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Learn How to Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth

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Learn how to crochet the Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth using the crunchy stitch. Crocheted dishcloths are easy to make and make for thoughtful handmade gifts!

This blog post originally appeared May 1, 2017 and was updated May 16, 2022 to include updated photos and instructions.

Learn how to crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth! Like I shared before, I have been crocheting for as long as I can remember. It’s one of the first crafts I ever learned how to do and I’ve been “hooked” ever since!

crocheted dishcloth

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to share some crochet tutorials with you. I did, however, think it was important to first share how to colorfast yarn so you would know how to keep the colors of your yarn projects from bleeding.

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage

Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth

The second crochet pattern I’d like to share with you is the Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth.  It uses two simple stitches: slip stitch and half-double crochet.

I had been trying different patterns all winter as I was trying to find the perfect crochet pattern for making dishcloths. I tried a few variations, some with loose, almost lacy, stitches and some with small tight stitches, but found the patterns I liked the most were dishcloth patterns with a little bit of bulk and texture, like the Textured Stitch Dishcloth I shared with you previously.

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage

Now that I know a little bit more about what to really look for in a crocheted dishcloth pattern, I’m sure I could come up with all sorts of patterns or variations of both the Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern and the Textured Stitch Dishcloth Pattern to crochet.

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage

In the picture above you can see the Textured Stitch Dishcloth in the middle and the Crunchy Stitch Dishcloths on the bottom and top. Although the Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth doesn’t have the same texture as the Textured Dishcloth, it still has plenty of texture in a sort of scrunched up way. I guess that’s why it’s called the Crunchy Stitch!

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What yarn to use

For all the dishcloths I crochet, I use 100% cotton yarn and typically use Sugar’n Cream 100% cotton yarn from Lily®. I have also used I Love this Cotton Yarn from Hobby Lobby. You can purchase Lily brand yarn at your favorite craft store, including JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Walmart or even Amazon.  It’s important to use 100% cotton yarn because of its absorbency and durability properties.

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Textured Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage

Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

This crochet dishcloth pattern featuring the crunch stitch has quickly become my favorite pattern. I love the close stitches and it gives the dishcloth the perfect weight and flexibility for washing dishes. If you wash dishes by hand, you’ll love the crunchy stitch dishcloth!

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Textured Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage


To crochet the crunchy stitch dishcloth, there are a few supplies you’ll need. I’ve included affiliate links, where applicable, as these are products I use and love. I hope they’ll make your crochet experience an enjoyable one!

Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern Tutorial

Learn how to crochet! Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth Pattern from The Birch Cottage

Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth

Yield: 1 dishcloth
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

The crunchy stitch dishcloth creates this nicely woven pattern that is comprised of slip stitches and half double crochet stitches. For each subsequent row, you will sl st in the hdc stitch of the previous row and hdc in the sl st of the previous row.


  • 1 skein cotton yarn


  • Size H crocket hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle



ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
rep = repeat
st(s) = stitch(es)


Foundation Row: Chain 32

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1 hdc in nect ch, sl st in next, rep from * across, turn (31 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), *sl st in next hdc, 1 hdc in next sl st, rep from * across, turn (31 sts)

Row 3: *Sl st in hdc, 1 hdc in next sl st, rep from * across, sl st in top of turning ch (31 sts)

Row 4-31: Rep Rows 2 and 3.

Row 32: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), work 1 hdc in each st across, do not turn or fasten off (31 sts)


Round 1: Work 2 hdc in same st as last hdc of Row 32, continue working a hdc in each st around the dishcloth along the next 3 sides, working 3 hdc in each corner. Join in top of beginning ch of Row 32.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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If you start crocheting these dishcloths, I must forewarn you that they are addictive! If you crocheted the Textured Dishcloths, then you know what I’m talking about! The crunchy stitch dishcloth has quickly become my favorite crocheted dishcloth pattern.

How to Colorfast Yarn

I have to admit though, that before I started colorfasting my yarn, I wasn’t very happy with the way the colors were bleeding. This one little step really made a BIG difference – for me anyway. I just couldn’t imagine giving these crocheted dishcloths as a gift to family and friends if the colors were going to bleed. Problem solved!

Give it a Try! Crochet Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth

If you try this Crunchy Stitch crocheted dishcloth pattern, I’d love to hear about it. Also, if you have a favorite pattern, tutorial or crochet source, I’d love to hear about that, too! I’m always looking for information that will be helpful to my readers!

crochdeted dishcloth

I like to crochet while watching TV with my hubby in the evening. It’s a great way for me to not feel so guilty about sitting around doing nothing. Plus, if you get started crocheting these dishcloths now, you’ll have a whole stack of these by the time the Christmas gift giving season rolls around!

More Crochet Patterns & Tutorials

If you enjoyed learning how to crochet the Crunchy Stitch Dishcloth, you might also enjoy these crochet patterns and tutorials from The Birch Cottage:

Til next time…

Pam Baker from The Birch Cottage
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Monday 22nd of February 2021

Thank you so much for this pattern & the Textured Dishcloth and especially for giving us the instructions for colorfasting yarn - that has been really helpful. I had trouble with some yarns bleeding onto my other crocheted items and was beside myself as what to do until I came across your instructions - thank you - you are a lifesaver - this is so cool & very easy and it sure saves my crocheted items from ruin. Many tks again for the patterns (and sharing them with us) and the colorfast instructions - very, very useful. Also love the colour of the yarn u used - can u pls tell me the name of the colour - I haven't seen this one before & looks so nice. Many tks.

Pamela Baker

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Thanks so much! I’m glad the colorfast tutorial was so helpful! The yellow and blue yarn is called Cool Breeze. Hope this helps!!

Pam Baker The Birch Cottage

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