Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern that is Beginner Friendly

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Crochet Washcloth Pattern

I am so excited to share this easy crochet washcloth pattern with you! With this step-by-step tutorial, you can make a beautiful handmade washcloth as a lovely gift, and it’s even a quick project to make. No matter if you are a beginner at crocheting, or have been crocheting for many years, this crocheted washcloth pattern is one that you will enjoy!

crochet moss stitch washcloth

Crochet Washcloths

This free crocheted washcloth pattern walks through the step-by-step process of making these beautiful, crocheted washcloths. The washcloths make great gifts for any occasion, but especially for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or Christmas. 

They are especially great gifts to make when you don’t know what to get a person, it’s wonderful to give them a handmade gift, that is so useful like these beautiful washcloths. You can even pair it with a simple bar of handmade soap, for a lovely and thoughtful gift.

Another great idea to make these crocheted washcloths, is if you’re looking for items to sell at a craft show, or even online. Crochet dishcloths are beautiful, but they are also practical. Which is why they make such a good, crocheted project.

No matter what your crochet skill level, whether you are a beginner crocheter, or advanced, this crocheted washcloth pattern is the perfect project for you. It is made with basic stitches, that are easy to follow, and repeat row after row. It is my hope that you really enjoy this washcloth pattern!

Before we jump into the step-by-step pattern tutorial, let’s first look at what type of yarn you should use to make crocheted wash cloths, what size of crochet hook you need, as well as some tips and tricks for making your crocheted washcloths turn out amazing.

Yarn Type

When you are making wash cloths it’s important that you use 100% cotton yarn, or worsted weight cotton yarn to make your project. This is because the other types of yarn will not hold up, or last as wash cloths.

You can find cotton yarn available in different colors, and even color combinations of new yarns available at your local craft store. Personally, I like to choose a nice soft yarn for my kitchen projects, but you can choose whatever you prefer. 

One of the best choice options for yarn is to go to Hobby Lobby and check out their 100% cotton yarn, sugar ’n cream, or look for peaches and cream cotton yarn. 

How much yarn you choose to use to make your wash cloth is entirely up to your personal preference on size. I will give you a recommendation below, of how much yarn to use, and what size to make it, but you can feel free to adjust the size as desired. There is no right or wrong size, just keep in mind you’ll have to adjust how much yarn is needed.

Crochet Hook Size

Another important aspect is choosing the correct hook size for your crocheted washcloth. Typically, the most common sizes of hooks to use are size H (5.0mm) or I (5.5mm), but you might need to adjust the hook size depending on how loose or tight your crochet stitches are naturally and depending on what specific type of yarn you choose to use. 

Make sure to reference the wrapper of your yarn, to see what size of hook is recommended for that specific yarn. Most yarns will give a recommendation right on the label as to what size of hook you should use, which is generally pretty accurate. From there you can either increase or decrease the size hook, depending on your stitch sizes.

crochet dishcloth

Pattern Tips

Back Loops for Added Texture. If you want to add additional texture to your washcloth, this can easily be done, like crocheting in the back loop of each stitch from the previous row. This will add additional texture as you go.

Adjust Size as Desired. Feel free to adjust the size of this pattern as desired. If you want it to be larger, simply add more chains to the first row, or if you want it to be smaller, then decrease the number of chains made at the beginning. It’s entirely up to you!

Optional Boarder. You could also make a border around this washcloth if desired. I will show you how in the details that follow, but know this is completely optional, it does not have to be done if you wish to skip it.

Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

The Basic Crochet Stitches

In this stitch tutorial, we are going to use a stitch known as a moss stitch, or linen stitch. This is an easy stitch pattern, made traditionally with a chain as the base, then alternating a single crochet stitch and a chain stitch to make the body of your project. In addition to using a single crochet stitch, you could also use double crocheted stitches or a half double crochet stitch.

In the pattern below, I recommend using a half double crochet stitch, because it gives the stitches a little more height so that the project goes slightly faster. This is an easy stitch pattern that you can make very easily, it is great for a simple yet elegant project. 

This moss stitch has a great texture to the finished project as well. The moss stitch or linen stitch will work out well for projects that you want to have more of a solid body, rather than a lot of holes. Therefore, it’s also known as a linen stitch because it makes great linen-like items.

This stitch pattern is made by alternating your single crochet or half double crochet with a chain stitch, and repeating this across the entire row. The following row is made by creating the single crochet or half double crochet stitch into the chain stitch from the previous row and alternating the pattern once more. It’s the perfect pattern to make a crocheted washcloth.  

This easy pattern is made using a few basic stitches. You can choose to use single crochet stitches, half double crochet stitches, or even double crocheted stitches alternated with a chain space if desired. These basic stitches are easy to make and make a gorgeous free pattern for crocheted washcloths. Now, let’s turn our attention to this easy crochet dishcloth pattern.

Easy Crochet Washcloth Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner

Please note that this pattern is written in US terms.

Materials Needed

H or I crochet hook

100% cotton yarn



st/sts – stitch/stitches

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

moss stitch crochet dishcloth

Row 1: Create a slip knot then ch 30 sts

Row 2: Insert the hook in the 2nd ch from the hook make a hdc, *ch 1, skip the next ch space, and make a hdc*. Repeat from * to * across. When you get to the end of the row, ch 2 (this is your turning chain) and turn. 

Row 3: The first stitch on the previous row should have been a hdc stitch, so you will skip the first stitch from the previous row and work a hdc stitch in the next stitch. Then ch 1, skip the next stitch and make a hdc in the next stitch. Repeat the ch 1, skip next st, hdc across. Ch 2 and turn. Repeat this row until the washcloth is your desired size. 

Simple Single Crochet Border

To make a simple single crochet border around the entire outside of your washcloth, you will simply chain one where you end it off, and make three single crochet stitches in each corner, then make one single crochet stitch and each stitch around the edge.

Make sure that the border lays flat and does not ruffle. Join with a slip stitch when you get back to the beginning, then finish off and weave in the end of the yarn.

blue crochet washcloth

Stitch Tutorial

How to Make a Chain

To make a chain, you’ll first start by making a slip knot near the end of your yarn. Placed a slip knot over your crochet hook, and tighten it slightly, to make sure that it is still loose. With your pointer finger, hold the slipknot in place then wrap your yarn from the back of the hook around to the front of the hook. Pull the new yarn through your slip knot, this makes your first chain stitch. 

Repeat by wrapping your yarn over from the back of the hook to the front, this is called a yarn over or “YO”. Pull the yarn over through the previous loop on your hook. Each of these stitches counts as one chain space.

How to Make a Single Crochet

To make a single crochet stitch, you first want to start off by making the chain as the base for your project. Then insert the hook into the stitch indicated. Yarn over and pull a loop through the space. There are now two loops on your hook. Yarn over once more and pull through both loops on the hook. This makes a single crochet stitch.

How to Make a Half-Double Crochet

To make a half double crochet stitch, you first want to yarn over, then insert your hook into the stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on the hook. Yarn over once more and pull the new loop through the previous three loops on your hook. This makes a half-double crochet stitch.

How to Make a Double Crochet

To make a double crochet stitch, you will first wrap yarn over, then insert your hook into the stitch indicated. Yarn over once more and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook. Yarn over once more and pull through the first two loops on your hook. Yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook. This is a double crochet stitch.

folded blue washcloth

Fun Crochet Washcloth Pattern

Making this textured washcloth pattern is so much fun and is a fantastic first crochet project. You only need a few simple stitches in order to make this beautiful washcloth pattern. I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make the stitch pattern for this washcloth. These are such fun projects to make and take very little time. Plus, they make great gifts for any occasion! 

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my crocheted washcloth pattern! I hope that you have enjoyed the pattern.

Happy Crocheting!

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