Crocheting of tea towel/Dishcloths  and washcloths

Crocheting of tea towel/Dishcloths  and washcloths

Tea towels and washcloths are both satisfactory crochet projects. They offer a fantastic opportunity to try out different crochet stitches and colour combinations. They require neither time nor money. They work quickly and when you are finished, you have a useful item to give away or keep.

It is easy to crochet a tea towel or washcloth.


Select either a tea towel pattern or a stitch pattern. Whichever you prefer, you will find a free sample to choose from.


Select a yarn. For tea towels you probably want to choose a kitchen cotton yarn, although there are other possibilities. Crochet machines have used cotton embroidery thread, mercerized cotton yarns and cotton crochet threads to make tea towels. The key is to choose an absorbent material that can be machine washed and can withstand considerable wear.

The same criteria apply to washcloths, but for a washcloth you have an additional consideration. The material you choose should also be soft enough to be used on human skin for longer. Kitchen cotton is sufficient, but you may prefer an even softer yarn.

Crochet hooks

In many cases you can use the crochet hook size indicated on the yarn label or your pattern. Use a 5 mm US size H crochet hook for crocheting kitchen cotton dish towels or washcloths with worsted kitchen cotton yarn. Depending on how you crochet and which pattern you use, using a G, I or J hook may be more convenient.

Start chain

If you use a tea towel or washcloth pattern, this pattern will show you everything you need to know from now on, including the length of your start chain.

Once you have decided on a stitch pattern, you need to find out how long you want to make your start chain. The stitch instructions usually contain information about the “multiple”, which you should consider when deciding how many chain stitches to start with.

Start with crocheting

The next step is to crochet your tea towel according to the stitch pattern you have chosen. When you are finished, weave in your ends. You may want to wash the finished project before use.

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