Learn how to crochet a dishcloth by crocheting into the front loops only in order to achieve a nice ribbed texture. This article provides you with basic instructions on what the front loops are, as well as a free pattern for you to enjoy.
Working into the front loops of your work will not only give you a nice ribbed texture, but it will also make the fabric much softer. Thus, this crochet dishcloth pattern is perfect for gifting as well.
And if you know the basic crochet stitches, then you are ready to learn this pattern.
So, what are the front loops? When you hold your crochet work up you will see two loops on top of each stitch. These loops fit together to shape a small V. The loop that is closest to you is known as the front loop, and the one facing away from you is the back loop.
Normally when you crochet, you insert your hook under both the front and back loops. However, in this pattern, you will insert your hook only under the front loop. That leaves the back loop free and you get a nice ridge.
For this crochet dishcloth, you will need the following materials: a worsted weight #4 cotton yarn and an I/9-5.50mm crochet hook.
Then to begin, make 23 chains. Make more or less depending on how big you want your cloth.
Row 1 (Right Side): Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and into each chain across. Turn. [22 single crochet stitches]
Starting now you will only crochet into the front loops.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Chain 1, half double crochet in first single crochet and into each stitch across. Turn. [22 half double crochet stitches]
Row 3: Chain 1, single crochet in first half double crochet and into each stitch across. Turn.
Rows 4-15: Repeat rows 2 and 3 omitting last turn at row 15.
With Right Side facing, chain 1 and single crochet evenly around working 3 single crochet in each corner; join with a slip stitch in first single crochet. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Since the above dishcloth pattern is so easy to adjust in size, you can basically use any yarn and hook size and make anything you like from a narrow scarf to a baby blanket, or even a full-sized blanket.
If you make this crochet dishcloth you will see how beautiful the texture is, and you just might find yourself making a few for yourself and your friends.