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Half Moon Washcloth, a free crochet dishcloth pattern

Spruce up your bathroom decor with the Half Moon Washcloth, a FREE crochet dishcloth pattern designed for the Crochet Academy.

While June is the most popular month for weddings, a lot of my invitations are for September and October. This is the perfect time for me to bring out some fall colors and whip up practical and beautiful washcloths. This trio of Half Moon Washcloths is getting wrapped up for a fiber friend. And you can make some too, with this FREE crochet pattern.

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Easy Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

The Crochet Academy is all about learning to crochet and feeling proud of your progress. What better way to practice your new crochet skills than with a quick and easy crochet dishcloth pattern like the Half Moon Washcloth?! In just one pattern, you get to practice basic stitches, turned rows, a repeating pattern, and essential finishing steps.

Not only is this project easy but it is also fast. Once you get into the groove of the simple stitch pattern, the Half Moon Washcloth flies by. You’ll be done with your first in no time and you’ll be itching to start a second one.

DIY crochet dishcloth - the Half Moon Washcloth. Beginner friendly free crochet pattern with tutorial video for a cotton washcloth. | TLYCBlog.com

The Best Cotton for Crochet Dishcloths

Cotton is obviously the best choice for washcloths. It’s absorbent, inexpensive, and easy to find in lots of different colors. Every year there are new yarns added to craft stores and yarn shops, making the choice for the perfect yarn all that much more difficult. So, what is the best cotton for your crochet dishcloth?

I’ve become quite partial to Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton for my crochet dishcloth projects. 24/7 Cotton first debuted in 2016 and has been used for everything from home decor to clothing and accessories ever since. This yarn comes in lots of gorgeous, rich colors and is available from many of my favorite retailers like JOANN, Amazon, and on the Lion Brand Website.

What makes 24/7 Cotton ideal for crochet dishcloths is that this yarn is mercerized. The mercerization process adds a barely perceptible coating to the yarn, adding sheen and a barrier from moisture. When it comes to dishcloths, mercerized cotton is better for exfoliation, it won’t take on water like regular cotton yarn, and it’ll hold its color much better than traditional cotton, which is known to fade over time.

Explore Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton and buy it HERE.

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Half Moon Washcloth Details

DESCRIPTION

Crochet the fast and fun Half Moon Washcloth. Crocheters of every skill level will appreciate the textured pattern and practical hanging loop of this cloth, which is at home in the bathroom or the kitchen. Make your cloth in a solid color for a bold pop, or mix your favorite color palette for a unique project.

MATERIALS

DIY crochet dishcloth - the Half Moon Washcloth. Beginner friendly free crochet pattern with tutorial video for a cotton washcloth. | TLYCBlog.com

FINISHED SIZE

About 7.25″ square after blocking

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch(s) = chain(s)

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip

Sl st = slip stitch

St(s) = stitch(es)

NOTE

-This pattern uses crochet shorthand. “3sc” means to place 3 single crochet stitches into the same stitch or chain.

Half Moon Washcloth Pattern

Let’s make the Half Moon Washcloth together! Follow along in this video:

ROW 1: Ch 33 (or any multiple of 3), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sk 1 ch, (3sc, sk 2 chs) to last 2 chs, sk 1 ch, sc in last ch, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sk 1 st, 3sc, (sk 2 sts, 3sc) to last 2 sts, sk 1 st, sc in last st, turn.

Repeat Row 2 to 7.5″. This took me to 25 total rows. It is likely that your crochet fabric will shrink slightly, that is why I measured to 7.5″ while crocheting, but my cloth measures only 7.25″ square after finishing.

ADDING THE LOOP: After completing the last row, ch 8, turn your work, sl st in the first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Weave in all ends. Steam or spray block to 7.25″-7.5″. Need help with blocking? Learn more in this post!

DIY crochet dishcloth - the Half Moon Washcloth. Beginner friendly free crochet pattern with tutorial video for a cotton washcloth. | TLYCBlog.com

And just like that, you’re all done! Half Moon Washcloths are practical, fun to make, and perfect for gifting. Share your projects with me on Instagram @TLYarnCrafts. Then drop by my private Facebook group, TLYC Makers, and share there too!

Try these free crochet cotton patterns also:

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16 Comments

  • Reply Ali North

    YASS!! Been waiting all week for this pattern, so excited! Thank you Toni!

    July 30, 2021 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I bought the yarn for this last week I’m so excited for this pattern. I bought the yarn you recommended in beautiful jewel tones can’t wait to get started!

    July 30, 2021 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    I’ve been hitting the refresh button FOR A WEEK! So excited to start this!!! Thank you, Toni. 😁

    July 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Lovevmaking dishcloths as gifts! Beautiful colors, and love the stitches! Thank you!

    July 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Starr Amos

    I have some fushcia 24/7 cotton on hand. I’m making me some wash cloths tonight! Thanks for sharing this pattern!

    July 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Karen Burke

    This whole course has been FABULOUS! I have learned so much and gained a lot of confidence. THANK YOU!!!!

    July 30, 2021 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I can’t wait to try this washcloth! I have some leftover 24/7 Cotton! This whole series has been fabulous—I just need to catch up on yesterday’s video! Thank you so much for introducing me to crochet this month!!!

    July 30, 2021 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Pam

    Hooray! gonna try to make this by reading the pattern and not watching the video, see if I can work it out first. Pattern reading is a goal of mine. Thank you Toni!

    July 31, 2021 at 12:38 am
  • Reply Maria

    My washcloth turned out perfect. It’s almost exactly 7 1/2” square. I used Bernat Handicrafter. It didn’t flow as easy as Lion brand 24/7 cotton looked in your video, it’s stiff. The ends are not curled though, so I wont block it. I’ll keep it for myself and see how it holds up under use and decide if I want to block my next one.
    Thanks so much! This was nice.

    July 31, 2021 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Thank you so much, Toni! I just finished the washcloth and have blocked it – my first time blocking! Thank you so much for the pattern, for teaching me how to block and why it’s so important. Thank you for everything you have taught us in Crochet Academy! I can’t wait to start on the 4 projects! I won’t be able to do them all in 4 weeks, but I will do them all. I’m so excited and I feel confident now. Thank you so much! I can’t say that enough. : )

    July 31, 2021 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Aurelia Jackson

    Thank you so much. I complete the half moon wash cloth. I still need to block it, but I enjoyed it. I am ready to start another project.

    August 1, 2021 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Ericka

    Ty Toni❤, I enjoyed making the dishcloth and I love the yarn you recommend, it went well with the hook. As a beginner, before taking CA trying to figure out what goes with what was a train wreck but now I’m just picking up yarn and hooks feeling more confident about trying new stitches. This was so exciting especially as a beginner actually finishing projects. So ty again for sharing.😀

    August 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Devonne

    Thank-you for this great pattern and tutorial. My washcloth is done and looks great. Will this pattern be available on Ravelry? I’d love to add it on my project page.

    August 1, 2021 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I do plan to add it this week 🙂

      August 2, 2021 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Janny

    I started my half moon late last night – and it is coming out so beautiful – Thank you Toni. I’m using Navy blue of the 24/7

    August 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Ann

    Thank you Toni one of many projects to do.

    August 12, 2021 at 5:13 pm
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