I had several requests for the ruffled crochet dishcloth pattern seen in this post. We were driving off for the day to fetch Mr. Pibb and I wanted something to keep me occupied on the long drive. Something that was easy and wouldn’t require lugging around a lot of stuff. A project that could be completed with one ball of yarn sounded good, and knitting was out since that’s so hard and I wasn’t in the mood for hard.
This is a very simple project that can be completed in a couple of hours with one not very big ball of yarn. I made two of them on the way there and back from Virginia. I crocheted the first one in solid blue and the second in a variegated yarn.
I like the solid better because you can see the pattern. (Using light to medium colors also show pattern more.)
It’s a very pretty pattern, kinda looks like little flowers. It would look nice, I think, to do the edging in a different color of yarn, though. Just for fun.
This dishcloth is based on a pattern in one of those “how to” oversize pamphlets you can find on the racks wherever they sell yarn. The original project is made entirely in single crochet and has no ruffle. I made the center square smaller and expanded the edging, adding the ruffle. If you want to make this just like the original pattern, use an H hook and add a few more chains to the starter row (chain 33 instead of 27), finishing off with the two rows of single crochet around to make a 9-inch square dishcloth (which would lay entirely flat).
I just couldn’t live without the fluffy ruffle.
I also didn’t use an H hook. I used an F hook instead for a closer stitch. (Just be sure to not make your stitches too tight.) That’s one of the things I like about crochet–I feel confident enough about it to go my own way. If I did that when I was knitting, something would blow up.
You can make this dishcloth smaller, or larger, by adding or removing from the starter chains. Just be sure to chain an odd number and single crochet across your first row in an even number and go from there. You could even add additional edging rows in single or half double crochet before doing the final double crochet ruffle. You can go your own way with this project, too! It’s an easy pattern to adapt.
How to make a Ruffled Crochet Dishcloth:
Approximately 9-inch square
*100% cotton worsted weight yarn (2 ounces)
*Crochet hook, size F
Row 1. Make a slip knot and chain 27. Single crochet (sc) in back ridge of second chain from hook and in each chain across. You should have 26 sc.
Row 2. Chain 1, turn; skip first sc, 2 sc in next sc, *skip next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * across. 26 sc in each row.
Repeat until work measures to an approximate 6 1/4- to 6 1/2-inch square.
Round 1. (Do not turn work from this point forward.) Chain 1 and crochet evenly around all four sides in sc. (Stop periodically to make sure you are crocheting evenly so that work stays flat.) Make 3 sc in each corner and join last corner with a slip stitch.
Round 2. Chain 1, sc in each sc all the way around, making 3 sc in the middle sc of each corner. Join with a slip stitch.
Round 3. Chain 2 and half double crochet (hdc) in each sc all the way around, making 3 hdc in middle sc of each corner. Join with a slip stitch.
Round 4. The ruffly round! Chain 3. Make four double crochet (dc) in every other hdc stitch as you go around–except in the corners. In each corner, in the first hdc of the corner, make three dc. Chain 3. Skip the second corner hdc and make three dc in the third hdc of the corner. (After making each corner, skip one hdc stitch then carry on with making four dc in every other hdc stitch.) Join with a slip stitch at the last corner and finish off.
Note: I can’t guarantee that I did or didn’t have to skip a half double crochet stitch to make the final double crochet ruffle round work out right. (I had long since diverted from the original pattern, so I was leaping into the mist there.) Ruffles are very forgiving, so don’t worry about it. Just make it work as you go around. Ruffles hide many sins. Some of them chocolate.
If I can make this, a monkey can, so go get some yarn! I think this pattern would make cute placemats, too. If you want to make placemats, just be sure to chain an odd number for the starter chain then single crochet across an even number of stitches and the pattern will work to make whatever size rectangular placemat you want, and finish off with the ruffly edge. A placemat would probably take about two and a half times the yarn quantity, depending on the size. I also think this pattern would make great jar cozies, sized to pint and half-pint jars and whip-stitched together to make a seam, with a round base whip-stitched on at the bottom, and a ribbon slipped through the ruffles at the top to tie in a bow. (Anyone interested in a jam cozy pattern if I try that?)
I just started crocheting again and I’M ALREADY OUT OF CONTROL.