern in this cloth, and the fact that she says there aren’t many ends to weave in at the end! (We all are yelling hallelujah to that.)

Striped Dishcloth – The Purple Poncho
Great free dishcloth pattern showcasing stripes! I love stripes for the kitchen, they look so pretty.

Crochet Cabin Dishcloth Pattern – Just Be Crafty
These dishcloths are made with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn in some beautiful colors. This would be a perfect set to make for a housewarming gift.

Dishcloth (Free Pattern) – Little Monkey’s Crochet
Pattern using a few different color ideas, with a free wrapper printable. So cute!

Cotton Dishcloth – Crochet ‘n’ Create
Great textured crochet dishcloth using half double and double crochet stitches.

Waffle Crochet Dishcloth – by Kate Alvis on Ravelry
Beginner crochet pattern for a waffle stitch dishcloth. I love the texture of this, and may even try one of these using scrubby yarn!

Diagonal Weave Crochet Dishcloths – 5 Little Monsters
Another great pattern! These colors would be great for a fall housewarming gift.

I hope that you enjoyed this compilation of crochet dishcloth patterns and you’ve found some new to try. Crocheting dishcloths is addictive!

Stop back by and let me know which ones you decided to make, mmkay?

Crochet Yarn Weight Explained

Understanding yarn weight can be a powerful arsenal in your crochet knowledge toolbox. It can help you determine the hook size you’ll need, and your stitch gauge.

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When we talked about stitch gauge, we determined how important the weight of the yarn and the size of the hook is to determining how true-to-size your project will turn out. Due to the need for a set of standards for yarn manufacturers, the Craft Yarn Council developed a common system to be used across the industry.

Yarn Weight Standards

The standards created for yarn weight begin at 0 and go all the way up to 7. These are updated as necessary as trends change the yarn industry and we continue to see more thick and beautiful yarn available to us. Below I will discuss the weight ratings, what hook sizes are recommended for crocheting these weights, and what types of yarn this includes.

0 – Lace Weight
Hook Size Range: 1.5 – 2.5 mm (Steel 6, 7, 8 or B-1)
Types of Yarns: Fingering, 10-count crochet thread

1 – Super Fine
Hook Size Range: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B to E)
Types of Yarns: Fingering, Sock, Baby

2 – Fine
Hook Size Range: 3.5 – 4.5 mm (E to 7)
Type of Yarns: Sport or Baby

3 – Light
Hook Size Range: 4.5 – 5.5 mm (7 to I)
Type of Yarns: DK or Light Worsted

4 – Medium
Hook Size Range: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I to K)
Type of Yarns: Worsted, Afghan, Aran

5 – Bulky
Hook Size Range: 6.5 – 9 mm (K to M)
Type of Yarns: Chunky, Craft, Rug

6 – Super Bulky
Hook Size Range: 9 – 15 mm (M to Q)
Type of Yarns: Super Bulky or Roving

7 – Jumbo
Hook Size Range: 15 mm and larger (Q and larger)
Type of Yarns: Jumbo or Roving

Figuring Out Your Yarn Weight Without a Label

So, you’ve picked up a skein of yarn at your local farmer’s market and have no idea what size it is? No fear, I’ll teach you how to figure out which category it goes in using the pencil test.

(No, not the same one you used to try and determine the sex of your friend’s baby…)

Grab a standard #2 pencil, your yarn, and some measuring tape. (Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

Back? Great! Let’s figure this out.

Wrap the yarn around the pencil a few times where it is touching, yet not overlapping. Do this until you can measure one-inch on your measuring tape. Count the number of loops on the pencil for one-inch of your yarn.

This method is called WPI, or Wraps per Inch. Crochet Spot has put together the handy-dandy table that I always reference for figuring this out. The one thing that I would note is that with the addition of the Jumbo category of yarn, I’d personally put 4 wraps or less in the Jumbo category.

Yarn Weight Substitutions

What if you’ve picked up an amazing pattern that calls for a certain type of yarn, but it’s been discontinued? (Story. Of. My. Life.) How do you find another yarn to substitute for the weight that was called for?

It’s a bit easier than you might think.

  1. Search the Internet for discontinued yarn, or destash yarn. I like to search eBay, Etsy, or even DBNY to find out-of-stock yarns.
  2. Look at the yarn weight category that the original yarn was in. Can’t find the original yarn? Reference the stitch gauge and the crochet hook size used in the pattern to figure that out.
  3. Examine the fiber used in the pattern and select something similar in the same weight category.
  4. Ensure that the yarn you will select as the substitution has the same amount of yardage needed for your project. (If not, calculate the yarn yardage needed).
  5. When in doubt, ask an expert. Don’t be afraid to visit your local yarn shops, or simply ask someone who has some experience with yarn. They’ll be able to at least give you a few tips you haven’t thought of.

I hope that you’ve learned some useful information today, and that you’ll come back to visit us for more crochet tips and tricks!