The Best Crochet Washcloth

Crochet Washcloth 1

I’ve really been on a cotton kick because of the warm weather (and because cotton is great), and I was all pumped up ready to do a blog post on crocheting a tunisian simple stitch washcloth out of some pretty blue cotton I’ve had lying around.

UPDATE 8/18/2020: There’s now a growing playlist of Tunisian Crochet tutorials on the Morale Fiber YouTube channel – perfect for beginners wanting some basic Tunisian instruction!

Reasons why Tunisian Simple Stitch is the ideal stitch for washcloths:

1. Two-sided: Tunisian simple stitch creates a smooth surface on one side of the work and a nubby, ridged surface (similar to garter stitch) on the other side. (The smooth side is pictured above, the nubby side is pictured below)

crochet washcloth 3
Nubby scrubby goodness.

2. Tunisian simple stitch rows are compact and set close together- no gaping holes in the stitching. Unlike the first crochet waschloth I attempted, which was in double crochet in a large gauge – terrible idea. It wasn’t the kind of dense, solid material you want for a washcloth.

3. Tunisian creates a firm fabric that doesn’t like to stretch (unlike knitting). So you’re crochet that looks neat and firm when made stays that way even when used to scrub! Again, my first washcloth ended up looking more like a fishing net because I used double crochet and it stretched like crazy.

In the end, there are a lot of crochet washcloth patterns out there. Even the skein of Bernat Cotton DeLux I used sported a free pattern for a crochet washcloth – one I beg you not to attempt, for the love of solid, usable washcloths.

An offset single crochet, ch 1 mesh? Uh.. no.
An offset single crochet, ch 1 mesh? Uh.. no thank you.

I used a 6.00 mm tunisian crochet hook, some cotton yarn (pictured above) and a 25 stitch long Tunisian simple stitch repeat. Again, I have Tunisian Tutorials available if you are unfamiliar with this type of crochet!

crochet washcloth 2

There is so much affordable cotton yarn at the hobby stores and online – Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton is another of my favorites. You certainly don’t need to run out and buy boutique yarn for this kind of project! Who wants to spend $50 on a washcloth?

Don’t have a tunisian hook? Fear not. Again, most of us don’t have big washcloth budgets … some of us may not even want to spare the extra cash to get a special hook. The good news is that my washcloth is small enough to fit on a regular crochet hook with a stopper rigged up to the end.

crochet washcloth 4
Necessity is the mother of invention and also it’s a good excuse to get wine.

You could use duct tape or rubber bands, too. Anything that stops your stitches from slipping off the end of your hook.

The Best Crochet Washcloth Pattern:

Materials: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton DeLux, or other worsted weight cotton. A coordinating color (optional), tapestry or yarn needle.

Hook: 6.00 mm tunisian hook or regular hook with a stopper (as long as the grippy middle part of the hook isn’t huge).

Gauge: 4 stitches in tunisian simple stitch = 1″

Ch 25.

Row 1: (forward pass) draw up a loop from each chain stitch.

Row 2: (backward pass) Yo, draw through one loop. *Yo, draw through 2 lps) repeat to the end.

Row 3: Ch 1 (counts as first stitch of forward pass), draw up a loop through each stitch to the end.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 22 more times.

When last backward pass is complete, chain 10. Slip stitch at the base of the chain (hanging loop for washcloth is complete), cut yarn and tie off.

Attach contrasting yarn color, single crochet in each stitch or row edge around the entire washcloth , working 3 sc at each corner. Join with a slip stitch when round is complete.

For an extra border, slip stitch Β in each stitch two rows in from the edge stitches around the entire washcloth. Cut yarn and tie off.

Weave in all ends. Congratulate yourself for not having spent $50 on a washcloth.


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  1. Hey Regina,
    You must like challenges – the Tunisian crochet and the spinning are about two of the only artisan crafts I have yet to try. Yet, they are the two that captivate me most. Maybe it’s because I haven’t attempted them. Fear of getting it botched is the main reason, however, you show your real life errors in the spinning, so I can’t really use this as an excuse anymore. I am going to give the Tunisian primer pattern a go TODAY!!! I readily agree that the deemed ‘couture’ cottons and yarns are not necessary in projects, where another cheaper option is the same or even more favorable. I usually look on the web and see what other yarns are able to replace said yarn.
    Thanks again for your intriguing post!!! Today is catchup day on your posts.


    1. Haha, I DO enjoy challenges… or rather I guess I just have a detail-oriented personality – if some aspect of something is a mystery, I tend to want to solve it! I am not sure yet if this qualifies me as a control freak πŸ˜‰

    1. Good point! A slip stitch washcloth would be as sturdy and effective as the tunisian stitch. I pretty much never work anything in slip stitch alone, so I never would have thought about that!

  2. I really enjoyed your post about Tunisian dishcloths. I’m into Tunisian lately, not sure if I really like it, but I have made some cute hats and a few plain dishcloths. Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your instructions… and your sense of humor and practicality!

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