Universal Dishcloth - Crochet Pattern
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Are you ready for the next pattern in my FREE dishcloth series?
The Universal Dishcloth is a fun crochet dishcloth pattern using the thermal stitch with a chained loop for hanging the cloth! This one is a nice sturdy, thick dishcloth, perfect for some tough scrubbing, or could even be used as a pot holder/trivet (hence the name!)! These dishcloths are super quick to make and so practical in your home/kitchen. I love making these dishcloths because they are a great way to add long lasting, quality products to your home! You can pop them in the washer and dryer and they will last for years!
I used my FAVOURITE cotton yarn, KnitPicks Dishie cotton yarn in the color Mint! KnitPicks sent me some balls of Dishie yarn to try out earlier this year, and they blew me away! It is a really soft and flexible cotton yarn, while still having enough structure, and it doesn't split while working with it!
You can use any weight 4 worsted cotton yarn for these patterns, but I definitely recommend Dishie if you haven't tried it before!
I hope you enjoy this free pattern! If you would like to purchase an ad free PDF copy of the pattern, it is available on Ravelry, Etsy and my website at a low price. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @perfectlyknotted and use the hashtags #UniversalDishcloth so I can see what you make! You may sell finished items but please credit Perfectly Knotted as the designer. Selling or distributing this written pattern as your own is a violation of copyright and will not be tolerated.
- 5 mm crochet hook (US H/8)
- ~90 yards / 47 grams of worsted weight (4) cotton yarn. Click here for my favorite cotton yarn.
- Measuring tool
- Tapestry needle
This pattern makes a dishcloth that is approx. 7 x 7 inches (18 x 18 cm). To make a larger/smaller item, cast on any # of stitches to create your desired width, and alter # of rows to match.
SL ST slip stitch
SC single crochet
Note: Gauge is not super important for this design, as the sizing of the finished items does not need to be exact. I recommend using a hook that will get you fairly close to this gauge, but you can also add extra sts/rows to alter the size.
Gauge swatch should be in thermal stitch pattern, and blocked.
4” (10 cm) = 17.5 sts (row gauge is not important)
The Thermal stitch is a very thick, sturdy stitch, and basically creates a double layered fabric. I used this stitch for the Universal
Dishcloth because I felt it would create a great fabric texture and sturdiness for a good scrubby dishcloth, and it could be used
interchangeably as a potholder/trivet too because of the thick fabric!
Check out my Youtube tutorial for a visual of how to work the thermal stitch.
It's going to feel a bit awkward with the first couple of rows. Once you get a few done, it will start to take shape and be easier.
To purchase an ad free PDF copy of this pattern, click here!
Click here for the my FAVOURITE cotton yarn!
*Note: Feel free to do some colour blocking or stripes with your dishcloth! It is a fun way to use up some leftover yarn as well!
Chain 30 (you can add any number of sts to adjust size)
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd CH from your hook, SC into the back bump of the CH and in each CH back across row. (29 sts)
Row 2: CH 1 and turn. Tilt your work to the side (back of work facing up), insert hook into the back loop of the st AND the parallel loop from the row below (the starting CH), SC, repeat across row.
Row 3: CH 1 and turn. Tilt your work to the side (back of work facing up), insert hook into the back loop of the st AND the parallel loop from the row below (the unused front loop from the previous row), SC, repeat across row.
Repeat Row 3 until dishcloth measures about ½ cm less than the width of your dishcloth.
Row 4: CH 1 and turn. Tilt your work to the side (back of work facing up), insert hook into BOTH loops of the st AND the parallel loop from the row below (the unused front loop from the previous row), SC, repeat across row.
Loop: CH 14 (or more if you want a longer loop). Making sure not to twist the chains, SL ST back into last st from Row 4, forming the loop (If you want a thicker/sturdier loop, you can SL ST back into each CH as well). Cut the yarn, leaving a ~6 inch tail. Hook the tail and pull it through the remaining loop on the hook to tie off the end.
Weave in ends and block your piece to straighten out the edges and corners!
Thanks for crocheting with me! I can’t wait to see what colors you choose to make your dishcloths! If you’d like to check out Dishie yarn you can click here.
Remember to tag me on Instagram @perfectlyknotted and use the hashtags #UniversalDishcloth so I can see what you make!
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