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I don’t crochet.  I don’t even really know how to crochet.


But I’m not a very good “sitter” and this year I made it a goal to do more porch sitting, relaxing and taking life a little slower.  (I actually wrote about that here.)  Since I love cotton crocheted dish cloths, I decided that would be a great thing to do while I’m sitting.  Because you see, my personality says that I have to make even my sitting time productive.  Sigh.  (And besides, yarn is so very beautiful, who wouldn’t want to sit and crochet?)



So, I set out to teach myself how to make the dish cloths.  There are all kinds of tutorials on YouTube and I watched a few very basic ones, purchased some yarn and made a few.  I sort of hated how they came out.  They were really big – like huge.  And I cannot stand a huge dish cloth.  I also wasn’t happy with the fact that they were just a plain, boring square, with what looked to me like unfinished edges.





So I decided to branch out a bit and make a dish cloth the size I liked and then finish it off with some pretty border or something.  Not having any idea what the different stitches were called I began to do a little research and found one I liked called a shell stitch.  I figured out how to work that as a border around my dish cloth and I loved it.




So, after making and unraveling many dish cloths I finally got the perfect fit for me!  I decided to share my pattern with you so I sat down to write it and immediately realized that I have NO idea how to write a crochet pattern!




I called on a very good friend of mine that writes and sells her crochet patterns from her website and asked her if I made a dish cloth for her, would she write the pattern for me to share with all of you wonderful Farmgirls?  Of course she said yes.  So, I’m happy to be able to share my pattern with you.  And if you don’t crochet?  No problem!  YouTube will teach you how!


But the really good news?  I have a gift for two lucky readers!


I would love to share a batch of three dishcloths with two of you amazing readers!  So, to enter to win, just leave a comment and in two weeks I’ll select two winners!  And once you use cotton crocheted dish cloths you’ll be begging for more… or making your own!


They also make such fantastic gifts.  As a matter of fact, I’ve made the above dish cloths so many times and before I could take pictures for this blog post, I gave them all away!  Like three different times!  And my grand-daughter, Rosetta (she’s four) loves to play with them when she comes to my house.  I’m not sure exactly what she uses them for but it is the first thing she grabs when she comes.  (And that is why there should be a pink one in the picture and there’s not.  I think it might be buried in the toy box!)




One last thing before I share the pattern.  Be sure to buy 100% cotton yarn.  My favorite are the Sugar ‘n Cream yarns.  There are so many colors and patterns.  And you can even buy them off of Amazon!


To access my crocheted dish cloth pattern all you have to do is click on the link below and it will take you to a PDF document that you can print or just view on your computer.  Please let me know if you have any problems viewing it.

.Dori’s Dishcloth Pattern


I hope you’ll let me know if you make the dish cloth!  And don’t forget to enter to win a few of these bright colored beauties!


Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.



Leave a comment 136 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    You did great Dori with your first crochet efforts!! Your dishcloths turned out so pretty and bright. My first crocheted dishcloth pattern came from MaryJane’s Ideas book. Then, like you, I added some shell borders. Over at the Chatroom, I joined the monthly dishcloth swap for about two years. The, I got the idea from one of MJF magazines to have them made into an afghan. Last winter, I had someone, who can crochet way better than me, put them all together into an afghan. Now I have my Farmgirl dishcloth afghan to wrap around me any time I need a Farmgirl Hug. Crocheted or knitted dishcloths have so many uses!! I would love to toss my hat in the ring for the drawing of your dishcloths.

  2. Barb P says:

    Another delightful blog post! If I’m chosen as a recipient for your dishcloths, please select another name – I taught myself to crochet forty-five years ago with the help of my left-handed mother-in-law, and have since taught two daughters and one granddaughter to crochet. One year I made seven afghans for relatives for Christmas but didn’t mail them out until the following May! Yarn is reason enough to learn to crochet. The colors and textures offer visual and tactile therapy when Life becomes muddled. Crochet pattern books are another good reason to learn to crochet. On top of a bookmarked mystery thriller on the nightstand is a good place for a stack of pattern books. Please don’t ask for suggestions on how to store accumulated yarn – I’m still working on that. Enjoy your new pastime. It won’t be long before you are teaching granddaughters to crochet!

  3. Linda Busby says:

    thanks for the post. I too grew up never knowing how to crochet, my mom on several occasions tried to teach me, but the directions would never make me understand how to. I can do a basic stitch now by learning on my own and have tried a wash cloth pattern (which did not turn out like I like them). I plan on taking your directions and try again. They are so pretty in bright colors.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. bernie kemp says:

    I do not crochet or knit or sew-I did not inherit the knack for such craftiness-that is why I cherish any gift I get that someone made from their own hands—–you did a beautiful job and I enjoyed that you taught yourself-keep up the good work-I do use crocheted dish cloths I have received and love the texture and thickness of them. I enjoy your other articles as well

  5. Karen says:

    I love these! I don’t have any crochet dish towels but would love to try them and I may try to learn how to make them too!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. june says:

    I sympathize, I also cannot sit still. I’m able to knit in the car, (while being the passenger, of course) but do counted cross stitch and crochet while porch sitting here in NJ

  7. Rebecca Thomason says:

    I love crocheted dishcloths. I’m so impressed that you taught yourself to crochet! Until she developed arthritis, my mother crocheted all sorts of wonderful items from sweaters to afghans. She was very talented. I enjoy all that she made but never picked up the needles myself. I might just try your pattern!

  8. Judith Stout says:

    I love your never be still attitude. Unfortunately – or fortunately – I have the same problem and have tried repeatedly to make a decent dish cloth. I have bought Amish made cloths and tried to duplicate the stitches unsuccessfully….so thank you for sharing the pattern – I shall do my best. Thanks

  9. Bonnie Ellis says:

    Dori: I think it so awesome that you taught yourself crochet. Those dish cloths are beautiful and so practical. They make really great gifts too. Congrats farmgirl!

  10. Susabelle says:

    I have crocheted my own dishcloths before. I have also crocheted scrubbies out of onion bags! I have several projects for when I am “sitting,” including crochet and quilting. I cannot “sit” without having something to do. Even in front of football games…I need my hands to be busy!

  11. Wendy says:

    Hi Dori – I love every thing you do! My grandma taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. I remember sitting with her and trying to crochet, and listening to her stories. Thank you for the memory. Wendy

  12. Adrienne says:

    How sweet of you! Congratulations on learning this wonderful skill. I don’t knit or crochet but I do embroider and create needlepoint and crewel work. My friends who knit trade with me and I have two bright yellow hot pads hanging on my kitchen wall (my kitchen is always filled with yellow because I like to start the day on a sunny note even in the darkness of a winter morning). I never thought of using a crocheted dishcloth but I would certainly like to try. Thank you!

  13. bonnie b says:

    Dori, I love the fact that you didn’t like the “plain old square” and added your own scalloped border. Lovely! I will be trying your pattern soon.
    I have been making a really simple crocheted potholder for years that you might like to compliment your dishcloths. Here’s the link:


    I usually use more than one color yarn to make it pop and I use Sugar ‘n Cream for them also. They wear like iron and wash up well. Hope you give them a try.


  14. Gail says:

    I have been making dishcloths for years. They are the only ones I use. Even my girls took to making them & giving as gifts. My son in law won’t use it as a dishcloth as he says it’s too pretty. It sits on their buffet as a doilie.
    I knit mine on the diagonal & I knit 2 then yarn over & knit the rest of the row which creates a decorative edge.
    I keep a set of needles & yarn in my car so while traveling to church or anywhere I can do a few rows.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sandy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Looks like you’ve learned to crochet beautifully.

  16. Linda Olivera says:

    Congratulations on teaching yourself to crochet! I love the bright colors you chose for your dishcloths. I have crocheted several and love using them. The soft cotton cloths are also great to use in the shower.

  17. denise says:

    I have not used them but I know a lot of people who do and love them. congrats on teaching yourself to crochet!! I used to a long time ago but haven’t not done so in years.

  18. Maggie says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I make a lot of things for charities, and this will be a perfect size to accompany a bottle of dish soap.

  19. Dorie Cothren says:

    I’m anxious to see if I can learn to make these! I love these dishcloths…I try to find them every year at the bazaar’s in my hometown. By the end of the year, I’ve worn them out! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I enjoy your blog!

  20. Tess S. says:

    The dishcloths you’ve made are very similar to some my Mom has made. They were some of her favorites, but, unfortunately, when we moved to New Mexico and moved in together, they were accidently given away! She now has neuropathy in her hands along with arthritis and is unable to crochet anymore. She has tried to teach me to crochet many times over the years but it just doesn’t stick! At any rate, they are quite pretty, and VERY functional. You’ve done a beautiful job. Thank you for the chance to win some!

  21. Kathy Carpenter says:

    I learned to crochet the basic stitch when I was about twelve but that is all. I put down my needle and got about being a teenager. When my son was born, I was determined to make him a blanket. I was overwhelmed! So I decided that a little sweater would work better. I made one but the stitches were so tight that he couldn’t wear it. By accident, it got into the laundry basket. When I pulled it out of the dryer, it was the size of a Barbie sweater. My daughter who came next, played with that sweater for years with her dolls. I never did another stitch that didn’t end in disaster. I would love them! Thanks!

  22. Mary Pitman says:

    OH! I LOVE home-made crocheted dishcloths…………..they are so nice. so glad you have decided to make your own. It’s so rewarding to learn to crochet, too.

  23. Jan Anthony says:

    Oh, bless you, Dori! I am encouraged by this post! My favorite dishcloth is a crocheted one my aunt made, but I have been wanting to learn to crochet and make some dishcloths myself, plus other things! We have to remember that just because our mother or grandmother didn’t teach us these things, we CAN learn for ourselves, and it’s never too late to learn! Thank you!

  24. Ann says:

    I love crocheted dish clothes, too, and have finally purchased some at a local craft show this summer. They are wonderful to use and look so cute folded over my kitchen faucet. I don’t crochet either but I may just give this a try – along with the many other projects I have waiting for me since I retired. I enjoy your column each month. Keep up the good work!

  25. Kristy says:

    This is for me, maybe. Since my philosophy is much like yours I tried learning to knit at a craft group that met at my local library. The first project was a cotton dishcloth. Well either there were too many enthusiasts there or I’m not very dexterous. It was an horrible experience.
    I really want a couple of cotton dishcloths. The relative who used to keep me supplied is no longer available. You may feel I should have asked her to teach me when she was available, but at the time I wanted her to feel a vital part of my life.
    So I promise to get back to learning. This time I’ll try crochet.

  26. Vivian Monroe says:

    Yay, dont you just love sitting and crocheting? I do. I can only do very limited things, as I cant really figure out how to read all patterns but I am getting better. haha. I make dishcloths for all of my family and friends, once you use these cotton dish rags, you never want anything else. Also, I make a double thick one with some little hands and legs (really just extra rows no shape to them haha) and I gave to my new grandbaby and he cut all his teeth on this and never had any trouble teething. You just throw in the wash everyday they hold up super great. And then I made smaller rags for baby wash cloths they were a huge hit, and then my neices liked them for makeup remover pads, so I made small round ones for them. Everyone loves them and always request more when I go home for a visit, so I do alot of crocheting while visiting. :) thanks for sharing. Be Blessed. Neta :)

  27. Linda Cox says:

    Hi, I just found your magazine within the last few months & joined your email. I enjoy reading your blog full of info. I’m an older lady & live in a fairly large city. I did start out living in the country. I crochet but not like I use to. My mother and I are left handed, so she taught me. It’s not fancy but nice. I think your dishcloths are pretty in design & color.

  28. Denise says:

    Your dish cloths are beautiful! Once I get my life on a simpler living mode I want to learn how to crochet these beautiful cloths. Please enter me in your gift drawing for these dish cloths.
    Thank you!
    Denise from Michigan

  29. Beverly says:

    Hi Dori….I’m inspired that you are learning a new skill!! Maybe, just maybe, I can learn too!! As I come upon my retirement I’m looking for something new to try. I’m not a television watcher and I can only read so many books in a given week before my eyes glaze over :-). Keep inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone! Happy autumn!!

  30. Amanda Travis says:

    Wow. This is really neat. I have never thought about borders like that on a washcloth before. It probably adds some stability to your washcloth. I imagine that it doesn’t unravel or get stringy as easily with the borders on there. Great idea.

  31. Rebecca West says:

    Those dishcloths are adorable. I would love to win them. Also, I am like you, even when I am relaxing I feel like I need to be doing something with my hands.

  32. Christine Erdman says:

    Your dishcloths are absolutely beautiful… I am going to try to make some with your pattern. I love the shell border edge, it makes them look so cute. I hope I win some of your bright, pretty dishcloths. Also I am glad you decided to take life slower and start making these. Your farmgirl sister, Christine

  33. Nancy Hawks says:

    I have tried to knit and crochet several times. I am left-handed so I have a difficult time following patterns. You have inspired me to try again. You dish clothes look really pretty, so I am going to download your pattern and try again. Thanks.

  34. Joan Collins says:

    Lovely giveaway. Thank You

  35. Marion Collins says:

    I think these dish towels are so pretty. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  36. Marilyn Collins says:

    Thank you for the lovely towels and the generous giveaway.

  37. Rosanne Mulhern says:

    What a wonderful post, Dori. I have always wanted to learn how to crochet and your pattern looks great. I am going to try my hand at them…thank you.
    My Aunt Helen used to make these for me and I really miss them as they were so useful. I can totally relate to Rosetta’s attraction to them. When my girls were young, they loved it when Aunt Helen gave me a new set and used to use them for doll blankets and tea parties. A few of mine were always in the toy box, too!

  38. Christine says:

    Hi Dori,

    My sister that has had a stroke and is paralyzed on one side uses the cotton crocheted dish cloth to roll up and squeeze into her clutched paralyzed hand. It wicks away all moisture, especially in the hot summer and it keeps the hand from getting sores etc. She also needs the smaller size for her hand and your nice edges makes them even more attractive. I love your choice of colors. You always do such a beautiful job on the tasks you attempt. Keep up the great work.

  39. Meredith Williams says:

    Hi Dori! I think I need to learn how to crochet these dishcloths, and since I knit only in squares and rectangles, they are right up my alley! I would love to win a dishcloth, but if I don’t I will learn how to make one! I love the colors you chose!

  40. Kerrie H says:

    Hi Dori- love it ! I own our local quilt shop and am teaching a young woman who works in the barbar shop a few doors down to crochet. We did a baby afghan and this will be the best next project for us. Thanks so much ! ~~Kerrie

  41. Lois Versaw says:

    What lovely dish cloths!
    I never was very good with a needle, but my bad wrists and hands have retired me from crocheting… Very pretty, though! (I will pass your beautiful pattern on to my niece). Thank you!

  42. Debbie A says:

    I love the dish cloth. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  43. Sherri Myronenko says:

    I love your crocheted dish cloths. Beautiful colors and I would love one or two of my own. I don’t crochet and miss having homemade ones like I’ve had in the past. All the best to you as you enjoy some down time.

  44. Phyllis Young says:

    These are beautiful! I love home crafted items. I have never tried crocheted dish cloths. It is inspiring that you taught this skill to yourself.

  45. Marilyn says:

    Dori, I really love your posts and I, too, am not a sitter, so I understand the need to make sitting time productive! I’m a recently retired teacher and one of my colleagues would buy yarn for her Mom, who has Alzheimer’s, and her Mom would knit dish clothes that were then donated to certain causes. This gave pleasure to many people as well as my friend and her Mom. Thank you for such constant inspiration and love of family!

  46. Amy Stong says:

    Thank-you for the Dishcloth pattern! :-) I need to learn how to crochet! A skill that I’ve tried numerous times but I definitely need to try again! Your dishcloths are beautiful! Love the colors! :-)

  47. Jan Sturgill says:

    Great job! Last fall, I took a class at a local church called ‘Arm Knitting’. Nope! I don’t knit OR crochet…I got so confused and mixed up, I think that my eyes were really crossed by the time I left! I came home and watched a YouTube video and started and stopped it MANY times. TaaaaDaaaa! I know know how to make an eternity scarf. I am now collecting simple projects involving crochet! Who knows?!? I might even try to make a dish cloth :)

  48. Eveline Packer says:

    Thank you so much for your comments…I have always wanted to learn how to crochet and now I will. Never thought of crocheted dish towel, what a great idea. Thanks again!

  49. Judy aka:herblady says:

    Hi Dori, I am like you(were), I can’t crochet either. My sister is good at all that but I don’t seem to have that gift. I would love to win some of your dishcloths.
    ….an who knows…maybe I’ll check out YouTube and see if I can’t learn the craft too.
    Just because I’m 60 doesn’t mean ALL the gray-matter is dead. Right?lol
    Thanks for your encouragement Dori!

  50. Anne Wampler says:

    I have tried to make the crochet dishcloths and have not been successful. I have the yarn you recommend and an instruction book you described but they all are different sizes and shapes. I hope I can accomplish a dishcloth that is more in resempblence to yours.
    Will let you know!!!!

  51. Sandi King says:

    Dori, I have never heard of crocheted dish cloths and never saw one until now. I like the idea of making your own. I used to cut old towels into squares for dish cloths, but I think I will try the crocheted ones. I do crochet when my hands allow me to and I am going to try your pattern when I can. Thank you for doing something you didn’t know how to do and posting it here. It inspires me to try again doing new things. I enjoy all the stories I read here on Mary Jane’s Farm and have learned much which I hope to use when I move to my little acreage in the country. I am downloading your pattern so I can get started. Thanks so much. Sandi

  52. Jo Gill says:

    Very nice. I would love to win some. Thanks.

  53. I learned to make these dishcloths a few years back for girlfriend gifts. There are many easy patterns on Pinterest. I attached the dischcloth to a bottle of Meyers dishsoap. They were well-appreciated and useful Christmas gifts. The Sugar and Cream brand is very sturdy and forgiving when you have to unravel and start again:)

  54. Gigi says:

    I admire your can-do attitude and applaud your teaching yourself to crochet. What on earth did we do before YouTube when we wanted to learn something? Encyclopedias and local library can’t hold a candle to this new learning method.
    So glad you figured out how to make these little treasures and I can get a chance to own one and a small piece of my Favorite Farmgirl!

  55. Becky van haselen says:

    I will be anxious to try these…I have made some in the past and they were way too big. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Janet says:

    I don’t crochet but my wonderful sister-in-law does. I will pass this pattern on to her so she can crochet some dish towels for my Christmas present. I enjoy you posts very much as I grew up in the beautiful hills of Tennessee and miss them as I am now living in Memphis.

  57. Carol-Sue says:


    Thank you so much for the pattern! Our local yarn shop uses regular wash cloths to dry hands as an alternative to paper towels. It is on my project list to make some for my guest bathroom

  58. Colleen says:

    Hi Dori,
    Thanks for the encouraging post. On a bigger scale…I have been TRYING to make an old rag rug. I’m SO not talented when it comes to this kind of thing but I love the look of them. Jason’s grandmother made them all the time and we inherited a couple of hers. I love how they wash up and they look so homey. I haven’t mastered it yet but maybe with time and a little more PATIENCE I will. :) I like your little wash clothes…I receive some for gifts every year (in June:) from one of our friends in NV. Maybe someday I can try my hand at the “smaller” stuff too. One farm girl thing at a time! :)
    Take care,

  59. Jolene Lake says:

    Dori, I tried years ago to learn how to crochet….. you have inspired me to learn again! Thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win one of your dishcloths!

  60. Susan says:

    Beautiful color’s. …lovely crocheting. I love those wash clothes and when I see them, i buy them .that is when ever i see them at bazaars.they make lovely gifts. Inlove hiw they c look like flowers on the edge.m you did such a loveky job! Susana

  61. Susan says:

    Loveky job….you can play ut my name down. …oneceach color.

  62. Susan says:

    Lovely job…,ill get it right yet!

  63. Cathy R says:

    Oh Dori, you are such an inspiration! I never learned how to crochet but love the dish cloths. My sweet friend keeps me supplied with round ones. Yours are beautiful!! I will give it a try as soon as my newly broken right wrist heals. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Judy says:

    This are so cute. I have never used a crocheted dish cloth, but I want to try them!!

  65. Victoria Hall says:

    Oh Dori….you put me to shame!!! I want to crochet so badly, but shoot…I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not smart enough!!! I wanted to make an afghan for my grandson, so bought yarn and trooped over to my neighbor who crochets beautifully. We got started. I broke out in a sweat. I could feel my blood pressure rise!!! It wasn’t relaxing at all!!! Everyone says it is so EASY….so FUN! I struggled and struggled. I wrote instructions on a cheat sheet and went home to proceed. Oh contraire!!! I haven’t touched it since, and that has been months!!! I feel like such a failure. Did you just go to YouTube? H….E…L..P. That is said with a whine………

  66. Julie A. Weaver (ClaireSky) says:

    You really inspire me to learn to crochet. Your dishcloths are really pretty. I would love to win your pretties… [:)]

  67. Julie A. Weaver (ClaireSky) says:

    You really inspire me to learn to crochet. Your dishcloths are really pretty. I would love to win your pretties… :)

  68. Denise Ross says:

    Dori, well done to you for teaching yourself to crochet. Your pattern looks lovely so I’m going to have a go over the summer at learning how to crochet using your pattern. Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Blessings from Australia

  69. Rhiannon Carlton says:

    Your dishcloths are lovely! I love hand crocheted dishcloths, but sadly haven’t been able to make any that were at all recognizable as a dishcloth. I rely on finding them at yard sales and thrift stores, but I like them small so that’s hard to find. Yours sound perfect and I love the fancy edge! How cute would it look in my vintage style kitchen! Pick me and I show you by sending a cute photo of your dishcloth in its new digs!

  70. Judy Mac says:

    Well, you’ve inspired me…time to learn to crochet. I purchased a few crocheted dish cloths and love them. Would love to win a few more and thanks for the directions, sounds like a good project for football season.

  71. Bethany Leach says:

    My four year old daughter would love those, too!

  72. Rebecca says:

    The cotton crocheted are the only dishclothes I like to use. I bought a couple last year and I was hooked. I’ve made a few, but like you, it took some trial and error to get it the way I liked it. Yours are very nice and I love the bright colors.

  73. Lynn Lind says:

    It must be that in a past life I was a knitter… I have crocheted a lot when my mother was living so she could help me keep the stitches straight, but every time I lay it down, I forget it; and it feels like I’m starting over again! But I can tell you did very good work there! You should be proud!

  74. Susan says:

    If you want an easy pattern to make winter go easy and be prepared fir the cold winds, try making a crocheted hat..,.heres ghe instruction…my own pattern….
    You need one skein (seven ounce skein) of any yarn or color, ….chain 4 and close or slip stitch to the first chain to make a circle. Then chain two for start …one double crocheted stitch, then make nine more double crochets. ( you should have a total of ten double crochet stitches on first round_row

    For second round_row, your increase,…do two double crochet in each single crocheted stitch of the previous round. You should have ….twenty double crochets for second round and close to the first stitch.

    For third row_ round , repeat row _round two, your still increasing, do the same, two double crIchets in each previous double crochet. You should have a total …of forty double crocheted stitches on third row. and then close to the beginning stitch, wutb a slip stitch, to make the round completeby…. . just slip and chain up two slip stitches to make the next rows double crochet stitch.

    Fourth row_round….now you have the first double crochet stitch, then do two double in next , then a single stitch in next, alternating, ….two double crochets in every other stitch from below, making, every other one single double crochet t
    . ( one double crochet, then two in next stitch) rounding off with one in the next and last ….you start with a single, to make the last double stitch….being two double in one foubdation stitch. This makes the last row for increases. increasing every other stitch …. in every stitch repeat same in next round as previous double crochets. You should get 60 but if you get one more… 61 stitches, you can do a better pattern if you end up with 61, its easier to do the pattern. If you have 61 double crocheted stitches crocheted on fourth round. Do the following….

    Pattern for 61….and each round_row after, row above…do the same..TWO DOUBLE CROCHET then single double crichrt around.

    Pattern …..below…
    Now the pattern after the above increased foundation. …first double crochet in first stitch, then next stitch, put yarn over hook, then , stick hook behind the double crochet in below stitch, and bring yarn up from behind, and chain two for next double crochet. ( wish i could show you, easier than explaining). But you do this stitch every other stitch and a regular double crocheted min the next stitch place. …it almost like doing a cable stitch in knitting, but then thIs is crochet. The trick is to count like one, two, while doing this round. But you do this only if you have an odd number.

    Pattern if you have 60 in foundation, do one double crochet then the double backward cable stitch, on row_round four…. and repeat vuntil 60 stitches completed, and continue these round until you

    Do two double crochets, then the next stitch you put yarn over hook, stick hook behind the double crochet in the double crocheted stitch in previous row four , pull yarn up and make double crochet. The stitch is that simple….it looks better using odd numbered stitches. but if you have even numbered stitches, do two double then one backward double crocheted dtitches. (T h e pattern us explsined better below… … but you will have do two double crochets then the fancy cable stitch, that’s what i call this stitch, and do that for the rest of the round…one cable stitch, then two double crochets and do that aroubd fir eavh vontinued riw untl its long until its long and covers your ears.

    the fancy crochet…..the actual pattern…
    That fancy stitch is really simple. …you put yarn over the hook, as If to make a double crochet, but instead of going thru the hole you normally go thru, you stick the hook “behind” the previous double crocheted in the previous round, below, and then bring up the yarn to complete the stitch and do next doubke crochet stitch. Its this going below and drawing up the yarn that makes and completes the cable looking backward double crocheted stitch that complete the fancy twisted stitch. Your still making a double crochet but your going behind the previous stitch, which makes it like a cable stitch. I DONT KNOW IF theres a Name FoR THIS stitch, BUT For ME…It’s different stitch i like for hats. . I call It a crocheted cable stitch for crocheting.

    So continue each round as the above to continue the rounds until you get tge length you need. MaIe tye length of your head, usually just past the ear. Then finish off with a stiitch until the end of row. Hiding the ending by weaving the stitch to the backside of the hat.
    I hope i explained the pattern for the hat.
    If i get AROUND to it and can, will try and post a picture of the hat, but c i dont know th I s new tablet yet. Tgey are not all alike. Good crocheting. Susana

  75. Patti Hurlburt says:

    Such beautiful colors. My grandmother used to make these but I never learned how. Guess it’s time to learn now.

    • Dori Troutman says:


      Definitely time! :-) They are so quick and easy and so handy to have on hand for gifts!

      – Dori –

  76. Sandra brewer says:

    I do love your dish cloths too
    I love the colors you have used.
    I have never had any like thes and would be pleased to win this. I am sending this pattern to my daughter too. Thanks

  77. Tricia Ann says:

    Thank you for your lovely pattern! I had decided to take a class w/my Granddaughter so that she too can learn how to crochet and this project will be perfect for her. I agree that the shell edging makes the dish cloth complete!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dear Tricia,

      Taking a class with your grand-daughter is such an awesome idea. I love that. And yes, this project is perfect for the beginner, which is what I am and probably will always be! :-)

      – Dori –

  78. Ellen Kelling Vukovic says:

    I would very much like to try these dish cloths… or try making them. They sound like they would be much better than typical store bought ones. Quite frankly the store bought ones are so bad I’ve been using regular bath wash cloths as dish cloths.

    • Dori Troutman says:


      I hope you’ll try making the dish cloths and email me if you have any questions. redfeedsack@gmail.com

      One of the things I love about the crocheted dish cloths is that they just get better and better. I won’t use anything else now.

      – Dori –

  79. Brenda P516 says:

    I love the dishcloths. I am unable to pull up the pattern. I am a beginner and hope my trial will be as good as yours. Thanks for coming up with the pattern.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Brenda,

      I will email you the pattern since you were having problems pulling it up here! Good luck!

      – Dori –

  80. DeOnna Houghton says:

    I cannot pull your pattern either. Could you email it to me?

  81. Sue says:

    Thanks for the pattern Dori! I’m anxious to try it! Happy Memorial Day!! A good day to sit on our porches and knit/crochet!!

  82. Candy says:

    The scalloped edges pulled me in. Gramdma taught me the basics of crochet when I was young. Last year, I went to live awhile with my elderly parents, and while there I decided to relearn crochet. I started with dishcloths because they are small and yet useful. I had no idea what I was doing, so they were made from acrylic yarn with many errors and laughable uneven rows. I gave one to Mom and when I used it for dishes, the wet feel of it was odd and totally offputting. It did dry quickly, however, so there was no musty, sour smell. I finally decided to try a different yarn. I bought Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. There were free patterns on the back, so I taught myself to follow a pattern. It has been comical to watch as I have misunderstood small details with devastating results. My family encouraged me, however, and took every one of my initial sorry efforts at our Christmas get-together. I’m doing much better now. I love to use the dishcloths in my own kitchen now that I’ve moved back home. I think I will try your pattern next because I like that pretty ruffled edging. Then I’m going to try my hand at knitting, I think. I retire in a year or two. I’m looking forward to having time to make these as gifts. I’ll have to try the yarn you use next. I’m not sure how it differs from the Peaches & Cream. It will be interesting to see.

  83. Susan Lavay says:

    Is it possible to get this patter? The link does not work

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Susan, I sent you an email with a PDF document of the pattern, but the email bounced. You can email me at: redfeedsack@gmail.com and then I can send it to you! I’m not sure why you were having problems opening the link on the blog post, I checked and there doesn’t seem to be any problems with it. Sorry you weren’t able to get it to open.

      – Dori –

  84. KAthy says:

    Love the trim.

  85. Natalie Wayne says:

    I am so excited to try this pattern! My first project was a baby blanket for my granddaughter River. I love crocheting with cotton yarn and dishcloths are my favorite ! Thanks for sharing this pattern! Natalie Wayne

  86. Carol Todd says:

    I think crocheting is relaxing too. Havent done it in a long time. But love the dishcloths. Will try my hand at it soon. Going to retire this year so will have time on my hands. Thank you.

  87. I love these dishcloths

  88. Debbie Niman says:

    I love the way the dish cloths look. Can’t wait to try your pattern. Its so unique. Hope I can do it. I’m excited. Thank you sooo much!


  89. Anita Pearson says:

    You made some very pretty dishcloths. Thank you for sharing pictures and your patterns.
    I’ve knitted since I was about 7…my grandmother taught me. Then when I was 19 my mother-in-law taught me to crochet. I’ve been crocheting every since. Let’s just put it this way…I’m a grandmother of 6 now. No one else crochets but me. So I make things and give them away. Giving to others makes it nice for me to see them smile. I can’t do much else now due to my chronic illnesses. You take things easy and sit and crochet. It is better for you. Don’t wait like I have before I’ve had to slow down I don’t have any choice now.
    Keep crocheting and sitting on the porch.

  90. Anita Pearson says:

    This is an older site now. Are you still crocheting? What all have you made?

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Anita,

      NO….. I’ve not continued crocheting. I make these dish cloths often because I can do them quick and they make great gifts! But I discovered that crocheting just isn’t “my thing”!!! I also come back to how much I love sewing and quilting. That is my passion! :-)

      – Dori –

  91. Paula DesRoches says:

    I love to crochet but this dishcloth was just amazing thanks for sharing this

  92. Sonia says:

    They look.beautiful they look easy to make so i willl try ur pattern. I am not a crocheter but i think i can do this. Hey if it turn out like u ststed u tube had good bideo to look at. I not to good at reading patterns i let myself go by the picture.

  93. Tracy Caraker says:

    These are TOO cute! I’m going to get the pattern and try my hand at this as well. I love the crocheted dishcloths my aunt used to make for me.

  94. Susan says:

    Love your color selection. How about a multicolor one…red, white and blue? I CROCHET…FROM WHAT I see your s very good professional for a beginner. Love the pattern. Whst yarn did you use…was it the creamy yarn ?

  95. Susan says:

    If you can hold a needle you can hold a crochet hook…ig you can make a slip knot you can learn to crochet… Hobby Lobby has a beginners crochet booklet that teaches all the basics to crochet or knit. Its how I learned because my mother didn’t teach me…she didn’t have the time or patients to teach me. If I can do it….anyone can learn to crochet or knit.

  96. Gert stegenga says:

    I’ve been doing knitted dish clothes for ages. Love making them and when we go on a trip and rent a cabin or cottage I leave my homemade dish clothes behind. It is so relaxing to either knit or crochet. Your dish clothes are beautiful!!!

    • Susan Lazarou says:

      I wasn’t able to get the pattern. It say in able to download. Wish you could use a different pdf file.

  97. Wilhelmina says:

    I am a knitter, I would love to crochet a dishcloth. I will learn to crochet.
    As I live in Australia, I don’t know the cotton you use, would you know the ply equivalent to our yarns.
    Also I am not sure about crochet hook size H ? what would that be.
    I would appreciate any help.
    Regards Wilhelmina

  98. Genny says:

    This looks really cool for farmhouse. We just bought a 1874 farmhouse cant want to make these

  99. Lori says:

    who else has tried the pattern? I feel like I can’t understand the directions. Crocheting on one side and then back up the other? And do I repeat the side stitches, i’m so confused.

  100. Pam Rogers says:

    Could not open dishcloth to get pattern

  101. Carol says:

    I can’t view the pattern. The link takes me no where.


  102. I do love cotton dishcloths! Would love to have a pattern to make more!

  103. Kathy says:

    Send me your crochet dish cloth pattern with the cute scalloping around the edge. Thanks

  104. Claudine Farrar says:

    When i was in home ec in 6th grade I couldn’t be taught to crochet bcuz I was lady handed so my Aunt Margaret taught me how by having me sit in front of her so I have been doing these since I was in the 6th grade it is very relaxing and a lot of fun

  105. margaret williams says:

    Love to make dishcloths. I am just learning how to crochet and love this pattern. I will try this one tonight.

  106. margaret williams says:

    I am just learning how to crochet. I love this pattern and going to try it tonight.

  107. Lisa strange says:

    Going to make mine right away!!

  108. Anne Wampler says:

    I am so excited to make my first dishcloth! I went to Michaels and got
    all that’s needed but I still need help. Is there a book or website that will help me understand and see how to do the stitches?? I honestly am a total beginner!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Anne,

      You can find anything you need on YouTube!!! :-) That is where I learned how to crochet a simple chain stitch, single stitch and double stitch. All stitches used in my dishcloth! Good luck and keep me posted!

      – Dori –

  109. Carolyn says:

    My pattern didn’t show. For the Dori’s dishcloth pattern

    • Dori Troutman says:


      I’ve sent you an email with the dishcloth pattern!

      – Dori –

  110. Patsy miller says:

    I am just learning to crochet. Would love wash cloths that are not too complicated to do but yet pretty

  111. Jessica F says:

    Love this pattern!

  112. Cheryl Collins says:

    I love the dishcloths. Simple yet pretty. Enter me to win!

  113. I love this easy.
    Pattern it works up fast and looks great.

  114. Christine "Waffles" Carter says:

    I need something to keep myself busy. I recently had to quit working due to health reasons can’t qualify for any assistance. I want to learn pretty ones.

  115. Debbie says:

    Hi Doris. I so enjoyed crocheting your farmhouse washcloth! I am a fan. I especially like the story of Rosetta and playing with your wash cloths, for I too have a granddaughter Madi who would love folding and playing with my my Mother’s old hankies. She too would play with them for hours. So, thank you For for your pattern. I will be making a set of dishcloth and tea towel for special friends for their birthdays. Take care my friend!

  116. Alison says:

    Love these dish cloths. I have some cotten yarn just crying out to be made into dish cloths.
    You can never have too many
    Thank you

  117. Bobbie Baird says:

    Wasn’t able to bring the pattern up.

  118. Linda Duensing says:

    I would love to get a copy of this pattern, however, I cannot to the cite. Please tell me how to get a copy.

    Linda D.

  119. Dawn says:

    I am excited to try your pattern.
    I was looking for one to make for a spa basket birthday gift.
    Yours are very pretty. I love your edging!

  120. Charlene Stabbs says:

    I love this pattern so much. I have been looking for a pattern for months and made several but just wasn’t happy with any of them. Then I found Dori’s dishcloth pattern. My favorite go-to.

  121. Sybil says:

    Would like to get emails from this site

  122. Myra B. McGuinty says:

    I look forward to receiving and crocheting a dishcloth using your pattern.
    Thank you for sharing.

  123. Charli Jones says:

    I learned crochet in college to earn a little extra money. My wife’s forever after me to make more of these. I’m looking forward to trying your pattern. Thanks so much

  124. Susan Miller says:

    I am clicking on the Dori’s dishcloth pattern, but am not having any luck getting it to open. Can you help???

  125. Trudy says:

    Your pattern Doris dishcloths will not open!!!

  126. Brenda says:

    Glad to see your pattern. I buy these whenever I find them at fairs which is not often. Been wanting to try my hand a mt making some. Great gifts for anyone that has a kitchen and uses it!

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