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Crochet Easy Basic Dishcloth: Free Beginner Pattern

Crochet Easy Basic Dishcloth: Free Beginner Pattern

Inside: Learn how to crochet the Easy Basic Dishcloth with written instructions and tutorial videos for beginners.

I’m asked this question all the time.

What’s the best first project for a beginner learning to crochet?

While there’s no one project that is best, I’d suggest one that is small, simple and easy to memorize.

That’s how I designed the Easy Basic Dishcloth pattern.  It uses only single crochet stitches and is perfect for a first project. The project goes with Lesson 1 of my How to Crochet series.  This introductory lesson covers all the basics including, how to hold your yarn and hook, make a chain, turn your work, and more. The tutorial video below even includes tips to help you fix mistakes.

crochet easy basic dishcloth

The pattern includes written instructions and links to fully captioned tutorial videos for both left and right handed crocheters.

My How to Crochet for Beginners PDF workbook includes this pattern. It has all 8 crochet lessons detailing everything you need to know to learn to crochet, links to fully-captioned tutorial videos for each lesson, and 6 full patterns just for new crocheters.

Crochet Easy Basic Dishcloth

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store or from Ravelry at the links below:


(Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I used to make this project. Using these links cost you nothing, but helps support GKK.) 

Medium (#4) weight yarn
Peaches & Creme (70.9 g/2.5 oz, 109 m/120 yds) in color Royal used in sample.

US Size H-8 (5 mm) hook
Furls Odyssey (5 mm size H) in Black & Nickel used in sample.

Tapestry needle

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)

14 sts x 16 rows in 4” (10 cm) in single crochet stitch


MEASUREMENTS 8″ x 8″ (20 x 20 cm)


To resize this pattern simply lengthen or shorten your beginning chain and knit to the length you want.

crochet easy basic dishcloth


Chain 29.

Foundation Row: Sc into second chain from the hook. Sc in next chain to end of row.

Row 1: Ch1, turn, sc in next st to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 8” or until desired length.  Cut yarn, pull loop through and weave in ends.


How to Single Crochet Video Tutorial

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The following tutorial videos demonstrate how to make a foundation chain, work the single crochet stitch and finish your work. It’s everything you need to know to crochet the Easy Basic Dishcloth.

Right handed

Left handed


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