Free Pattern for Ribbed, Crocheted Dishcloth

This pattern makes a wonderfully cushy, ribbed dishcloth. It would also make a nice washcloth, in my opinion. I recommend using 100% cotton yarn because it actually gets wet and is very washable. It will stretch out a bit when it’s wet but once it’s washed and dried it goes right back to the original size. In the example shown I used Peaches & Cream cotton yarn and a size H hook.

The wonderful thing about this pattern is you can make it whatever size you want without any real alterations in the pattern. It’s not one of those “six plus one” patterns. To make it especially easy I’ve written the patterns for both an even number of stitches and an odd number of stitches. Once you get going on this, it’s pretty obvious what you’re doing and there will be NO COUNTING involved once you determine whether you have an even or odd number of stitches! For the sake of example I’m going to insert numbers into the pattern but like I said, you do not have to use these numbers.

~~Ribbed Dishcloth~~

[Throughout the pattern you should crochet through both loops rather than just the front or back loop. Unless I specify something else, assume that is the technique. You also will be making stitches around the front and back posts. As a BONUS I’ve included pictorial explanations of loops and posts below the pattern.]

(odd number of stitches)

ch 28

row 1:   sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue to sc in each ch for a total of 27 sc, turn

row 2:   ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each sc for total of 27 dc, ch 2, turn

row 3:   (the ch 2 counts as first hdc) hdc in next dc. *dc front post (fp) then dc around next back post (bp)* repeat from * 10 more times, then dc fp once more. hdc in two remaining stitches, ch 2, turn

row 4:   hdc in next stitch (hdc), *dc bp then dc fp* repeat from * 10 more times then dc bp once more. hdc in two remaining stitches, ch 2, turn

rows 5+:   repeat rows 3 and 4 until desired length is reached. At end of last row ch 1, turn

next-to-last row:   sc in each hdc and dc (total 27 sc), ch 1 turn

last row:   sl st each sc (total 27 sl st), fasten off.

(even number of stitches)

ch 27

row 1:   sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue to sc in each ch for a total of 26 sc, turn

row 2:   ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each sc for total of 26 dc, ch 2, turn

row 3:   (the ch 2 counts as first hdc) hdc in next dc. *dc front
post (fp) then dc around next back post (bp)* repeat from * 10 more
times. hdc in two remaining stitches, ch 2, turn

rows 4+:   repeat row 3 until desired length is reached. At end of last row ch 1, turn

next-to-last row:   sc in each hdc and dc (total 26 sc), ch 1 turn

last row:   sl st each sc (total 26 sl st), fasten off.

    Explanation of back loops, front loops and both loops:

    Hook is inserted in back loop.
    Hook is inserted in front loop.

    Hook is inserted under BOTH loops.

    The hook is pointing to the space where you make the stitch.

     Explanation of crocheting around posts:
    (I used white yarn added to the green to show the stitches better.)
    A post is the vertical column created when making double crochet or triple crochet all in a row. You can insert your hook around the post from the front of the work (front post) or from the back of the work (back post.) When you alternate these, you create a ribbed effect.
    Hook inserted in front post.

    Hook inserted in back post.

    Demonstrating how to make a dc around front post.

    Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over.

    Pull loop through post (rest of dc not shown).

    Front post dc made.

    Demonstration of back post dc: Yarn over, insert hook…

    Yarn over, pull loop through post, then finish dc.

    A series of front post and back post dc.
    p.s. If someone sees a problem in the pattern, please let me know and I’ll fix it. Thanks!

    4 thoughts on “Free Pattern for Ribbed, Crocheted Dishcloth

    1. Hi Mat. Anna,

      This has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I was curious to know if you are likely to be affected by Tropical Storm/potential Hurricane Isaac? I hope you are going to be far away from the storm's path!

      -Another weather geek 🙂

      P.S. I love your weather related posts. 🙂

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    2. Hi Anon.! (: Have you seen my weather blog on the sidebar? “The Siren's Call” I actually put up a post about TS Isaac yesterday! (And I haven't checked this morning's stats yet to see where it is. As of yesterday I would say that we *might* get some breezy rain.)

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