How to Crochet a Dishcloth and Washcloth
Sea Blossoms Dish and Washcloth Free Crochet Pattern
When I made the Coral Blossom Face Scrubbies, I knew I wanted to crochet a dishcloth or washcloth because they are just so much fun to make! While browsing the internet, I saw a stitch that intrigued me and knew I needed to use it in a pattern. Since dishcloths and washcloths could use some texture, the stitch I saw was perfect. The stitch resembled a puff stitch but made on the post of a double crochet (DC) stitch and not in a stitch of the previous row. I looked up different variations of the stitch and came across the Side Puff Stitch. The Side Puff Stitch adds some subtle texture to the design along with the texture of the yarn.
When I designed the Sea Blossom Dish and Washcloth, the form of the cloth made itself. The cloth started curling due to how I used the Side Puff Stitch, and I loved that! That was such a sweet surprise with how the final design resulted. The Sea Blossom Dish and Washcloth are made using 100% cotton in some really beautiful colors that just remind me of the colors of the sea with the green and blue hues of the sea, along with the subtle orange colors of the sand. The curled edges also resemble sea fans that are found on coral reefs that border islands and land masses. It’s so beautiful! See, I grew up on St. Croix and saw these beautiful coral reefs and the abundant aquatic life that live on the reefs, including sea fans and sea brain coral (which, quite frankly, when the Sea Blossom Dish and Washcloths are bunched up, they look like sea brain coral!)
When playing around with the design after I was finished with it, I also found that I can use these as towels to hold hot bowls or plates that just came out of the oven! The size of them perfectly hugged my bowl. I mean, you can use these for anything you want, not just for washing. Honestly, I think they’re too pretty to be used for washing but that was their original intention. The choice is yours, however, on how you want to use these!
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- Yarn – Sugar n Cream Scrub Off, #4 worsted weight, 106 yards, any color. Samples used colors: Spring Blue, Greens, Papaya
- Hook – J/6mm hook
- Notions – scissors, stitch markers
About 9 ½”
Not important – side note – one ball should be enough to finish the entire piece
Ch – chain; st(s) – stitch(es); sc – single crochet; hdc – half double crochet; dc – double crochet; MC – magic circle;
Side Puff Stitch – dc into designated stitch, *yarn over, insert hook around the post of the dc and pull up loop* 3 times, 7 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. See Picture Tutorial at the bottom of the pattern.
Video Tutorial links: Side Puff Stitch: Same DiNamics Crochet
- Ch1 does not equal a stitch; join to the top of the sc or hdc.
- Ch2 does not equal a stitch; join to the top of the ch2.
- On the Side Puff Sts, you will count ea ‘st’ at the top of the Side Puff Sts
- I started from the center pull of the ball and cut the textured yarn off to start off with the cotton yarn.
- When getting to the last row of slip stitching, you may need to add the cut off bit to finish off the round. You can completely skip this last row IF you run out of yarn and don’t want to add yarn.
Sea Blossom Dish and Washcloth Pattern Instructions
Round 1: In MC, 8hdc, join, <8 sts>
Round 2: Ch1, 2hdc in the same st, 2hdc in ea st around, join. <16 sts>
Round 3: Ch1, 1sc in the same st, 2sc in the next, [1sc in the next st, 2sc in the next] 7x, join. 24 sts>
Round 4: Ch2, Side Puff St in the same st, [1dc in the next st, 1 Side Puff St in the next st] 11x, 1dc in the last st, join. <36 sts, counting the tops of the sts>
Round 5: Ch1, 1hdc in the same st, 1hdc in the next st, 2hdc in the next st, [1hdc in the next 2 sts, 2hdc in the next st] 11x, join. <48 sts>
Round 6: Ch1, 1hdc in the same st, 1hdc in the next 2 sts, 2hdc in the next st, [1hdc in the next 3 sts, 2hdc in the next st] 11x, join. <60 sts>
Round 7: Ch2, Side Puff St in the same st, [1dc in the next st, 1 Side Puff St in the next st] 29x, 1dc in the last st, join. <90 sts, counting the tops of the sts>
Round 8: Ch1, 1hdc in the same st, 1hdc in the next 3 sts, 2hdc in the next st, [1hdc in the next 4 sts, 2hdc in the next st] 17x, join. <108 sts>
Round 9: Ch2, Side Puff St in the same st, [2dc in the next st, 1 Side Puff St in the next st] 53x, 2dc in the last st, join. 216 sts, counting the tops of the sts>
Round 10: Working now in a continuous round, sl st in ea stitch around, join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Side Puff Stitch Picture Tutorial
I hope you have enjoyed making the Sea Blossom Dish and Washcloth!
As always, much love and happy hooking!