What Makes a Good Dishcloth?
The best dishcloths are absorbent, textured, a decent size, and made from cotton. Cotton is so cool. It’s soft, machine washable, absorbent, and compostable.
Pros For Crocheted Dishcloths
- They have long-time use capabilities. Sponges can grow bacteria fast.
- I love how you can bunch a washcloth up to fit whatever glass or cup you need to wash.
- Washable, sanitizable, and reusable.
- Easily color-coded for separation.
- Can be used for wiping counters, appliances, dishes, or dirty munchkins.
- The texture helps to clean.
How To Sanitize Your Easy Waffle Stitch Dishcloth
I know that cotton can sometimes get a little stinky after a while. Here is a couple of quick fixes. You can boil your crocheted dishcloths in water for 15 minutes and then dry them. Try soaking them in a mixture of 1/2c. of baking soda and 1c. of vinegar before throwing them into your washer to clean. Similarly, you can use an oxygen cleaning product to soak in before washing. Also, make sure that after use they are rinsed well and hung to air dry. This will help to keep the nasties down to a minimum.
Why You Should Crochet A Dishcloth
I love all sorts of dishcloths. The cellulose ones soak up spills easily. While the microfiber ones are great for cleaning mirrors, computer screens, and more. But, I love my crocheted ones best. They are a really easy beginner project and work up fast. You’ll have them almost forever if you choose to. (I work up new ones each year just to start fresh though.)
Which Material Should You Use?
Always use cotton or a cotton/bamboo/hemp blend. Natural fibers work best for this type of project. Acrylic is made from plastic and will not absorb well or hold up over time. Mercerized cotton has been treated so that it can withstand being washed multiple times.
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Why The Waffle Stitch?
When searching for a stitch to use for creating a great dishcloth, I saw many out there. The waffle stitch came up time and time again though. After making it and using it I now know why. The squares are great at picking up dirt and the stitch is airy enough so that the cloth dries really quickly.
Now that you know how awesome dishcloths are, why don’t you crochet yourself an easy waffle stitch dishcloth? Come on, you know you want to. Trust me, you’ll love them! I would love to see your finished objects in the comments below.
Waffle Weave DishCloth
Written in US Terms
1 Skein of Mainstays Cotton Yarn in Opaline Green or Soft Silver. Or any #4 weight cotton yarn of your choice will work.
5mm H Crochet Hook
Finished size: Approx. 9” x 9″
Notes: 1 Skein will make 2 dishcloths.
CH: Chain (#): Stitch count
SC: Single ST(s): Stitch(es)
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
SL ST: Slip Stitch
R1: In the 2nd CH from the hook place a DC. DC in each chain loop until the end. CH 2 and turn. (34)
R2: FPDC around the 1st ST, (Not the turning chain). FPDC around the next ST. DC in the top of the next ST. Continue the pattern of FPDC, FPDC, DC until you reach the end. Your last ST should be a DC into the top of the turning chain. CH 2 and turn.
R3: Place a DC into the 1st ST. DC into the 2nd ST. Then FPDC around the 3rd ST. Continue the pattern of DC, DC, FPDC until you reach the end. DC into the top of the turning CH. CH 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the cloth measures approximately 8.5” x 8.5”. Do not fasten off.
When you come to the last ST in your last row, CH 1 and turn.
SC in each ST back across the last row.
Place 2SC in the turning chain to go around the corner. Continue to SC around the cloth placing 2SC in each corner. (Make sure to place your SC into the turning chains, not under them. Going under the turning chains will create holes along the side.)
When you get to the end of the last side, place one SL ST in the last 3 stitches. Fasten off
and weave in the ends.
I’ve now used these exact dishcloths for my cleaning and I can attest to their awesome capabilities. I’ve since gotten rid of all of my other dishcloths in favor of these! Let me know in the comments below how you feel about these Waffle stitch dishcloths.
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