Not Your Granny’s Dishcloth

This is my first attempt at tapestry style crochet.  It was way easier than I expected it to be, and the outcome is just so adorable!

This dishcloth pattern is modern, stylish, and can be made from any two colours to work with your home decor.  The tapestry style crochet doubles up the thickness of the cloth, making it super durable and absorbent.

I realize that tapestry style crochet is a little bit scary, but I promise you its not as difficult as I thought.  I found this great tutorial, which includes step by step instructions, pictures, and a link to a youtube video tutorial as well. Make sure to look over the paragraph on right side and wrong side instructions. The pictures below show the right and wrong side on my dishcloth. You’ll notice the contrast colour shows on the edges on the wrong side, whereas the right side is nice and clean.

The text pattern does look very overwhelming, I agree. Just take it one row at at time, and it will work up faster and easier than you think! If you are anything like me, I found a visual chart to be VERY helpful. There is a grid style chart that I made with Stitch Fiddle included in my PDF file that you can download from my etsy store for the low price of $1.50.

See the text pattern below, or click here for the ad-free PDF version (with pixel chart for easy reading and text as well).

“Not Your Granny’s Dishcloth”

What you will need:

  • approximately 40 g each of two colours of cotton yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter
  • size 4mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations used:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet

 

Notes:

  • Carry both strands all the way through starting with row 1 (not your chains).  Even though you don’t need the second colour until row three, it will make the first two rows smaller if the other strand isn’t carried through it. Do not cut strands of yarn when switching colours. Just continue to carry them through the whole project.
  • This project is worked on both sides, so it will have a right side and a wrong side. Make sure to read the linked tutorial above for instructions on right and wrong side tapestry.
  • Make sure to make your stitches nice and tight, and to pull the strands of yarn tight before switching colours so they don’t show through the contrasting colour stitches.

Starting with colour A.

ch 33

Row 1: sc in 2nd st from hook. sc in each st across. (32)

Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc in each st across.

Row 3: With colour B. ch 1, turn. sc in each st across.

Row 4: ch 1, turn. sc in each st across.

Row 5: With colour A. ch 1, turn. sc in each st across

Row 6: ch 1, turn sc in each st across.

Row 7: ch 1, turn. 3 sc. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 4. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 6.  Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 3.

Row 8: ch 1, turn. 2 sc. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 6. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 4. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 2.

Row 9: ch 1, turn. 1 sc. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 3. With B, sc 2. With A, sc 3. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 2. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 1.

Row 10: With B, ch 1, turn. sc 3. *With A, sc 3. With B, sc 4. With A, sc 3.* With B, sc 6. Repeat from * to *. With B, sc 3.

Row 11: ch 1, turn. sc 2. *With A, sc 3. With B, sc 6. With A, sc 3.* With B, sc 4. Repeat from * to *. With B, sc 2.

Row 12: With A, ch 1, turn. sc 4. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 2. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 3. With B, sc 2. With A, sc 3. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 4.

Row 13: ch 1, turn. sc 3. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 4. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 6. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 3.

Row 14: ch 1, turn, sc 2. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 6. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 4. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 2.

Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc 1. *With B, sc 3. With A, sc 8. With B, sc 3.* With A, sc 2. Repeat from * to *. With A, sc 1.

Row 16: With B, ch 1, turn. sc 3. With A, sc 10. With B, sc 6. With A, sc 10, With B, sc 3.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn. sc 2. With A, sc 12. With B, sc 4. With A, sc 12. With B, sc 2.

Row 18 & 19: Repeat row 17.

(Now we just mirror the first 16 rows by going backwards! )

Repeat rows 16-1 in that order!

Fasten off and weave in ends.  You may find you want to block your work for a nice even finish. (However, it is in fact a dishcloth, so it doesn’t need to be perfect I guess!)

Side note, please comment below if you have any issues with the pattern. I swear I went cross eyed typing this one out, so I hope their aren’t any errors!

Enjoy your fancy new dishcloth, and all of the comments asking where you bought such a cute rag 🙂

~ Jess

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