This might be the first blog post you’ll read about dishcloths. Also the last.

Several years ago when I learned to crochet, the first things I learned to make were dishcloths.

Dean really liked them, (and I’m sure he’d want me to tell the world he had ever expressed an opinion on dishcloths,) so I made several.  I tried out various  stitches and color patterns, and kept accidentally increasing or decreasing my rows, so I ended up with a motley collection of misshapen dishcloths. We proceeded to use them daily for several years.  (We do have a dishwasher, but we use the cloths for wiping counters.)

I try to change our dishcloths out every day so they don’t get sour, which works fairly well in our dry climate.  If they get sour anyway, (which seems to happen in direct proportion to how much I make Ike and Mabel help with kitchen chores,) a trick I’ve discovered is to cover them with water in a Pyrex bowl and boil them in the microwave for about 10 minutes.  Dean also figured out this works even better if you add a little baking soda to the water.  (I really wish my washer or dryer had a “sanitary cycle,” because I can’t fit my kids’ sheets and towels in the microwave.)

But all good things must end, and our much-loved dishcloths had seen their day:


So I’m making a bunch more.  The one in the foreground above was my favorite, and after a lot of experimenting I was able to figure out what stitch I’d used (single stitch, with the hook passing through both loops on the stitch,) and I also got out my crochet encyclopedia and figured out how to keep my rows even.  I still had three cones of crochet thread from Walmart, so I’m using them up (even though the colors don’t match my kitchen’s imaginary color scheme if I ever decorate my kitchen.)  You can see how much the old ones had faded.

I really should have gift-wrapped these for Dean.  Because if there’s anything a man loves better than having his wife tell the world he has ever expressed an opinion about dishcloths, it’s getting dishcloths for Christmas.

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13 Responses to This might be the first blog post you’ll read about dishcloths. Also the last.

  1. Laura says:

    I actually love this post. I will be trying your microwave trick!

  2. Megan says:

    This post changed my life!

  3. Jen says:

    This post changed my life, too. I will be microwaving dish cloths regularly.

  4. Hannah says:

    I like. I’m trying to think of something more important to say but ate way too much Halloween candy just now to write anything intelligent.

  5. Lis says:

    Okay so this is a very timely post for me because I am just about to start knitting some dish scrubbies. I think I’m going to give them away to the neighbors for Christmas. Anyway, I read a blog where the author took strips of netting (about 1 inch) and knit them in with her dish cloths and scubbies to make them a little more abrasive. So I think I’m going to try that. Anyway, I love the cloths you made. I’m not very good at crochet, but seeing those stitch patterns makes me want to give it another go.

    • zstitches says:

      That sounds like a very good idea about the netting, but it kind of makes my fingers hurt thinking about it. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Mrs. Organic says:

    I think I might knit up some more out of my cotton spool and that microwave trick IS life-changing or at least, kitchen-changing and that is even better.

  7. Muum says:

    I gave up on the crocheting – thing. total big fail at that,but I have two daughters who make dishrags for me. found your blog over at seriously, SO blessed!

  8. Jennette says:

    I too love the crocheted (word?spelling?) dishcloths. Years ago at one of those Berkeley ward RS Service auctions, I “bought” a set from someone. Now they are unraveling, sometimes from the middle on out. It’s kind of pathetic that I’m still using some of them considering they’ve been basically reduced to a bunched up set of strings. I keep thinking that I should call my grandma and see if she’ll crochet me a bunch of new ones. How rude is that. The alternative is that I have to take up crocheting myself….and, seeing as how I couldn’t even come up with the little “devil” hood I wanted to make for Halloween, I know how successful the new dish cloths will be.

  9. Jennette says:

    p.s. I think that you know that it was not my intention to imply that you crochet me a set along with Dean’s Christmas batch o’ new cloths. I just meant for you to send me your old ones. 🙂

    • zstitches says:

      LOL, Jennette! I *could* send you my old ones . . .

      I forgot about the devil hat because that lamb costume was to-die-for cute.

  10. Aunt Ginger says:


    Your Grandmother would LOVE for you to ask her to crochet dish scrubbies for you. It is something she could do quickly, with leftover yarn colors, and she would be left feeling remembered and appreciated.

    Zina’s Aunt Ginger

  11. ashley says:

    I go through so many dish cloths and dish towels a day it is ridiculous. And I love the crocheted cloths, too.

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