Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern: Glacial Grid Dishcloth

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The Glacial Grid Dishcloth is a fantastic pick for those looking for a quick, easy and free crochet dishcloth pattern!

It offers a great opportunity to learn and practise a unique stitch pattern, so while the stitch repeat is pretty easy once you get the hang of it, it might also be one that you haven’t come across before! The pattern is accompanied by a helpful video tutorial, so you can follow along with ease. 

This crochet dishcloth is not only a wonderful addition to your home but also makes for a thoughtful handmade gift for friends and family.

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What you’ll need to make this dishcloth

Yarn

Cotton yarn (or a cotton blend with a high percentage of cotton) is ideal for washcloths, dishcloths or any kitchen-related items. Cotton yarn is washable, durable and dries quickly, and it holds it’s shape and color even after washing.

The amount of yarn you will need will of course depend on the size that you are making – dishcloth, tea towel or a custom size! 

For this dishcloth, you’ll need about 75 yards (69 meters) and for the tea towel, approximately 325 yards (297 meters) should do the trick. 

I used Drops Paris for my dishcloth but some other great options include:

Hook

You will need a 5.5mm I/9 crochet hook (or whichever hook size allows you to crochet with an even tension). The slightly larger hook size helps offset the tighter tension that can come from the slip stitches in the pattern, ensuring your dishcloth isn’t too stiff. 

Gauge note: gauge is not critical for this pattern but just note that if your gauge is slightly different to mine your project may turn out a different size and you might use more/less yarn.

blue crochet stitch and hook

Other supplies

You’ll also need a scissors and tapestry needle for weaving in those ends.


Crochet Dishcloth

Video Tutorial

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Glacial Grid Dishcloth

Free Crochet Pattern


Pattern Notes

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain
  • ch-# sp = chain space, # denotes number of chains
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • Sc-ss2tog = single crochet-slip stitch 2 together (see Special Stitches)
  • beg = beginning
  • rem = remaining

Construction

  • This project is worked in rows from the bottom up.
  • The sample is pictured in a single color, but feel free to use any number of colors that you wish.

General Pattern Notes

  • The stitch count for each row is given in square brackets [ ] at the end of the row. If no stitch count is given then the count is the same as the previous row. Chains within a row are included in the count.
  • Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • The print-friendly PDF also contains a Stitch Chart with further detail on stitch placement.

Finished Measurements

Dishcloth: 8.25″ x 8.25″ / 21cm x 21cm

Tea Towel: 14.25″ x 21.75″ / 36cm x 55cm

Note: you can also add an optional single crochet border around the edge of your project which will add approx 0.5” / 1.25cm to the width and length.

Please see Adjustments section below for information on making this project in a different size.


Gauge

16 sts x 13 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over patt.

Note: gauge is not critical for this project. However, if your gauge does not match the one listed above then your project may turn out a little larger/smaller depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, and you may use a different amount of yarn than what is listed below.


Materials

Yarn

Any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn in a cotton or cotton blend. The amounts given here are for Drops Paris in Icy Blue (29) (82yds/75m per 50g skein; #4/Worsted/Medium; 100% Cotton).

ProjectYds/mSkein
Dishcloth75yds / 69m1
Tea Towel325yds / 297m4

Alternative yarn options:

Hook

5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook

Other Items

  • Yarn needle

Special Stitches

Single crochet-slip stitch 2 together (sc-ss2tog)

Step 1: Insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on hook]

Step 2: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 3: Continue to draw the first loop through the second loop i.e. make a sl st. [2 loops on hook] 

Step 4: Yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops.


Adjustments

Stitch multiple: 2+1

Starting chain multiple: 2+2

  • To adjust the width of your project chain any multiple of 2+2 to start. 
  • To adjust the length, repeat Row 2 until you reach your desired length.

Note: adjusting the size of your project will impact the amount of yarn required.


Written Pattern

Dishcloth: ch 34.

Tea Towel: ch 58.

Row 1: Sc-ss2tog (working first leg into second ch from hook and second leg into third ch from hook), ch 1, *sc-ss2tog (working into each of next 2 chs), ch 1; repeat from * across, sc in last ch, turn. [Dishcloth: 33, Tea Towel: 57]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc-ss2tog (working first leg into first st and second leg into ch-1 sp), ch 1, *sc-ss2tog (working first leg into next st and second leg into next ch-1 sp), ch 1; repeat from * across, sc in last st, turn;

Dishcloth: repeat Row 2 for a total of 27 rows, or until work measures approx. 8.25″/ 21cm in length.

Tea Towel: repeat Row 2 for a total of 71 rows, or until work measures approx. 21.75″/ 55cm in length.

BORDER (optional)

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc evenly around the edge of your work, working 3 scs to turn each corner. Join to beg sc with a sl st or invisible join.

Fasten off. 

Weave in ends. All done!


If you wish, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version of this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah