Crochet a quick and easy textured dish cloth with this free crochet washcloth pattern. Uses the modified bean stitch, a variation of sc and includes video tutorial.
Last month I crocheted my first ever washcloth and, I have to admit, I really liked it. Enough to make a few more. I wanted to experiment with some different stitch patterns that I like and I’m working them up for a larger project I have in mind that I will be sharing soon.
Design story and inspiration for this simple washcloth pattern
This washcloth is made from another of my favorite stitch patterns which uses a smaller version of the Bean Stitch. Some people call it the Mini Bean St but I’ve always called it the Modified Bean Stitch and I’ve used it in the Simple Textured Cuff and the Quick and Easy Messy Bun Hat.
I have a tendency to stick with a similar name if I’m using the same stitch pattern – and sometimes I get hooked on one and make a bunch of things out of the same stitch before moving on to another.
I also tend to find that I go in spurts where I will make a lot of the same type of item before moving on to something else that catches my eye. Anyone else do that?
I’ve made scarves, then baby booties, now I’m liking washcloths, etc. I am still working on other projects, though, and I have a baby blanket almost finished that I can’t wait to share!
My first designs were almost all sweaters, and I still do design those but mainly for publication. A full adult-sized sweater is a LOT of work!! (I’m sure anyone out there who has even attempted one can tell you that!)
So I’m sticking to a little smaller and less complicated projects when I can… especially for these warm summer months.
About the Yarn
There is so much to love about Lion Brand Yarns. You can pretty much bet you will find a favorite among them, and this is one of my favorite yarns for crochet dish cloths or washcloths.
The 24/7 Cotton holds up well, comes in many colors, and is a dream to work with. If you are looking for a durable crochet washcloth, look no farther.
I’m not a big fan of a lot of the cheaper cotton yarns. I used a lot of those when I was starting out and just don’t like the way they feel. So, if you’re like me and ready to move on to something that doesn’t break the bank but has a better feel to it, give this yarn a try.
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Simple Textured Washcloth
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Jade (1 Skein)
Hook: H/8 (5.0mm)
Notions: Yarn needle
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Approximately 9″ square after blocking
Gauge: 19 sts and 12 rows – 4″ in pattern st
Modified Bean Stitch (mbs): insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops on hook
Simple Crochet Washcloth Pattern
Row 1: Mbs in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, mbs in next ch; rep from * to end – 35 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, mbs in first st, *ch 1, mbs in next mbs; rep from * to end.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 8 1/2″ from beginning.
Click here for the left handed tutorial
Border: Ch 1, work one round of sc around edge of washcloth, working 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Block to measurements.
That’s it! Super simple and I love the texture it gives, especially with this Lion Brand cotton yarn. I hope you enjoy!
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I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I don’t see a key explaining the stitch abbreviations. What does “mbs” mean please.
Hi Anita! There are instructions for this stitch right under the gauge. 🙂
Modified Bean Stitch (mbs): insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops on hook.
There is no such thing as a stupid question. – author unknown
Love you washcloth. Would like to see more easy washcloth patterns. I make them for Operation Christmas Child at Christmas. Thank you
What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for the suggestion Carolyn! I’ll be sure to create some new washcloth patterns very soon! 🙂
Love your pattern! I make dish cloth/pot holder sets for Christmas presents every year so am always looking for new, fast and easy patterns. Thanks so much!
So glad you like it! This is one of my favorite stitches 🙂
Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead
I can hardly wait to make this washcloth! The texture looks lovely yet the pattern seems easy. My adult daughter enjoys all the cotton washcloths and dish cloths I crochet and I think she will love this texture! Thank you for sharing the free pattern!
I wish writers on these blogs would put the weight of yarn
ty for pattern
have to make some
OOH. I am going to try this MBS stitch in a wash cloth. Then on to a baby blanket.
I am going to go for the ‘change color’ every few rows to use my Red Heart skeins just crying for me to do something with them here in my CRAP ROOM.
Amanda, any thoughts on how many chains I should start on my blanket? I will try and go for a simple border using each color . A ‘no brainer’ project so I can watch my Westerns at the same time and not miss a shoot-out.
How can I print out the simple textured washcloth pattern without all the advertisements?
I made six of these for prizes at a bridal shower. I used Lily & Cream 100% cotton yarn and a size H hook. They turned out beautifully! Kind of a spa-type washcloth. I tried posting a photo, but am not having any luck. I LOVE this textured pattern! A bonus is that it’s an easy pattern to weave in loose ends! Thanks so much for the post.
Yay!! I’m so glad these worked out so well. 🙂 This is my favorite wash cloth pattern so far.
Would 24/7 yarn work well for dishcloths ? Thank you.
I’ve made a dishcloth with it before and it worked well! It’s a good cotton yarn so it should be good. 🙂
I love this pattern! the texture feels great and i love that it’s not too thick. I used 8/8 cotton btw. + at the end of the rows i only chained 1 indstead of 2 for a smoother look :DD