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Free Pattern: crocheted square washcloth!

stack of blue/green crochet washcloths

Who doesn’t love crocheted washcloths? This pattern is worked in the round, so you can make the washcloth as large as you’d like without too much advance planning!

crochet washclothsYou’ll need:

  • yarn Cotton works best, I’ve used a worsted weight yarn to make the washcloths pictured
  • a hook Use the hook size recommended on the yarn’s ball band. I use a size H for worsted weight yarn
  • a stitch marker (optional) (for marking the start of the round)

Of course, you can use any size yarn that you’d like, as long as you use a crochet hook to suit. For the washcloths pictured (which are about 8″ square), about 50-60 yards was used.

The Pattern

sc: single crochet
st(s): stitch(es)

pattern notes
If you’d like to get the ‘ridges’ that are shown in the sample washcloths, then crochet through the back loop only. For a ‘more traditional’ look, crochet through both loops. This decision is purely stylistic, and you’ll have a great washcloth either way.

The general pattern is that you’ll sc 3 times in each corner stitch. The row-by-row pattern is written out below. For this pattern, each round will finish a stitch or two short of what you may expect. It’s done this way so that the written pattern is less complicated. Just roll with it for a round or two, and you’ll quickly discover the general pattern… and can continue on your own!

To start, ch 2
Round 1: Sc 8 times in 2nd chain from hook (8)
Round 2: * Sc 1, sc 3 in next st. Repeat from * 3 times. (16)
Round 3: Sc in next 2 sts. * Sc 3 times in next st, Sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 2 times. Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next st. (24)
Round 4: Sc in next 3 sts. * Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 2 times. Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 2 sts. (32)
Round 5: Sc in next 4 sts. * Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 2 times. Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 3 sts. (40)
Round 6: Sc in next 5 sts. * Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 2 times. Sc 3 times in next st, sc in next 4 sts. (48)

Keep working this pattern until your washcloth is the size you want! The general pattern is to single crochet three times in each corner stitch… and to keep going! Easy!

Stacey from FreshStitches



  1. Love it! I look forward to trying this one.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Hugs & Blessings,
    ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`♥Anita

  2. H, I don’t understand why wee need to know how to slip stitch if there is no slip stitching in the pattern.

    • Hi Ami-
      I’m not sure I see what you’re pointing at… as far as I’m concerned you don’t need to!

      • Oh, sorry! I read the abbreviations wrong. I apologize :/

  3. Nikki SAYS...

    I believe your stitch count after row 2 may be a typo. I’ve done it a few times and come up with 16 at the end of that row every single time. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Eep! A typo is certainly possible!
      This is more of a recipe than a ‘pattern’… the most important thing is that you establish a square pattern… get it started and keep going! 🙂

  4. Breezed SAYS...

    Thank you for the easy and most of all free pattern. I love to crochet my own dishcloths and this is one of my favorites. Can you give me a tip on how to end my last row and have it even? Not sure if that makes sense to you. I always keep a marker at the end stitch so when I am on the last round and get back to that end stitch, the row never ends perfectly even. When I look at your photos and other Ravelry photos, all sides are even.

    • To end it most nicely, do the last stitch as a slip stitch, and then wave in your ends well… it’ll pull the knot down 🙂

  5. Dina Williams SAYS...

    I crochet left handed… and I am not joining rounds…I I don’t think it’s supposed to actually be “evenly squared” but I do like it… it’s a little lopsided but cute