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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.



  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!!!!

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