I absolutely loathe plastic cloths and sponges in the kitchen, the stinky, smelly things. Although I have been using cloth dishcloths for more years than I can count (OK, slight exaggeration there) I have only been making my own for a couple of years. This has become more important since moving to our little smallholding as we are on a septic system for our waste water. The last thing we want is little bits of plastic sponge floating in the septic tank. Ugh, like those things aren't disgusting enough (although not as disgusting as you might think, but that's a story for another day).
I love everything about these dishcloths. I love that I make them with a natural fibre. I love that the bobbley, popcorny surface makes them great for a really good scrub. I love that they last for ages. And most importantly I love that because I make mine from cotton when they eventually wear out I can just throw the worn cloth on the compost heap. Freaking awesome.
I have no idea where I found this pattern, I'm sure there a gazillion other patterns similar to this, but here it is:
Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
US terms used.
Using whatever yarn you like, and a hook size that is suitable, chain in multiples of 2 + 1. I use a worsted (10ply) weight cotton with a 5mm hook and start with 29 or 31 chains.
Row 1: Treble crochet into 2nd chain from the hook, single into next. Continue TR, SC until the end of the chain. Ch1, turn.
Row 2: SC across row. Ch1, turn.
Repeat rows 1&2 until the cloth reaches a size you are happy with. I generally do 11 or 12 repeats. Do not turn when you reach the end of row 2 on your final repeat. Simply continue to SC around the remaining 3 sides of the cloth. End with a slip stitch into the first SC. Cut yarn and weave in ends.