Spruce up your kitchen or give a useful gift with a bright and colorful reusable crochet dishcloth! A great project for beginner to intermediate skills.
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So today we’re going to make a corner to corner diagonal crochet dishcloth. They only LOOK super hard. I promise. So let’s sit back, grab a glass of sweet tea like the good southern lady you are and I’m gonna teach you how to make these! I especially like these for gifts on holidays like Mother’s Day and Earth Day or for take home presents from a bridal or baby shower!
Diagonal Crochet Dishcloth
Size G Crochet Hook – I really like these from Boye
1 ball cotton yarn – I used Lily Sugar n’ Cream in Ahoy!
Tapestry or yarn needle
Time: 1-2 hours depending on experience
Cost: $5 for yarn. Makes 2 per ball.
Handmade awesomeness: 12 (out of 10)
You guys remember when I was obsessed with chunky yarn? Welp, it is now summer and hot AF in the San Fernando Valley. We’re talking low 100’s and there is no room for chunky yarns what so ever. So I have made the switch to cotton yarn like Lily Sugar n’ Cream. I’m a bit in love with their fun ombre colors and the fact that they’re so versatile.
* Please note that I am in no way a professional pattern writer or crochet-er so please let me know if you have questions or find any errors. This pattern is meant for beginners so it has a TON of explanations. You have been warned. 😉
Diagonal Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
ch: Chain stitch
sl: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together
This project is worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY so just be prepared for that. If you’re unsure of what that means, it is putting your needle through only one loop of your stitch instead of the usual two. You’re going to stitch into the back loop (the one furthest from your face.)
Start by creating a slip knot at the end of your yarn and ch 4. Turn
Row 1: In the second stitch from the end, SC. Keep SC for a total of 3 stitches. Ch 1
Row 2: SC 2 stitches into the back loop of the first stitch. (this is an increase) SC into the back loop of next stitch then inc into the back loop of the final stitch. 5 stitches total
Row 3: SC 2 in back loop of 1st stitch. SC in back loops across until last stitch. SC 2 in back loop of last stitch. Ch 1. 7 stitches total
Row 4-24: Repeat row 3 until you have a total of 48 stitches across.
Row 25: SC2Tog in first stitch, sc in BACK LOOPS accross. sc2tog in final two stitches. Ch 1. 47 st total.
To SC2Tog: (I write this because it took me 3 times to figure out exactly what I was doing when I first learned what that meant)
Pull up a loop in the BACK LOOPS of the first two SC. To do this, you’re going to go in like you’re making a sc but instead of looping that yarn around again and pulling it through, you’re going to leave the loop on the hook. After you’ve pulled up both loops, you’re going to hook the yarn through and slip stitch through all three loops on your needle.
Row 26-46: Repeat row 25 until you have 3 stitches left.
To finish: SC3tog. Pull up loops for the last 3 stitches and crochet together. Cut the yarn and pull it through to finish off your diagonal crochet dishcloth.
Use the tapestry or yarn needle to weave in your ends. If it’s not as square as you’d like it, you can “Block it” by getting it wet and stretching it into shape as it dries. Voila! Now go wash some dishes… or not. Just make your kitchen look cute okay?
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Chelsea, I really like the color combination. Thanks for this wonderful idea, i am new to sewing and knitting, and have knitted small items. The crochet dishcloth is definitely a good to idea to give as a gift. I am going to try this in this weekend. Thanks for coming up with this idea.May 20, 2017 at 9:00 am
This looks so fun! How do I take care of these handmade washcloths — do they need any special care?June 6, 2017 at 8:46 am
They’re pretty easy to take care of. I just rinse mine out really well and hang them up to dry. If they get super gross, I rinse them and throw them in the washing machine with my regular color wash. Hang them up to dry because they might get deformed in the dryer. Happy making!June 7, 2017 at 10:26 am
I crochet loops on mine so I can hang them from a command hook hanging from my dishwasher. Now for my question, have you ever made this using the waffle weave stitch? I love this stitch but for some reason am having trouble making it look right.August 31, 2018 at 1:34 pm
I have never tried the waffle weave stitch actually! It looks really cool though! and I love the idea of crocheting a loop on there for better storageSeptember 21, 2018 at 7:17 am
Love this pattern, although I am not sure I did it right. I love the way it turned out. ? I wish I could post a picture. ??♀️November 16, 2019 at 5:00 am
If you’ve got a ravelry account, you can post it here: Ravelry-Diagonal DishclothNovember 18, 2019 at 6:13 pm
And as long as you love it, you made it correctly 🙂