Throwback Thursday Dishcloth

by guest blogger Karen Freeman

Lately the weather has allowed many of us to have time to work projects that we may have started or start new ones. Recently, I was able to work on a vintage dishcloth pattern that can still work very well today. The hardest part of this pattern was choosing the colors. Crème de la Crème has 50 beautiful colors which made my choices endless.

3 dishcloths 2I found Crème de la Crème an easy yarn to crochet with. While it is sturdy enough for a dishcloth, it is a combed cotton making it soft enough for garments or accessories. I can see myself knitting or crocheting something for the summer season. I am very excited to have worked with the yarn. I look forward to exploring my options.

Here is the pattern I worked up using the Crème de la Crème. I happened to choose variegated colors against a solid background, but you could really do solid on solid and it would have a similar dramatic effect. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.



Mitered Dishcloths Pattern


Creme for dishclothsCoats Crème de la Crème (100% Combed Cotton, 125 yds solids, 98 yds shaded): 1 ball solid A and 1 ball multicolored B
Brown version: 
118 Linen A and 930 Browntones B
Blue version: 
870 Cornflower Blue A and 995 Ocean B
Pink version:
710 Pale Pink A and 970 Pretty in Pinks B
Susan Bates Size H (5mm) Crochet Hook
Susan Bates Yarn Needle

Gauge: 19 dc and 11 rows = 4” (10cm)


Hanging Loop

Wdishcloth 1ith B, ch 10 and join with a slip st to form a ring. Ch 1 and work 25 sc in ring. Fasten off, leaving a 6-8” (15-20cm) tail.

Note: Work all sts in the back loop only through Row 20.


dishcloth 6Row 1 (right side): With the right side of hanging loop facing, join A in a sc and pull up a loop. Ch3, dc in next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, dc in next 3 sc. Ch1 turn.
Row 2: Sc across, working 3 sc in 3rd st of 5-dc group. End with sc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3, ch 3 turn.
Row 3: Dc across, working 5 dc in 2nd st of center 3-sc group, ch1, turn.
Rows 4-20: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with Row 2. Fasten off.

Contrast Striping

Note: Contrast Striping rows are worked back over the piece from last row of cloth to ring, working in the free loops of each row and turning cloth after each row to create stripes on front and back.

dishcloth 9Row 1 (wrong side): With wrong side facing the hanging loop at bottom, join B in right corner of cloth and pull up a loop in first st. Ch1, sc in free loop of each sc across. Loosely slip st into side of row and turn work.
Row 2: Working into free loops of dc on next row above, sc across row. Work 2 loose slip sts into side of row, turn work.
Row 3: Working into free loops of sc on next row above, sc across row. Work 1 loose slip st into side of row, turn work.
Rows 4-20: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending with Row 2.
Row 21: Work 7 surface chains evenly into spaces at base of loop where first row of dc is attached.
Fasten off.


Weave in ends.

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6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday Dishcloth

  1. Pat Kirby

    to help with scrubbing I save the net bags from onions/potatoes oranges etc and attach to the back of these…lasts longer than store bought

    • Jackie Cousineau

      What a great idea you had ! I just love it !

    • Anonymous

      Though of that to. Thank you for sharing this great recycle idea.

      Susan M jensen

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Diane, Thank you for your question! RS stands for Right Side of the fabric and WS stands for Wrong Side of the fabric. We have updated the blog post to take out these confusing abbreviations.

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