Crochet this Kitchen Set – Patterns for coordinated dishcloths and scrubbies.

Whether you are concerned about the environment and love the idea of eco-friendly, washable, re-usable dishcloths and scrubbies that you’ve made yourself, or whether you love making small projects that are useful around the house, you can’t go past this kitchen set. The patterns included here are for two different styles of dishcloth and a scrubby – Roxy’s Dishcloth, Feel the Love Dishcloth and The Marcus Scrubby. I’ve been making this in colour coordinated sets as gifts for friends and sell in my Etsy shop, but you could of course make them individually.

Roxy’s Dishcloth

Roxy’s Dischcloth is a very easy pattern, suitable for beginners.  It uses the Suzette Stitch (sometimes called a Thicket Stitch) which is a combination of single and double crochets (double and treble crochets in UK terms).  This stitch is perfect for when you want something that has some thickness to it but isn’t a yarn eater like a puff stitch or bobble stitch.  It’s also a perfect stitch for when you want something more than a plain single or double crochet but still want the yarn’s colouring to be the main design feature. The Long Dog Wool Stitch Tutorial for this stitch can be found on this blog here and on You Tube here.

Speaking of the colouring, this dishcloth is named for one of the long dogs of Long Dog Wool – Roxy – because it is a colourful version of her chocolate dapple coat.  This is her as a tiny 10 week old puppy and recently trying to steal a baby blanket I was making.  She’s now 10 years old and is my constant companion.

This dishcloth is eco-friendly if made from 100% Cotton which is washable and re-usable.  So it is beautiful, practical and good for the environment! I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Ombre as it is the perfect weight and texture and the colourways fall beautifully with this stitch. There is a huge variety of colours to choose from and they coordinate well with the solid version for The Love Dischcloth and the RedHeart Scrubby yarn for the scrubby.

The pattern here is in USA crochet terms but both USA and UK versions are available as a FREE pdf rom my Ravelry store. They also contain useful additional information. You can download either of them from HERE.

Materials

  • Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Ombre Yarn – I get 2 dishcloths out of one ball of this yarn.
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle.

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sk = skip

Instructions

Foundation:  ch 24

Row 1:   sc in 2nd ch from the hook, dc in the SAME st as the sc, sk next st, *sc and dc in the next st, sk next st, repeat from * to last st, sc ONLY in the last st, ch 1, turn.

TIP:  From here on, you will only work in the single crochets of the previous row and you will skip the double crochets.

Row 2:   sc and dc in the first st (the last sc you did on the previous row), sk the next st, *sc and dc into the next st, sk the next st, repeat from * to last st on row, sc only in the last t, ch 1, turn.

Rows 3-20: repeat row 2.

Finish off and weave in ends.

It really is that simple!


Feel the Love Dishcloth

The Feel the Love Dishcloth is an easy to intermediate pattern which uses bobbles and front post double crochet stitches to add visual interest…. including a heart at its centre.  These stitches also serve a practical purpose – they give a little extra ‘grunt’ to cleaning stubborn food off your dishes and benchtops. 

The pattern is written using a 3-stitch bobble, but if you want the heart to ‘pop’ more or you want a little extra scrubbing power, you can substitute a 5-stitch bobble. Just be aware that the 5-stitch version uses more yarn! If you haven’t done these stitches before, or aren’t confident about them, have a look at the Long Dog Wool Video Stitch Tutorials. The bobble stitch can be found here . The front post double crochet (front post treble crochet in UK terms) can be found here.

The pattern here is in USA crochet terms but both USA and UK versions are available as a FREE pdf rom my Ravelry store. You can download either of them from HERE. The printed patterns include photos to help with some of the tricky bits on the border.

Materials

  • Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (Solids and Denim)
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle.

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • slst = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • bo = bobble stitch
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sk = skip

Instructions

Special Note:  The main part of the dishcloth is done in rows.  The edging is done in rounds.

Foundation:    ch 22

Row 1:      sc in second ch from hook, sc in each st across

Row 2:      ch 1 (does not count as first st here and throughout), sc in each st across

Row 3:      ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, Bob, sc in next 10 sts.

Row 4:      ch 1,  sc in each st across

Row 5:      ch 1, sc in next 8 sts, Bob, sc in next 3 sts, Bob, sc in next 8 sts

Row 6:      ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 7:      ch 1, sc in next 6 sts, Bob, sc in next 7 sts, Bob, sc in next 6 sts

Row 8:      ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 9:      ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, Bob, sc in next 11 sts, Bob, sc in next 4 sts

Row 10:    ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 11:    ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, Bob, sc in next 15 sts, Bob, sc in next 2 sts

Row 12:    ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 13:    ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, Bob, sc in next 7 sts, Bob, sc in next 2 sts

Row 14     ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 15:    ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, Bob, sc in next 5 sts, Bob, sc in next 3 sts, Bob, sc in next 5 sts, Bob, sc in next 2 sts

Row 16:    ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 17:   ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, Bob, sc in next 2 sts, Bob, sc in next 7 sts, Bob, sc in next 2 sts, Bob, sc in next 3 sts

Row 18:    ch 1, sc in each st across

Row 19:    ch 1, sc in each st across, turn

The next two rows are worked around the entire square and will now be called Round 1 and Round 2. Some of the stitches may be a little tricky so there are some photos to help explain them.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as both sc and dc of the corner), dc in next 20 sts, ch 1, 2 sc into SIDE of last dc (corner made) [see photos 1a and 1b], sc in the end of each row with the last sc in the corner st (19 sc), ch 2, dc in same st (corner made) [See photo 2], dc in next 20 sts, ch 1, 2 sc around side of previous dc (corner made), sc in end of each row (20 scs), 2 sc around ch 2 that formed first dc of the round.

Round 2:  Ch 1, hdc in corner space (corner made), hdc in next st [often hidden by the corner – see photo 3], fpdc around next dc, *hdc in next st (skipping st behind the previous fpdc), fpdc in next st, repeat from * 7 more times (9 fpdc), hdc in next 2 sts, hdc in corner sp created by ch 1 of previous round, ch 1, sc in corner space (corner made), sc in each of next 20 sts, 2 sc in corner ch sp, ch 1, hdc in corner sp (corner made), hdc in next st (check in case it is hidden by corner sts), fpdc around next dc, *hdc in next st (skipping st behind fpdc), fpdc around next st, repeat from * 8 times (10 fpdc on that side), hdc in next 2 sts, (hdc, ch1, sc) in corner space, sc in each of next 23 sts, slst to next st.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.


The Marcus Scrubby

The Marcus Scrubby is a great little addition to your kitchen cleaning arsenal.  Because it is washable and reusable, it is eco-friendly.  Made with RedHeart Scrubby Yarn in either cotton or polyester, it has little rough nubbly bits that really get that baked on food off of your dishes, pots and pans without scratching them. Even better, it is washable and reusable!

This is a very easy pattern which uses single crochet and half double crochet stitches (double crochet and half treble crochet in UK terms) as well as half double crochet decrease (also known as half double crochet 2 together). I will admit, the yarn isn’t the easiest to work with at first.  All I can say is be persistent… after you’ve made a couple of these, your hands seem to figure out how to work with it and it gets a easier.  I was making these with my Furls* Streamline Swirl hook but I found that the Furls Odyssey glides through this yarn better.

About the name…. Marcus is the other long dog at Long Dog Wool.  The scrubby is named for him because when I made the prototype, he obviously didn’t read the label and mistook it for a new toy for himself. I never did get it back from him.  Neither did Roxy, and usually she can steal anything from him. Marcus loves his scrubby and I love Marcus.  So this pattern is now his.

Materials

  • Red Heart Scrubby or Red Heart Scrubby Cotton Yarn
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • slst = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc-dec = half double crochet decrease
  • st = stitch
  • sk = skip
  • blo = back loop only

Instructions

Optional:        Use stitch markers to mark the first stitch of each round if you have trouble seeing where the first stitch of the round is.  The scrubby yarn has terrible stitch definition so it might be wise to use a marker.

Note:               The chain at the start of each round does not count as a stitch.  When you join at the end of each round, you join into the actual stitch made (sc or hdc) and NOT into the chain.  The first stitch of the next round is made into the same st as the slst below it.

Foundation:    Make a magic ring.  [As you work the next round, do not work over the tail.  You will need it at the end.]

Pro tip: this yarn doesn’t pull smoothly closed and can actually break if you tug too hard.  It is better to pull with one hand while using the other hand to help slide the stitches across the yarn until the circle is closed.

Round 1:         ch 2 (does not count as st here or throughout), 6 hdc into magic ring, join with slst to first hdc (not the ch), pull ring closed.  (6 sts)

Round 2:         ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join with slst to first hdc of round. (12 sts)

Round 3:         ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join with slst to first hdc of round.  (24 sts)

Round 4:         ch 2, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, continue from * around, join with slst in first hdc of round. (36 sts)

Round 5:         ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join with slst in first sc of round.  (36 sts)

Round 6:         ch 2, hdc in blo of each st around, join with slst in first hdc of round.  (36 sts).

Round 7:         ch 2, hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, *hdc-dec over next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, continue from * around, slst to first hdc-dec of round. (27 sts)

Round 8:         ch 2, hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc in next st, *hdc-dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next st, repeat from * around, join with slst to first st of round.  (18 sts).

Round 9:         ch 2, hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc in next st, *hdc-dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next st, repeat from * around, join with slst to first st of round.  (12 sts).

Round 10:       ch 2, hdc-dec over first 2 sts, *hdc-dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around, join with slst to first st of round.  (6 sts)

Finish off leaving about a 15cm (6”) tail. Bring beginning tail through the centre opening to use shortly. Thread the ending tail into the yarn needle and weave around the opening, pull it to close the opening, making sure the beginning tail is sticking out.  Tug both tails so that scrubby goes flat, then tie the two tails together in a knot.  Thread both tails into yarn needle and push the needle through the centre and pull out the other side, bringing the tails to the other side of the scrubby, tie the tails into a knot again, then thread the needle again and push through to the other side.  Insert needle again and pull the tails through the inside of the scrubby to near the outer edge.  Clip the ends. 

All done!


Thank you….

Thank you for exploring these patterns. I hope you enjoy making them as much as using them. Here are the links again, all in one convenient place:

Happy hooking!

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*A note about the Furls hooks mentioned earlier – Furls is not affiliated with me in any way, nor do I receive any compensation for mentioning their hooks. I just really love them as they are specially made to reduce repetitive strain injury and help those with arthritis to keep hooking.

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