Today’s post is a two for one with a free pattern plus a product review of the gorgeous yarn that I used to make this dishcloth with.
The beauty of dishcloths is that you can make them in any size, texture, colour, and decoration that you like because they are structurally sound and easy to make to boot. To get today’s pattern under your belt you will need the following:
Skills (US Terminology):
- Ch: chain stitch
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: Double crochet
- Tr: treble crochet
- 3mm crochet hook
- 50g of 100% cotton yarn in any shade (I used shade Prussian N64) by D.M.C Natura Just Cotton (approximately 155m/170y)
First things first, let’s talk about the yarn. I absolutely loved this yarn to work with and it’s one of the first time’s I have been able to complete a project just using cotton. The overall end product was a well structured dishcloth that only needed a little blocking to fix up my tension issues but a careful and consistent crocheter could probably get away with no blocking.
This particular shade is a wonderful blue and really helps to enhance the look of the treble crochet stitches on the front and an almost glossy finish on the reverse side. Due to the slightly reflective quality in the yarn it was very easy to work on the dishcloth in low light as the stitches where still fairly clear and distinct.
When holding the yarn it can sometimes feel a little slick and you may end up having a few tensions problems like myself. However, as I am mostly very practiced in using acrylic yarn and courser wools I generally hold them looser but found that I had to tighten up the tension on my right hand to better control how much yarn came through each time.
On the plus side I am absolutely in love with the end result of this dishcloth. The cotton yarn is very soft and smooth where it needs to be (edging and reverse side) and slightly courser on the raised bumps (on the treble crochet stitches) which makes it a perfect and versatile tool for doing the dishes.
If you are an experienced crocheter then this yarn would be absolutely fine to work with as you would be easily able to compensate in the tension if you were not already used to working with cotton. This yarn also has a tend to separate one or two of the four strands that make up the yarn if you are not careful. However if you are fairly new to crocheting then as long as you are looking at where you place the hook and not just going by feel then you will fine and reduce the likelihood of the yarn splitting. If the yarn does end up splitting it is very easy to sort out as the yarn is very strong and will not tend to break when this happens; all you need to do is pull out the stitch that has split and go back in again making sure that you have positioned the hook correctly.
Overall I find this yarn very suitable for dishcloths as it is also not mercerised which means it will be more absorbent and retain more fluid which is great for mopping up spills and general cleaning too.
Although I love this yarn and would certainly buy it again, I personally would not be able to use it in my business as a consistent resource. When you break down the price per gram at it’s current price I would need to end up charging between £19 – £ 24 for just one dishcloth! So therefore it would not be sustainable for me to use this on a regular basis. I would certainly use this yarn in my business on a regular basis if I was able to either buy in bulk or if it was heavily discounted at its current 50g unit.
On the flip side of that I would quite happily use this yarn as part of a gift or for a very crochet-worthy person without a second thought. The cost for a single unit at 50g is still a reasonably low cost for a gift so it is very suitable to be worked into a peace of lovingly made crochet.
Ok, now that we can gone through the pros and cons of this amazing yarn let’s get to giving you the free pattern to make up your dishcloth. I actually came across this little bubbly texture sort of by accident; I was working on the waffle stitch and watching a movie at the same and ended up doing the front post stitch as a treble crochet instead (concentration had waived and autopilot kicked in).
As I said before the beauty of dishcloths is that they can made in hundreds of different ways so you can actually make this dishcloth in any size that you wish. I will give you the basics to make a 10×10” dishcloth but to make it bigger or smaller you can easily adjust the beginning chain to allow for that amendment.
The very 1st Sc in rows 3-4 is stated you will need to place it in the very 1st stitch space not the traditional 2nd space.
- (In multiples of 2) Ch 50 using a 3mm hook
- Dc in the 2nd Ch from the hook until end of row, Ch 2 and turn (49 stitches)
- Sc, the continue in this pattern *1Tr, 1Sc* until end of row, Ch 2 and turn (49 stitches)
- Sc in all stitches until end of row, Ch 2 and turn (49 stitches)
- Repeat 3rd and 4th rows of instructions until you have a total of 50 rows
- Edging: as you have ended on the ch2 and turn instruction carry on in that direction with Sc all the way around for 3 rows. When you get to each corner you will need to do 3 Sc in the last stitch of that side so that it curves around smoothly.
- Weave in your ends and block with steam if needed.
You can also find a free pattern of a dishcloth holder:
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