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

304. My Heart Washcloth

Crochet, project 304. Completed 7/14/2011

Adapted from instructions by Janelle Schlossman, 1989, archived pattern

Picot border: Instructions in knitty

About 8″ tall by 10″ wide


  • 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)

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

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


9.5 inches square

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

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

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


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.

Household use

About 8 inches on each side
GAUGE: not important

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)

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

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

Crochet class

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

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)

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

Adapted from instructions in Knitting Loves Crochet.

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

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)

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

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

About 8″ square

GAUGE: Not important

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)

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.

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