Crunchy Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

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This crunchy stitch dishcloth pattern features a fun and easy stitch that gives a great textured design. The pattern uses only two basics stitches, slip stitches and half double crochets, but when used in an alternating sequence the effect looks much more complex. Here it is along with the 3 other dishcloth patterns I gave you a preview of few posts back

crunchy stitch free crochet dishcloth pattern

And here’s a closer look at the stitch … isn’t it awesome?! Let’s get started on the pattern.

crunchy stitch crochet dishcloth pattern

Crunchy Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

Here’s what you will need …


Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsU.S. to U.K. Crochet Conversion Chart.
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Available as a convenient, ad-free pdf download here.


Finished washcloth measures approximately 8 inches square.

Ch 26.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1 hdc in next ch, Sl st on next, rep from * across, turn — 25 sts.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), *Sl st in next hdc, 1 hdc in next Sl st, rep from * across, turn — 25 sts.

Row 3: *Sl st in hdc, 1 hdc in next Sl st, rep from * across, Sl st in top of turning ch — 25 sts.

Rows 4 – 25 : Rep Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.

Row 26: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), work 1 hdc in each st across, do not turn or fasten off — 25 sts.



Round 1: Work 2 hdc in same st as last hdc of Row 26, continue working a hdc edge around washcloth along next 3 sides, working 3 hdc in each corner. Join in top of beginning ch of Row 26.

Fasten off, weave in ends.


Now that you’ve finished the Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth, try ones of these fun dishcloth patterns … shown below from front to back: Textured Dishcloth, Three Color Simple Stitch Dishcloth, Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth (this post), and Seeing Squares Dishcloth. Or  click here for more kitchen crochet patterns.

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105 Responses to Crunchy Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

  1. Sheriva July 2, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    I finished another market bag: just in time for this lovely dish/wash cloth. Thanks!

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Hope you enjoy it, Sheriva!

    • Lynda Clark March 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

      I just made four of these for my sister this pattern is now my favorite, I love how thick it is. Thanks for sharing

      • Kara March 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

        So glad you liked it!

    • Mary December 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Tks for the farm washcloth. I just love them. Mary Drew

  2. Elena Hunt July 2, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    This one looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the pattern… I will have to try it soon…!

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Hope you enjoy it, Elena!

  3. Preeti July 2, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Looks very pretty!! It looks like moss stitch but from close up it looks different. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks, Preeti!

  4. Elisabeth Andree July 2, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    They look pretty Kara! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      My pleasure, Elisabeth!

  5. Mary Lou July 2, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    I am going to make this for a gift for a dinner I am going to tonight at a friends house. She just loves homemade things.

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Mary Lou 🙂 I hope they came out good!

  6. Ana BC July 2, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    I have done a similar ST, with dc and sc, but never with hdc and sl st. It looks WONDERFUL!!! Thanks, Kara 🙂

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks, Ana!

  7. Marilyn July 2, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Kara, I’ve knit my share of dishcloths but I’ve never crocheted one. This stitch looks like a good one to try! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂

  8. Melissa July 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    This looks like such a sweet pattern, and something I can totally make for Christmas presents for my family members… thank you so much for the pattern… can’t wait to try it out!

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Hope you enjoy it!

  9. Astri July 3, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Awesome Kara. You are the best!

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      And so are you, my friend 🙂

  10. Sangeetha July 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Wonderful pattern. Loved the gorgeous texture. I am going to use it for a purse/clutch. So generous of you to share it.

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      That sounds like such a pretty idea, Sangeetha! Can’t wait to see it 🙂

  11. Jessica July 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m halfway done with my dishcloth and its great. Thanks for the excellent pattern and I can’t wait to make more for family and friends. Looking forward to more.

    • Kara July 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      My pleasure, Jessica! So happy to hear you are enjoying it 🙂

    • Rosemary May 6, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

      Did u ch 2 in row 3? Pattern says nothing about it until u get to last row.

      • Kara May 10, 2016 at 11:05 am #

        Hi Rosemary 🙂 You only ch 2 at the beginning of each even numbered row. Hope that helps!

  12. wendy July 4, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    very nice! thanks for sharing

    • Kara July 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  13. Louise July 5, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Great idea and nice colors, thanks so much for sharing !

    • Kara July 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      My pleasure, Louise! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  14. Mooberry Farmwife July 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Love this! I am going to make this pattern for sure… thank you!

    • Kara July 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  15. Goretti July 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Kara, Thank you for posting these beautiful dishcloth patterns, I will have to try these, I usually just do the traditional ones, but these are much pretty and they look easy to do.

    • Kara July 9, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  16. Donna July 9, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Kara
    I love this crochet pattern. I am going to try this out what weight of cotton yarn did you use?

    • Kara July 9, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Hi Donna 🙂 So glad you want to try it! I used a worsted weight cotton for this.

  17. Katherine July 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi! Just printed out the pattern! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Kara July 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      My pleasure! Enjoy 🙂

  18. Lisa S. July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Love the look of this stitch. I have a set of square potted plants and these would make great “coasters” for them. Thanks for the pattern.

    • Kara July 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it!

  19. Tamara - Moogly July 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Very pretty! Thanks so much for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day!

  20. Joanne July 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Golly, Thank you so much…..been looking for a pattern like this…. I love hdc…it makes such a pretty look. I will be getting to it soon. Made many before …but with just the flat pattern….Thanks again.;)

  21. Ann July 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Can hardly wait to start making these. They look so pretty. Thank you for the patterns.

    • Kara July 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      My pleasure 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

  22. Mearla VanDenBerg July 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    This whole set of dishcloths would make a perfect housewarming or wedding gift, especially if you know their preferred colors. The textures are not only pretty, but would be good for scrubbing! Lol! Thank you so much for sharing! And, you’re right, it’s a good way to learn new stitches!

    • Kara July 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      So glad you like them 🙂

  23. Viki August 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I read all the comments but I didn’t see a request for the stitch multiple. In other words, I like the design SO MUCH, I would like to use “afghan” yarn to make an afghan, so obviously I would have to chain many more! Do you know how many stitches to increase by for each “design”? Thanks.

    • Kara August 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Viki 🙂 Just start with a chain of an even number of stitches and work the pattern the same. Hope that helps!

  24. speedwell August 17, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I’m saving this wonderful page not because I love to crochet dishcloths (I hate them lol) but because of the gorgeous stitch patterns. They look like cabled knitting. I want to make a sweater for my guy and these patterns look distinctly dense, warm, and masculine, at least to me! I think the three-color ones are reversible. What about the textures?

    • Kara August 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      I am glad to hear that!! I think it would make a perfect sweater pattern too 🙂

  25. Lissy November 8, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Hello, I really love these dishcloth designs, and also the new Tunisian washcloth pattern that’s coming up. Would it be possible for me to sell the finished items on my Etsy shop, please?
    Thank you for your help and your lovely patterns.

    • Kara November 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Lissy 🙂 Yes, you may absolutely sell any items you make from any of my patterns. I would love if you would give me credit for the pattern. If you send me the link to your listing, I would be happy to share it on my Facebook page. Good luck!

  26. tewey December 3, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    when you move on to row 3,do you chain two before stating the row or just turn and slip stitch to start this particular row?

    • Kimberly January 12, 2014 at 12:54 am #

      I have this question too. Chaining 2 on only one turn on one side made that edge/side uneven/longer.

      • Kara January 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

        Hi Kimberly 🙂 You shouldn’t end up with uneven sides. Row 2 begins and ends with a hdc, and Row 3 begins and ends with a Sl st. This should keep the sides consistent as you do. Just make sure you are working the last Sl st from Row 3 in the top of your beginning chain from the previous row. Hope this helps 🙂

        • Estar September 7, 2015 at 1:08 am #

          Could you add this for others to see on the pattern. I struggled with the pattern and the ends not working tight and ripped it out twice and finally went through all these comments to find this explanation that made sense.

        • Joan March 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

          I found that counting the skipped chain to be the first sl stitch of the first row fixes the problem. So you don’t have 2 sl stitches together.

    • Kara January 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Hi Tewey 🙂 Nope, you don’t need to ch before starting Row 2. Just Sl st. Hope that helps 🙂

  27. kim December 12, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Hi. Im just s beginner, what do all the abbreviations mean?

  28. Lisa December 16, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Oooh!!! These would be fabulous to make for Christmas gifts!! A great touch for a useful basket of goodies!!

    • Kara December 17, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

      I think so too!

  29. Barb December 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    You say you have used worsted yarn for the dishcloths, but how many balls did you use for one? Thank you.

    • Kara December 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      This uses less than 1 ball to make a washcloth 🙂

  30. Joanna Sormunen January 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    These look so much fun! I need to go to your Pinteres with time in my hands. I already pinned some, though.

    • Kara January 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

      Thanks, Joanna 🙂

  31. Susie W. March 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    I am just loving your Crunchy Stitch Crochet Dishcloth!! I made my first one several days ago and love the texture of it. It absorbs water wonderfully and feels great while using it. Now I find myself addicted to making more in bright pretty colors. I left off the edging tho and love having it just a tad bit smaller. I’ve made several for my daughter and am now thinking of who else I can give these too, lol. Thanks so much for your time and talent by providing these patterns for us. 😉
    Here’s the link to my facebook page showing my dishcloth.

  32. Andrea March 5, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    I just finished this one too! I have made 3 of your 4 summer kitchen cloth patterns. I know I will finish the other one tomorrow during my boy’s school lessons.

    Have a fabulous day!


    • Kara March 5, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      So happy to hear that you are enjoying them, Andrea!

  33. Sharon April 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    For some reason every time I get to the end of the odd numbered row I’m missing the last stitch so that I can do a slip stitch into it. I know I have the correct number of stitches on each row. Just not sure what I’m missing. I’m a beginner if I didn’t give that away with my problem 😉

    • Kara May 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Hi Sharon 🙂 Are you making sure to work in your turning chain?

  34. Shelly May 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    I made another, in a rectangular shape. So quick/giving as a Mother’s Day gift w some soaps.

  35. Joan Wharff May 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Love this pattern! I was doodling last week…..&, ended up making a nice cuddly scarf ! My little granddaughter liked it &, told me she wants a scarf made like it

    • Kara June 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Sounds so pretty. So glad it gave you some inspiration!

  36. Denise June 2, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    I’ve made a few of the dish cloths with a knit pattern, but I’m a lot slower working with two needles vs 1 hook. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern with us. I’m going to tear out the granny square cloth I started and get going on your pattern. I’m sooo excited.

  37. sarah August 15, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Just wondering what the multiples numbers are… Thinking about doing a throw like this… Multiples of _ +_?

    • Kara August 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      You just need to begin with and even number of chains. Hope that helps 🙂

  38. Sharon August 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    I love your patterns and the colors are really nice. I knitted a couple of dishcloths, but I will definitely try these out as well.

    • Kara August 22, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Hope you enjoy making them 🙂

  39. Margery Zeller September 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Can you give me a guesstimate of how many yards are needed for a one of these clothes. I’m ordering yarn for Christmas gifts and don’t want to have to pay shipping twice if I don’t get enough the first time. Thanks so much!

    • Kara September 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Margery 🙂 I do not know the exact amount per washcloth but I know each one takes much less than a 120 yds ball of Lily Sugar n’ Cream. Hope that helps!

      • Margery Zeller September 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

        Thanks for your guesstimate and timely response! 🙂

  40. Sly October 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    I would call myself an intermediate crocheter and I actually found this pattern difficult. The stitches themselves are of course not hard at all BUT I had a hard time distinguishing the two types of stitches in the row. Maybe because I was trying to use a two color yarn.
    I ended up giving up 🙁

    • Kara October 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Don’t give up 🙁 I agree, this stitch pattern can be challenging with distinguishing the stitches. My trick when I get confused is to turn my piece over to the previous row to distinguish the stitch and then turn back and continue. Hope that helps 🙂

  41. Cara November 5, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    This pattern is really cute and looks like the perfect last minute gift. I can’t wait to try it out. I’ve been looking for something to make a gift for the holidays.

    I’ve also just written my first free eBook for quick gift projects. I would love for you to check it out.

    • Kara November 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

      Thanks, Cara! Good luck with the new ebook!

  42. Anneliese March 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Dear Kara, I want to say thank you ever so much for being so generous to share your beautiful patterns! I think I am about a third of the way in, and it is looking great. I had been struggling to find a perfect pot holder pattern for just one colour, so really wanted texture to add interest, and this pattern is perfect for that!!! I’ll just add a loop at the end. 🙂

  43. Christine Berard Ongano May 12, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    I am SO frustrated! I’ve done up to 15 rows but when I look at the dishcloth, it is all wavy on the edges…as if I have not enough stitches & then too many stitches. But I am counting out 25 each row! Erg!!!!! This is far from my 1st project but I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! I WILL keep working on it! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but I WILL figure it out!

    • Kara May 18, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Sorry you are having trouble. It is probably because you are beginning and ending the alternating rows with stitches of different heights. Once you put the border around it is should look perfect 🙂

  44. Lilly Marlay June 25, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you for these beautiful patterns. Recently I prefer cleaning with my own homemade cleaning solutions and the best addition to this are beautiful and useful handmade cleaning cloths and dishcloths. Last week I made some tulle dish scrubbers and all my friends liked them very much. The dishcloths are great too and will do a great job. Thank you for sharing the patterns!

    • Kara June 26, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      My pleasure 🙂 I love using them too!

  45. Susan VanOver June 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Thank you for this pattern. I made a dishcloth and it is so pretty. I plan of making several more in different colors.

  46. Helen October 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    I, too, like other comments posted, love your designs on the dishcloths. I just fell in love with this one – it is so different. I truly like your other dishcloth patterns as well. Love your site. You have some beautiful designs – thank you for sharing them with us. You are a talented lady. Your patterns are unique. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent & patterns with the rest of us.

  47. Ashley Woodyard April 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    This is the only wash cloth pattern I use now! Thank you so much!!

    • Kara May 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

      I’m so happy to hear that!! 🙂

  48. Tiffany November 27, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Hi there. Been trying to get this going for a while. I don’t understand the Sl st in top of turning chain. I keep losing a stitch when I do this row. Can aoemonsoy advise me what I am not understanding?? Thank you!

    • Kara December 4, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Tiffany 🙂

      It means the turning chain from the previous row. In other words, at the beginning of the row below you started with a ch 2, then in your current row you are going to slip stitch into the top of chain of that ch 2. Make sense?

  49. janna January 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    Can I make this pattern bigger. Meaning…what did you cast on with …even numbers…by fours….thanks in advance


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