Make it Monday :: simple scallop crochet wash/dish cloth :: pattern


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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!

Scallop Wash Dish Cloth Pattern 1

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.

Scallop Wash Dish Cloth Pattern 2

Optional hanger: after final treble, ch15 and join with a slip stitch to 1st chain to form a hanging loop.

Scallop Wash Dish Cloth Pattern 3

Do you enjoy using handmade cloths around the house too? Enjoy the pattern, and if you find any errors, please let me know. Thanks!

15 Comments on Make it Monday :: simple scallop crochet wash/dish cloth :: pattern

  1. Priscilla
    January 5, 2015 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Bec – I love these! I have been knitting face washers and dishcloths for some years now – however for my recent market day I decided to try some crochet ones – so much faster! And yes, it can take awhile to adjust to using something so soft and pretty to wash your dirty dishes.

    • Bec
      January 6, 2015 at 7:37 am (3 years ago)

      I’ve really enjoyed knitting a few too, but you’re right – crochet is so much faster!

  2. Emily@squiggleandswirl
    January 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m bookmarking this for future reference. Crochet is on my creative list for 2015. If I make one I’ll probably have to frame it though lol. They look so sweet, I hope I can master this crochet thing!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    • Bec
      January 6, 2015 at 7:36 am (3 years ago)

      Start with a granny square Emily, and once you’ve mastered that you work in rows. The Attic24 blog has some great step by step tutorials with lots of pictures!

      • Ayumi
        August 27, 2015 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

        Thank you so much for sharing this, I made a port-a-crib size bknlaet for my friends that are soon to be parents and I love the pattern so much that I am currently working on one for my toddler. The pattern works quickly

  3. Robyna|The Mummy and the Minx
    January 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh wow – these are SO pretty – I don’t think I could use it as wash cloth though – maybe with thicker cotton and use as a trivet? Would be so cute for my boys to use in the bath too.

    • Bec
      January 6, 2015 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

      Darker colours would probably be better for the kitchen! The texture almost makes them a cross between a sponge and a scourer so they work really well!

  4. chantelle
    January 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

    These are really cute Bev. Sounds like a great pattern – must try it out soon. I’ve been making a few wash cloths and they are a fun project

  5. Debbie Healey
    January 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for such a sweet little pattern – i have just finished my very first wash cloth & enjoyed every stitch.

    Thanks again,


    • Bec
      January 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome Debbie! I love making them too!

  6. Jenna
    November 5, 2015 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the pattern! This is beautiful. Just wanted to let you know that I will be sharing your pattern with my crochet club this evening. I adapted the pattern for US terminology and created a PDF including a link back to your page, as well as your site’s logo. Hopefully I’ll remember to come back and let you know how it goes =)

  7. Debbie
    December 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, I am having a little trouble. I have been crocheting for a while but I have not ever seen instruction stating 1st st. That is what this pattern is calling for. Should it be 1 st sl or is it just 1 st? Please can anyone help?


  8. Debbie
    December 17, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, I am having some problems with this pattern. I have been crocheting for a few years and I am not familiar with 1 st st as listed on the pattern. Does anyone know what this means? Should it possible be 1st sl instead?


    • Fabiola
      April 9, 2016 at 4:52 am (2 years ago)

      1st st means first stitch…

      • Bec
        April 9, 2016 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

        Hi Fabiola, yes it does – I just changed it ‘first st’ so it’s a bit clear :-)