Knit/Crochet: Scrappy Cloths

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I always have more than one project on the go. Right now I have an afghan I’m working on, but it has been put on hold till the weather cools down a bit. I have two embroidery projects on the go – a Stitch Doodles book and some embroidery framed photos.

Scrappy crochet dishcloths are the latest thing I’m working on. You can use the size hook that you feel comfortable with, and change the number of foundation stitches to get the width you want. We all work at a different tension, so what is right for me might not be right for you.

scrappy dishcloths at


  • 4.5 cm hook
  • 27 sc for foundation chain
  • hdc in 3rd stitch from end, hdc across
  • start each new row with 2 sc (first hdc), then hdc across
  • repeat till cloth is square
  • sc around all edges to give a nice finish

Leftover cotton yarn is also made into knitted scrappy cloths.

knitted dishcloths at

My go-to knitting pattern for dish cloths is:

  • 4.5 cm needles
  • Cast on 4 stitches. K2, yo, k to end of row.
  • Repeat this row till you have 40 stitches on the needle.
  • Then start the decrease, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end.
  • Continue till there are just 4 stitches left.
  • Cast off.

The scrappy cloths are all finished for now, till I get more little balls of cotton yarn. Next up is a new big ball of crochet cotton and the making of some square dishcloths in rows of dc.

making square crochet dishcloths at

I’ve made lots of knitted dishcloths using the pattern above.

These make up into cute dish cloth britches, ideal for gift giving or craft sales.

knitted dishcloth britches at

More knitted dishcloths in a variegated black and white yarn.

knitting dishcloths at

Tunisian crochet has been tried in the past, not my favourite way of crochet but it was good to learn something new.

tunisian crochet hooks at
tunisian crochet hooks

These dishcloths are much thicker as the stitches are different from regular crochet.

tunisian crochet dishcloths at

The cotton yarn projects are kept in one of the many bags I have, these ones have a crazy quilt block stitched onto the front of it to make it into a lovely upcycled bag. The other upcycled bag has my ongoing afghan project in it.

covering bags at

I’m sharing with Slow Sunday Stitching and Mosaic Monday

crochet line at

Kitchen Crafts:

Dishcloth ideas:

16 Responses

  1. Vondean Erickson


    I was outside working on my porch and trimmed some plants and a small tree in a pot. I must say it was very hot out there so had to come in.
    I looked on my internet and saw you had sent something so just had to see what you are doing now. When I saw the dishcloths I thought I should be making some for Christmas presents. I have a lot of cotton yarn so I better get with it and leave the reading and word search puzzles out for awhile. I too have a afghan started but when the temp is 101 do not feel like crocheting on that.

    Thanks again for all you craft ideas.
    Take care

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Vondean, we are in the midst of a heat wave, so humid we haven’t been venturing outside for more than a short time. I really enjoy making the dishcloths, a small project and easily completed, and no checking back on the pattern every few stitches. Have a good day.

  2. Myrtle

    I do the knit dishcloths, and scrappy cloths, my family doesn’t seem to be interested in the dishcloths nor the handtowels I have made for years so do them just for me.
    Stay cool!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I just do the for myself now too Myrt, if I get too many I donate them to the thrift store. It sure is hot and sticky today, heat warning for the next 2 days.

  3. Ivani

    Great use of small yarn balls to create useful dishclothes.
    Happy slow stitching!

  4. Deb A

    That is the knitting dishcloth ‘recipe’ I use as well with the start of cast on 4. I had a good friend who always called the instructions recipes and I guess it stuck! Enjoy your stitching.

    • Crafty Gardener

      I’ve heard patterns referred to as recipes. This pattern is the best one I’ve ever come across. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Jenny Benton

    I do lime your knitted dish cloths. I’m knitting one myself too, with several more to come in the future. My pattern is very si ilar, nice and easy.

  6. Diann@LittlePenguinQuilts

    I haven’t quite figured out crochet yet, but do like to knit, and have made that same dishcloth pattern that you like with the design all the way around the edges. You’ve made lots of pretty ones!

  7. Margie

    Very nice, Linda. I can’t crochet, but have received the knitted cloths from crafty friends.

  8. Angie

    Linda – I struggle to keep one project on the go, so your list of multiples impresses me to no end! I have never been good at crochet, much to my Mom’s disappointment. Yours is beautiful! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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