Washcloth Series: Crunch Stitch Crochet Washcloth

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Welcome to post #3 in my Crochet Washcloth Series! Make sure you check out free patterns #1: Grit Stitch Washcloth and #2: Moss Stitch Washcloth too!

You might be asking yourself, “is she ever going to post any other patterns besides washcloths? Get on with it lady!”
I do promise, I have lots of great ideas and free patterns in store for you! As you can probably see, I’m just getting my blog optimized, and these are great, basic patterns for you (the reader) and me (the writer) to work with!

This pattern uses a combination of the half double crochet (hdc) and the slip stitch (sl st). Together, it is called the “crunch stitch”. I’ve also seen it called the “dijon stitch”, but that just reminds me of mustard, so I prefer the term crunch. You know, kind of like potato chips, yum!

Truthfully this is my favorite crochet washcloth to use for dishes and I have several customers who specially request this one. It really does have a fairly stiff “crunch” to the texture that just makes it so easy to scrub up your dirty pans! Here is your free pattern for the Crunch Stitch Crochet Washcloth!

Crunch Stitch Crochet Washcloth

sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet

Materials required:
1 skein of 100% cotton yarn – I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Red
Crochet hook, any size – I used my Clover Amour size H (5mm)

Chain 37

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1 hdc in next ch, Sl st in next, repeat from * across, turn (36).

Row 2: ch 1, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1 hdc in next st, Sl st in next, repeat from * across, turn (36).

Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired length. Depending on your yarn, hook and gauge, the row number will vary, but mine is usually 33 rows.
Tip: I usually fold my project in half diagonally to check how “square” it is. You can also measure each side to ensure they are equal.
Finishing: Ch 1, sc in the corner. Continue down the side of the washcloth, sc in each stitch. In the next corner stitch sc, ch 1, sc. Continue around entire project, repeating the corner pattern (sc, ch 1, sc) on each corner until you’ve completed a row all around your project. Join with slip stitch to the first sc.

There you have it, another completed crochet washcloth to add to your collection! But don’t go do any dishes, that would be a waste of great quality crochet time – grab another skein and hook up another one!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I would really love to hear what you think and see anything you’ve created with my patterns, so leave me a comment or send me an email!


29 thoughts on “Washcloth Series: Crunch Stitch Crochet Washcloth

  1. Priya Shashank

    It is a very beautiful dishcloth that you’ve crocheted….I would hate to put it to use and just keep admiring the beautiful piece….I’m going to give this pattern a try….will come back and tell you how it went?

    1. Maureen Conlin

      When you stated 2nd row in the crunch pattern. Ch 1 second chain sl st.
      Did you meant that the sl st will be above hdc st. And the hdc will be above the sl st from row one.
      Or the same sl st will be above the sl st and the hdc will be above the hdc
      Hoping you know what I mean
      Crochet pattern of course

  2. Cindy

    Looks like a great pattern! I have bookmarked it and hope to try it out soon. I love your site and all the lovely pictures of crochet projects. I definitely will be trying out some of your patterns in the future.

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  4. Laura Thompson

    I have a question about Row 2. It says, ch 1, Sl St in 2nd ch.. which is the 2nd ch? The last stitch worked in the previous row, which would be a Sl St for me?
    Thanks for any help anyone can give me!

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  8. Fraankie Jorgensen

    Thank you so much for the dish cloth pattern. I am anxious to make one and will send a pic when I get it made. It is a lovely gift with some special soap in a basket.
    Thank you. Frankie in Oregon

  9. chris

    Maybe it’s just me, but I never come up with the right number of stitches at the end of the row. If you are supposed to sl in the 2nd from hook and then repeat a 2 stitch series, you aren’t going to end with an even number of stitches. Tried for the last hour and it doesn’t make sense to me.

    1. Jeremy

      I’m having the same issue. If you chain 37 then SC in the second chain from hook, this is chain 36. From there you have 35 chains to repeat a 2 stitch pattern. It’s never going to work out. Should it say chain 38 to start with instead of 37?

  10. Beverly Howe

    I love your patterns. I can adapt the stitches you’ve done into making cradles for “Bridget’s Cradles”. See their website. The home office is close to Wichita, Kansas. Thank you so much for the FREE patterns. I live on Social Security so my money is somewhat limited.

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