Easy Horizontal Ribs Dishcloth Beginner Free Crochet Pattern for Beginners

Horizontal Ribs Dishcloth

Horizontal Ribs Dishcloth
designed by Kim Guzman © Sep. 2016 (design re-write from original publish of Jun. 1999)
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Technique: Regular Crochet


  • About 50 yards any worsted craft cotton
  • Crochet Hook Size L-7mm

Yarn Note

Projects are shown in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Stripes (pinky stripes) and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (hot pink)


Approximately 8 inches. After stitching, cloth will be taller than it is wide. Gently stretch from side-to-side until it reaches 8″. Technical term for this is “dry blocking” or “setting the stitches”.


Gauge isn’t overwhelmingly crucial here as long as you like the fabric, drape and size of your cloth. If you want your cloths to be exactly the same as the ones photographed, you’ll work to a tension that achieves 13 hdc for 7 rows to measure 4″ after setting the stitches (see above).


My idea of a good dishcloth is one that is thin and drapey. I need to be able to stick the cloth and my hand into glasses in order to wash them. I need a good utilitarian dishcloth. This very simple cloth fits that description for me perfectly.

If you lose stitches, you are probably missing the last one. Count your stitches for each row to ensure you have all of them until you become accustomed to the look of the last stitch.

This project is suitable for a beginner.

Crochet Pattern Instructions

Row 1: Ch 21, hdc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch, turn: 20 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, hdc in first and each remaining hdc to last hdc, working in both loops, hdc in last st, turn: 20 hdc.

Rows 3-15: Rep row 2.


I don’t like putting a trim around these cloths because it adds a lot of unnecessary bulk. What’s the point of trying so hard to make a loosely-stitched cloth only to make it bulky by adding a trim?

I just cut off after row 15 and I was finished. However, since many of you feel that a project isn’t finished without a trim, here is one final round.

Ch 1, sc evenly around entire cloth, with 3 sc in each corner, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Weave in all ends securely.