Thursday, July 1, 2010

Crocheted Dishcloth Tutorial

This dishcloth pattern is crocheted with a size F hook.  My cloths use about 1.3 ounces of yarn.  Yours may use more or less depending on how your tension compares to mine.  I used 100% cotton yarn, either Sugar 'n Cream that you can purchase at Joann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc. or Peaches & Creme that you can purchase at Walmart or directly from the company off their website.  You can also find both kinds of yarn on Ebay.

Please note, the instructions in this tutorial assume that you already have a basic knowledge of crocheting.

Step 1 - Chain (ch) 35.  Note, once you get the hang of the pattern, you can adjust to any size you want as long as you always start with an odd number chain.  For the purposes of this tutorial, all of the remaining steps are based on a Ch 35 start.

Step 2 - Insert hook in third ch from hook (top loop) and make a single crochet (SC). Ch 1, skip next ch and SC in the next ch. Repeat across. You should have 17 SC in the row and the last stitch should be a SC. This will be true for every row, so an easy check will be to count the SCs after you've finished the rows and to make sure that you not only have 17 but that your last stitch is a SC. If not, you've dropped or added a stitch somewhere along the way and you will need to rip out and fix that row.

Taking a stitch in the top loop:

The first few stitches of the first row:

Step 3 - Ch 2 to turn at the end of each row

Step 4 - Row 2 - Insert your hook from front to back through the space created by the Ch 1 in the previous row. Pull the yarn from back to front, under the ch 1. You should now have a loop on your hook from which to create the SC in that space. Complete the stitch. Ch 1 (over the SC in the row below), SC in the next ch 1 space. Repeat across. The last SC in this row is tricky because you have to make it in the space where you left the initial 2 chains at the beginning of the row. Just work your hook in there, front to back, and pull the yarn up like you did for the other SC's. After this row, you will have a ch 1 space to work the last stitch in and it won't be any different than the other SC's in the row.

Inserting the hook for the first stitch and pulling the yarn through:

Finished first stitch:

Tricky stitch at the end of Row 2:

Step 5 - repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have 32 rows total. Finish off or add edging and then finish. I would recommend leaving the edging off for your first few until you get comfortable and are getting nice square cloths. I found some of my initial edging distorted the cloths until I figured out the best number of stitches to use on each side to keep it in square.
The start of Row 3 and every subsequent row:

This is what your finished dishcloth should look like with no edging:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Please leave any questions in the comments or email me.  I set this tutorial to post while I am out of town and don't have access to the internet or my email, but I will respond to any questions as soon as possible once I am back in town.


Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Very cool, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I may try this -- my friend made knitted dishcloths for me and they're my favorite. I just never got the hang of knitting, and I never thought about crocheting them.

Karen said...

You are such a good teacher :). I'm still having trouble with the edges, but I will keep trying and I will get better. Thanks for the tutorial.