Crocheted wash/dish cloths work so well in the kitchen or bathroom, once you get over the initial fear of using something so pretty for washing and cleaning!
I’ve been making these for a while – for gifts, markets and my Etsy store, and this is now my go-to pattern after playing with other stitch combinations. It creates a beautiful dense textured fabric, and is really simple!
The shell pattern is based off a vintage Needlecraft book passed down from my Mum, I’ve just adapted it into a square wash/dish cloth.
For 1 cloth: approx 50g of 100% cotton – 8ply (DK) and a 4mm hook
Finished Size: 19cm x 19cm
Abbreviations (UK Terms):
ch = chain
sk = skip st = stitch
dc = double crochet
tr = treble
Ch 38 (if your yarn is thinner than DK, or you would like a larger cloth – add an extra 6ch for each extra shell)
Foundation Row: dc into 2nd chain from hook, [sk 2, 5tr into next ch, sk 2, dc into next ch] to end. Ch 1, turn (6 shells)
Row 2: 3tr into first st [sk 2, dc into next st, sk 2, 5tr into next st] 5 times, sk 2, dc into next st, sk 2, 3tr into last st. Ch1, turn
Row 3: dc into first st [sk 2, 5tr into next st, sk 2, dc into next st] 5 times, sk 2, 5tr into next st, dc into last st. Ch1, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 10 times (21 rows including foundation)
Final row: 2tr into first st [sk 2, dc into next st, sk 2, 5tr into next st] 5 times, sk 2, dc into next, sk 2, 2tr into last st. Fasten off.
Optional hanger: after final treble, ch15 and join with a slip stitch to 1st chain to form a hanging loop.
Do you enjoy using handmade cloths around the house too? Enjoy the pattern, and if you find any errors, please let me know. Thanks!