Crochet 101 Photo Tutorial & Crocheted Dishcloth Pattern

Have you ever used the crocheted or knitted cotton dish cloths?  They are fantastic!  They last forever and when they get dirty you can throw them in the wash. Some people even use them as face cloths.
Best of all they are super simple to make.  Perfect for a mother’s day gift, Christmas, birthday, or anything really.
Today I am going to show you how to make your own, to keep or give as a gift.

I hope you will bear with me as this is my first crocheted tutorial. Crochet tutorials can be kind of hard, because there are so many steps.
I’m sure you will be able to make your own fantastic dishcloths, even if you have never crocheted before now.

You will need:

  • Crochet hook Size H (5.00 mm)
  • Cotton Yarn-I used I Love This Cotton (1 skein of I Love This Cotton will almost make 2 dish cloths. Depending on the size of cloth you like.)
  • Scissors
  • Large needle (Tapestry needle)

I will write out the entire pattern at the end. First we will go step by step.  (you can skip this if you know how to crochet already)

First make a slip stitch with your hook inside.

Tighten your slip stitch to your hook.  One of the hardest things about crocheting is learning how to hold your yarn.  There are many different styles.  This is how I hold mine.  I wrap my yarn around my little finger twice then in front of my 4 other fingers and around my pointer finger.  I hold my knot or project with my thumb and index finger.

First we are going to make our foundation chain.  To make a chain hold the tail of the yarn (the short part not the long part with attached to the skein) Put your yarn over your hook.  In crochet patterns it can be written as YO or yarn over.

Hook your yarn with your crocheted hook and pull it through the loop on your hook.

Taaaaaadaaaaaaaaaaaa you made your first chain.  Now make 36 more.  The chain stitch is the most basic stitch you use it all the time in crocheting.  Go ahead and practice it for a while.
This is what your chain should look like.
I like to make my foundation chain 37 stitches long.  After you have made your foundation chain you are going to start making half double crochet stitches.  This is what makes up your dish cloth.  In a pattern it would be written HDC.
Put your yarn over your hook and then insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.


Put your yarn over your hook and pull it through.  Now you should have 3 loops on your hook.

Put your yarn over your hook and pull it though all three loops.


That’s it.  Repeat the stitch to the end of the row.  You should have 35 stitches at the end of the row.  In the beginning it is good to count so you will have straight edges.
I know, you would think you would just be able to see all the stitches but trust me you will want to count.  I have made more things than I care to remember that have looked more like a triangle than a square.

At the end of the row chain 2 stitches, turn your dish cloth and start over with your half double crochet stitch.
For this project (and if you are right handed) you will always work from right to left.  Repeat the rows until your dishcloth is as big as you want it to be.

Here is the pattern:

Chain 30-40 stitches depending on the size of cloth you like.  I chained 37 for the size in the photos.

Row 1
Half Double Crochet in 2nd chain from hook.  Repeat to the end of the row. (35 stitches)  Chain 2, turn.

Row2 -Size you want (27 rows for the size in the photo)
Half Double Crochet in first stitch.  Repeat to the end of the row. (35 stitches) Chain 2, turn.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Usually I leave the edge plain but you could add a simple scalloped edge.

The scallop edging was made by  stitching a single crochet then 3 half double crochet then a single crochet in each 2nd stitch around the dish cloth.




I do hope you will try them.  Let me know if you have any questions…, I

will help if I can.  If you learn better by watching someone.  You can always go to You Tube.  Or you can Google any of the stitches I mentioned and it will bring up tons of You Tube videos. Terry at These Peas Taste Funny made  a  different pattern. You can check hers out here.  If you do try them I would love to see them.  You can e-mail me a photo or share it on Face Book.  My media buttons at the top of the page will give you all the info you need.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Great tut, kadie. Did JP take the photos?? 🙂 They were well taken. Jeni

  2. I was wondering about the photos too. Great job. Makes me want to make some more. And thanks for the shutout. 🙂

  3. This is so great, thanks for sharing. I received one as a gift long ago and I love it. It is tearing apart and I have been wanting to learn to make a replacement for it! Thanks!

    Tamika @

  4. Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects says:

    I read this and want to try it… but I have never even seen someone crochet, much less tried it myself. I’m pinning it for someday I’m feeling ambitious. 😉

  5. These are super cute!!

  6. Nice tutorial! I’m pinning it for my niece who wants to learn how to crochet. Thanks!

  7. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    Oooh, I love crocheted dishcloths!!! Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. YOU made MY day! I learned to crochet with my grandmother (30+ years ago!!!) and although I still remember the basic techniques, I was too rusty to hold my thread and hook properly. After hours of frustration looking around on the internet, yours was BY FAR the clearest explanation, and the smoothest, easiest method of working! THANK YOU. Know also that I was practicing in order to teach my students next year (I teach over 40 students at our private school each year) when I plan to introduce crochet and filet crochet. So your work is really paying off. THANK YOU again!


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