Busy Hands

Busy Hands

Summertime for my kids means swimming, lots of swimming.  They swim every chance they get and during June and July they swim on a competitive local team.  Which means Mr. Fix-it and I spend 2 hours every weeknight watching practice and 4-5 hours once a week at the swim meets.  We love cheering for our kids, there is nothing better, but it is a lot of sitting.

To pass the time, I’ve been making dishcloths, lots of dishcloths.



As crazy as it sounds, I LOVE making them!  They are bright, fast and functional.  I have been finishing one or two every night.  I’ve tried lots of different patterns, but my favorite is a simple  crochet one, that doesen’t stretch too much when wet, is not too large,


and has a great scrubby texture.


Here’s how to make one.

1 ball of worsted cotton will make two

Size I hook

Chain 32.

Set up row:

Single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook.  *Chain 1, skip one in your base chain, Single crochet into the next chain, repeat, from *  across the base chain.  End with a Single crochet into the last chain, chain 2 and turn work.

Row 2, (and all additional rows)

Single Crochet into the first Ch 1 SPACE, chain 1. Repeat to end, ending with a Single crochet at the end, ch 2 and turn work.

Continue until you have a square.  That’s it, I told you it was quick and easy!  (If you like a bigger dishcloth, just increase the original chain by a multiple of two.)

We are off, right now, to a meet, I’ve got two balls of cotton and my trusty hook already packed to go!



24 Responses

  1. maria hill
    maria hill June 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    Can you give me a one on one lesson? Also need to get with you about the reunion. Call me soon, Maria

  2. Karen
    Karen June 28, 2013 at 8:24 am | | Reply

    They look so pretty all stacked up! I may have to give them a shot.

  3. Karen
    Karen June 30, 2013 at 8:30 am | | Reply

    Okay, the memory is definitely not what it used to be. I started a dish cloth last night and was too lazy to go check to see what hook and how many chains you used for your pattern! I thought it was chain 42, so I grabbed an E hook….well it’s a little dense so I think it will become a potholder. Busy hands…thanks.

  4. Jennifer
    Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm | | Reply

    So, it’s just a single crochet all the way across? Why didn’t I ever think of that?!?!

  5. Sandy
    Sandy December 14, 2013 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    sounds like a simple dishcloth to make. I’m going to try it today. Thanks.

  6. Pennie
    Pennie February 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm | | Reply

    sooo…in row 2….you SC into the first space, then chain 1…..but you DON’T skip any spaces, like in the foundation row? just continue to SC and ch 1 all along??

    Thanks !


  7. Jean
    Jean July 27, 2014 at 11:51 am | | Reply

    Do you post finished photo of KAL dishcloths?

  8. TEMA
    TEMA October 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for this lovely and easy crochet pattern of a wash cloth. I’ve been collecting cloths from used stores but they are getting harder and harder to find. I’ve got one for knitting but not one for crochet… so I’m very grateful
    Thank you!

  9. Jane
    Jane November 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm | | Reply

    just wondering if you ever make with large loops. I have one I was given that is crocheted and round. You use it as a scrubber for dishes. I have had it for several years and would love to figure out how to do. I can only do simple stitches but this is only one stitch.

    1. Judi Vander Klok
      Judi Vander Klok May 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm | | Reply

      Jane, I have a few like the one you’re describing, and I use them on the dining room table for hot pots to sit on. I’ve never thought of using them for scrubbers before, so thanks for that idea.

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    dot mckenna May 12, 2015 at 7:40 am | | Reply

    Thank you from mobile,alabama

  12. Brenda Lloyd
    Brenda Lloyd June 30, 2015 at 8:42 pm | | Reply

    Hi I tried the dish cloth today and yes it is easy ,but mine is not lying flat.I have a big ruffle or a bow it looks like it could be circle

  13. jonibee
    jonibee December 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm | | Reply

    All are so colorful and pretty..I don’t crochet but appreciate looking at them..

  14. Betty
    Betty October 24, 2016 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    I have been told to use Peaches and Cream, it’s more like a string. What’s your thought on that?

  15. kathleen
    kathleen December 18, 2016 at 10:04 am | | Reply

    Was just so simple and great. Used a plastic hook seemed to slide thru the cotton easier, maybe just for me. Thanks love this making gifts!

  16. kim
    kim February 6, 2017 at 10:07 pm | | Reply

    this is my most favorite dishrag, It works the best and looks so nice when done

    1. Christine
      Christine October 9, 2018 at 11:48 pm | | Reply

      What is the size of your completed cloth?

  17. Renea Hight
    Renea Hight July 12, 2017 at 5:47 am | | Reply

    Sounds simple enough, I need something mindless as I sit waiting for my brother to have his radiation treatments.

  18. Christine
    Christine October 9, 2018 at 12:19 am | | Reply

    Fun and easy dishcloth to make and looks very nice.

  19. Christine
    Christine October 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm | | Reply

    I am enjoying this pattern but my cloth seems too wide. What is the measurements of your final dishcloth?

  20. Christine
    Christine October 9, 2018 at 10:53 pm | | Reply

    What is the measurements of your completed cloths?

  21. Nela Mellen
    Nela Mellen December 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm | | Reply

    Is there a tutorial for this?

  22. Diana
    Diana December 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm | | Reply

    Made it! Perfect size. Thank you for the pattern! Love the crocheted dish cloths!

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