Crochet washcloths are great beginner projects and can be both functional and decorative.

Materials Needed:

  1. Worsted weight cotton yarn (any color you prefer)
  2. Crochet hook (size H/5mm or your preferred size)
  3. Scissors
  4. Yarn needle

Abbreviations:

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet

Instructions:

Step 1: Foundation Chain

  1. Start by making a slip knot and then chain 26 stitches (ch 26).

Step 2: First Row

  1. In the second chain from the hook, work a single crochet (sc).
  2. Continue to single crochet in each chain across the row. You should have 25 single crochets in total.
  3. Chain 1 and turn.

Step 3: Second Row and Beyond

  1. In the first single crochet of the previous row, work a single crochet (sc).
  2. In the next stitch, work a double crochet (dc).
  3. Skip one stitch, then work 1 sc followed by 1 dc in the next stitch. Repeat * to * across the row.
  4. Your last stitch should be a single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Step 4: Repeat Second Row

  1. Repeat Step 3 until your washcloth is square (usually about 25-30 rows), ending with a single crochet row. Make sure to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Step 5: Edging

  1. After reaching your desired size, you’ll add a simple edging to finish the washcloth.
  2. Work 1 round of single crochet stitches evenly around the entire washcloth, working 3 sc stitches in each corner stitch to help the corners lay flat.
  3. Slip stitch into the first sc to join, and fasten off.

Step 6: Finishing

  1. Weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.
  2. Give your washcloth a gentle stretch and block it if desired by wetting it, shaping it, and allowing it to dry flat.

Congratulations, you’ve completed your crochet washcloth! This versatile and practical item can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, or as a lovely handmade gift. Feel free to experiment with different yarn colors and stitch combinations to create a variety of washcloths.