When I was a new crocheter, and indeed, a new knitter, I loved making dishcloths. They are fast, cheerful, have a practical use, and are a great way to learn a new stitch. And the Bright Chevron Dishcloth might just be my new favorite!
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A Unique Stitch Pattern!
The gorgeous chevrons here aren't made in the usual way with increases and decreases. They aren't even made with post stitches! Rather it's a unique stitch pattern that I've fallen in love with, and I think you will too. These "swatches" are too pretty to stick in a drawer!
About this yarn
The original yarn shown is discontinued. Please use your favorite 100% cotton yarn!
Bright Chevron Dishcloth
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- US - I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Fiberarts recommended)
- 105 yds 100% Cotton Yarn (original yarn is discontinued)
Color A: (60 yds) Cayenne, Citrus, Snap Pea, and Tropic Breeze shown
Color B: (45 yds) Vanilla shown
- Stitch Markers (Clover Lock Ring Markers recommended)
Gauge: 14 sts x 12 rows = 4" in pattern
Finished Size: 9" x 9"
For crochet abbreviations and tutorials, please go to the Crochet Abbreviations Page
Video tutorial: Click Here!
NOTE: This stitch pattern uses 2 active loops, one for each color of yarn. Use a stitch marker to secure the loop you are not currently using so the previous row does not come undone. This pattern uses some unique stitches, those are linked to their tutorials when they are available.
Row 1: With Color A, ch 32, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in the next 3 chs, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next 3 chs; repeat from * to end, turn. (31 sts inc chs)
Row 2: CSDC in 1st st, dc in each remaining st across; turn and remove hook from loop (pm). (31 sts)
Row 3: With Color B, join with sc to 1st st, working in front of previous row, tr in 1st skipped ch of Row 1, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st, *tr2tog in previous skipped ch of Row 1 and next skipped ch of Row 1, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st; repeat from * until 2 sts remain, tr in last skipped ch of Row 1, sc in last st; turn. (31 sts inc chs)
Row 4: CSDC in 1st st, dc in each remaining st across; turn and remove hook from loop (pm). (31 sts)
Row 5: Insert hook in loop of Color A, ch 3, sc in 1st st of previous row, working in front of previous row, tr in 1st skipped st of the row below the previous row, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st, *tr2tog in previous skipped st of the row below and next skipped st of the row below, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st; repeat from * until 2 sts remain, tr in last skipped st of the row below, sc in last st; turn. (31 sts (does not include the first ch 3))
Row 6: CSDC in 1st st, dc in each remaining st across; turn and remove hook from loop (pm). (31 sts)
Row 7 - 24: Repeat Rows 5 and 6, alternating between Color A and Color B. After Row 24, break Color B.
Row 25: Repeat Row 5 with Color A, do not turn.
Edging: Continuing with Color A, sc evenly all around cloth; join and break Color A.
And that's the Bright Chevron Dishcloths! These are fab in the kitchen of course, but they also make great napkins, lightweight trivets, or even washcloths for the bath or spa! Bright, cheap and cheerful, and fun to make, I hope you enjoy this free crochet dishcloth pattern!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2016, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. To print or download this pattern for personal use, please use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the pattern, or go to Print Friendly.com and paste in the URL of this post. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!
Thank you for the lovely pattern. But I am really interested in the gnome...where did you find the cute fellow?
I have an aqua one that looks similar at Target. At the front of the store.
Target, in the $1/$3 section! 🙂
What a fun looking pattern! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much!
The queen of this versatile technique is Tanis Galik, who calls it Interlocking Crochet. She's got a great website and book on it. You can make some really intricate and surprising patterns.
I have her book, and this is a little different, but I do see the similarity!
I foresee a trip to my local store to purchase the yarn so I can try this pattern! Tamara you always come up with some of the most interesting and fun things- I love your blog!
Love the pattern. gonna try it soon. I love your gnome. I have one just like it that my husband found on one of his walks. He like walking in stores.
I LOVE this pattern! Haven't made a dishcloth in ages and mine are starting to look ratty, I see new ones being made this weekend. And also your gnome's pink twin lives at my house and he says hello to yours. 😉
😀 Thank you Jennifer! And hello! 😉
Looking forward to the video!!
Do you have a tutorial for this pattern. I can't figure out row 3.
The tutorial will come very soon!
I'm having trouble on Row 3 already. There'll be 3 stitches total in the ch-1 from Row 2?
Hi Eileen! There should be no ch-1s in Row 2, though you do crochet into the ch-1 sps. If you mean the skipped ch of the foundation chain (skipped in Row 1), there should only be 2 sts worked in each of those chs - the last tr of one t2tog, and the first tr of a second tr2tog (the exceptions being the first and last tr of Row 3, which are not decreases). Hopefully the video will help!
This beginner is going to need your video. Row 3 stopped me in my tracks!
I will be filming very soon I hope! 🙂
Also looking forward to the tutorial.
🙂 Hoping to film this week!
Jess | Make and Do Crew
Aha! This is what you were making in that photo you shared on IG. I love the stitch! It doesn't even look exactly like crocheting, more like some kind of factory weaving, and I mean that in the most complementary way! 🙂
And thanks for the info about the yarn bleeding. I'm always curious about that too. I'm excited to try this yarn out.
Yes, thank you! 😀
Wow, what a challenging pattern! I had to frog three or four times after the first colour change before I figured it out, but the results are amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I'm so glad you were able to figure it out! It is challenging, but fun! 🙂
What does DSDC stand for.+ I get "Double Crochet" but CS I don't get.
CSDC is chainless standing double crochet - click on the first use of it, where it is pink, and it will take you to the tutorial. 🙂
Lyn de fehr
Please notify me when you've finished your video tutorial......I too, am having difficulty with row 3 .......frustrating as I feel I should be able to figure it out.
ps. My email address is all lowercase but your email field would not allow lower case.
I hope to have it up today! 🙂 Email addresses aren't actually case sensitive.
Thanks for posting the tutorial for the chevron dishcloth.......can't wait to get started & yes, you've addressed the problem I was having w/ r3.
Oh good! 😀 I'm glad to hear it, thank you Lyn!
Absolutely gorgeous! Tell me, do you have a twin who gives knitting directions 🙂 I was so excited to do this and then saw the word crochet and got so disappointed. Inasmuch as I do not crochet and would love to do dishcloths that look a little out of the ordinary, any guidance you can give me would be most appreciated. THX!
Thank you so much Barbara! I don't have a twin, alas, but I do share knitting patterns once in awhile. I'll keep an eye out for a knitted pattern that gives a similar effect for the future! 🙂
I love, love this pattern but just can't quite get it - how will one know when the video is finished? Thank you - Marea
If you are following Moogly on social media I will post the link there. I also share all the week's links in my newsletter. It will also be linked in the pattern. And it should be up today, so you can just go to the home page in a few hours!
Soak a just made cotton yarn dishcloth in a 50% white vinegar/50% cool water solution for an hour or so, then line dry. Use the dishcloth, then wash normally with like colors. The white vinegar sets the dye and keeps the colors brights.
That can be a good way to set the dye in runny yarns for sure! Thankfully it's not an issue with the Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, in my experience. 🙂
I love this pattern, and I am going to start one right now! Here's my question: I want to make dish TOWELS, too. Do I just extend the dishcloth? Should I use different, maybe lighter weight, cotton (if there is such an animal?)? I would really appreciate your advice on this. Thank you!
Hi Sarah! Thank you! You can just keep making repeats until you have enough length! 🙂 Finding a lighter cotton yarn can be tricky, but they are probably out there somewhere. 🙂
Thank you for this lovely pattern. I was wondering what the multiples would be if I don't want to make a cloth as wide as the pattern shows? I'm thinking it is a multiple of 4 stitches but not sure if there are extra stitches needed? I usually prefer a cloth that is 7" approx. Thank you again.
Thank you! You are correct - it's a multiple of 4, plus 3. So for a 7" cloth, I'd start with a chain of 24, and 23 sts in each row. 🙂
Thank you so much for your quick response and help!
I JUST LOVE THIS DISHCLOTH IVE DONE ALOT OF UOUR PATTERNS WHICH ARE THE BEST
AFTER ROW 5 YOU WOULD DO ONE MORE ROW OF DOUBLE CROCHETS ACROSS WITH SAME COLOR RIGHT?
THEN IF YOU DONT DO THE CHAINLESS DOUBLE CROCHET YOU WOULD DO 3 CHAINS AT END OF ROW BUT THEN
YOU WOULD STILL DO A SC IN FIRST STITCH OR NOT
I LOVE THE CHAINLESS DC BUT GOTTA MASTER IT YET I DID A SAMPLE THE OTHER NIGHT BUT MY ENDS ARENT LIKE YOURS
AND ALSO THE DOUBLE CROCHET YOU AMAZE ME HOW YOU CAN VROCHET LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED
AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE FOR US LEFTHANDERS HOW TO DO ALSO WHEN YOU WRAP OVER TWICE DOES IT MATTER WHICH WAY YOU WRAP THANKS FOR ALL YOUR PATTERNS ETC HOPE TO HEAR FROM YA SOON
Thank you so much P!
Yes, Row 6 is another row of dc.
The CSDC replaces the stitch at the beginning of the row. It can be replaced with a ch 3. But you will still need to ch 3 to begin the next row, and make the sc.
You should always wrap your yarn so that it comes over the top of the hook from the back to the front. 🙂
THANKS FOR RESPONDIN
FORGOT TO ASK YOU W
Forgot to ask you when doing the TR in skipped chains you are working with the same color or are ya working in the other color what I meañ is the r9w below in the skipped chain is it the same color you are working with when you are doing the TR in skipped chain thanks forgot to ask you that thabks
Hi Pat! When you are making the tr sts, you are working into skipped stitches that are the same color as the yarn you are currently using. 🙂 The exception is the very first row of tr sts, as those are worked into the starting chain.
Thank you for making the tutorial. It was most helpful. I did not understand the concept of the tr2tog & the video I looked up for that stitch was not what your pattern used. I worked the pattern one time trying to read through and again by just looking at the finished sample pictures you have at the top of your site. Frustrating. However I came back and found you had finished the tutorial!!! Whoopee!!! It is much appreciated and I am in the process of #1 now with more to follow.
😀 I'm so glad it helped Hedy! Sometimes it's just a lot easier to show in video than explain in words. 🙂
I really love this pattern and just finished my dishcloth. Is there a stitch count so I can adjust the size of the square. A friend of mine saw this and thought it would make a nice scarf but I would like to make it a little bit thinner.
Thank you! Any multiple of 4 will work. 🙂
LOVE THIS DISHCLOTH COULD YOU SEND ME THE TUTORIAL YOU DID AS CANT FIND IT THIS IS BEAUTUFUL
thank you patricia, it's at https://www.mooglyblog.com/bright-chevron-dishcloth-tutorial/
Thank you so much for sharing. You made this look so simple and I will learn a new stitch!
Thank you Jayne! I appreciate you saying so! 🙂
Could I use this dishcloth for a trivet?
For smaller pans, I think so! It's pretty thick!
I love this! I had some trouble with row 3, lol! Thank you so much for the video 🙂 I'm always so amazed at some of the patterns that you all think up. You are so creative. FYI this is my favorite crochet/craft blog 🙂
😀 I'm glad the video helped, it's a tricky one, but so fun once you get the hang of it. 🙂 Thank you!