Utility Cloth Comparison

My mother requested a set of cotton dishcloths for her birthday. She picked out the yarn, and I got to work. My goal was to make the maximum number of utility cloths out of 4 balls of cotton (12 oz total).

All of these utility cloths (dishcloths and washcloths) were made with Lily brand Sugar’n Cream Cotton (worsted weight) and a 4.5 mm crochet hook.

Of all of these projects, my favorites for texture and size were the Sylvan Star Washcloth, the Ladder Stitch Dishcloth, and the Scrubby Bumpy Facecloth. These particular projects also required very little blocking: they were immediately a good size and shape when finished.

Pattern Name Yarn used Finished Size
Reusable Cotton Rounds by Heidi Bringhurst 0.45 oz / 22.5 yds 2.25 inches across each (Set of 4)
Small Hex Scallop Dishcloth (from Crochet Hexagon Dishcloth by Mary Ellen Wells) 0.69 oz / 34.5 yds 7 inches across
Granny Square Washcloth from 4 Crocheted Washcloths by Amy Dorr 0.79 oz / 39.5 yds 7 inches square
Sylvan Star Washcloth (membership required to view Lion Brand pattern) 0.96 oz / 48 yds 9 inches across
Ladder Stitch Dishcloth by Brian McGaunnn 1 oz / 50 yds 7 inches wide x 6 inches high
Granny Stripe Dishcloth (pattern by Jaime  DeVries) 1.12 oz / 56 yds 8 inches wide x 7.75 inches high
Scrubby Bumpy Facecloth by Kristin Roach 1.22 oz / 60.9 yds 8 inches wide x 7.75 inches high
Frilly Dishcloth by Myra Ann Shaw 1.33 oz / 66.5 yds 9.5 inches across
Big Girl Dish Cloth/Wash Cloth by Laurie Laliberte 1.33 oz / 66.5 yds 8.75 inches square
Diagonal Dishcloth by Ananda Judkins 1.47 oz / 73.5 yds 9 inches square
Forked Cluster Stitch Washcloth by Oshinn Reid 1.53 oz /76.5 yds 9.75 inches wide x 8.75 inches high
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304. My Heart Washcloth

Crochet, project 304. Completed 7/14/2011

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Janelle Schlossman, 1989, archived pattern

Picot border: Instructions in knitty

SIZE
About 8″ tall by 10″ wide

MATERIALS

  • Main: 0.9 oz, 45 yds yarn: 1 ball Lily Sugar’n Cream (100% cotton). 3 oz / 85 g. 150 yds / 138 m. Color: 19535, Damask Ombre.
  • Border: 0.4 oz, 20 yds yarn: 1 ball Lily Sugar’n Cream (100% cotton). 4 oz / 113 g. 200 yds / 184 m. Color: 18046, Rose Pink.

Crochet Hook – US Size F-6 (4 mm)

NOTES
Added a picot border. About a 1.5-hour project. Very clever shaping on the heart!

298. Single Crochet Diagonal Utility Cloth

Crochet, project 298. Completed 22-Apr-2011

Satisfying one-skein project

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Lion Brand Yarn for a blanket, the “Diagonal Stripe Throw” (must join the site to view the pattern)

MADE FOR
Myself

SIZE
9.5 inches square

GAUGE: Not important. Work in pattern until piece measures 8″ along one side

MATERIALS
1.75 oz, 87.5 yds worsted weight yarn

  • 1 ball JarboGarn Soft Cotton (100% cotton). 1.75 oz / 50 g. 87.5 yds / 80 m.

Crochet Hook – US Size G-7 (4.5 mm)
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends, and scissors

NOTES
A square washcloth, crocheted corner-to-corner. This project uses one small ball of cotton yarn with almost no leftovers.

296. Hot Pink Washcloth (crochet)

Crochet, project 296. Completed 30-Mar-2011

PATTERN

A lacy, feminine cloth

Adapted from an archived version of a “Diagonal Baby Blanket” pattern. Note: The site I got the original blanket pattern from went offline as of April 2009.

MADE FOR
Household use

SIZE
About 8 inches on each side
GAUGE: not important

MATERIALS
Yarn: 1.35 oz, 67.5 yds worsted weight cotton yarn

  • 1 ball JarboGarn Soft Cotton (100% cotton). 1.75 oz / 50 g. 87.5 yds / 80 m. Color: Hot Pink.

Crochet Hook – US Size G-7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
I like the simple sc edging better than a fancy shell edging. This project uses the “Better HDC Decrease” from Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips and Tricks.

Stitch detail

295. Green Cluster Washcloth (crochet)

Crochet, project 295. Completed 26-Mar-2011

Gauge only matters if you care about the finished size

PATTERN
Adapted from “Dishcloth 4” in Five Textured Dishcloths by Priscilla Hewitt ©2000 (link)

MADE FOR
Crochet class

SIZE
10.5″ wide x 8″ tall (starting with ch 32)

MATERIALS
Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn
1 ball JarboGarn Soft Cotton (100% cotton). 1.75 oz / 50 g. 87.5 yds / 80 m. Color: 8848, Bright Green.
Crochet Hook – US Size H-8 (5 mm)

NOTES
Target size was 8.5″ square; try 24 sts and US Size G-7 (4.5 mm) hook if making this again.

267. Baby Washcloth

Knit and crochet, project 267. Completed 8/24/2010

Soft and sweet

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions in Knitting Loves Crochet.

MADE FOR pattern testing
SIZE 6.5″ square
Gauge: Not important

MATERIALS
0.55 oz, 35 yds yarn

  • 1 ball Plymouth Jeannee 51% Cotton, 49% acrylic 50g / 1.75 oz, 110 yds. Color 0018: Pale Turquoise.

Crochet Hook – US Size G-7 (4.5 mm)
Knitting needles – US Size 7 (4.5 mm) needles (I used 16-inch circulars, knitting back and forth in rows)

NOTES
A very soft washcloth, just the right size.

263. Two-Tone Pink Washcloth #2

Crochet, project 263. Completed 7/24/2010

Dark center, light border

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Lion Brand Yarn, Pattern MEWashCloth-C (made the center square with 3 rounds border)

SIZE
About 8″ square

GAUGE: Not important

MATERIALS
Yarn: 0.9 oz, 51 yds assorted worsted cotton yarn

  • A: 0.4 oz, 25.1 yds: 1 ball Plymouth Jeannee 51% Cotton, 49% acrylic 50g / 1.75 oz, 110 yds. Color 4: Pink.
  • B: 0.5 oz, 24.4 yds: 1 ball Bernat Cotton Tots 100% Cotton 100 g / 3.5 oz, 171 yds. Color 90420: Pretty in Pink

Crochet Hook – US Size 7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
Making a set of washcloths: this one has a medium pink center and a light pink border. Using alternate corner turns instead of 3 hdc. Work (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in each corner. See details of the first one here.

Side by side

261. Two-Tone Pink Washcloth #1

Crochet, project 261. Completed 7/12/2010

Light center, dark border

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Lion Brand Yarn, Pattern MEWashCloth-C
(made the center square with 3 rounds border)

SIZE
About 8.5″ square

 

MATERIALS
Yarn: 0.9 oz, 51 yds assorted worsted cotton yarn

  • A: 0.4 oz, 19.5 yds (10% skein) Cotton Tots
    1 ball Bernat Cotton Tots 100% Cotton 100 g / 3.5 oz, 171 yds. Color 90420: Pretty in Pink
  • B: 0.5 oz, 31.4 yds (1/3 skein) Jeannee
    1 ball Plymouth Jeannee 51% Cotton, 49% acrylic 50g / 1.75 oz, 110 yds. Color 4: Pink.

Crochet Hook – US Size 7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
Making a set of washcloths: this one has a light pink center and a medium pink border. This one uses the corner turns as written: Work 3 hdc in each corner. The second one has a medium pink center and a light pink border and an alternate corner turn.

Side by side

260. Square Pink Washcloth

Crochet, project 260. Completed 7/7/2010

Well-written pattern with a pleasing texture

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions in the “Oh So Soft Baby Washcloths” pattern, copyright 2008 by Theresa Grant. Grant says, “This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make it for your family and friends, but it may not be used for profit in any way, shape, or form.”

MADE FOR
Toddler

SIZE
7-inches square

GAUGE: Not important

MATERIALS
Yarn: 1 oz, 48.9 yds (0.3 ball) worsted cotton
1 ball Bernat Cotton Tots 100% Cotton 100 g / 3.5 oz, 171 yds. Color 90420: Pretty in Pink

Crochet Hook: US Size 7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
Omitted contrast trim and used just one color of yarn. This baby washcloth worked up quickly – no gauge swatch required. One ball of Cotton Tots is enough to make 3 washcloths with this pattern. Nice pattern; would make again.

259. Circle Pink Washcloth

Crochet, project 259. Completed 7/7/2010

Any 3 colors works for this washcloth

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Lion Brand Yarn, “Meadowbrook Washcloths”, Pattern #90297AD

MADE FOR
Toddler

SIZE
About 7″ across

GAUGE: Not important

MATERIALS
Yarn: 0.7 oz, 37 yds assorted worsted cotton:

  • Color A: 0.2 oz, 12.6 yds, Jeannee Pink
    1 ball Plymouth Jeannee 51% Cotton, 49% acrylic 50g / 1.75 oz, 110 yds. Color 4: Pink
  • Color B: 0.2 oz, 9.6 yds, Lion Cotton
    1 ball Lion Brand Cotton 100% Cotton 140g/5 oz, 236 yds Color 760-098: Natural
  • Color C: 0.3 oz, 14.4 yds, Sugar’n Cream
    1 ball Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton 71 g / 2.5 oz, 120 yds. Color 01740: Hot Pink

Crochet Hook: US Size 7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
Aiming for about 7″ across: only worked 13 rounds total (78 sc). Nicely written pattern; would make again.