How to Crochet a Washcloth, The Pebble Beach Washcloth Pattern
Want to learn how to crochet a washcloth? This is the post for you. I’ll walk you through how to make this washcloth/dishcloth (there’s even a video showing you how to make the stitches).
Crochet washcloths are a fantastic first crochet project, but they’re also fun to make for experienced crocheters. In fact, washcloths and dishcloths are some of my favorite crocheted items to make these days.
I love weaving instant-gratification crochet projects into my days. These quick crochet projects helps break up bigger designs (like the beautiful Cobblestone Pathways Throw I released recently) and lets me experience that feeling you get when you complete a project.
Last week, my eleven year old daughter watched the video tutorial that I created for this washcloth pattern. She was so excited to learn a new stitch.
If she work these beautiful crochet stitches, I know anyone else can, too!
What do I need to crochet a washcloth?
You’re going to want to gather your supplies.
- You’ll want a cotton or mostly cotton blend yarn. These are my favorite yarns.
- You’ll need an I/9 crochet hook. If you crochet tightly, you might want to use a J hook. If you’re a loose crocheter, you might want to use an H. Thankfully, gauge isn’t important for this project.
- You’ll need the crochet washcloth pattern found later in this post. The ad-free, printable version is available here.
- You’ll need scissors and a tapestry needle (I definitely prefer metal over plastic) to finish off.
- You might find this video helpful if you’d like to learn how to weave your ends so that nothing unravels.
What skill level will I need for this pattern?
Good news! As long as you have basic crochet skills, you’re going to be able to make a set of these crochet washcloths! While this pattern doesn’t use the usual stitches like the single or double crochet, I’ll walk you through this stitch step-by-step.
Don’t forget: there’s a video tutorial that will walk you through how to make the stitches needed!
Crochet Washcloths Make Fantastic Gifts!
Pair a set of these crochet washcloths with wooden dish brushes or a bar of handmade soap and you’ll have a wonderful gift!
I gave one of my best friends a set of these crocheted dishcloths for her birthday last month, and she has told me how much she loves them!
I’m pretty sure everyone thinks washing dishes or taking off makeup is more fun with a crocheted washcloth or dishcloth.
They also make a great baby shower gift! Who wouldn’t want to wash their sweet baby with a soft, handmade washcloth?
How many stitches should I use for a crochet washcloth?
I like my crochet cloths to be somewhere between 8 and 9 inches square. For me, this means chaining about 30 with an I crochet hook.
This will all depend on the pattern, hook, and yarn you’re using. If your washcloth turns out smaller than the pattern, go up a hook size. If it turns out bigger, you’ll need to go down a hook size.
Thankfully, gauge is not crucial in these projects.
Here’s the Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern
- I/9 (5.50 mm) Crochet Hook
- Approximately 90 yards of worsted weight, cotton yarn (a cotton blend may also be used).
- I used these shades in Paintbox Cotton Aran:
- Washed Teal
- Light Champagne
- Duck Egg Blue
- I used the shade Curry in Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton!
- Tapestry Needle & Scissors
- These measure approximately 8” square. Instructions given to adjust the size at the end of the pattern.
- For this project, you will be working into the ch 1 spaces across and then into the second chain of a chain 2 at the end of each row.
- For detailed instructions on how to create the stitch used throughout this pattern, please watch this video.
- Mini Bean Cluster: Insert hook into the ch 1 space, pull up a loop. Yarn over, insert hook into same ch 1 space, pull up a loop. There will be four loops on your hook. Pull through all 4 loops on your hook.
Row 1: mini bean cluster in the 3rd ch from hook. *ch 1, skip a stitch, mini bean cluster in the next stitch* across ending with a mini bean cluster in the last chain. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: *mini bean cluster, ch 1* in each ch 1 space across. Work your final mini bean cluster around the ch 2 at the end of the row (insert your hook under the ch 2). Ch 2, turn.
Rows 3 – 26: repeat row 2.
Row 27: *mini bean cluster, ch 1* in each ch 1 space across. Work your final mini bean cluster around the ch 2 at the end of the row (insert your hook under the ch 2). Ch 1, turn.
Continue to the border.
Round 1: sc in each stitch around the blanket. Work sc, ch 2, sc in each corner stitch.
Cut yarn and weave ends.
Adjusting the Size:
If you’d like to adjust the size of this washcloth/dishcloth, chain any odd number. Work until your cloth is square, or whatever shape you want.