Crochet Dish Towel Pattern

After making and using my crochet dishcloths, I decided that I needed to make a crochet dish towel. So I picked up my hook and modified my dishcloth pattern and turned it into a simple crochet dish towel pattern.

Crochet Dish Towel Pattern

I admit I wasn’t sure how this was going, but it turned out that it worked out great. The towel will need to be washed before it will it fully absorb water if you plan to use this towel for drying dishes.

Crochet Dish Towel Pattern

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I always use 100% cotton yarn for dish towels. They absorb more water than acrylic yarn.

I also buy the yarn in a cone. It makes it easier to make sure you have enough for your towel and then you have extra yarn for dishcloths!

Lily Sugar 'N Cream Yarn, Cone, Soft Ecru
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Half Double Crochet Dish Towel Pattern


    • 100% Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn – You will need at least 2 balls of yarn. I would snag up 3 just in case since everyone crochets a bit differently.
    • J Hook
    • Scissors
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Row 1: Chain 42. Half Double Crochet into the third chain from your hook. Half Double Crochet into the remaining stitches of your chain; Chain 2 and turn your work.

Row 2 -50: Half Double Crochet into the top of the stitches; Chain 2 and turn your work. (Do not Chain 2 after row 50 is complete. This is where we apply the edging)

Edging: Chain 1 and Turn your work; Single Crochet around the dish towel. Put 3 Single Crochets into the corners to help give the dish towel a rounded corner. After getting all the way around, Slip Stich and finish off. Then weave the tails into your work. If you need some tips on the how to work the edging, visit my dishcloth pattern.

Have you used a crocheted towel before? If you try out this pattern, be sure to come back and let know what you think of your finished product.

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  1. This came out so beautifully! We have a couple crocheted dish towels and I just love how sturdy they are, but also how wonderful they look in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this pattern!

    1. Thank you Lora. I am loving crochet too!

  2. I admire anyone who does crochet as I have never tried it. Your towels are lovely. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  3. This looks so beautiful. My aunty taught me to crochet but I haven’t done it in years. Maybe it is time to brush up on those skills. Thanks for sharing the pics.

  4. I love this! I’m a knitter but sooo intimidated by crocheting even though family members promise me its a breeze. This looks like an easy pattern to try out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am the other way around. I am scared of knitting. :)

  5. Gorgeous! I have never owned a crocheted dish towel before and I think I need to change that especially since I spend so much time in the kitchen.

  6. I love to crochet projects just like your dish towel when our family takes road trips. We have one coming up soon, so thank you for a new road project. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party at Organized 31.

  7. Super cute! I love crochet dish towels. I just need to practice so I can make some. Feel free to drop by my party to share your tutorial / pattern with my readers. They’d love it!

    1. Thank you! I added my pattern to your linky.

  8. Love those towels! My mom made me some dishcloths but honestly, I hate to use them cause they’re so pretty.

    1. Annette,
      I hear that all the time! I usually crochet up a bunch and take them to craft shows. I hear that they are too pretty to use a lot.

  9. A friends mom made me crocheted dishcloths years ago. I loved them! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  10. Helen White says:

    Can’t wait to make these for an up coming bazaar.


  11. As a newbie to the world of crocheting I was amazed on how easy it was to follow your directions. I am impressed on how well my first kitchen towel turned out. Thank you for taking the time to put this pin up.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed this pattern. I still consider myself a newbie since I am still learning a lot about crochet.

  12. thank you so much for this easy pattern, was wondering, do i still need two maybe three balls of yarn if im useing the super size SUGAR AND CREAM???? thanks again love this pattern…

    1. I would guess you would not need 3 for the super sized ones. I usually have the smaller balls of yarn on hand.

  13. Joanie Mardis says:

    So are these really absorbent? I love the dishcloths and crochet new ones regularly when I wear out the old ones. But I had never thought about towels. I probably have 20 dish towels in my kitchen that simply do not absorb water and I get so frustrated with them. That’s when I had the thought of making my own and found your page.

    Do they work well?

    1. I use the couple that I have patterns for on the blog. They work pretty good. Definitely have to wash them first. I have had store bought ones that just don’t work, so I know what you mean. They crochet towel does better than those.

  14. I am new to crochet and LOVE it. Major addiction. I have a question regarding the cotton towels and dishcloths. What is the best way? I have accidentally shrunk a couple. And, the others are just not as soft as I would like.

    BTW: Your hints and patterns are great.

    1. Mary,
      Shrinking just happens during washing and drying since they are a natural fiber. You could lay them out flat and reshape them to dry. I just toss mine in the dryer, they have faded and gotten a bit misshapen but that doesn’t bother me. Cotton yarn isn’t super soft, just the nature of the yarn. But I would never use anything than 100% cotton for dishcloths and towels.

  15. Christopher says:

    Why the J size hook? I’ve tried it with J and the stitches end up too big and loose. I usually revert to an H or I hook for towels and dishcloths. Wondering if I’m missing something about the J hook. Thanks!

    1. No reason for the J Hook. That was just the hook I chose to use for the pattern. You can adjust the pattern for a different hook size.

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