Trinity Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

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This trinity stitch crochet dishcloth pattern is a fantastic project for crocheters of all skill levels! What really makes this project stand out is the striking striped and multi-colored design. 

I love how the trinity stitch worked in 3 colors creates an almost “woven” looking fabric. And if you’re worried about having loads of ends to weave in then please don’t! 

Although you’ll be changing color on every row, the technique we use simplifies the process. You won’t need to cut the yarn after each color change. Instead, you’ll learn how to neatly carry the yarn along the side of your work, making this project as enjoyable to create as it is beautiful.

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How to Crochet the Trinity Stitch

This stitch, known for its textured and dense fabric, is surprisingly simple once you get the hang of it. And if you haven’t worked a single crochet 3 together (sc3tog) before then you’ll certainly get plenty of practice here!

As well as the written pattern, you’ll also find a video tutorial below to show you exactly how to work this stitch pattern.

The trinity stitch creates a gorgeous, almost “woven” texture that looks especially stunning in multiple colors. If you prefer simplicity, it also looks fantastic in a solid color. 

One of my favorite things about this stitch pattern is the color change technique. Instead of cutting the yarn after each color change, you’ll cleverly float the new yarn up the side of your work. This method makes the process smoother and saves you from weaving in numerous ends later.

What You Will Need to Crochet This Striped Dishcloth

Yarn

For this dishcloth you will need a worsted weight cotton yarn in three colors. You’ll need approximately equal amounts of each color, with a little bit extra for the border color.

The pattern is written for both dishcloth and tea towel sizes so the yardage will vary depending on the size that you are making.

This project is absolutely perfect for using up bits of leftover cotton yarn. Especially if you are making the dishcloth size, you’ll only need small amounts of each color – approximately 25 yds / 23m. We really are talking zero waste here!

For my dishcloth, I used Drops Paris which is a worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn, in three different shades of blue. Cotton yarn is perfect for washcloths and dishcloths as it’s strong and durable and holds its shape and color even after washing.

Some other cotton yarns that I can highly recommend for crochet kitchen projects include:

Hook

You will need a 5.5mm I/9 crochet hook for this project. Since the trinity stitch can be dense and tight, a slightly larger hook helps keep your work relaxed and easy to handle.

Other supplies

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


Trinity Stitch Crochet Dishcloth

Video Tutorial

Trinity Stitch Crochet 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
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc3tog = single crochet three together (see Special Stitches)
  • beg = beginning
  • rem = remaining

Construction

  • This project is worked in rows from the bottom up.
  • The sample pictured uses three colors, but this stitch pattern also looks great in a solid color.

General Pattern Notes

  • The stitch count for each round 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.

Color Changes

Change colors every row as follows:

  • With working yarn, work row to last yarn over of last stitch. Do not complete the stitch.
  • Keeping working yarn to the back of your work, yarn over new color and pull through to complete the stitch.
  • With the new color, ch 1 and work next row as per pattern.

Materials

Yarn

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

  • Icy Blue (29) 
  • Spray Blue Recycled Denim (102)
  • Petrol (48)
ProjectYds/mSkein(s)
Dishcloth75yds / 69m (approx. 25 yds / 23m of each color)1
Tea Towel325yds / 297m (approx. 108 yds / 99m of each color)4

Alternative yarn options:

Hook

5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook

Other Items

  • Yarn needle

Finished Measurements

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

Tea Towel: 14.25″ x 22″ / 36cm x 56cm

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

8 sts x 12 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over trinity st.

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.


Special Stitches

Single crochet three together (sc3tog)

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: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [4 loops on hook]

Step 4: Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.


Adjustments

Stitch multiple: 2 + 1

Starting chain multiple: 2 + 2

  • To adjust the width of your project simply chain any multiple of 2+1 to start.
  • To adjust the length, simply 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 in second ch from hook, sc3tog (working first leg into same ch as sc just made, then second and third legs into each of next 2 chs), *ch 1, sc3tog (working first leg into same ch as last leg of previous sc3tog, then second and third legs into each of next 2 chs); repeat from * to last ch, sc in same ch as third leg of previous sc3tog, turn. [Dishcloth: 33, Tea Towel: 57]

Change to C2.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc in first st, sc3tog (working first leg into same st as sc just made, second leg into top of next sc3tog and third leg into next ch1-sp), *ch 1, sc3tog (working first leg into same ch1-sp as last leg of previous sc3tog, second leg into top of next sc3tog and third leg into next ch1-sp); repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Change to C3.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

For the rest of the project, change color at the end of each row, following the color sequence “C1, C2, C3” throughout. Float the yarn loosely up the side of your work on each color change.

Dishcloth: repeat Row 2 for a total of 25 rows, or until work measures approx. 8.25″/ 21cm in length.

Tea Towel: repeat Row 2 for a total of 66 rows, or until work measures approx. 22″/ 56cm in length.

BORDER (optional)

Note: for the border, you can continue on with the last color worked, or fasten off and join in your chosen border color.
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!


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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